Upfest are launching a new book this month, celebrating the festival’s eight years and creating a visual history of Europe’s largest live street art and graffiti festival

The book will launch in Bristol at the Upfest gallery and shop on North Street on Friday 2nd December, with a number of limited edition covers available on a first-come-first serve basis.

The festival which started in 2008 has grown into an annual retreat for artists and festival fans. With more than 1,600 artists taking part over the past eight editions, 2016 saw a record-breaking 300 artists from more than 40 countries attend, painting street-sized street murals, shop front shutters and boards in more than 30 venues and locations all over Bedminster, Bristol.

The book will feature over 200 images showcasing the work of more than 150 artists from around the globe. Each image has been selected through a photography competition to highlight the incredible art work that has been live painted at the festival over the years.

UpfestVoyder is one of the artists creating an exclusive cover for the launch – photograph © Daz Smith

To mark the launch, 100 unique artworks are being created by some new and well known street artists to adorn the fronts of the book presses to present first 100 copies. The works will be created by artists who have previously attended the festival including Cheba, Cheo, Copyright, Dan Kitchener, Dr Love, Fanakapan, Gemma Compton, Guy Denning, Jim Vision, Jody, Lee Ellis, Loch Ness, Lokey, My Dog Sighs, Nomad Clan, Oli T, Otto Schade, Pahnl, Rob Wass, Sophie Long, Snik, Snub23, SPZero, Turroe, Voyder and Zase to name but a few.

The exclusive one-off versions will be available in Bristol and London with 50 copies available at the book launch at Relentless Number Five on Thursday 1 December and 50 copies available from the Upfest gallery and shop on North Street, Bedminster on Friday 2 December.

The book has been designed by Jody, a Bristol-based designer and artist who started painting in 1987 at the now infamous Barton Hill Youth Club.

UpfestArtist Jody (pictured) designed the Upfest II book – photograph © D7606

This is the second book in the series, the first focussed on 2008 to 2012 so this new book will offer an overview of the first five years and predominately focus on 2013 – 2016.

The book will be available for £19.95, with the limited edition book press versions available for £60.00. Books can be purchased from the Upfest Gallery & Shop, 198 North Street Bedminster, Bristol and Relentless Number Five, 5 Denmark St in Soho and via the website.


Upfest has also just announced that it will return for a ninth year in 2017, taking place on the 29th – 31st July 2017. The festival is expected to be the biggest festival to date as the site has been extended in order to accommodate more artists after over 700 artists applied in 2016 for just 300 spaces.

Registration for artists will open in February for the duration of the month. Any practicing artist, regardless of their art form, is invited to register, although they need to be prepared to paint or sculpt at a large scale in front of thousands of people. In order to promote the wealth of local talent, a third of the 300 spaces will be allocated to Bristol-based artists, another third to UK-based artists and a third to International artists. 

For more information on the festival and to buy a copy of the book, visit upfest.co.uk

Featured image by Cheba & Fanakapan – photograph © Street Art Atlas