25TH – 27TH JUNE 2021, ERIDGE PARK, KENT
BLACK DEER FIRST MAJOR MUSIC EVENT HAPPENING IN 2021

JAKE BUGG JOINS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HALL OF FAMERS AT ‘FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR’ IN KENT.

HEADLINERS CONFIRMED FOR RESCHEDULED DATE:
VAN MORRISON
SAVING GRACE featuring ROBERT PLANT & SUZI DIAN
FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS
JAKE BUGG (FULL BAND)
LATEST ARTISTS ANNOUNCED INCLUDE:

JAKE BUGG | THE CUBAN BROTHERS | GINGER WILDHEART & THE SINNERS
KITTY, DAISY AND LEWIS | DANNY GEORGE WILSON | BLUE ROSE CODE

FULL LINE-UP HERE

PR: lara@sonnetmusic.co.uk

“This looks like a great bill. I’ve worked alongside most of these people in recent times… over here or over there… there’s power and beauty. Looking forward to it…” Robert Plant

29.04.21 – Black Deer Festival will be the first major music event to take place in the UK in June. The Kent festival, which is held in the grounds of England’s oldest deer park in Eridge Park, has already made a name for itself for its unique offering of authentic Americana, Southern-inspired food and drink and forest school style children’s activities. With a recent surge in ticket sales, organisers are confident that they will welcome people back through the gates this summer with plans to make Black Deer Festival the place to be when lockdown restrictions are eased on June 21st. Black Deer are excited to let ticketholders know that some of the biggest names in live music have reconfirmed for the June 2021 dates with a top line-up including legendary Belfast Cowboy Van Morrison, Robert Plant’s latest collaboration Saving Grace with Suzi Dian, Irish roots superstar singer and songwriter Imelda May, award-winning songwriter Jake Bugg and emerging UK Americana artist Jade Bird. “This will be the first gig for me and the band since March 2020. We just can’t wait to get out and play for everyone. It can’t come soon enough!” – Jake Bugg

Latest names added to an already-acclaimed 2021 line-up are Jake Bugg, The Cuban Brothers, Ginger Wildheart & The Sinners, Kitty, Daisy and Lewis, Danny George Wilson, Blue Rose Code, The Bar Steward Sons of Val Doonican, Treetop Flyers, The Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell, Steak, Broken Witt Rebels, Powerhouse Gospel Choir, Old Time Sailors, Hannah White, Jonathan Terrell, King Creature, The Orange Circus Band, The Paul Dunton Orchestra, Luke Jackson, Hayley Ross, Ruby Dew, James Kirby, Dull Knife, Simeon Hammond Dallas, Jinda Biant, Eddy Smith and the 507, Chris Fox, The Mountain Firework Company, Hobo and the Hippies, My Girl the River, Izzie Yardley, Coney Island Maybe, The River Flows, Ava’Mae, Rattlesnake Hearts, Phil Hooley, Red, Green and Blue and David Mumford.

Returning to the festival this year are the much-loved Black Deer Songwriter Sessions which will take place on the main stage across each day of the festival and include performances from Frank Turner, Imelda May and returning favourite Irish Mythen. The Songwriter Sessions are a unique opportunity to see this calibre of artists together on stage talking in depth about their music and revealing the stories that have inspired their songwriting.
Showcasing music of an independent spirit across multiple stages, exquisite live fire cooking, layers of Americana inspired lifestyle and custom motorcycle culture, Black Deer is a family staycation destination with a community ethos.

“We’re very excited to be able to push our plans, bring together our beloved community for a 2021 edition of Black Deer and deliver one hell of a (safe!) summer party. The UK live music industry has been hit hard and we feel it is so important to support our artists, their teams and the wider festival community at the earliest opportunity. It’s not going to be easy, but we’re doing everything we canto make Black Deer Festival 2021 one to remember!”Gill Tee & Deborah Shilling, Co-Founders

“I am excited beyond words to be getting back into the live saddle again, playing with my band to a
real audience – after the year we’ve had, it’s an incredible feeling. It feels good to kick off with an independent festival as well. I can’t wait!”
Frank Turner

Committed to giving 1500 tickets to NHS Key Workers
With some members of the Black Deer team having been personally affected by the pandemic and
having seen first-hand the incredible work and sacrifices made by so many, they have decided to
show their gratitude and thanks by inviting 1,500 NHS and key workers as guests to Black Deer
Festival 2021.

Orange Amps in Norcross, GA, USA is looking for a capable Warehouse Associate to support our company’s warehouse operations. You will receive, input, sort, load and unload products
and will perform various warehouse activities.

Responsibilities:
·         Process, package and ship orders accurately
·         Organize stocks and maintain inventory
·         Inspect products for defects and damages
·         Examine ingoing and outgoing shipments
·         Organize warehouse space
·         Receive, unload and place incoming inventory items appropriately
·         Check, verify and fill customer invoices
·         Abide by all company safety and hygiene regulations
·         Contribute ideas on ways to improve or optimize warehousing procedures
·         Keep warehouse clean and organized daily

Nice To Have:
·         Proven warehouse experience
·         Ability to operate or learn forklift, hand truck, pallet jack and other equipment
·         Adequate knowledge of warehouse data system
·         Team player with organizational skills
·         Ability to lift or move heavy products
·         High school diploma

Benefits:
·         Full-time position, 9am-5pm Mon-Fri
·         Paid time-off and holidays
·         Health insurance, dental and vision
·         Retirement plan

Please contact and send resumes to derron@orangeamps.com

Orange Amplification are pleased to announce the launch of the new Acoustic Pedal. This do-it-all, compact pre-amp pedal has been designed and built using all the company’s know-how from the acclaimed Acoustic Pre TC preamp and the Crush Acoustic 30 amplifier.

Crammed with features, this highly versatile pedal, with its simple controls and set up, leave guitarists free to do what they do best – play! Whether you need to win the battle against feedback, handle complex effects chains, brighten up a dull instrument or just plug into a PA, the Acoustic Pedal has you covered.

The pedal’s low-noise JFET circuit design guarantees low levels of background noise, without hiss, whilst still maintaining super-high headroom for a clean, clear acoustic tone. Its powerful, notch controlled EQ is precise and unassuming, allowing players to subtly sculpt their sound and tackle feedback. The fixed Bass and Treble knobs provide control of the ‘body’ and ‘sparkle’ of an instrument, whilst the highly-transparent, buffered FX Loop offers acoustic players the perfect signal chain for enviable loopers, reverbs and delays.

The pedal can be connected directly to a P.A with its balanced XLR output and can be used simultaneously with the additional ¼’ mono jack for the ultimate flexibility.

The Orange Acoustic Pedal is a single ended, Class A, Acoustic Preamp, with a Full Parametric Midrange / Notch Filter and a Buffered FX Loop…….. total tonal control, low noise and ultra -transparent.To find out more please go to https://orangeamps.com/.

“Learn The Orange Way”

Orange Learn, the educational arm of Orange Amplification, is excited to announce the expansion of its qualifications with the launch of Vocal Performance Graded Exams. Orange Amps has spent more than fifty years encouraging people to enjoy and participate in making music. Now, this includes vocalists.
 
The Orange Learn Vocal Performance syllabus and graded exams, developed in partnership with Online Music Exams, focuses entirely on the performance of songs, offering an additional progression route to traditional practical music exams with a carefully curated, contemporary list of suggested songs. Plus, it is more affordable in comparison to many of its competitors and its flexibility allows exams to be taken anywhere, at any time, and as many times as needed.
 
Rock songs featured in the syllabus include Stairway To Heaven Led Zeppelin, Sex On Fire Kings Of Leon, I Wish Stevie Wonder. Also featured are Little Lion Man Mumford & Sons, Chocolate by 1975 and Kiss by Prince. However, students can choose their own songs providing they fit the parameter guidelines found in the syllabus.
 
There are nine graded exams in total, debut through to Grade 8. Grades 1 to 8 are regulated qualifications and recognised by the RQF* and EQF* via the awarding body, The Learning Machine. Each exam requires a student to introduce and perform a selection of songs. Students receive feedback from a professional singer and a vocal
examiner, as well as a certificate of recognised qualification on passing.
 
‘Music education has always been close to my heart,’ said Cliff Cooper, Orange Amps CEO, ‘Orange Learn’s Vocal Performance syllabus and exams is about encouraging the uniqueness of each individual to shine, allowing a space for them to develop performance and communication skills and gain a recognised qualification.’
 
Students already learning to sing and looking for a vocal exam that is more cost effective and can be taken online, anytime or anywhere, can find out more here.

Orange Amplification take great delight in welcoming Jimmy Bowskill as a new Ambassador. The Canadians driving, lyrical guitar playing is the core of The Sheepdogs good time rock ‘n’ roll.
 
The multi-award winning Bowskill is considered one of the most talented players in the Roots and Blues scene today. Musically intense, his playing is full of sweet licks and chops whilst his voice is strong, soulful and expressive. The Sheepdogs, famously the only unsigned band to appear on the front of Rolling Stone, are skilled purveyors of vintage boogie rock.
 
When asked about his Orange gear, Bowskill said: “I have used my Orange AD30 as my main touring amplifier with the Sheepdogs for 5 years all over the world and have only had to change tubes. I love the clarity in the breakup of the AD30 circuit with the EL84’s and the smooth clean headroom as well. They are very reliable and excellent sounding and performing amplifiers. Best in the biz.”
 
The AD30 valve amp is the one stop shop for all shades of pure British chine and crunch with two different, independent channels voiced to complement and interact beautifully with each other.

Frank Sidoris by David Phillips

Orange Amplification is delighted to welcome new Ambassador Frank Sidoris, rhythm guitarist with Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.
 
Sidoris, who has been with Slash since 2012, has also played with Alice Cooper, the late great Lemmy Kilmister and Rush’s Alex Lifeson. More recently he has joined Wolf Van Halen’s, Eddie Van Halen’s son, new band Mammoth WVH.
 
He uses the Custom Shop 50 amp, known for its exquisite blues / rock tones providing an inspiring canvas for his rhythm work combining it with the cabinet main stay for touring artists, the classic PPC412.
 
Talking about being an Orange Ambassador Sidoris said: “It’s an honor to be associated with Orange, a company that has remained at the pinnacle of iconic tone and style for decades and continues to catch eyes and ears on stage and in the studio.”

Photo by Emily Butler.

Marcus King Signed Terror Stamp Auction Launched

Orange Amplification recently asked its customers to nominate a charitable cause for the company to support. After thousands of entries the company is proud to announce they will be raising funds for ‘Habitat for Humanity‘ whose objectives are to “…build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Housing poverty around the world is so widespread, that we need to engage in many ways to solve housing problems. Together with our partners and volunteers, we provide new housing solutions and opportunities for people in need of decent shelter.”

To help raise funds for the charity, Orange ambassador Marcus King kindly signed one of the company’s ‘amp in a pedal’, a Terror Stamp, which is now up on eBay for auction. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Habitat for Humanity. Marcus was recently nominated for a Grammy and is widely regarded as one of the most exciting young blues guitarists to break through in decades described by Rolling Stone Magazine as an ‘electrifying performer’.

Follow the auction, which ends on the 16th January 2020, and bid on Ebay at https://www.ebay.com/itm/402634870386. To help choose another cause for Orange Amplification to support, register your Orange gear here. Further information on the auction and story will be covered on the Orange Blog page here

Once again we will be granting wishes for 2020, a sure sign that Christmas is not too far away. Our annual #WishGranted giveaway has become a huge event worldwide since its inception in December 2013.

#WishGranted giveaway is out company’s way of saying thank you to all those that have supported us company through these challenging times. Each day there will be four prize packages, one large prize, including an amp, and three smaller ones such as Orange headphones, pedals and merchandise. The competition is open to everyone worldwide, with Orange covering all delivery and custom charges. 

To enter, visit any of our product pages on our website and click the prize draw button at the top of the page. Alternatively enter by liking, commenting or sharing any #WishGranted post on the our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages. Wishes must be posted between 12.00pm on the 1st and 20:00pm (GMT) on the 23rd December 2020. Winners will be announced daily from 12th through to the 23rd December on orangeamps.com as well as across our socials. The more times you enter the higher the chance of winning!

Cliff Cooper, CEO and founder of Orange Amplification commented ‘Christmas is going to be different this year, so I hope #WishGranted will make people’s wishes for products they have always wanted come true and lift spirits at this time of giving’.

To be in with a chance to win this Christmas, enter the #WishGranted prize draw and make a wish. Good luck to all who enter!

Photo by Emily Butler.

From all of us at Orange Amplification, we would like to wish all our Grammy nominated Ambassadors good luck for the up and coming awards in January 2021.

Guitar phenom, Marcus King, has been nominated in the Best Americana Album category. The critically acclaimed ‘El Dorado’ establishes King as an innovative songwriter with a soulful voice and blistering solos. Fellow blues innovator, Fantastic Negrito, has been nominated for Best Contemporary Blues Album. His timely fourth album, ‘Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?’ is far reaching with hints of many musical genres and plenty of sonic colour. Plus, one of the fastest rising guitar pickers, Billy Strings has been nominated for Best Bluegrass Album with ‘Home’, a fresh exploration of this traditional music genre.

Other Orange Ambassador nominations include producer and guitarist Andrew Watt in the Producer of the Year (Non Classical), Album of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Album categories. He produced, played guitar on and helped write Ozzy Osbourne’s album, ‘Ordinary Man’. Last, but not least, Code Orange, known for their exhilarating, unpredictable live shows have been nominated for Best Metal Performance.

Canadian guitarist and songwriter, Nick Johnston, has become Orange Amplification’s latest Ambassador. The critically acclaimed musician, known for his fantastic tone, is delighted to be continuing his exploration of new levels of melody, harmony and composition with an Orange Rockerverb 100 MKIII.

Johnston is one of the hottest virtuoso guitar players around. He is much admired for his compelling ability to blend progressive metal seamlessly with thematic instrumental playing. Johnston’s distinctive approach is widely acknowledged as unique, drawing heavily on an extensive range of music genres from blues to classic sci-fi scores. The dramatic and mature combination of his musicality and natural storytelling skills allow him to paint vivid, luscious landscapes with his music.

He released his finely crafted, fifth studio album, Wide Eyes in the Dark, in April 2019. It is a timeless narrative which covers the whole gamut of the human experience. Johnston’s understated playing is full of complex, refined progressive rock ideas delivered with delicate sensitivity and finesse.Johnston’s newly acquired Rockerverb MKIII is a powerful and versatile amplifier full of the immediately recognisable British tone synonymous with Orange.  The amp is a mainstay for many touring artists and session aces, both on the road and in the studio. Talking about it Johnston said: “Not only is Rockerverb 100 MKIII the coolest looking amp on the planet, but it changes my playing in a way that makes me sound more natural, more organic and more like myself. It sounds massive, but it still manages to let my fingerprint shine through.”  Fans everywhere can’t wait to hear how Johnston’s tone will evolve with this new rig.

Top photo by Grant Cooper.