Just a visit to the website will get your mouth watering. The Americana theme runs through the majority of the food on offer. Smokin’ BBQs, live fire cooking and enough American craft beers to keep the most hardcore of hipsters happy. It is a meat eaters paradise but I was surprised to see that there were almost as many veggie choices and I’m told they were superb. All the produce is ethically sourced from the UK too. Nothing disappoints, in fact they have cooking demo stages with some of the worlds best outdoor cooking chefs running lessons, competitions, tasting sessions and a Sunday gospel brunch. “Am I in Memphis, what year is it, who’s the president?”
Highlights? Well, I’ll list them and you can find out for yourself whether they’re your thing or not. In no particular order - Fantastic Negrito, Jerron Blind Boy Paxton, John Butler Trio, William Chrighton, Kris Kristofferson and The Strangers, Ryan Bingham, The Sheepdogs, Jessie Buckley, The Mavericks and the brilliant Larkin Poe.As someone says on the Black Deer website, “It’s a place to not only see the bands you love but also the bands you’re going to love.” Well said Sir, well said.
It’s a superbly well organised festival with great camping and facilities. Weekend camping tickets for 2020 are £140. An absolute bargain so if you fancy it, we’ll see you there. We booked ours before Glastonbury went on sale this year. It was our new priority.