Upfest 2017 promises to be the biggest yet as organisers have announced that over 350 artists will live paint 37 locations as the festival returns to Bedminster from 29th – 31st July.
The festival route now spans from Ashton Gate Stadium all the way up to East Street, covering side streets, main roads and parks with artwork from small stickers and stencils, to huge boards and the giant murals we all know and love.
Fans of Europe’s largest street art festival can now download the 2017 festival map from the Upfest website or visit the gallery on North Street to get their hands on a hard copy.
This year’s festival will include three key festival areas, the Tobacco Factory, South Street Park and the recently announced addition of Ashton Gate Stadium. Over 70 artists will be present at the stadium, live painting across Saturday and Sunday for all to see. This new super-venue will also host an array of kid’s activities from the Posca Doodle Wall, Nacoa Activity Zone, model making and many more family friendly workshops.
The original Upfest venue, the Tobacco Factory sits at the centre of the festival, hosting two music stages, a street food market, merchandise and a whole host of artists. On Monday 31st July, the venue will also host the Kids Activity Day which will include Morph modelling workshops, the Posca Doodle Wall, rock guitar workshops and Miss C’s Graffiti Academy with Amsterdam Paints.
South Street Park will once again host more than 70 artists all live painting across the weekend as well as the NACOA Activity Zone, featuring everything colourful and sticky from badge making to giant paintings and Miss C’s Graffiti Academy using Amsterdam Paints, with one hour workshops running across the weekend for just £10. Booking is essential via the Upfest website.
Then along the route you can find 2017’s Festival Artist PAHNL painting at Souk Kitchen and just across the street Brazilian artist Kobra will be creating an incredible mural on the side of The Tobacco Factory. Take a short walk down to Bristol Beer Factory and you’ll find Rocket01 painting live as well as Upfest legend Cheo’s homage to Aardman with a giant mural of Morph to celebrate his 40th birthday.
Further up North Street at Royston Garden News, Brighton-based artist Eelus will be displaying his skills with monochrome and vivid colour, Bristol-based contemporary artist Bex Glover will be in action just a few yards further up at McColls newsagents.
Onwards to the Hen & Chicken, Filthy Luker will be installing his trademark tentacles while at The Nursery, the not to be missed Jody will be live painting and the incredible duo of Will Barras and Xenz will be putting their mark on The Masonic.
NYC’s very own Buff Monster will be painting at the Salvation Army Shop on East Street, onlookers can expect bright colourful and very melty character based murals. A little further up East Street, at Barclays Bank, Bristol legends 3DOM and Voyder will be painting up a storm.
Hundreds more artists will be scattered across Bedminster throughout the festival weekend, from South Street Park, to Coronation Road and everywhere in-between. So be sure to pick up a map and head off on an artistic exploration of South Bristol.
Exclusive prints from various festival artists will be available to purchase from the Upfest gallery throughout the festival weekend and as in previous years, Upfest will be raising money for Nacoa, The National Association for Children of Alcoholics. So far the festival has raised £50,000 for the charity.
For more information on Upfest or to download the festival map visit www.upfest.co.uk and follow @Upfest on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
at University of Bristol Botanic Gardens