There’s nothing quite like sitting in the Full Moon & Attic Bar garden on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Just past the Bear Pit, it marks the start of Stokes Croft and brings together a diverse community within its walls, providing a year-round home to beautiful music, art, food, backpackers – and some of the best people watching in Bristol.

Last Saturday provided almost all of the above – apart from the sunshine – at Inkie’s Boogie Down Bristol event. Live graffiti all day from some of Bristol’s finest street artists was supplemented with DJs and live PAs, plus live hip hop from very special guests Jeru the Damaja and Beatnuts’ Psycho Les, at .

With a Tom Collins in one hand and a giant slab of pizza in the other, we pottered around the infectiously happy courtyard

Tom Bingle, AKA Inkie became one of Bristol’s best known Street Artists after curating the ambitious permanent street art project, See No Evil – the spoils of which still brighten the buildings all along Nelson Street. Born and bred in the Bristol, Inkie was part of the 80s wave of graffiti artists that included the likes of Banksy, 3D, Nick Walker and Crime inc.

With a Tom Collins in one hand and a giant slab of pizza in the other, we pottered around the infectiously happy courtyard, soundtracked by local collectives Sip the Juice and Feel The Real, who kept the courtyard vibes flowing with their live PAs and selection of DJs.

Some of the artists painting throughout the day were Boogie SML, Bonzai, Tizer ID, Cheba and the man himself, Inkie. The odd patches of light rain had minimal effect on anyone’s spirit and a constant wave of people filled the courtyard, embracing the family-friendly, creative and buzzing event with open arms.

It was the perfect warm-up event for Upfest, which takes place 29 July – 1 August across Bedminster, attracting some of the world’s best street artists for the largest free graffiti festival in Europe .

Talented artists from over 50 countries will be painting  live on over 20,000 sqft of surfaces, including a subway train, skate park, theatre, buildings, camper vans and hundreds of other things. And, as we know, music and art go hand in hand, so you can expect more hip hop, grime, funk and soul performances from talented DJs, bands and musicians all weekend.

You can also catch loads of fun workshops for the entire family, and of course, hundreds of pieces of incredible art for sale.

Photos by Pat Floyd


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