NASS 2018 will see our mates Upfest once again present a programme of live and curated street art with some of the best names in the game, including mural god Insane51 as well as local Bristol talent 45RPM and Sepr who will be bringing their unique styles to the NASS Skate & BMX Park. They will be joined by renowned muralist Jody, who recently collaborated with NASS for a mural of headliner Damian Marley which was presented in our announcement film . The Gums & Tongue crew consisting of Captain Kris, The Real Dill, Obit, Oust, TonyBoy and Dahkoh with regular collaborator Tony Riff will be live painting at the event as well as running a version of their notorious ‘Sketch Club’ in the onsite pub, The Truck and Bearing.
Multi-talented Bristol artist Voyder will return to NASS for a third year to add his unique photorealism and vibrant typographic skills across the sports venues. UK Illustration Championships winner Si Mitchell is bringing his punk style into the Truck and Bearing, Paul Monsters’ geometry-influenced tessellating artwork will appear throughout the site and the Unwellcome Relatives collective (Boswell, Lokey, Penn, Sez and Shabs) will showcase their distinctive menacing style.
“Upfest is hyped to be back again at this year’s NASS festival bringing local, national and international artists for your visual pleasure. The synergy between urban sports, art and music is a long standing partnership and this year we’re excited to be on board with some extreme talent.” - Stephen Hayles, Upfest founder
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. Lilly 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.
Fanakapan & Cheba: Alley Wall 2017
Voyder: BMX Wallride 2017
Voyder: BMX Wallride 2017
Frank Styles & AEM: Container 2017
Captain Kris, SP Zero + Tony Riff: NASS Park 2017
Squirl: Truck & Bearing Façade 2017
Vert Ramp Pigeon 2017
JXC: Vert Ramp 2017
Si Mitchell: Truck & Bearing interior 2017
Lilly Lou: Long Live Southbank messaging, NASS Park exterior 2017
Tony Riff + Squirl 2017
Lost Souls x Tony Riff: Truck & Bearing Mini Ramp 2017
JXC: Vert Ramp 2017
Captain Kris: Dean Lane Alley 2016
Lost Souls + My Dog Sighs: NASS Feature Wall 2016
Loch Ness + Paul Monsters: Alley Wall 2016
My Dog Sighs: Stallyard 2016
MOA: Warehouse Underpass 2016
Voyder: Warehouse Underpass 2016
Lost Souls + Also: Live Art 2016
Kid30 + Grimfinga: NASS Park 2016