Thousands flock to Black Deer as temperatures rival the Deep South
26th June 2019
MORE than 9,000 music fans and families headed to the second Black Deer Festival at the weekend.
Temperatures soared over the three days of the event, rivalling that of the southern states of America, ensuring festival goers could make the most out of the Americana and country music extravaganza at Eridge Park.
Festival goers were treated to nearly 80 bands across six stages as well as being able to sample the delights of southern food, drink and cinematic re-imaginings.
Ticket sales for the 2019 event doubled those of the year before.
Welcomed by beautiful sunshine and a backdrop of rolling hills on Friday, revellers were entertained by country legend Kris Kristofferson.
The 83-year-old was joined by his band The Strangers. He was followed by the John Butler Trio delivering an Australian take on roots before Hayseed Dixie and Left Lane Cruiser rounded off the first night.
The main stage arena opened up on Saturday, and stand out sets included the youthful rebel spirit of Jessie Buckley, outlaw country punk Justin Townes Earl, The Staves and the day’s headliner, Band of Horses.
Elsewhere Ryan Bingham, Fantastic Negrito and legendary desert rocker Brant Bjork played to entranced audiences.
Sunday morning saw the harmonious Gospel Brunch hosted by the Grammy-award winning Mike Farris and the Powerhouse Gospel Choir in the Live Fire arena. Highly anticipated performances from Canadians, The Dead South, followed.
Billy Bragg made a rousing main stage appearance ahead of headliner country duo The Shires. They kept revellers entertained with a colourful medley of their chart topping hits, while The Mavericks closed with an all-out Latin rockabilly party.
Co-founders of the festival, Gill Tee and Deborah Shiling, said: “After all the hard work we put into the debut of Black Deer Festival, we’re delighted that so many could join us for our second year.”