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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Photos from 2018 courtesy of No Bounds

Sheffield’s place in the history and development of electronic music is already well established – from the early experiments of Cabaret Voltaire and the Human League’s creation of synth-pop, through Warp and Forgemasters bastardising techno into a whole new world, before Niche kickstarted heavy 00s party vibes.

No Bounds builds on this lineage and culture to bring a weekend of bleeps, beats and sweaty grins to this industrial city we call home.

Now in its third year, the festival is refreshingly multidisciplinary in its approach, bringing together forward-thinking music, visual art, poetry, panel discussions and workshops. For 2019, No Bounds is expanding into new venues, with an opening party against the backdrop of Kelham Island Museum, as well as daytime performances and art pieces engaging with the surroundings within the museum. Each evening will culminate with an all-night rave at Hope Works, meanwhile Wet Sounds will once again create an underwater installation in Heeley swimming pool, and Foodhall will host the closing party to round off the weekend. And over in Millennium Gallery on Saturday and Sunday there'll be Memory Dance – a rolling screening of rarely-seen archive film and video from Sheffield and South Yorkshire, presented in an immersive AV chamber in the gallery's activity room.

On the bill for 2019 are:
Alex McLean, Aurora Halal, The Black Dog, The Black Madonna, Caterina Barbieri and Reuben Spini, Courtesy, dBridge, DJ Q, Gábor Lázár, JASSS, Lanark Artefax, Lee Gamble, LSDXOXO, Mark Fell, Nkisi, Rian Treanor, rRoxymore, Shygirl, SPFDJ, TSVI, Ziúr, and Zuli.

And lots, lots more.

Scroll down to watch our film shot in Hope Works.

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