These 15 Street Art Murals Will Make You Want To Visit Upfest 2017


A new book documents the colorful history of Europe’s largest live street art festival.

Upfest II chronicles the last four years of the “Upfest” event, which started as a small gathering in the Bedminster neighborhood of Bristol in southwest England in 2008.

It’s since mushroomed into a focal point for graffiti artists around the world, with this year’s edition over three days in July attracting 300 painters from 40+ countries who each painted on shutters, boards and buildings across the area.


Festival organizers estimate that 1,600 artists have taken part since the event’s inception in Banksy’s home city. Upfest will return again in 2017 from July 29 to 31.

The book (cover above) showcases 200 of those works of art, with the majority of the photographs taken by visitors and selected via a competition. A selection of them are below:

Cheba & Fanakapan (Upfest 2016)
Photograph by Street Art Atlas
FLX (Upfest 2012)
Photograph by Nigel Thomas
Mr. June (Upfest 2016)
Photograph by Neil James Brain
Odeith (Upfest 2016)
Photograph by Daz Smith
Cheo (Upfest 2011)
Photograph by Big Bozo
Arts Anonymous (Upfest 2012)
Picture by Sarah Huges
C215 (Upfest 2013)
Photograph by Rizwan Ali
Cheo (Upfest 2016)
Photograph by Rory Falconer
Masai (Upfest 2016)
Photograph by Paul Bidgway
Otto Schade (Upfest 2015)
Photograph by Nim Jethwa
Thierry Noir (Upfest 2015)
Photograph by Paul Box
Voyder (Upfest 2016)
Photograph by Daz Smith
Snub23 & Goin (Upfest 2008)
Photograph by Lindsey Davis
Snub 23 (Upfest 2016)
Photograph by David Todd
L7m (Upfest 2015)
Photograph by D7606

Upfest II is available to buy via the Upfest website here.

And see how 2016’s event went down here:

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