UPFEST PRESENTS..... Mister Samo | Upfest

UPFEST PRESENTS..... Mister Samo

We are super proud to announce our 2024 headline artist: MISTER SAMO 


Each year our team approach an artist that is making waves to come on board as our headline artist and MISTER SAMO was firmly at the top of our list. Past festival artists have included; Squirl, Will Barras, My Dog Sighs, Gemma Compton to name just a few... 


Working with spray paint and acrylics, Mister Samo has been painting since 2013 with a clear vision and focus on intersectional gender identity and community.


Using spray cans and brushes to create stunning artworks, Mister Samo’s work can be seen across the globe, including a piece for World Pride 2019 in New York for Stonewall. 


Leaving behind a trail of colour and inspiration in his signature pink and yellow, Mister Samo’s works spark conversations, challenge perceptions and unites in a shared celebration of community.   


Headline artist, Mister Samo, said: “I am so honoured to be the headline artist this year! It’s a real powerful statement for the team to put a trans artist at the forefront of the event during these times. They are showing their allyship with the community and in itself bringing change and inclusion. I really hope this sheds a positive and powerful light on the community, and the joy and love there is to be celebrated - and you can easily support by picking up one of my UPFEST t-shirts on the crowdfunder. ”





The annual UPFEST crowdfunding is back with a brand new rewards scheme to support the essential costs of the 17 day events programme, including a book and stickers bundle, mystery gift packs, a mystery print, and an exclusive Mister Samo t-shirt. 


This is a new year for UPFEST, with it being set across three weekends, and it’s a real chance for the entire community to come together and get involved in the incredible programme. As well as witnessing 75 brand new murals emerge in real time, you can take part in artist Q+As and panels, go to a graffiti workshop with your family or hear some great comedy. 


We can’t wait for the city to get stuck in, and as always, big thanks to Arts Council England for giving us an opportunity to create opportunities for artists and visitors to be immersed in culture and creativity. 


It is a huge, community effort to bring this event to the city, so if anyone can support the crowdfunder, please do. There’s some fantastic rewards up for grabs, including some mystery prints from some stellar street artists, so check them out on the website and let’s make UPFEST PRESENTS incredible!


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