Pretenders are talk of the town

HEADLINERS Legendary rock band Pretenders are joining the stellar line-up at this year’s Eridge Park festival

ROCK & ROLL Hall of Famers the Pretenders are to join an already high-profile line-up at this summer’s Black Deer festival, organisers announced last week.

The Pretenders were formed in the UK in March 1978 by American and English musicians, and are fronted by US singer and guitarist Chrissie Hynde.

The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 and has recorded UK number ones with the single ‘Brass In Pocket’ in 1979 and album ‘Pretenders’ in 1980.

Meanwhile, it was also announced that Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones will make his first festival performance with his new band, Far From Saints, which he formed with Patty Lynn of The Wind and The Wave.

His Welsh rock band Stereophonics topped the UK charts with 2005 single ‘Dakota’, have had eight number one albums and are known for the songs ‘Just Looking’, ‘Maybe Tomorrow’, ‘C’est La Vie’ and ‘Have a Nice Day’.

Last month, Far From Saints released ‘Let’s Turn This Back Around’ and are set to debut their new Americana album at Black Deer Festival.

Jones said: “Really looking forward to getting on stage and performing these brand-new Far From Saints songs in front of a new audience – and we will be in the company of some amazing Americana artists.

“The festival is set to be a fantastic weekend and we can’t wait.”

The other acts announced last Thursday include Grammy-winner Lukas Nelson, who performs with a band as Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real, country musician Steve Earle, Americana duo Bear’s Den, American singer-songwriter Kurt Vile and his indie rock band The Violators, Americana band Midlake and folk-rock band This Is The Kit.

Previously, American blues singer, guitarist and 13-time Grammy winner Bonnie Raitt, Arizona-based indie band Calexico and Canadian singer-songwriter and activist Allison Russell were among those confirmed for the festival.

Black Deer Festival takes place at Eridge Park on June 16-18. Tickets are on sale at:

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