Black Deer is a community providing opportunities to all and we see offering a platform for raw and emerging musical talent as a vital part of our community.
All music fans take pride in seeking out and discovering new artists early on in their journey and we’re no different – hearing fans say ‘we saw them first at Black Deer’ is something that will always give us a thrill. That’s why we listened to more than 1000 musicians who applied to play at Eridge Park in 2019 via our submission’s portal.
“I’ve been overwhelmed by the quality of the music,”
says festival booker Bev Burton.
“It was so good that I had to allocate more spots! It’s brilliant to see so many up-and-coming bands and musicians playing Americana music and all the related sub-genres. Everyone who applied really did themselves proud.”
The standard was very high and picking successful submissions took many hours of repeated listening… but that’s the bit we loved! Congratulations, then, to MG Boulter, Gwenifer Raymond, The Folly Brothers, The Lowly Strung, Ma Polaine’s Great Decline, Louis Rive, Hollie Rogers, Lucy Kitt, Ciara Rafferty, Ryan Farmer and Holly Rose Webber – and before you make plans to check them out in the deer park, listen to our exclusive Spotify playlist featuring the best of what our emerging artists have to offer (it makes great headphones listening on your travels).