Play at Black Deer Festival 2023 – Introducing Black Deer Emerging

Emerging: adjective; becoming apparent or prominent

New music is the lifeblood of Black Deer Festival and we’re proud to provide opportunities to all. Being a platform for emerging artists is a vital part of our footprint and hearing music lovers say ‘we saw them first at Black Deer’ is something that will always give us a thrill. Kezia Gill, Simeon Hammond Dallas, Seafoam Green, Jinda Biant, The Wandering Hearts, Noble Jacks and Talisk are all names that the Black Deer community see as their own.
We know music fans take pride in discovering new artists early on in their journey and we’re no different – that’s why, once again, we’re excited to open up our submissions portal to artists who want to play at Black Deer in 2023. “The quality of the artists applying to play is always overwhelming,” says festival booker Bev Burton. “Listening to emerging artists playing Americana music – and all the related sub-genres – makes us so proud. Keep up the good work!”
We’re going to do things differently this year and open the voting process up to YOU, the Black Deer community. As usual we will listen to every application and select our ten favourites. We will then introduce these ten artists to you via the Black Deer website and our social media channels and you can listen and vote for your favourite from there. The four artists with the most votes at the end of this process will be offered slots in the deer park for Black Deer Festival 2023.


Please note artists must send in a link to playing live only – links to anything else (Spotify etc.) will automatically be deleted. There is a £150 fee for each slot, a meal token for each band member and shared dressing/green room facilities, plus two weekend camping tickets per band for you to give to family/friends. Closing date for applications is December 1st 2022 and successful entrants will hear from us in January 2023, before the public vote begins. Good luck!

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