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Bruce Dickinson becomes patron of William Blake charity, The Blake Cottage Trust


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FUNDRAISING APPEAL LAUNCHED TO SECURE HERITAGE OF WILLIAM BLAKE

THE MANDRAKE PROJECT UK HEADLINE TOUR STARTS THIS WEEK

 

In the week that Bruce Dickinson starts his hugely-anticipated European tour in support of his brand new solo album The Mandrake Project with a string of UK headline shows, the Iron Maiden frontman is delighted to be announced as Patron of The Blake Cottage Trust.

Having been a life-long devotee of the lauded visionary, artist and poet William Blake, Bruce has frequently referenced Blake’s hugely influential works within his own creative output, including extensively on The Mandrake Project itself. In fact the video for his recent single ‘Rain On The Graves’ references Blake in many different ways, from the mystical and arcane through to the more prosaic image of Bruce uncovering a replica of Blake’s grave at the end.

The Blake Cottage Trust owns William Blake’s only surviving house, in Felpham on the Sussex Coast, where William and his wife Catherine lived between 1800 and 1803. It was in the Cottage that he wrote the words to what we now know as the hymn Jerusalem. William’s three years in the village marked the start of the most important period in his creative life.

Despite being recognised as one of the most important places in English literary history, when the Trust purchased the Cottage it was found to have structural issues and the thatched roof is now in urgent need of repair, meaning it is unsafe to allow access.

Bruce comments, “William Blake has given me so much over the years and I want to repay the debt by helping to restore the Cottage. Despite his impact on the world, there is no centre for Blake, nowhere people can visit to see the place where he actually lived and worked during a key part of his life. I want to change this.”

2027 will be the 200th anniversary of Blake's death and by then Bruce and the Trust hope the Cottage will be open to the public and become a centre for artists, writers and visionaries who wish to follow in Blake’s footsteps. The first step is to repair the roof at a cost of £80,000, with the cost of restoring the whole Cottage estimated at £1.5 million.


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Bruce will be at the vanguard of the fund-raising campaign and will soon be launching an auction of memorabilia from both Iron Maiden and his solo career, through the Iron Maiden Fanclub, including the William Blake gravestone as seen in the ‘Rain On The Graves’ video. Plans are also underway for Bruce to play a fund-raising concert, details of which will be announced in due course.

Doug Nicholls, Chair of The Blake Cottage Trust, says, “We are delighted to welcome Bruce as our Patron. Blake's Cottage provides an important physical link to an artist and poet whose work helped shape Britain. With Bruce’s active support I am sure that we will be able to achieve our aim of restoring it for future generations.”

Bruce expounds upon his love for William Blake in a brand-new interview with The Quietus which has been published today. He states, “He’s an artist to whom you should aspire. There’s a purity to what he does that is untrammelled by commerciality or anything like that. He was unpredictable, he was cranky, he was difficult to deal with. He’s uncompromising, he's rude, he's bellicose. But he's incredibly powerful. He matters.”

To read the full interview click HERE

For more information on the Blake Cottage Trust contact:

Doug Nicholls: 07557 770230 / chairperson@blakecottage.org

To donate to the Blake Cottage Trust click HERE


 

Bruce Dickinson and his phenomenal House Band Of Hell band will be playing music from Bruce’s entire solo career – including Blake-inspired tracks such as ‘The Book Of Thel’, ‘The Alchemist’, ‘Chemical Wedding’, ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Rain On The Graves’ – on the forthcoming UK & European tour, which starts in Wolverhampton on 16th May.

Support in the UK, Paris & Tilburg comes from New Zealand up & coming rockers, Black Smoke Trigger.

Bruce Dickinson - The Mandrake Project Tour

16th May – The Halls, Wolverhampton, UK

18th May – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow, UK (SOLD OUT)

19th May – O2 Academy, Manchester, UK (SOLD OUT)

21st May – Arena, Swansea, UK

23rd May – Rock City, Nottingham, UK (SOLD OUT)

24th May – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London, UK (SOLD OUT)

26th May – L’Olympia, Paris, FRANCE (SOLD OUT)

28th May – 013, Tilburg, HOLLAND

29th May – De Oosterport, Groningen, HOLLAND (SOLD OUT)

1st June – Barba Negra, Budapest, HUNGARY (SOLD OUT)

3rd June – Arenale Romane, Bucharest, ROMANIA

6th June – Mystic Festival, Gdansk, POLAND *

5-8th June – Sweden Rock Festival, Solvesborg, SWEDEN *

9th June – Rockefeller, Oslo, NORWAY (SOLD OUT)

11th June – Grona Lund, Stockholm, SWEDEN

13th June – House Of Culture, Helsinki, FINLAND (SOLD OUT)

14th June – Noblessner Foundry, Tallinn, ESTONIA

16th June – Huxleys Neue Welt, Berlin, GERMANY (SOLD OUT)

17th June – Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg, GERMANY (SOLD OUT)

19 – 22nd June – Copenhell, Copenhagen, DENMARK *

21st June – Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, BELGIUM *

22nd June – Summerside Festival, Grenchen, SWITZERLAND *

24th June – Zeltfestival Rhein-Neckar, Mannheim, GERMANY *

25th June – Circus Krone, Munich, GERMANY (SOLD OUT)

26th – 29th June – Resurrection Festival, Galicia, SPAIN *

27-30th June – Hellfest, Clisson, FRANCE *

30th June – Rockhal, Esch-Sur-Alzette, LUXEMBOURG (SOLD OUT)

3-6th July – Rockharz Open Air, Ballenstedt, GERMANY *

5th July – Ippodrome Delle Capannelle, Rock In Roma, Rome, ITALY *

6th July – Bassano Del Grappa, Metal Park, Vincenza, ITALY *

9th July – Palladium, Koln, GERMANY

11th – 14th July – Masters Of Rock Festival, Vizovice, Czech Republic *

13th July – Hala, Zagreb, CROATIA

16th July – Kolodrum Arena, Sofia, BULGARIA

19th July – Kucukciftlik Park, Istanbul, TURKEY

21st July – Release, Athens, GREECE *

* – festival performance

For more information regarding the tour click here


 


 

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