Upfest is undoubtedly the premier street art festival in Europe. It transforms whole sections of its home city of Bristol. Murals from some of the best street artists from around the world start popping up in the area around Bedminster.
Over the last weekend in July 2017 Upfest took over a massive number of locations across the south of the city. Centred around the area of Bedminster in particular North Street saw a lot of the action. Parks, pubs, a football stadium and even a churchyard was taken over by spray painting artists.
This was street art on a massive scale. Designed very much for the masses. This was about celebrating street art and artists. Bringing them to the attention of a public who might never have seen their work. Yet who, judging by the crowds, were undoubtedly loving what they saw.
Street Art in Bristol
Of course if any city is going to pull off something of this size and scale then Bristol is it. The city is widely credited as being the birthplace of the street art and graffiti scene in the UK. Wander around any part of the city and it’s more than likely that you’ll come across one piece or another. The south of the city showcases some of the best street art in the country. Much of it can be seen all year round.
There’s plenty more we can say about Upfest 2017. Really though it’s the art that does the talking. In this latest of events the show boasted more venues and artists than ever before. We spent two full days wandering around. Even then here’s no way that we could have seen everything. We can be sure that we saw a pretty good proportion though.
This time the weather also made its mark on the event. Many of the artists found themselves having to stop and start. Periods of glorious weather were followed by intense periods of heavy showers. For the artists painting some of the big walls with little shelter. This undoubtedly played a part in some of the pieces being delayed. Some of the shots in our gallery below are still unfinished as a result. Whilst others are covered in scaffolding.
But that is what it is and we’ve chosen our top 20. It was a hard choice as the standard of this Upfest 2017 festival is incredibly high.
Top 20 Artworks from Upfest 2017
1. Kobra – The Tobacco Factory, North Street
2. Nomad Clan – The Old Bookshop, North Street
3. Fanakapan & Insane57 – 239 West Street
4. Jody Artist – The Nursery
5. Eelus – Royston Garden News, North Street
6. Buff Monster – Salvation Army Shop, East Street
7. Hannah Adamaszek & Saroj – The Steam Crane, North Street
8. N4T4 & Philith – Al’s Tikka Grill, Ashton Road
9. Cheo – Brewery Theatre, North Street
10. My Dog Sighs & SNUB – Lilit, North Street
11. Dekor & Zase – Redpoint Climbing Centre, Winterstoke Road
12. Dzia – Redpoint Climbing Centre, Winterstoke Road
13. Xenx & Will Barras – The Masonic, North Street
14. Rocket 01 – Brewery Theatre, North Street
15. Guy Denning & Yatiko Fields – The Tap & Barrel
16. JXC – The Hen & Chicken, North Street
17. Andrew Burns Colwill – The Coopers Arms, Ashton Road
18. Boe & Irony – 302 North Street
19. Caro Pepe & Age Age – The Tobacco Factory, North Street
20. Mon Devane – Ashton Gate Football Stadium, Ashton Road
Upfest was visited over the weekend of 28 & 29 July 2017 and all photographs were taken over that period. For more about Upfest click here and for more about the street art scene in Bristol click here. To see pictures from the 2018 festival have a look hereand here.