Upfest 2018 Lead artist announcement




Upfest 2018 has confirmed its lead artist line-up with talent from across the UK, Europe and South America will be joining Upfest 2018 Festival Artist Jody and Bristol greats such as Inkie, Cheo, Soker, Voyder and Andy Council.

Europe’s largest street art festival returns to the streets of South Bristol from 28 – 30 July  celebrating its 10th year in style with 400 artists from 70 countries in attendance, including this year’s lead artists Insane51, L7m, London Police, Nomad Clan, Odeith, and Paris.

Bristol-based artist Graham Dews, aka Paris, is renowned throughout the world having created large scale artworks for the likes of Glastonbury Festival and the London Olympics. Perfecting his unique style over a 30 year career he constantly plays with the boundaries of abstract spray paint creations.

Insane51 started his street art career in 2006 in Athens, taking inspiration from the city’s huge murals he produced his first piece in 2007. Developing a unique style throughout the years Insane51 produces spectacular overlay murals with an incredible ability to place two murals on the same surface that can be seen individually with the use of 3D glasses.

Nomad Clan, the collective of Cbloxx and AYLO, is one of the hottest duos in global street art today. The Manchester-based duo featured at Upfest 2017, showcasing their incredible talents and unmistakable style for the Bristol crowds for the first time as a pair. Those wishing to get one last look at their 2017 mural at North Street’s The Old Bookshop should hurry as it won’t be around for much longer.

Upfest recently released details of its 2018 crowd funding campaign which features a run of limited edition prints by the internationally acclaimed Nomad Clan, alongside a huge variety of prints, originals, Upfest swag, street art tours and more.

With little over a week remaining on 2018’s crowdfunding campaign now is your chance to support Europe’s largest street art festival on its landmark 10th year and receive some incredible rewards by doing so. Visit fundsurfer.com/Upfest2018  to show your support.

The London Police first started in 1998 with a passion to combine travelling and making art to create an amazing way of life. Known for their iconic LADS characters and precision marking TLP’s work has graces the streets and galleries of 40 countries in the past 10 years. For Upfest 2018 Chaz Barrisson will paint his signature Lads characters with his trusted sidekick Chinny Bond.

L7m was born in the countryside of São Paulo in 1988 and from a very early age began to hone his artistic skills. At 13 years of age he first began to use spray cans, developing his unique style that explores colour, simplicity and free flowing geometry and Upfest fans will remember his work fondly from his 2015 parrot mural at The Masonic.

Portugal’s Odeith has been using spray cans to create his art since the mid 80s however it wasn’t until the 90s when Portuguese graffiti spread from its roots in Caracavelos that Odeith had his first contact with the art movement. Internationally renowned for his groundbreaking anamorphic style Odeith’s murals can feature anything from landscapes and portraits to messages and homages.

Once again Upfest will be raising money for The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA) which offers aid and assistance for children growing up in families affected by alcoholism.

To show your support and grab exclusive rewards please visit fundsurfer.com/Upfest2018   For more information visit the festival’s website www.upfest.co.uk or keep up to date on social media by following @Upfest on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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