We are always looking to raise the bar with our street art offering at NASS festival. Every year we look to add big names on big canvasses with big collaborations: not least our partnership with Upfest, creators of the largest street art festival in Europe. For the last couple of years we have seen a variety of epic work from some of the country’s finest street artists from Bristol and beyond. Lost Souls, Fanakapan, Irony, JXC, My Dog Sighs, Voyder, Lily Lou, Kid 30, Loch Ness and many more have helped us to celebrate urban art via huge wall murals, live showcases and intricate stencils.
This year we’re going bigger than ever – and we’re always on the lookout for new opportunities for street art to surprise, impress and start conversations onsite.
“It was amazing to see the street art come to life at NASS Festival. As a true fan, it is great to see the artists take their rightful place alongside some of the world’s best action sports athletes and music acts. 2017 brought some of the biggest and impressive NASS artwork yet, combining art with sport and music elements. Really excited with the plans for the coming festival – watch this space.” - Simon Evans, NASS Creative Director
2017 STREET ART
2017 saw some more huge murals throughout the site from some of the most talented artists around. For the first time at NASS we covered the ends of the vert ramp using 44 sheets of ply for Irony and JXC to use as giant canvasses. Squirl brought the 2017 festival visuals onto our feature wall at the end of the Truck and Bearing, while Si Mitchell was bringing the history of the pub to life with a character mural showcasing the craziness of founders Cedric Mac, Beanie Yasuda, Pudge Williams and Mitch-1. The Fanakapan and Cheba collaboration wowed the crowds with Fan’s signature chrome balloons spelling out NASS to the backdrop of Cheba’s mesmerising galaxy-scape. Voyder’s freestyle hammerhead burst out of the BMX wallride container, which also featured typically twisted work from Frank Styles & AEM. Lily Lou’s beautiful typographic style showcased Long Live Southbank’s ‘You Can Make History’ messaging along the NASS Park passageway alongside some tight work from HASS and Irony’s broken but beaming BMXer. Andy Council’s giant dragon created from ramps and rails took pride of place at the entrance to the NASS Park and Loch Ness created a monster of an entrance to The Stallyard. Samer and Nightways added some reggae-infused art to the new VIP pavilion.
There was also a feast of live art throughout the weekend. On the Saturday, Lost Souls (minus Keith but featuring Tony Riff) painted the mini ramp in the Truck and Bearing Garden. Seeing the can control on show (even with hangovers) was as impressive as ever. At the same time, MOA were adding their signature work to the Truck & Bearing garden, giving punters a close-up view of their work coming to life. Frank Styles and AEM drove their own car onto site to paint to the backdrop of Pendulum’s headliner set.
Our NASS Park was given a street art facelift with Captain Kris, SPZero and Tony Riff adding their unique characters to the ramps and rails. Voyder provided suitably gritty artwork for the Ghetto Park.
All in all, a pretty spectacular celebration of street art – so good that it killed us to paint over it all!
If you are a street artist who wants to showcase your work at the next NASS festival, then keep an eye out for the application form that will appear here at the beginning of the year.