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Review: Black Deer Festival 2023

Boutique Festival of Americana

by Trev Eales | Louder Than War | June 22, 2023

Sometimes, walking into a festival gives a feel for what’s to come. A dusty track leads through a wild flower meadow as people of all ages haul their weekend belongings towards the festival gate. There’s a small queue for the arena but everyone’s chilled and there’s a laid back vibe.

Stetsons and cowboy boots abound as we leave The Garden of England for a world of Americana. Rows of Harley-Davidsons celebrate the iconic bike’s 120th anniversary, and the smell of barbecues fills the air. The rustic Arkansas Porch Stage echoes with acoustic sounds of the deep south as the audience sit baking in the afternoon sun.

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What Damian Lewis Had to Say When Asked About Touring In Australia

Mission Creep: Down Under

by Karishma Sarkari | 9Honey Celebrity AU | June 16, 2023

Homeland star Damian Lewis celebrated a special day over the weekend – the release of his debut album, Mission Creep. On the day his new record came out, and in between filming his new vampire movie The Radleys, the 52-year-old took to the stage to perform at Black Deer Festival of Americana, held in the UK.

Lewis revealed he grew up going to a number of music festivals in “my young 20s, when I started going with pals” and enjoys now sharing the British summer tradition with his children.

“I’ve been to lots of different festivals and I love it. [I] take my kids to Latitude. There’s glamping ways of doing it and there’s real camping ways of doing it – I won’t tell you which one I prefer but I can say I’ve done both,” he laughed.

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Black Deer Festival Kicks Off With a Scorcher of an Opening Day

Southern Comfort and British Spirit Unite

by Jen Long | The Line of Best Fit | June 17, 2023

Bringing together a diverse line-up, all under the umbrella of Americana, Black Deer’s 2023 edition kicked off with a celebratory sense of collaboration and more than a kiss of sunshine. Everything from folk and bluegrass to gospel and rock’n’roll, Black Deer Festival embraces and celebrates all that rolls into the canon of Americana. Based in Kent’s Eridge Park, the garden of England is transformed into a sea of cowboy boots and stars and stripes for three nights.

British actor-turned-musician Damian Lewis channeled his formative love of Elvis into a raucous set of rockabilly jams and segued from bolstering country-rock to London accented banter with a seamless charm. Playing at The Ridge, the festival’s tent-covered second stage, Damian brought together one of the bigger crowds of the early afternoon with his honky-tonk-ready rock n roll.  His Elvis inspiration is detailed in our recent Nine Songs chat. Outside the tent the sun beat down, “I didn’t know we were gonna be inside. I’ve got factor fifty on, and now it’s all in my eyes,” he joked. View more photos from the event in our Gallery.

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Damian Lewis Played Music Gig at Black Deer Festival

Hoedown of the Summer

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | June 16, 2023

Damian returned to the stage for a live gig at the 4th annual Black Deer music festival on Opening Day, Friday, June 16 – the same day as his album release for Mission Creep. Photo above shows Damian playing tracks from his new album to a packed Ridge tent stage. He also signed copies of his album during the festival. According to Soundsphere Magazine, “It’s scorching hot, the BBQ is on and the beers are cold. Damian Lewis has just released his first album and is casually propping up the bar.”

Watch an exclusive clip of his Black Deer performance and interview with ITV News Arts Editor Nina Nannar here. They spoke backstage about what it’s like for Damian to return to music. You can also listen to the interview here or the full podcast here. Damian told Nina,

“My kids don’t like it. Full stop. They want Dad to be dad. And they’re much happier when Dad’s cab is available and running and taking them to school. It’s very interesting when even your own children say, ‘Dad, you’re an actor. Now you’re pretending to be a rock star or a musician.” 

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Top Three Sets to Check Out at Black Deer Festival

Bringing Americana Vibes to Kent

by Staff | When the Horn Blows | June 9, 2023

With just under a week to go until Black Deer Festival brings the best in Americana vibes to Eridge Park in Kent, we are praying that the sunshine stays around for the party.

With the four edition of the event it is now Europe’s premier, award-winning Americana festival with the line up including artists like Bonnie Raitt, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Pretenders, Bear’s Den, Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle (Alone Again Solo & Acoustic), Far From Saints and many more at Eridge Park.

With some much to chose from – we give you our top three sets to check out across the weekend.

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Damian Lewis Scheduled to Perform Music Gig at Black Deer Festival

Festival of Americana

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | March 13, 2023

With a single out April 13, a special release set for April 22 for Record Store Day and a debut album expected on June 16, Damian Lewis returns to the stage for a gig at the 4th annual Black Deer music festival on Friday, June 16 – the same day as his album release! The entire festival runs from June 16-18, 2023 at Eridge Park, Tunbridge Wells, Kent – near East Sussex, England. A wide variety of tier-type tickets are on sale here, starting at £87.75. Damian remarked,

“I’m really looking forward to Black Deer Festival and so excited to play live for y’all in the deer park on the day my new album is officially released.”

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Damian and Helen at British Summer Time Festival – July 6, 2018

Summer Concerts For a Good Cause

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | July 6, 2018

Damian and Helen, Liv Tyler, Kate Moss, Rosemary Ferguson, among others, attended British Summer Time Festival on Friday, July 6, 2018 at Hyde Park in London as part of the ‘Into the White’ campaign launch, Darren Strowger’s ambitious new tech platform raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust through the auction of contemporary art, curated by Jake Chapman.

Teenage Cancer Trust is an organization of staff and volunteers that provides outreach services to young people with cancer. Partnering with NHS, they are the only UK charity providing specialist nursing care and support for teenagers and young adults with cancer.

The festival kicked off on July 6 with headliner Roger Waters and closes on July 15. Upcoming headliner acts include the legendary Paul Simon, Bruno Mars, Michael Buble, The Cure and Eric Clapton, with multiple support acts such as Squeeze, Interpol, Santana, Steve Winwood, Van Morrison, Bananarama, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and many more.

For more information regarding the festival’s full lineup with stages and times, visit BST-Hydepark.com. To view more images of Damian and Helen at the festival, please visit our Gallery.

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