No Bounds Festival Announces 2021 Lineup

No Bounds Festival Announces 2021 Lineup

29 April 2021

Another special weekend of music, art, technology and dancing and will take place in Sheffield, 15 -17 October 2021 when No Bounds Festival returns.

Having delivered a fully hybrid festival in 2020, albeit under strict covid security measures, the festival will be returning with full capacity venues and body shaking sound systems cranked to trance inducing peak rave perfection for their 2021 edition.

No Bounds will be retaining some of the things the organisers learned from 2020’s exploration of online collaboration and Virtual 3D live-streaming, but will be focussed again on creating meaningful experiences to be enjoyed with many other people, physically in real time.

Once again, the festival will return to Kelham Island Museum and Hope Works as the core venues, but have planes to announce further special events in additional venues over the coming months.

The festival will begin with an opening concert at Kelham Island Museum on the Friday, while over at Hope Works there will be an opening rave until 6am. Saturday will see Kelham Island open for the full day and Hope Works will host its the second all-nighter until 7am. Sunday will be then present a usual combination of wind downs and chill out sessions with immersive sound and visual experiences. Highlights of 2021 No Bounds Programme include:

Working with The Huddersfield Immersive Sound System (HISS)
Having partnered with Huddersfield University in 2020 to create multichannel performances on a stunning 16:8 multichannel sound system, the festival will deepen its partnership in 2021 with performances planned to full live audiences. Spatial sound commissions in 3D sound from leading lights in global electronic music.

96 Back x Human Studio VR & Live in 3D
 A new collaboration between Hope Works, Human Studio, CPU Records and resident 96 Back will output at the festival in 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 sound system (Huddersfield Immersive Sound System). There will also be a dedicated CPU records release for the project out in October.

No Bounds x Yes No Wave Music.

Throughout 2021, No Bounds has been collaborating with Indonesian experimental label Yes No Wave Music. Working with Nkisi representing NB and Gabber Modus Operandi representing YNWM a new project has been realised which is a true Afro-Asian collaboration. The live premier of this work titled “Augmented Mythologies”, aims to explore alternate realities and themes of decentralising music in a project that will be performed on the HISS system and activated through the festival via an App unlocking aspects of the project to add to the live performance. It involves a Gamelan orchestra aesthetic, 7 sacred African rhythms and vocalisations from Ican from Gabber Modus Operandi.

No Bounds x Nyege Nyege
This festival will present the work of 6 Nyege Nyege artists and pair them with visual artists to create a unique immersive audio and visual experience. Working with Don Zilla, Duma, Dj Diaki, Makossiri, Chrisman and Turakana, their work will be created for output on the HISS spatial audio system in the grand hall of Kelham Island Museum. This will be broadcast live in binaural (virtual 3D sound).

In addition to all this, No Bounds 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.

The festivals’ growing workshop and educational strand will also be significantly enhanced this year, complete with DJ Workshops (mixed plus women/non-binary only), Live Coding and music production.  This year Resident Advisor are also partnering to deliver a series of workshops to offer people interested in music journalism vital support and opportunity to grow their skills in the art of writing.

More will be revealed in No Bound’s Phase 2 announcement in July, when details about the visual art, poetry, wellbeing, film, talks, workshops and technology strands will all be announced, along with the festival’s very special lead commission for 2021.

See the full line-up of artists announced so far below and for tickets, visit: