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Bloodstock Festival Announces Art Exhibition

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The work of JRR Tolkien has long been a favorite muse of rock and metal artists. This year's Bloodstock bands Megadeth, Amon Amarth, and Dimmu Borgir all have used Tolkien references in their work, along with many others (Nightwish, Gorgoroth and even the likes of Led Zeppelin to name but a few).

Now Bloodstock’s co-founder, fantasy artist Paul Raymond Gregory, is thrilled to bring the two themes together and launch a major art exhibition at Bloodstock this year.

Christened the Rock and Metal (RAM) Gallery, the exhibition is to be a permanent addition to the festival and will provide a showcase for a changing selection of rock-related art and memorabilia. Paul Raymond Gregory’s extensive body of work includes many famous album sleeves and monolithic pieces inspired by the writings of JRR Tolkien. Paul’s first ever album cover commission was in 1984 for Saxon’s "Crusader," so launching the RAM Gallery on the 30th anniversary of Paul’s artistic debut in the metal world is fitting indeed.

This year’s first showing will include all the original Bloodstock festival artwork, going right back to the first indoor event in 2001, plus a wide range of Paul’s album art including the sleeve of Saxon’s latest release "Sacrifice." Representing Paul’s Tolkien work, there will also be a large triptych inspired by The Silmarillion opus (from whence Marillion derived its name). The painting will be mounted in a bespoke hand-carved frame created by framer John Davis. Although John has framed much of Paul’s other work, the triptych features the first frame actually designed by Paul himself. In addition, Paul will be signing copies of his book "Beyond Time And Place," which showcases artwork from the breadth of his career.

The exhibition will also include a small selection of bespoke handmade guitars created by young artist/musician Cynosure who is working to re-define the guitar, not just as a functional instrument, but as a working, playable piece of art.

The current Bloodstock Festival 2014 lineup is shaping up as follows:

Ronnie James Dio Stage

Down, Emperor, Megadeth, Carcass, Amon Amarth, Dimmu Borgir, Children Of Bodom, Saxon, Lacuna Coil, Obituary, Triptykon, Flotsam & Jetsam, Crowbar, Graveyard, Prong, Decapitated, Biohazard, Revamp, Orphaned Land, Aborted, Shining, Entombed A.d, Evil Scarecrow, Bloodshot Dawn

Sophie Lancaster Stage

Phil Campbell’s All Starr Band, Rotting Christ, Sister Sin, Satan, Hellyeah, Avatar, Skyclad, Battleaxe, Diabolical, Winterfylleth, Zerozonic, Blood Red Throne, Morgue Orgy, The Mercy House, Profane Omen, Cambion, Incinery, The King Is Blind, October File, Krokodil, De Profundis, Aghast, Obsidian Kingdom, Jaldaboath, Stormzone, Stahlsarg, Monument, Gehtika, Krow, Aaron Keylock, Voices, Conquest Of Steel

Jagermiester Stage

Undersmile, King Creature, Massive Wagons, Orphand Land, Rabid Bitch Of The North, Heretic Order, Ded Orse, Ten Foot Wizard, Cdence Noir, Darkhorse

New Blood Stage

Abhorrent, Decimation, Phantom, The Canyon Observer, Angerman, Brutai, Scordatura, Stoneghost, No Sin Evades His Gaze, Born Of The Jackal, Today The Sun Dies, Warcrab, Byzanthian Neckbeard, Psykosis, Alone With Wolves, Dog Tired, Jonestown, Jacknife Seizure, Back Down Or Die, Reprisal, Darkeye, The Threat, Synaptik, Resin, King Goat, Unforseen Prophecy

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