Live Zone

Black Deer Festival, Eridge Park, Kent, Day # 3 Of 3 – Sunday 16th June 2024

Rufus Wainwright backstage at Black Deer - Pic: GH



Final day of The UK festival for Americana, Black Deer, back for its fifth year to Eridge Park, Kent for 2024.

The three day event – 14th, 15th & 16th June – was a big success with a mouth-watering menu of artists and bands across Americana, country, folk, bluegrass, roots or the blues-rock and more.

Rain and high winds on and off for Friday and Saturday, but the show must go on and it did – with sunshine and a decent Sunday on the final day of the festival.

Rufus Wainwright – Pic by CM


Rufus Wainwright was the festival’s final headliner, taking to the park’s main stage for a UK festival exclusive on Sunday. Following another exclusive headliner with blues supremo Joe Bonamassa on Friday, and US roots legend Sheryl Crow on day two.


Pic by CM

There were dazzling performances from BC Camplight, Hermanos Gutiérrez, The Shires,  Seasick Steve, Damian Lewis, The Delines, Villagers, The Staves, Ward Thomas, Alyssa Bonagura, Courtney Barnett, Michele Stodart, Prima Queen, Rosanne Cash and many more.


The Staves
The Staves





Rosanne Cash


John Leventhal & Rosanne Cash



Pic by GH


The Ridge stage was a weekend favourite, seeing countless talents grace the stage including Dylan Gossett, Twinnie, Jalen Ngonda, Bess Atwell and Jarrod Dickenson.


Hermanos Gutierrez


Muireann Bradley


Dylan Gossett


Pic by CM


The Holler Country stage takeover occupied the evenings on the Live Fire arena stage, with acoustic performances from Nat Myers, Alyssa Bonagura, James Dunne, Jack Browning, Steady Habits and Savannah Gardner among the line-up.


Nat Myers


PR-supplied image



Pic by CM



Alyssa Bonagura




PR-supplied image

Black Deer has received numerous awards, including ‘Festival on the Year’ at the Major Events International Awards 2022; ‘Promoter of the Year’ at the UK Festival Awards 2022; and ‘2022 Festival of The Year’ from Americana UK, along with a whole host of other wins and nominations including a nomination for ‘Best Medium Size Festival’ at the UK Festival Awards 2023.



Be sure to check out our Friday’s & Saturday’s coverage in our “Live Zone”…



Photos: Manja Williams / Caitlin Mogridge [captioned CM] / George Harrison [captioned GH] & some PR-supplied images

Words: Les Howard




Follow us for all the latest news!

This function has been disabled for Music Republic Magazine.