No Bounds

No Bounds Festival returns

Sheffield’s premium electronic music and visual arts festival has announced the first acts for its upcoming 2022 event…

Once again, the award-winning No Bounds is set to be held across various venues in the heart of Sheffield, taking place October 14-16.

Along with a stellar cast of artists who are breaking down the barriers and building new bridges through electronic music, No Bounds has also announced the Hope Works residents for 2022, exciting new commissions, partnerships with Sheffield Cathedral for its opening and closing concerts as well as more northern-focussed collaborations with organisations such as The Beatriarchy.

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Partnering this year with the Sheffield Cathedral, the landmark venue will be hosting the opening concert this year featuring unique live shows from Blawan, plus Manchester’s own Blackhaine, as well as a closing concert curated by Mark Fell. The festival has been given full access to utilise it in its entirety so participants will be able to explore the Cathedral’s unique spaces as well as its gothic and contemporary architecture.

Hope Works will remain rave central, the home base for the weekend. Once again closing the road outside the venue for food trucks and a trule carnival feel to the site spread over 4 stages. No Bounds is honoured to be bringing together some never before seen b2bs from legends in the scene for sonic epiphanies on the dance floor. There will also be more satellite venues added this year including DINA, The Dorothy Pax, Bal Fashions and Plot 22.

Hosting live performances from dBridge, The Black Dog, Deena Abdelwahed, Lyzza and Grove at Hope Works. New and rare b2b’s such as SHERELLE b2b Kode 9, Batu b2b Skee Mask, plus a stellar raft of the scenes top DJs including Helena Hauff, Job Jobse, India Jordan, Saoirse, Scratchclart and TSVI. Breakthrough and upcoming talent are aplenty as always with a choice selection of the UK’s finest with Nia Archives, LCY, Tim Reaper, Tom Boogizm and Blasha & Allatt representing some of the most exciting angles the UK has to offer in 2022.

Hope Works & No Bounds once again announces a cast of local residents that stay true to its vision, 96 Back, Diessa, Gracie T, Lupini, Rian Treanor, Tim Reaper, Skari & Zeki, all boundary-pushing electronic musicians and selectors in their own right, plus Pattern + Push winner, Sheffield rapper Sarinity Jones.

 The 2022 program leads with two major pieces of work exploring new technologies, yet with a collective and collaborative approach, as well as cross-continental musical dialogues. Using AI artists to explore a ritualist and spiritual dimension and ask, “CAN AI BE USED TO TRANSCEND ITSELF?”

Patterns In Between Intelligences – coding through dance

Patterns in between intelligences” is an interdisciplinary group of artists, consisting of the live coders Alex McLean and Lizzie Wilson, the e-Textile designer Mika Satomi and the performers Deva Schubert and Juan Felipe Amaya Gonzalez to create performative rituals.

Improvisational practice is developed between live coding sounds and coding through dance, mediated and shaped by e-Textile costumes. Using machine learning and e-Textile sensors, human and non-human systems distribute intelligence based on the rhythmical live interaction of all agents and experienced live in an ecstatic soundscape.

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Intersymmetric Sequencer NNNB

 No Bounds is excited to continue their commissioned work with Mark Fell and Rian Treanor and the development of groundbreaking multiplayer music website

 After launching in 2021 as a commission from No Bounds, they went on to present their work at the Algorithmic Art Assembly in San Francisco, Mark and Rian are now working with Nyege Nyege Festival to make a new collaborative system for No Bounds 2022.

With the support of the British Council in Uganda, the UK team are working closely with DJ Diaki and Jay Mitta from the Nyege Nyege collective, bending approaches to Balani rhythm and Singeli sound with generative music systems. This project will include a series of workshops held in Kampala and Rotherham linking together young people and children in both regions. A key focus for this iteration is compatibility with mobile phones and tablets offering increased accessibility.

The project launches at No Bounds 2022 with a performance featuring groups in Rotherham and Kampala, outputting straight into the festival Sound System in real-time, peak time. This brings people together forming new musical dialogues and cross-continental collaboration.

The Beatriarchy

The Beatriarchy started off as an online tune share group for underrepresented artists to make connections during the Covid-19 lockdown. 2 years later, it has now evolved into a collective championing talented creatives and amplifying the underrepresented voices of Black, Brown creatives, creatives of colour, queer, trans and non-binary creatives, femme and female-identifying creatives in the music scene and surrounding industries.

The Beatriarchy have curated stages at No Bounds Festival 2021, Corsica Studios and regularly run open decks for new DJs to test their skills in a club environment. For No Bounds 2022 they will be running a full stage takeover at Hope Works, full of northern talent, to create a different wildness to the forward-thinking, experimental music in the other rooms of the festival.

More artists will be announced in phase 2, including even more killer b2b DJ sets along with all venues, daytime programme elements including the No Bounds trademark workshops, talks, panels, visual art, wellness strands and more commissioned works.

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