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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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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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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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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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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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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.”