Upfest 2016 - Venues

Upfest is a as a multi-venue urban festival with the 1.3km stretch of North Street in Bedminster at it's centre, connecting venues and painting locations. The multi-venue urban setting has given the festival it's transient feel, with visitors encouraged to explore and find whats around the next corner.

Street Locations

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Keep your eyes peeled for the mr men and little miss trail on the shop shutters, and check out the street locations around BS3 featuring many of the lead artists painting huge murals.

Tobacco Factory

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The original and largest Upfest venue, featuring multiple music and painting areas plus art sales, urban clothing & food market. The multi use building houses the Cafe Bar, Thali Cafe, creative industry work space, live/work loft apartments, animation and performing arts schools and one of the most exciting theatre venues in the country.

South Street Park

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The largest outdoor area of the festival, plays host to over 100 artists, The Nacoa kids activity area, Miss C'ss graffiti academy, POSCA doodle wall, street food and if that wasn't enough the Upfest Subway train

Relentless @ North Street Green

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A lovely green space about half way along North Street opposite the Upfest Gallery hosting around 50 artist and happy tunes courtesy on our long standing tie-in with the chaps from Invader Radio. Be sure to find Lucille's Caravan for a fantastic ice cream!

The Upfest Gallery

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Upfest's year round permanent head quarters & gallery space, offering Bristol's largest range of spray paint and a customer framing service. Visit for festival information, festival exhibition and festival merchadise!

North Street Standard

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New painting venue for 2015! From the creators of The Urban Standard, north of the river on Gloucester Road this great new bar & grill will house Upfest artwork all year round.

Red Point Climbing Centre

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Not only Bristol's best indoor climbing centre with walls for all levels, lessons, a bouldering zone, viewing area and cafe, it also hosts some of the biggest walls for Upfest 2016.

Hen & Chicken

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One of the festival central venues, combining live art, affordable art sales room and great pizza's! A local pub in the heart of Southville serving local ales, freshly prepared food & mouth watering wines, offering an extensive menu consisting of items from high quality, local suppliers and pride ourselves on delivering some of the best pub food around.

Spotted Cow

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The Spotted Cow is situated on North Street in the heart of Southville and Bedminster. The pub has a rich heritage dating back to Bedminster’s agricultural past and has stood for over 200 years. The walled garden hosts around 20 artist and is always a great stop off for a cheeky cider.

The Old Book Shop

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The Old Bookshop is a sumptuous port-of-call for the discerning ladies and gentlement of Bristol, it is also one of the quirkiest Upfest venues always with a great summer party vibe. Take a walk down North Street, follow the smells of BBQ and you wont miss it!

The Steam Crane

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New painting venue for 2015! The Steam Crane Alehouse and Kitchen has been open since early 2014 and in this time it’s established itself as one of the best craft beer bars and has also built one of the best kitchens south of the river.

The Hare

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A small pub with a big personality at the heart of North Street.The Hare is renowned for exellent real ale; showcasing some of Bristol's best beers plus other quality ales from across the UK.

The Rising Sun

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Situated opposite the gorgeous Greville Smyth park. The Rising Sun is a hidden gem that hides in plain sight. With great cask ales, beers and ciders. The Rising Sun is a traditional pub that has a large rear garden which hosts Upfest art, artists, DJ's, live music and a BBQ to boot.

St Francis Church

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Nacoa will be brewing up a treat with a refreshment stall so take a chance to relax with a cuppa and a slice of cake, all money will go to straight to the charity. Or fancy yourself as a builder help Paper arts build their disused box city, if thats not enough you can check out the amazing artists painting too.

Announcing even more festival venues soon!