Launched under the premise that “homogeneity is the death of ambition”, No Bounds Festival returns to Sheffield for a second edition on 12th-14th October.
The northern industrial city has a long and distinctive heritage for unconventional art forms and No Bounds aims to channel this through the lens of club culture, art and technology with freedom of expression, experimentation and unanswered questions at the front of their mind.
RA, Crack, FACT and Offme Nut Records will all host stages at venues around the city, with Aisha Devi (Live), Batu, Blasha & Alatt, Central Processing Unit, Daniel Avery, Demdike Stare, DJ Storm, Errorsmith (Live), Giant Swan (Live), Lo Shea, Machine Woman (Live), Mark Fell, Minor Science, Object Blue (Live), Paula Temple, rRoxymore (Live), Volvox and many more.
For a festival of this size, the ambition, creativity and scope of the non-musical programme is something to marvel at.
Talks, overseen by Joe Muggs of The Wire, will cover topics from sound system culture to politics. Workshops include live algorithmic drumming, music coding, binary-friendly DJing for beginners and burnout prevention. The art offering includes Final Sheffield – Rebecca Salvadori’s non-chronological audio-visual sequencing of the festival’s ethos – and Wet Sounds – an immersive installation by Joel Cahen at Heeley Swimming Pool. Memory Dance present a series of film screenings exploring electronic music and dementia, with all proceeds donated to the Alzheimer’s Society. And finally, Ralph Dartford curates the Sunday Service poetry stage at The Holt, while Martin Archer presents improvised performance at the same venue later that day.
Peep the full lineup below. £35 tickets are available from the No Bounds website.