Music

In The Dock Stage

Saturday

Alfa Mist
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Porij
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Sunday

Pip Blom
Du Blonde
The Bug Club
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Lodge Stage

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Sunday

Spoken word

Acorn Stage

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Beija Flo
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Natalie McCool
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Weekend DJs

And artist in residence Big Jeff!

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Nadine Shah Spotify

Nadine Shah

We often say, some artists just belong at Deer Shed... After each festival we’ll sit down and chat about who we think might come back and headline one day. After Nadine Shah’s Deer Shed debut there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that she would be back and topping the bill.

Hailing from (almost) our neck of the woods, Nadine Shah is a vital and poetic voice in contemporary music. Her music juggles the darkness and the light - gritty, jagged, expansive and wry all at once while her songs offer an honest and essential account of life in modern Britain.

Nadine’s latest release, Kitchen Sink, is a tour-de-force of vibrant post-punk, cutting social commentary and razor sharp observations. Eleven tracks, shot through with dark humour, complex themes and exciting musical ideas, Kitchen Sink was right at the top of our favourite albums of the last few years.

Nadine Shah is our Friday night headliner and we can't wait to see what her and her band have in store for us!

John Grant Spotify

John Grant

One of the great artists of his generation, John Grant’s career spans much of the last three decades - an even more impressive run when you consider the consistency, brilliance and sheer honesty of the music he has made, both in The Czars and throughout his deep catalogue of solo music.

An artist that never misses, his solo work effortlessly manoeuvres crushing depths, soaring highs, brutal wit and tender observations as he explores ever more exciting musical ideas. Your humble programme copy-writer’s first encounter with John Grant was at a festival in 2013 as he toured his untouchable solo album ‘Pale Green Ghosts’ - like many people I can vividly remember the first time I heard those songs and that voice as this towering presence beautifully, fearlessly and totally enraptured the lucky few thousand of us assembled.

This years theme for Deer Shed is ‘Pocket Planet’ and how appropriate that our Saturday headliner is a man like John Grant - an American, settled in Iceland via a number of other homes, fluent in German, Icelandic, Russian and Spanish (with some conversational French and Swedish thrown in) - a reminder of the power of a great artist to transcend language, borders and ideas.

Django Django Spotify

Django Django

We can tell you from experience that there is no better way to end Deer Shed than dancing in the fields of Baldersby Park to one of your favourite bands... So, it's brilliant news for us then that Django Django are stepping up to headline the Sunday of Deer Shed 12!

In many ways they feel like the perfect Deer Shed Festival band… as much at home in an indie-bangers DJ set as they are in the record collection of a left-field music aficionado.

One of the most thrilling things about Django Django is that they’re so hard to describe. Their latest album ‘Glowing In The Dark’ features songs like ‘Free From Gravity’ that sound like Peter Gabriel got into modular synths while recording ‘So’ while it’s preceding track ‘Waking Up’ finds Charlotte Gainsbourg joining the band for a cosmic, electronic folk-rock song about the open road...

Bonkers, brilliant, hard to pin down. We like to think we’ve found some kindred spirits here...

Dry Cleaning Spotify

Dry Cleaning

To most people, getting your dry cleaning done is a total chore; a fairly arduous task that you can seemingly find yourself putting off forever. Strangely then, how this is the total opposite of how we feel about Dry Cleaning: the band. We’ve had our eyes set on Dry Cleaning for quite some time, and after the release of their sensational debut album this year, we felt it was finally time to bring them to Baldersby Park. Perfectly equipped with all the necessary components of a noisy post-punk band, the four-piece really set themselves apart with vocalist Florence Shaw's unconventionally surreal lyrics and unflinching dry monologue. Is it art-rock? Is it spoken word poetry? We're not really sure, but we love it.

In critically acclaimed ‘New Long Leg’ (hello, Pitchfork 'Best New Music'), the South London band continue on their impressive trajectory, cutting their own distinctive path amongst the very best of British alternative music. Oh and did we mention their sublime and heavily sought-after live show? That part you'll just have to come and discover for yourselves.

Billy Nomates Spotify

Billy Nomates

We’ve been superfans of Billy Nomates since her self-titled debut in 2020 - we were in full agreement with the rapturous acclaim it went on to receive. The first thing that caught the attention of our eyes and ears was her raucous defiance and the fearless direct statements of social commentary. It felt empowering to hear this one-woman-whirlwind-post-punker perform with such fully-loaded, genuine passion.

A period of depression brought a musical drought until witnessing a crucial Sleaford Mods show. Their set reignited Billy's desire to create, and they also went on to become an important collaborator and champion of her music. Having recently released 2021’s incredible EP ‘Emergency Telephone’, Billy has gone from strength to strength and her live show is the greatest reflection of the sheer hard work and determination put into her releases; we're certain her Deer Shed appearance will be an occasion we'll come to cherish for years to come. Fierce, flawless and formidable. We think that’s the most explicit way of putting it.

Alfa Mist Spotify

Alfa Mist

As much as we love dancing about and singing at the top of our lungs, sometimes it's just time to slow down a bit and really take in the festival atmosphere. In which case, Alfa Mist is the perfect soundtrack to make you feel like you're in a dream you never want to wake up from. To our ears, his unique and exciting take on jazz through the lens of lo-fi hip-hop brings to mind the influence of sampling producer greats such as J Dilla and Madlib, with those slightly off-kilter pushed beats combining with tastefully lush piano lines to create something truly new and exciting.

Jazz in the UK is having an incredibly exciting moment - its current crop of trailblazers and visionary artists pushing the genre ever forward, and Alpha Mist is an artist sitting at the heart of this exciting movement. 2017 saw the release of his breakthrough record, Antiphon and since then has only gained momentum. As much as sometimes you want an artist to be your own little secret, it's always a highlight to see an artist develop and outgrow the smaller, more intimate venues. His tireless efforts have paved the way for the opportunities inherited to a new wave of young jazz musicians. Prepare for Alfa and his magical band to bring their collective talents to the table for Deer Shed 12. If this is the future of UK jazz, consider us hooked.

Snapped Ankles Spotify

Snapped Ankles

Like lots of people, our introduction to Snapped Ankles came in the form of their righteous single ‘Jonny Guitar Calling Gosta Berlin’ via Leeds’ ever spot-on Leaf Label.

Greeted with this wall of driving, enthralling sound that they called “agrocultural punktronica” and captured by their enigmatic, clever lyricism, we were already plenty intrigued...This only increased when we raced to see the band live, only to be met with four anonymous figures decked out in leaves, branches, horns and other bits of the forest… What followed was a sort of psychedelic-kraut rock pagan ritual for those of us lucky enough to assemble there.

Their performances are primal, euphoric and feral - best enjoyed in a space where you can truly give yourself over to the swirling electronics, Motorik beats and glorious strangeness of spectacle that is this wonderful band.

We were so excited for the band to make their Deer Shed debut in 2020 and beyond disappointed when that couldn’t happen. Bringing them back, at last, for Deer Shed 12 feels to us like righting some sort of cosmic imbalance... or something.

Yard Act Spotify

Yard Act

If you've not been paying attention it might seem like Yard Act’s meteoric rise came out of nowhere, but in fact the band is a group of musicians who have been paying their dues and perfecting their art for years in some of Leeds’ finest DIY bands. This rich experience, as well as some well-timed living arrangements and an inspired idea led to a rare thing, the emergence of a brand new, fully formed band. Four musicians firing on all cylinders from the start.

An intoxicating mix of relentless, driving rhythm, minimalist instrumentation and inspired, angular guitar sets the scene for the acerbic and exuberant wordplay of frontman James Smith. Yard Act continue to take us deeper and deeper into their own world as we’re introduced to more characters and stories... Their observations are cutting, hilarious, tragic et al while never veering into callousness and steadfastly avoiding black and white morality. We sort of hate James’ ‘Graham’ character but also, we all have that uncle and he’s alright really... once you get to know him...

We’ve been lucky enough to welcome members of Yard Act to Deer Shed in many forms over the years – from main stage performances to running some truly great music sessions for kids and families on site, they really feel like part of the Deer Shed family already.

Pip Blom Spotify

Pip Blom

Here at Deer Shed we're huge advocates for keeping things simple. Tender melodies that get firmly lodged in your head, fun scuzzy-pop hooks and a real sense of confident ease and uncomplicated brilliance. In our humble opinion, throw these things together and you've got an instant formula for success. Such was the immediacy of the way we totally fell in love with Pip Blom when we first saw them live at Twisterella 2017 (and another five times after that!). The Dutch indie outfit originally came to life as a solo project for vocalist Pip, before evolving into a full band. And what a band they are.

Isn’t it great when you stumble across a set and they immediately become your new favourite act? Ridiculously tight musicianship, and an unmatched live energy as if they could sponaneously combust at any moment; a totally perfect pairing resulting in organised chaos. After their incredible Main Stage set during the last full Deer Shed in 2019, we just knew we had we had to bring them back. With the likes of Franz Ferdinand, The Breeders and Garbage inviting the Amsterdam bunch to tour with them, we'd dare anyone not to not fall head over heels for them after witnessing their enchanting live performances.

Sinkane Spotify

Sinkane

Sinkane is one of the artists who was scheduled to join us for Deer Shed 11... the great lost Deer Shed...One of the most anticipated artists from that line up, we are incredibly grateful that the visionary Sinkane has decided to join us in the fields of Baldersby Park at last.

Sinkane describes his 2019 album Dépaysé as 'the story of an immigrant's journey of self-discovery in the Trump era' and is genre-smashing masterpiece. His poignant, thoughtful reflections on life as a Sudanese-American in the US are set to a backdrop of music that refuses to stay still as it bounces joyously between pop, funk, psychedelia, reggae, East African folk and so much more.

He tells us "Dépaysé is a place we can all know as home, with elements of all our homes.” - how lucky we are that Sinkane will be bringing it to Deer Shed.

Denise Chaila Spotify

Denise Chaila

Rapper-singer-poet Denise Chaila has made a name for herself as one of the most exciting new Irish artists around. Her standout track ‘Anseo’ is razor sharp track that deftly and playfully explores a wide array of cultural references over inspired production. It’s no surprise to us that she was the highest-charting Irish female artist of 2020 and the worthy winner of the RTÉ Choice Music Prizes esteemed Album of The Year award for debut mixtape ‘Go Bravely’.

Backing up her award winning debut with a string of towering live performances on TV and at festivals around Ireland and the UK, she has cemented herself as one to watch.

The Zambian-born Limerick MC is a fearless creator, flouting conventions and establishing herself as one of the most important voices in music on her own terms. This is an artist in the ascendancy, Denise Chaila will be huge before long and we feel very lucky she is stopping by Deer Shed for a glimpse at just why...

The Lovely Eggs Spotify

The Lovely Eggs

The Lovely Eggs are absolutely one of the all time great DIY bands - a self-sustaining whirlwind of psych-punk, crushing guitars, unabashed joy and sheer community spirit...

We’ve seen The Lovely Eggs more times than we’d like to say, due in no small part to them being one of the hardest working and hardest touring bands in the country. These shows, a seemingly endless run of sold out tours and festival appearances, function more as community gatherings - a refuge from everyday life and a celebration of the weirdest, most spontaneous and the happiest bits of being a person. Darlings of BBC 6 Music, their music is heavy, vital psychedelic punk, shot through with brilliant surrealism and an ever-present, irrepressible pop sensibility.

The band invite us to join them in their own universe, in Eggland and, considering its binding ethos of fierce artistic independence, empathic collectivism and exploring all that is strange and silly, who are we to refuse?

Du Blonde Spotify

Du Blonde

Some albums just seem to encapsulate joy, generating an instant life-affirming effect for anyone who cares to listen. Across their various incredible musical adventures over the years, Beth Jeans Houghton has always been a firm Deer Shed favourite....but the minute we first heard Du Blonde's 2021 third record 'Homecoming', it's fair to say we took to this one immediately. Bearing all the hallmarks of an instant classic, it combines fuzzy guitar lines, unforgettable hooks, and influences from punk, power-pop, 90's rock, grunge, but all the while creating something that is somehow also totally unique; a musical manifesto on how to be unapologetically, emphatically yourself.

Du Blonde's latest features an impressively star-studded array of guests including fellow DS superstar Ezra Furman, Andy Bell (Ride), and Shirley Manson (Garbage), however it's Houghton who really shines through on this brilliant collection of songs. A true multi-talented powerhouse and an artist in every sense of the word, we cannot wait to see them bring the joyous Du Blonde live experience to Baldersby Park at Deer Shed 12.

Katy J Pearson Spotify

Katy J Pearson

Imagine classic country road songs, imbued with the timeless panoramic writing of the great American songwriters of the 70’s matched with unmistakable British indie sensibilities and you are close to understanding the kind of music Katy J Pearson is currently wowing an ever-growing audience with.

Hailing from the hills of the West Country, Katy J Pearson writes music with an incredibly keen sense of place. Forget SXSW; this is South by South West of England. We’d followed Katy’s musical journey for quite some time and after an iconic performance at Base Camp Plus, we were desperate to invite her back for another performance, this time so the full Deer Shed audience can get a chance to see this incredibly exciting new songwriting talent.

You know when you just know an artist is destined for big things? We like to think Deer Shed is place where people can enjoy their favourite music, but equally, we also pride ourselves on creating and maintaining an environment for emerging artists to flourish and for you all to find your new favourite artist. We’re betting on that favourite new artist being Katy J Pearson.

Porij Spotify

Porij

One thing that really unites us here at Deer Shed HQ is a shared love of breakfast, i.e the very best meal of the day. Our approach to keep things exciting here is to regularly mix it up, which is evidently something we can hear we have in common with Porij from listening to their excellent debut mixtape....'Breakfast'.

Making dancefloor-ready tunes that borrow elements from house, art pop, r'n'b, funk, garage, new wave and beyond, the overall result is a sound unlike anything else we’ve listened to this year. Formed at university while in Manchester and wasting no time in hitting the ground running, the foursome's distinct collective talents have already led them to heavy national rotation on the air waves, along with on our own sound systems.

CMAT Spotify

CMAT

It's not every day you hear debut singles that recount tales of breakdowns in famous chicken shop chains, but when they're as good as 'Another Day (kfc)', you'd be clucking daft (sorry) not to sit up and take notice: "Everyone was looking, so I cried some more, and doubled down on chicken for some moral support". Sensational stuff.

For some, becoming a self-proclaimed 'global pop star' in the middle of lockdown might sound kind of daunting. This wasn't the case for Ciara Mary-Alice Thompson, aka CMAT. Her distinct brand of 'Dublin country' is both charming and relatable, marrying an enchanting vocal style with a compelling narrative storytelling ability and an outlook that is pure pop in terms of both aesthetic and ambition. In her own words, 'Dolly Parton meets Weird Al Yankovic, mixed with Katy Perry.' Quite the combination.

The Irish singer has a beautiful knack for navigating life experiences in an effortlessly confessional manner whilst maintaining a wicked sense of humour in the process. After hearing her latest single, 'No More Virgos', it's safe to say we’re highly anticipating the release of her debut album early next year.

Bleach Lab Spotify

Bleach Lab

The first thing that hits you listening to promising dream pop newcomers Bleach Lab is the sheer quality of singer Jenna Kyle's ethereal vocals, bringing to mind the likes of Hope Sandoval and Liz Fraser but with a directness and clarity that is entirely her own. Elsewhere, chorus-drenched guitars and atmospheric soundscapes combine to devastating effect, landing somewhere in the vicinity of 'Disintegration' era The Cure, and Slowdive. Musically speaking Bleach Lab are so far up our street that at this point they're practically living in our front garden, and we're not even mad about it.

Having released two excellent EP's in 2021 including the latest 'Nothing Feels Real', the South London quartet have quickly established themselves as one of the capital's most compelling live acts, and are shortly due to temporarily wave goodbye to their hometown to embark on their first UK headline tour. Trust us when we say you won't want to miss their eagerly-awaited Deer Shed appearance!

The Bug Club Spotify

The Bug Club

Spurred on by founding members Sam and Tilly dropping out of uni, this life-affirming Welsh indie trio was born following what they have described as "a kick up the arse to start doing something we actually wanted to do". After some heroic and relentless gigging they were picked up by Bingo Records and released their first single - ‘We Don’t Need Room For Loving’ in February 2021. Rightfully, they quickly gained momentum, with airplay from Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music who swiftly booked the band for a post lockdown live session on air.

Working tightly as a group, the three write, record and perform in perfect harmony. The Bug Club's music is a blast of pressing drums, perfectly complimentary duel vocals and classicly grungey, indie guitars - all assets that set them at the front of the current crop of incredibly exciting Welsh indie bands. There's a playful bounciness to this band, making for an infectious delight and we're sure, an amazing live show.

We've been excited about The Bug Club for quite some time and to finally see them live is going to be a personal highlight for us!

Balimaya Project Spotify

Balimaya Project

Formed in 2019, Balimaya Project are a 16 piece collective from London who fuse Mandé folk music with jazz and ancient folklore to create thrilling, polyrythmic and dynamic music. Founded by percussionist and band leader Yahael Camara Onono, the group is built on the foundation of forging musical and cultural ties from all walks of life, from a place of integrity, authenticity and inspiration.

The group explain to us "the word 'Balimaya' comes from the Maninka language and means the essence of kinship. In Mande society, the ideology of kinship is engrained in the moral fabric of its people. Family ties aren’t just limited to blood relations. The concept of extended family created by marriage, cousinage, shared history within ethnicities and deeds done for one another is complex, but adhered to with great pride.”

Balimaya Project is not only a powerful and inspiring collaboration between some of London’s most vital musicians, it’s also one of the best live shows going... trust us!

Night Flight Spotify

Night Flight

London indie-folk quartet Night Flight first joined us at Deer Shed in 2018 following the release of their gorgeous debut EP Wanderlust and blew us away with their modern take on atmospheric, widescreen harmony-laden songwriting.

Making music that has roots in the iconic Laurel Canyon scene of the 60’s and 70’s with an unmistakable experimental energy, Night Flight take flawless, folk inspired songwriting, soaring vocal harmonies and add cinematic, reverb drenched guitars and layer upon layer of sonic beauty to create a sound that owes as much to open-minded experimentation as it does to the classic genre.

If you enjoy yourself some Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses or War On Drugs, then Night Flight might be your new favourite band... They take us to green fields - basking in the early evening sun, lost in song and totally at peace. Not bad hey?

Natalie McCool Spotify

Natalie McCool

Natalie McCool makes a pretty convincing case for nominative determinism... The Liverpool based singer and guitarist bares her soul via the medium of her gloriously catchy pop and is one of the most captivating songwriters around today. After the release of her debut album in 2016, Natalie has been making waves, steadily gaining greater and greater acclaim as more people discover her towering collection of songs.

We eagerly awaited her most recent album Memory Girl and it really delivered - it is the sound of a songwriter working in a free and creative environment, with what feels like total sureity - the music is diverse and explorative while keeping her songs and voice front and centre. We've been at this a long time and can tell you, rarely does it feel like artists are given the time and space to work things out to the degree Natalie McCool has and it's plain to see that when given, it really pays off...

Lime Garden Spotify

Lime Garden

We can often be found claiming Yorkshire as the greatest hotbed of brilliant new music going and accept a certain level of bias in that position... So, with that in mind, we are ready to admit that Brighton has been has been having a bit of a *moment* for a while now. One of the bright lights of the East Sussex city are Lime Garden. Made up of Chloe, Annabel, Leila and Tippi, Lime Garden emerged on the scene as fast rising newcomers in 2020 with a perfect run of lo-fi, laid-back psychy indie rock drenched in the kind of total effortless cool you can neither fake or define. These faultless witty first singles got us hooked and as we delved further we realised, along with plenty of other adoring fans, that this band were really onto something special. Harnessing catchy melodies, earworm hooks and rhythmic, punky new-wave tunes.

We’ve loved everything Lime Garden have released so far and we can’t wait to see what comes next!

Beija Flo Spotify

Beija Flo

It’s really not easy to pinpoint the exact musical space that Beija Flo occupies. Trust us, we've had an absolute blast trying to do just that for you. What we do know is that when we listen to her it’s like we're glimpsing into the depths of the soul of a genuinely gifted artist. Brilliantly melding genres with joyous musicality, Beija gives us complex narrations of love, relationships and mental health tenderness set to a background of music that takes us from delicate ballads to gripping, acerbic punk rock.

One of the most exciting new artists currently working in her native Liverpool, local tastemakers including Bido Lito! and BBC Introducing Merseyside have been championing Beija's music as she plays much-discussed home town shows. We're so happy that word is continuing to spread about this one of a kind musician and artist - we are pretty certain Deer Shedders are going to be in awe too.

Beija Flo

Big Jeff

What can we say about Big Jeff? In many ways a modern indie icon, and surely one of the biggest supporters of live music there is. For every touring band worth their salt, on the live music circuit it's widely acknowledged to be a real badge of honour to have Jeff down at the front of your show or festival set, ferociously nodding along to your tunes.

However, not content with being a total music fanatic and almost single-handedly propping up the live music economy of Bristol, Jeff also happens to be an incredibly talented artist. Having recently announced his first solo exhibition 'Welcome To My World', Jeff's art takes influence from the music world and beyond in order to express emotion and channel his experiences with hidden anxiety and mental health in a truly profound and beautiful way. We're honoured then, to have Jeff join us in Topcliffe for Deer Shed Festival 12, where he'll be creating unique live art in real time on stage in front of the Deer Shed crowd!

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