Black Deer Festival 2022 – The Reviews

As we have said a few times now, we remain overwhelmed by the response to the third edition of Black Deer Festival. After three years in the making, we’re so glad you enjoyed the world we created in Europe’s premiere Americana playground. The hard work, love and dedication we draw upon to open the gates in the deer park is made worthwhile by the fabulous response we receive from you… our community.

We’re building something special together, hey? But it’s not just us that think so. Let’s take a look at what everybody else has been saying since The Dead South brought the curtain down on Black Deer Festival 2022…


“This year’s festival felt more expansive, more eclectic and braver. As an advert for the breadth and quality of Americana, it’s a festival experience that can’t be bettered.” – Americana UK
“It’s so satisfying to see their long-awaited third instalment delivered in such a spectacular fashion. After several adjustments, the final line-up exceeded expectations, catering to both country diehards and those with just a passing interest.” – Folk Radio UK
“An incredible weekend of live music, great food and lovely people…” – Clash Magazine
“There was music, poetry, love and folk heroes of the deep south…” – Jazz FM
“The friendliest festival in Britain.” – AMA-UK
“Cam and Kezia were great additions…” – BBC Radio 2
“The Gospel Brunch on Sunday is already an institution… ” – The Sunday Times
“The setting is beautiful: you can glimpse the extent of the site nestled among lush stands of enormous oak trees, with golden hills rolling out in every direction…” – Lonesome Highway
“It was amazing…we had the best time exploring one of the cleanest festivals I’ve ever been to!” – Capital FM
“Black Deer is a true example of the underdog mentality… the UK’s foremost celebration of Americana is no ordinary festival.” – Line of Best Fit

“A cracking weekend of country and Americana. Headline sets from acts as diverse as James (energetic), Wilco (engaging) and Van Morrison (professional) kept the crowds pretty happy, the real interesting music was to be found elsewhere…” – God is in the TV
“It’s easy to see why Black Deer has been awarded several ‘Best New Festival’ awards, a premium weekend of exceptional quality for the discerning festival-goer… we couldn’t fault the excellent organisation, family-friendly vibe, facilities and the pure enjoyment of folk of all ages uniting!” – Festival Kidz
“There’s something for everyone culture-wise: bikers, would-be cowboys and crafty folk are all catered for…” – Total Rock
“This festival has such a great vibe, the community and family inclusivity is second-to-none and we are already looking forward to next year…” – Country In The UK
“There is so much to do at Black Deer Festival…” – The Everyday Magazine
“A triumphant return!” The Times of Tunbridge Wells
“A festival on the rise…” – Evening Standard
“There was truly something for everyone across the three days, with the best of UK and international Americana and country music showcased alongside barbecue demonstrations, whisky tastings and family entertainment…” – Entertainment Focus


“Great festival, great venue and will be buying tickets for the fourth time for next year. Kids absolutely loved it, too.” – Darren Lock
“Really enjoyed it, not a drop of litter anywhere, great vibes.” – Helen Court
“We loved the festival, one of the most polite and cleanest festivals I’ve been to. We made friends, were able to be up front with no pushing and the food we had was amazing. I loved the whole thing…” Linda Anne Power
“Tickets bought and accommodation booked for 2023. This year’s highlights were Arkansas porch sessions, The Roadhouse acoustic sessions and The Dead South closed on a great vibe. They should be a BD staple…” – Jane Sjoberg
“Booked for next year. I’ve got complete faith in the organisers that it’ll be another fantastic line-up. Can I put in an early request though? Any chance of getting Robert Vincent back next year so he and his special guests can do the complete Last Waltz show? It was truly brilliant!” – Rick Wood

“We have booked and shall be back for our fourth time at the park. Please have more of those small sets from the Arkansas trio, they stole the weekend…” – Rebekah Henson
“Fantastic! Festival highlight for me was someone I’d never heard before, a brilliant songwriter called Chris Fox… a real gem of a find.” – Graeme Thomson
“Two tickets purchased for a third time at the Deer Park and a cracking weekend this year… absolute highlights were Israel Nash, Willi Carlisle and Devon’s finest Police Dog Hogan; more of the same next year!” – Marc Pamplin
“Booked and excited already. The Black Deer spirit is beyond compare…” – Graham Jones
“Great festival. The Dead South were the reason we went and they were amazing as ever. Loved the whole experience. Variety of music was brilliant!” – April Gingell
Big thanks must go to the fantastic Costa Sisters who put together this incredible film from their time at the festival. Be prepared for those post festival blues to come back again…


Thank you. If you plan to join us at Black Deer festival 2023, then Early Bird Tickets are for you – especially when you take advantage of our group deals and payment plans. Following the success of Super Early Birds (now sold-out, sorry!), please register your interest here and be the first to know when a limited number of Early Bird Tickets go on-sale soon.
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See you in the deer park in 2023…