Sheffield’s No Bounds Festival reveals 2021 line-up

After the success of Sheffield’s premium electronic music and visual arts festival last year, No Bounds Festival organisers are excited to announce the three day events return to full capacity venues in October 2021, promising body shaking sound systems ‘cranked to trance.’

The festival will begin with an opening concert at Kelham Island Museum on 15 October, before heading over to Hope Works for the opening rave until 6am. Saturday (16 October) will see Kelham Island open up for the full day as well as the second all-nighter, until 7am, at rave central, Hope Works. Sunday (17 October) will be their usual combination of wind downs and chill out sessions with immersive sound and visual experiences.

Crowds at No Bounds festival

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They also plan to retain some of the brilliant things they learned and loved from 2020’s exploration of online collaboration and Virtual 3D live streaming with events such as The Huddersfield Immersive Sound System (HISS), who previously created multichannel performances on 16:8 multichannel sound system. This year, they deepen this partnership with performances planned to full live audiences.

Other highlights include spatial sound commissions in 3D sound from leading lights in global electronic music, including 96 Back x Human Studio VR & Live in 3D, who will collaborate on both VR viewable content via Oculus/iPhone 360, but also in a new live performance where the lines between live and VR are blurred with Installations throughout the audience area and music performed on a multichannel soundsystem.

laptop at No Bounds Festival

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The debate and discussion strand will be looking at subjects from the future of clubbing though to ecology via accountability in music and mental health impacts of COVID 19 in the creative industries.

No Bounds Festival also plan to significantly enhance the workshop and educational strand this year. They will have their usual DJ Workshops (mixed plus women/non binary only), Live Coding and music production, but this year Resident Advisor are partnering to deliver a series of workshops offering people interested in music journalism vital support and opportunity to grow their skills in the art of writing about the good stuff.

No Bounds Festival workshops

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More details will be uncovered in July’s announcement, including details on the visual art, poetry, well being, film, talks, workshops and technology strands. They will also announce our lead commission for 2021.

For more details, including full lineups, head over the No Bound’s festival site.

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