British country-pop mainstays the Shires are among a large number of new additions to the bill of the UK’s second Black Deer Festival, set to take place in Eridge Park in Kent on 21-23 June. Other new names in the line-up include the Magic Numbers and Alabama 3.
The Shires will headline the final evening of the festival, which also features such previously-named attractions as the Mavericks, Billy Bragg, Neko Case, Larkin Poe and Yola. The Magic Numbers and Alabama 3, with an acoustic set, join the Saturday presentation, which also features such names as the Staves, Justin Townes Earle, Ryan Bingham and headliners Band of Horses.
Friday’s bill is headed by the John Butler Band and Kris Kristofferson, who turns 83 the weekend of the festival, with his band the Strangers. Other names playing on that day include the Marcus King Band, Hayseed Dixie and Ethan Johns. Also new on the overall bill are Stephen Spender, the Breretons, Mg Boulter, Gwenifer Raymond, the Folly Brothers, the Lowly Strung, Ma Polaines Great Decline, Louis Rive, Hollie Rogers, Lucy Kitt, Ciara Rafferty, Ryan Farmer and Holly Rose Webber.
In a statement about their addition to the line-up, the Shires said: “We’re really excited to play Black Deer Festival with some of the most influential artists in Americana and country music. We can’t wait to perform in the stunning surroundings of Eridge Park in just a few short weeks — it’s going to be a truly special summer show.” After the festival, the Shires will join Carrie Underwood as special guests on her UK arena shows from 28 June to 4 July.
Larry Love of Alabama 3 added: “Alabama 3 are extremely excited to be invited to the Black deer Festival so keep your stetsons sharp, your yodels high and your hoedowns low…the Sheriff’s lost his badge and the deputy is in the jailhouse now!”
Also newly announced for the weekend is the participation of the UK Americana Association (AMA UK), for a panel discussion about the history and achievements of the trade association. Taking part will be AMA UK CEO Stevie Freeman, famed BBC broadcaster Bob Harris, AMA UK Award winners Emily Barker and Robert Vincent and the twice-nominated Danni Nicholls.