Black Deer Festival has announced the final wave of artists for their June event at Eridge Park.

The Shires have been confirmed as the final headliner, closing the festival on Sunday evening. The duo, consisting of Crissie Rhodes and Ben Earle formed in 2013 after Earle put out a call on Facebook for a country singer to collaborate with. The pair, both previous X Factor contestants, have celebrated three number one albums on the UK Country chart and five awards from the British Country Music Association.

The pair said of their headline slot:

“We’re really excited to play Black Deer Festival with some of the most influential artists in Americana and country music.

“We can’t wait to perform in the stunning surroundings of Eridge Park in just a few short weeks – it’s going to be a truly special summer show.”

Also confirmed for this years event are Alabama 3, who will play an acoustic set on the Saturday. The Brixton nine-piece, best known to casuals as the team behind ‘Woke Up This Morning’, theme song of HBO’s, ‘The Sopranos’ stated: ‘Alabama3 are extremely excited to be invited to the Black Deer Festival so keep your stetsons sharp, your yodels high and your hoedowns low.”4

They join a line-up of country, bluegrass and Americana acts, with John Butler Trio and Band of Horses headlining the Friday and Saturday night respectively. Also performing at this years Black Deer are Kris Kristofferson, The Mavericks, Hayseed Dixie, Ryan Bingham, Jessie Buckley, The Dead South, Billy Bragg, Larkin Poe and a host of other acts.

Billed as the UK’s first major country and American festival, Black Deer enjoyed a successful first event last year, and is returning to Eridge Park in East Sussex on 21-23 June. Weekend tickets are still available, and are priced at £155.

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