Each autumn, No Bounds builds on Sheffield's lineage and culture of electronic music to bring a festival of bleeps, beats and sweaty grins to this industrial city we call home.
The festival will look a little different this year – taking place over a week, with online broadcasts and socially distanced performances for small numbers in large spaces. But you can still expect the same incredible, immersive experiences.
No Bounds 2020 will be broadcast from Kelham Island Museum in virtual 3D and from Hope Works. The festival has invited a host of incredible artists to create work specially to present in a completely one-off way in the main hall of the industrial museum. Highlights include a remote audience participatory installation from Mark Fell, a huge collaboration with Uganda’s Nyege Nyege festival, a new commission from The Black Dog, networked collaborative music from Rian Treanor working with 14-to-17-year-olds, and multi-continental live coding with EulerRoom. Others on the lineup include Alex McLean, Winston Hazel, Annie Hall, Diessa, and Space Afrika. These performances will be broadcast in binaural (virtual 3D) sound, and will be accompanied by visual art and VR, so audiences at home can fully immersive themselves in the sonic installations. Certain performances will have small, socially distanced audiences.
On top of that, No Bounds will be streaming DJ sets from a huge array of Sheffield’s crews, collectives and sound systems from its original home at Hope Works, including Algorave, Break-Steel City Breakbeat, Flaw Collective, GRL., Off Me Nut Records, Rite Trax, Sinai Soundsystem, STI, Taiko, and Wub Club. There'll also be discussions on issues emerging from this year of crisis and isolation, plus workshops and talks in subjects ranging from wellbeing and ecology to DJ/production methods.
The No Bounds film strand will include the premiere of Rebecca Salvadori’s Different Beginnings (commissioned by No Bounds 2019), a collaboration with Memory Dance that will broadcast archive film through the night, and a collaboration with Sheffield DocFest presenting the new film Sisters with Transistors. Meanwhile its poetry strand will be focussed around a new Sheffield project called Northern Gravy.
Entry to the festival is on a pay-as-you-feel basis for online broadcasts, with tickets for the physical socially distanced aspects (follow No Bounds on Facebook for ticketing updates).