Black Deer 2020 is cancelled – but back next year!

We heard this week of the inevitable cancellation of more festivals, with most choosing to cancel instead of postpone to the autumn because of the continuing uncertainty around when public gatherings might be permitted again (and perhaps more importantly when the public might feel like gathering again).  Among the cancellations announced this week are the Larmer Tree Festival which was due to be headlined by Frank Turner in July, and the Rotterdam bluegrass festival in June, and today we heard the sad news of the cancellation of one of our favourites, Black Deer which moves much of the same line-up to 2021.

In a post on Facebook the organisers said: “In light of the recent developments with Covid-19 we must now accept that it is no longer possible for Black Deer Festival 2020 to go ahead as planned. We are beyond disappointed. It is of course the choice we had hoped we wouldn’t have to make; we really did try to hang on in there to make this happen… We also took some time exploring the option of postponing to later in 2020, but the most important thing for us other than your obvious safety, is to give our community certainty and so we have therefore made the decision to move this year’s planned festival to June 2021.”  Here’s the full statement:

Still, the line-up looks just as good as this year’s for 2021 – almost like moving this year’s in a time capsule but with a few added extras to make up for the wait. Original tickets are still valid or head over to the official website to purchase them say if you were like getting married this year on that date but can attend next year. God works in mysterious ways. The organisers have also announced that 1,500 NHS and key workers to the festival as guests, having been affected first hand by the pandemic.

Here are the highlights from last year which right now feels like it might have taken place while Victoria was still on the throne.


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Author: Mark Whitfield

Mark Whitfield has been the Editor of Americana UK for the last 17 years and still feels like this is his pretend job, mainly because it is.

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