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No Bounds 2018: What you need to know

No Bounds festival returns this October with three days of events happening over the weekend of 12-14 October. We thought we’d break down what it’s all about for you.


When it comes to dance music festivals, it’s never enough these days to just put some DJs on. You often see Q&As and record fairs happening, as well as ‘gourmet experiences’, and even yoga classes. But there’s a new breed of rave brewing across Europe, which draws another huge sector of the dance music community to its parties that is often left ignored – the technophile. While the rest of the UK has been slow to catch up, one thing’s for sure, Sheffield hasn’t. Hope Works’ No Bounds festival returns this October 12-14  bigger, better and more ambitious than ever. And after the extensive programmes of art, music and technology at last year’s festival, this is no mean feat.

The breadth of events is almost overwhelming – an array of workshops on dance music culture, ambient drone performances and an Ugandan contemporary Nyege Nyege showcase at Trafalgar Warehouse whilst Heeley Pool hosts underwater sound installations. There’s film screenings by Warp Records and Doc/Fest, a poetry stage featuring Rachel Bower and art installations from Ashley Holmes and John Pedder. The main event – if you’ve got your 90s rave hat on – is the two all-night parties at Hope Works and coding rave on Sunday, with glimmering line-ups of cutting edge DJ sets, live sets, modular techno, with stages hosted by Resident Advisor, Crack, Fact, Off Me Nut and Algorave.

This year No Bounds is venturing into the world of drum’n’bass, with Dillinja booked in as the Friday night headliner. And who better to represent such an expansive UK festival than Saturday night’s main attraction, Daniel Avery (pictured), whose second album is the standout of the year. Not forgetting Volvox, rRoxymore, Paula Temple, Batu and many, many more…


Tickets are just £35 for a full weekend pass to over seven venues. For more information head to noboundsfestival.co.uk




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