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15 June 2022

Bloodstock Festival To Display Iron Maiden Art & Photography Exhibition

Bloodstock Iron Maiden Art Exhibition
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There’s now just 8 weeks to go ’til Bloodstock 2022! The festival HQ is in a frenzy getting the infrastructure together and locking in the last of the slots. There’s still another batch of ‘Metal 2 The Masses’ bands to come and plenty more info about this year’s event to reveal, but first off, Bloodstock has all the info about what to see at the festival’s unique Rock And Metal Gallery, including a very special Iron Maiden exhibition.

Each year, the Ram Gallery brings a very unique element to Bloodstock. There certainly aren’t many metal festivals showcasing a wealth of rock and metal inspired art, but here at Catton Park fans can get their fill. Curated by festival founder and globally renowned fantasy artist, Paul Raymond Gregory and housed in a purpose built, professionally-lit marquee, the gallery acts as a focal point for a variety of artists, photographers, and other creatives.

This year, there’s a special Iron Maiden theme, with illustrator Mark Wilkinson returning to display a range of his impressive work for the British metal icons across the years. Maiden’s official photographer, John McMurtrie will also have a wall of his spectacular imagery, with a dozen shots from the ‘Legacy Of The Beast’ tour & a Bruce Dickinson ‘Trooper’ print, all authorised and approved by the band themselves.

John says, “When it comes to doing something well I cannot think of any other band that is as driven to outdo itself than Iron Maiden. I have been the band’s photographer since 2006 and each tour just gets bigger and more ambitious! The current Legacy of the Beast tour celebrates the music and showmanship of Iron Maiden with three full stage set changes representing War, Religion and Death.

“What other band on the planet would have a full size Spitfire dive bombing on stage, a Cathedral with stained glass windows, then a scene from Hell with a 25ft monster surrounded by flames? I have a lot to photograph each night but it is the best gig in music photography and I feel honoured to play my part in capturing the Iron Maiden legacy.”

For fans wanting to own a little piece of this Maiden history for themselves, McMurtrie is offering a massive 25% discount to Bloodstockers ordering a 20”x16” pearl fibre, 310gsm Giclee print at the festival! Fans will be able to scan the QR code next to the print they want, enter the discount code displayed, and the print will be shipped by special delivery to their home direct from John’s studio, removing the worry of trying to keep it pristine in a tent at the festival.

The Giclee prints are professionally produced on a massive 8 ink machine and will be archival for 200 years! The pearl fibre paper has a semi-gloss satin finish that feels exactly like a silver gelatine print. All ready to be framed and cherished. Fans can read more about these prints in a blog post from John here or see more of his work at Bloodstock.

This year, Bloodstock will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 11 – 14 August. Visit the event’s official website for further information.

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