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Stereolab
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Liz Lawrence
Big Joanie
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Sunday

Baxter Dury
Sinkane
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Ren Harvieu
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In The Dock Stage

*Booked in partnership with Brudenell Social Club and The Crescent

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The Twilight Sad
Snapped Ankles
Dry Cleaning
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Kate Tempest (Telling Poems)
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Lodge Stage

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*Melt Yourself Down
Roddy Woomble
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Native Harrow
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Spoken word

Telegraph Stage

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Heidi Talbot & Boo Hewerdine
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Weekend DJs

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Stereolab Spotify

Stereolab

Originally formed in 1990, Stereolab were the soundtrack to our 20s when we lived in that there London. Also the band that created one of our fave intros ever in the superb ‘French Disko’ (featured here on Spotify). A simple yet razor sharp intro, settling rather exquisitely into the main body of the track. Second only to ‘Two Tribes’, but shorter and with less of a sense of impending thermo-nuclear apocalypse!

Echoing Charles Dickens’ A Tale Of Two Cities, Stereolab combine their song-writing team of Tim Gane and Lætitia Sadier to great effect. It is impossible to pin down the exact contributions but you can attribute the many influences on the Stereolab sound yourself. From surrealism, to shoegaze, minimalism, easy-listening and the avant-garde. Guitar chord progressions over moog opus and vox continental organ drones. We are quite made up that such a seminal band are going to appear on the Deer Shed main stage – sure to be an utterly mesmerising end to your Friday evening.

Baxter Dury Spotify

Baxter Dury

In 2017, Baxter Dury released what the Deer Shed team and many critics regarded as one of the best albums of the year in Prince of Tears - a cinematic confessional from an artist trying to stay afloat on the seas of relationship failure, complete with some of the best basslines we’ve heard since the turn of the century. Returning in November 2019 with ‘Slum Lord’, the fantastic first single from his upcoming sixth studio album, The Night Chancers, Dury has announced what promises to be his richest and most expansive musical palette to date.

It may be difficult for some of us of *ahem* a certain age to separate the name “Dury” from that of Baxter’s father, Ian. While the punk spirit and masterful poeticism of the latter lives on through the former, trading often in taboo subjects and midnight tales, there is no doubting who the 21st century belongs to. Featuring regular collaborators – including backing vocalists Madeline Hart, Rose Elinor Dougall and Skinny Girl Diet’s Delilah Holliday – we expect The Night Chancers, due for release in March 2020, to be a work of pure art befitting a Sunday night headline performance on the Deer Shed Festival 11 main stage.

Kate Tempest Spotify

Kate Tempest (Telling Poems)

Deer Shed 8 was a landmark year for us, on account of it being our first event to be hit by torrential rain. Some existential crises occurred for certain members of our team across the weekend, but we pulled through in the end. Such biblical downpours, however, created the perfect backdrop for spoken word sensation and main stage headliner Kate Tempest to perform her apocalyptic masterpiece, Let Them Eat Chaos, in full for the very first time in the rain. Those who braved the elements ended up witnessing one of – if not the - most poignant performances ever showcased in Baldersby Park.

To say the poet’s return to the green fields of North Yorkshire is long overdue, then, is quite the understatement. The inspirational poet has since released another critically acclaimed album, The Books of Traps and Lessons, and will headline the festival’s In The Dock tent on Sunday night with her show ‘Telling Poems’, an intimate spoken word set. Akala’s performance in the same slot at Deer Shed 10 was truly something to behold, but we couldn’t think of a better artist to follow in his footsteps than the phenomenal Kate Tempest.

The Twilight Sad Spotify

The Twilight Sad

From their unassuming origins as a group of school friends drawn together by a shared passion for music to the global touring force they have quietly become, The Twilight Sad’s ascent has been forged the old way: with grit, graft and four exceptional studio albums. The latest of these albums, 2019’s IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS FOREVER felt like a long-overdue tipping point for a band now widely regarded as one of Scotland’s finest.

In the words of the great Robert Smith, “If the world was a better place they would be playing to more people, and I think they can”. Headlining Saturday’s In The Dock bill, presented by two of Yorkshire’s finest independent music venues, Brudenell Social Club and The Crescent, The Twilight Sad are heading to Baldersby Park this summer with with their clearest sense of purpose yet, and a visceral collection of dark, brooding and anthemic rock songs.

Sinkane Spotify

Sinkane

Sinkane (aka Ahmed Gallab) produces a mixture of funk-fuelled krautrock, prog-rock, free-jazz, electronica and Sudanese pop. It’s simply impossible not to let a beaming smile spread across your face when listening to the fruits of Gallab’s supreme song-writing ability. If you’ve never heard a tune and thought “I bet that’d sound a bit good on the Deer Shed main stage, out in the glorious North Yorkshire sunshine,” then it really is time to give this joyous band a listen.

Dépaysé (a French word that basically means “to be removed from one's habitual surroundings”) is Sinkane’s latest record in a stellar collection of seven studio albums. Opening track ‘Everybody’ is a celebration of collective action, togetherness and human brotherhood, made all the more pertinent by the knowledge that, as a child, Gallab and his family fled Sudan following a 1989 military coup. It’s an uplifting middle finger to the divisive, isolationist political climate we live in today. With the promise of new material in the New Year, we are delighted to finally be welcoming Sinkane to Baldersby Park this summer, after a pursuit that, between you and me, stretched across some years!

Roody Woomble Spotify

Roody Woomble

Another artist making a return to the festival for the first time since 2017 is Roddy Woomble, widely regarded as one of Scotland’s finest songwriters. Known for his enigmatic lyrics, warm baritone voice and consummate gift for a tune, Roddy has released five solo albums to date as well as fronting much loved Scottish alternative rock band Idlewild, releasing eight studio albums, and touring worldwide as a headline act, but also in support to R.E.M., Pearl Jam and U2 amongst others.

With new solo material on its way in the New Year, said to be leaning more towards a spoken word style than his previous songs, we predict that 2020 will be a very big year for Roddy Woomble, and it’ll be a great pleasure to welcome him back for a headline performance on the Lodge stage.

Snapped Ankles Spotify

Snapped Ankles

We first encountered Snapped Ankles back in 2016, before the release of their debut album Come Play The Trees , while browsing through the roster of their independent Leeds-based record company, The Leaf Label. It seems Snapped Ankles were purpose-built for release via The Leaf Label, particularly when you read the label’s demo submission policy: “If you are a straightforward indie rock band we are probably not interested. If you make straightforward dance music, we are probably not interested […] we're looking for music that is fresh and original, that puts all the elements together in a way that we haven't heard before”.

The easiest assertion you can make about Snapped Ankles is they are anything but straightforward. Fusing primal krautrock with post-punk and psych sounds, the East London band aim to “maintain the feral energy of the forest”. Flourishing in the sub-tropical climes of warehouses and squat parties across the country, their performance art is intended to appeal to the base instincts of the listener, instigate dancing to atypical motorik rhythms, and subvert all expectations of what a live music performance can achieve.

Liz Lawrence Spotify

Liz Lawrence

In 2012, Lawrence self-released her debut album Bedroom Hero, sweet folk-pop songs that she had written as a teenager. She had been through the major label machine, and was dropped before the record came out - a story that she turns into a warning shot for other young women on her irrepressible latest single, ‘USP’. She spent a few years finding her way again, including time as one half of a pop duo, Cash + David, and singing with her friends Bombay Bicycle Club, which took her on a two-year-long tour around the world.

Eventually, after a few years of teaching herself how to produce, she realised that she had become good enough to make her own music in the way she wanted to make it, on her own terms. She released the first fruits of this experimental labour throughout 2018, as a series of double A-side single releases: Chainsmoking, Circling Numbers, and The Good Part. But none of these singles are on latest album Pity Party. "The point was to clear things out, re-establish what I was up to, and what I was doing," she says. It gave her the space she needed to rediscover her own identity – one the Deer Shed team are giddy to watch live on our main stage.

Ren Harvieu Spotify

Ren Harvieu

It’s finally official: Ren Harvieu is back! The enigmatic singer-songwriter served up a phenomenal debut album, Through the Night way back in 2012, only a year after a back injury threatened to end her career before it had even begun. Saving special thanks for her doctors on the record’s sleeve notes – “for taking me in and putting me back together” – the Mancunian’s mix of orchestral alt-rock, big-band brass and touches of ‘60s swing, topped off by a sultry voice full of soul and yearning, confirmed exactly why the music industry widely considered her to be a pop phenomenon in waiting, with a Top 5 chart position.

Her first single in seven years, ‘Teenage Mascara’, continues along the trajectory Harvieu set prior to her tragic hiatus. Released in September by Bella Union, the prolific indie label suggests that her forthcoming album, due for spring 2020, is “a brilliant, bolder and broader take on her timeless pop classicism, a compelling diary of a struggle with self-belief and a celebration of liberation and survival.”

Dry Cleaning Spotify

Dry Cleaning

Indie bands and the royal family. The two haven’t really seen eye-to-eye since The Smiths released The Queen is Dead way back in 1986. And it’s just best not to go there with the punks! With Dry Cleaning’s debut EP Sweet Princess, however, the fast-rising post-punk quartet offer up lead track ‘Magic of Meghan’ as an ode to Meghan Markle’s graces. If any of that family deserves some positive coverage, it really has to be Meghan, and with this track, Dry Cleaning truly announced their arrival.

Staccato rhythms and guitar riffs, biting beneath the vocals of Florence Shaw, not unlike those of Pixies’ Kim Deal, form the basis of Dry Cleaning’s sound, which they expanded on brilliantly with follow-up EP, Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks in 2019. Seasoned Deer Shedders will know just how much of a kick we get from introducing you to immense new bands, and Dry Cleaning are certain to not disappoint.

Melt Yourself Down Spotify

Melt Yourself Down

In the last few years, the UK jazz scene has absolutely exploded. Artists like Comet is Coming, Black Flower and Sons of Kemet all owe something to the hard work of Melt Yourself Down, who’ve paved the way for them since the release of their debut single ‘Release!’ in 2013.

Two critically acclaimed albums later, the band continue to produce sounds that could comfortably find a home being played out in any night club across the country, as well as any inner-city jazz club. Led by sax innovator Max Wareham Melt Yourself Down’s desire to create new sonic pathways is an integral philosophy – one they will bring to Baldersby Park this July to fill the esteemed late-night, post-headline slot on the Lodge. There will be dancing!

Big Joanie Spotify

Big Joanie

Big Joanie are a London-based three-piece formed in the summer of 2013 to play at First Timers (a gig where each band plays their set for the very first time) at the close of the year. Consisting of members Stephanie Phillips (vocals and guitar), Estella Adeyeri (bass and vocals) and Chardine Taylor-Stone (drums and vocals), they are self-described as a “black feminist punk band” their sound is like The Ronettes, filtered through ‘80s DIY and ‘90s riot grrrl, with a sprinkling of dashikis.

Their debut album Sistahs reflected these influences at the same time as occupying a space that few members of such movements had dared to tread before: “There wasn’t really a conversation about race. People kind of alluded to being political and being leftist, but ignored this big elephant in the room,” Phillips told the Guardian. The band also functioned as a space where its members could be completely themselves as black women, and within it discover their own power in creativity. On top of that, they write absolutely brilliant punk songs, which we can’t wait to hear emanating from our main stage.

Heidi Talbot & Boo Hewerdine Spotify

Heidi Talbot & Boo Hewerdine

Our first run with Boo Hewerdine was at a gig at Bangor University in 1989, or thereabouts. The Bible gig showcased Boo as quite an amazing songwriter. All bands write songs, all bands have songwriters, but Boo Hewerdine is a SONGWRITER. Songs crafted and chiselled to perfection. With notable exceptions, 1980s pop songs were more crafted rather than we find in today’s often over-produced wailings. Discuss! Check out ‘Honey Be Good’ and ‘Graceland’. And, naturally, loads of his songs have been made (more?) famous by other artists, like Eddi Reader ‘(Patience of Angels’) and Kris Drever (‘Harvest Gypsies’).

And so to Heidi Talbot. An acclaimed writer herself who has also sung a fair few Boo songs and is a long term collaborator. Heidi, born in Ireland via America has a rather glorious silky voice has enjoyed multiple BBC Radio 2 Folk award nominations and her list of collaborators crosses musical genres with apparent ease. Talbot will be celebrating 20 years as a professional singer in 2020 with the release of a compilation album featuring tracks from Heidi’s 5 solo albums. Heidi and Boo are a rather special musical partnership and not to be missed.

Native Harrow Spotify

Native Harrow

Native Harrow cuts out clear and vibrant narratives on fear, love, the open road, ill-fated relationships, and coping with the state of the world. Featuring Devin Tuel on lead vocals and guitar and Stephen Harms on bass, drums, keys, guitar (not always at the same time), their latest album, Happier Now features nine songs written during three back-to-back tours across North America supporting the band’s second album, Sorores.

The album was recorded in just three days in March 2018 during what Tuel jokingly calls “downtime” in the middle of the grueling 108 date tour. Tuel – whose voice bears a striking to folk great Joanie Mitchell – approached the sessions like a musicians’ workshop, each morning beginning with the songwriter presenting her collaborators with the day’s material. The creative energy of the tightly-knit sessions spilled over into Tuel’s songwriting as well - she skipped lunch on the third and final day of recording to pen the road-weary ‘Hard To Take’. Four days after arriving in Chicago, Native Harrow was back on the road and Happier Now> was complete, and we’re quite sure the record will bring much joy to Deer Shedders when they get to hear it live in July.

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