Upfest 2022 Bristol: date of street art festival, do I need a ticket, where is it being held & list of artists

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Europe’s biggest street art and graffiti festival will celebrate its 15th anniversary when it returns to Bristol this weekend: so here is everything you must know ahead of the event.

Bristol is a city that is widely revered for being a showcase of the best street art and murals in the world.

The city has been a bearer of some of the best artists, with the renowned Banksy growing up in Easton.

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A name that has featured prominently amongst many others within the biggest street art festival ever - Upfest.

In what is a pure celebration of beautiful murals and graffiti, the time for Upfest is already upon us - are you ready?

So ahead of the main festival which takes place at the end of this year’s event, here is everything you need to know about Upfest; from whether you even need a ticket for entry, to the many artists that will be featured.

When is Upfest 2022?

Over 400 artists are taking part in Upfest 2022. Over 400 artists are taking part in Upfest 2022.
Over 400 artists are taking part in Upfest 2022. | Tom Wren SWNS

The event will be undertaking a new format in 2022.

Street painting has already begun, with this part of the event starting on Thursday, 5 May 2022.

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It is scheduled to come to a conclusion on Wednesday, 25 May - a few days before the main Upfest festival arrives in Bristol.

The final festival is set to run throughout the last weekend of May - starting on Saturday, 28 May and ending on Sunday, 29 May.

Where is it being held?

Due to the new format, this year’s Upfest event will feature across a number of different venues and locales in and around Bristol.

Incredible street art and murals are already beautifully lining the streets of Bedminster, with hundreds of artists showcasing their work via live demonstrations.

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It will also have a presence at Ashton Gate Stadium - home to Bristol City Football Club - as well as The Tobacco Factory, which was the original home of Upfest.

The peak of the celebrations will take place during the main festival which bookends the event.

In 2022, the Upfest festival will take place at Greville Smyth Park.

Do I need a ticket to enter Upfest 2022?

Upfest 2022 remains totally free-of-charge for anyone who wishes to attend.

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Organisers had once again conducted fundraising - with expected figures of around £30,000 reportedly enough for the festival to continue offering free entry.

You will not need to register your attendance or need any form of ticket to be allowed entry to the event, instead organisations advise those who wish to support the festival to purchase a programme or donate to NACOA.

What is the full list of artists taking part in Upfest 2022?

This is the festival’s 15th year in the city.This is the festival’s 15th year in the city.
This is the festival’s 15th year in the city. | Tom Wren SWNS

The deadline for artists to participate in Upfest this year was at the beginning of February 2022.

In total, there are over 400 different street artists attending the festival - selling artwork and joining in on the cultural celebrations.

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The list is exhaustive, so here is an example of 20 of the many great artists that you will see at the event:

  • .Epod
  • 2DIRTY
  • 3rdeye
  • Beep Monkey
  • FatCap
  • Jack Lack
  • Kiwi PDD
  • Mish Mash
  • Not Dead Yet Club
  • Oli-T
  • Perks
  • Rezer
  • Stickee
  • Tamoonz
  • Vozie
  • VZA
  • Woskerski
  • Wee Nuls
  • Zoe Power
  • Zipper

For more information about each of the artists mentioned above and more, please visit the official Upfest 2022 website.

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