Preview: Upfest

3 06 2011

Graffiti artists from across the globe will be heading to Bristol this weekend for Upfest, Europe’s largest free urban paint festival which is returning for the fourth year running to the city which has given the world far more than just Banksy as esteemed practitioners of this ever popular artform.

The Tobacco Factory will be the main focus of the two-day festival, which will feature more than 250 artists and 40 DJs, but there will also be many more events happening in locations south of the river, including the Spotted Cow and Hen & Chicken further up North Street.

Bristol’s home-grown talents Cheo, Jody and Lokey will paint alongside some of the biggest names in national graffiti culture Don, Inkie and Spqr, as well as artists from across Europe and as far afield as the USA.

Upfest partner Stephen Hayles says that Upfest has become an integral part of the UK graffiti scene. “Bristol is established as the home of graffiti in the UK; the whole country and now even the world has attributed this to the city. We are proud to be a part of this movement and will continue to provide a platform for brand new artists to break onto the UK urban art scene.”

Upfest takes place on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5. Visit for more information.




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