Upfest 2021

Upfest 2021

If you’re from out of town, you’d be forgiven for not knowing a part of Bristol called Southville. It’s just south of the river. Let’s be honest, most tourists visit Bristol for Clifton, the Suspension Bridge, the shopping and the Harbourside, so south of the river doesn’t get much of a billing. Until recently. Did you know that Southville hosts Europe’s biggest street art and grafitti festival? Upfest 2021.

The festival happens at the end of August, this year. They aim to paint up 75 walls in 75 days, ready for the festival weekend.

We headed over to take a peak at a few of the finished, and unfinished, walls.

The one above represents sibling bond, even when far apart.

Upfest 2021 Tobacco factory

They are amazing and so much better in real life. Imagine walking out of Aldi, after doing your regular weekly shop, and seeing this on the wall of the old Tobacco factory, on the other side of the car park. Special glasses allow you to see a different image, which you can just about make out without.

Upfest 2021 city lights

I’m going back to get a better angle on this wall. The colours are amazing. It’s three storeys and feels like you could walk right into it.

Upfest 2021 Six sisters

Six Sisters

This stretch of terraced houses is called the Six Sisters. It’s created by female urban artists and is the largest street art created by women, in the UK, and finished in time for Upfest 2021.

Six sisters

You can read more about it here.

Upfest 2021

I love how such huge art sits alongside typical Bristol terraced houses.

Naughty step


I love the little quirky bits of street art that are in amongst it all. These two  Рabove and below Рare created using mosaic tiles. Spot the naughty step.

Flying ducks

And a new take on the flying ducks.

Upfest 2021

Not forgetting the trompe l’oeil, which I have a big soft spot for. This one looks like a wrecking ball has been targeting the wall. And missed the fly.

You are not alone

They are about half way through the walls now. If you do visit Bristol this summer, I’d recommend that you take the little, passenger ferry boat, or one of the bridges, across the harbour and sample the delights of the street art on offer. The festival runs from 28th to 30th August and is great fun, but you can walk along the streets anytime. We’ve been to the festival on previous years. It’s free, but there are plenty of ways to support the art. There’s also an online shop. More information here.


16 thoughts on “Upfest 2021

  • Monday 26 July, 2021 at 9:39 am

    Wow – this street are looks absolutely amazing! How wonderful to walk down streets that are so vibrant and colourful :o)


    • Monday 26 July, 2021 at 9:42 am

      The whole vibe of the area is amazing. Yes, definitely worth a walk around to see the different art pieces.

  • Monday 26 July, 2021 at 11:11 am

    These are fabulous! How lucky to have this in your home town. I do like the little pieces too – Maggie Simpson is fun! #MMBC

    • Monday 26 July, 2021 at 11:37 am

      The whole area is fabulous. They are even better in real life. I couldn’t help smiling at the naughty step. The building is a pub.

  • Monday 26 July, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    Upfest looks fabulous – I love street art. So many bright and beautiful paintings! #MMBC

    • Monday 26 July, 2021 at 1:50 pm

      You would love this one, then. It really is better in real life.

  • Monday 26 July, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    Oh wow! What wonderful walls. The artwork is amazing. I love the Six Sisters. That really would cheer you up on a gloomy day x

    • Monday 26 July, 2021 at 3:41 pm

      They are on a T-junction. Imagine driving up to that each day on your commute? Brilliant!

  • Monday 26 July, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Oh wow! What beautiful street art. I can paint on canvas… but so many feet in the air and on such a big surface just boggles my mind. I love that rainy street scene with all the lights reflected in the wet pavement.

    • Tuesday 27 July, 2021 at 11:16 am

      Yes! We were pondering the same. The proportions must be challenging. Some seem to use a grid or projector, but some do it by eye. Also to do it in a way that it looks right from the pavement observer. The rainy scene made me feel like I could walk into it. Amazing.

  • Wednesday 28 July, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    That street art is amazing. I love the row of terraced houses, the big 3-storey scene and the Maggie Simpson mosaic with the naughty step. #MMBC

    • Thursday 29 July, 2021 at 10:37 am

      There is something for everyone. It is so colourful.

    • Friday 30 July, 2021 at 1:58 pm

      They really are eye catching.

  • Thursday 5 August, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing, next time I go to Bristol to visit my MIL I’ll pop south and take a look

    Thanks for linking with #pocolo

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