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

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.

Since starting out in 2017, the festival has been refreshingly multidisciplinary in its approach, bringing together forward-thinking music, visual art, poetry, panel discussions and workshops. Its past venues have varied from Sheffield Cathedral to SADACCA (Sheffield And District African Caribbean Community Association) to the JG Graves Discovery Centre within Ecclesall Woods – all culminating with all-night raves at Hope Works, of course.

Update: No Bounds will not be taking place in 2023 as originally planned but will be postponed to 2024.

In a statement the organisers said: "in order for No Bounds to survive as a festival, to stay true to our artistic vision and to continue to be able to support our wonderful NB community, we must wait until 2024 before we deliver the next full edition. The last year has been extremely challenging for many of us, with barriers to funding and a cost of living crisis adding to ever increasing production costs. These reasons and more have led us to the decision of postponing the next full iteration of No Bounds Festival to October 2024."

To keep the fire burning in the meantime, they'll be throwing two No Bounds parties on 13–14 October 2023 (during the original festival weekend) at Hope Works – find out more about the No Bounds 2023 Big Weekend.

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