No Bounds is thrilled to announce our 6th edition this year to be held across 11 venues in the heart of Sheffield, UK.
Along with a stellar cast of artists who are breaking down barriers and building new bridges through electronic music, art and technology, No Bounds also announces 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.
Partnering this year with the Sheffield Cathedral, the landmark venue will be hosting the opening concert this year featuring unique live AV shows from Blawan, Deena Abdelwahed, Manchester's own Blackhaine and the premiere of a new international multidiscipline art collective's exploration of AI "Patterns In Between Intelligences". Sunday sees another premiere, Mark Fell curates "Zero As A Limit " responding to the amazing architecture of Sheffield Cathedral featuring work by Morton Feldman, Beatrice Dillon and Nakul Krishnamurthy performed live by the incredible Explore Ensemble.
Hope Works will as always remain rave central, the home base for the weekend. Once again closing the road outside the venue to for a truly carnival feel to the site now over an amazing 5 stages. No Bounds is honoured to be bringing many Sheffield premiers from MARRØN and Yazzus to De Schuurman together with some new and rare back to back DJ sets from legends in the scene inc. Craig Richards b2b Calibre, SHERELLE b2b Kode 9 and Batu b2b Skee Mask.
There is stellar raft of the scenes top DJs including Helena Hauff, LTJ Bukem, Job Jobse, I.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, Lupini and Blasha & Allatt representing some of the most exciting angles the UK has to offer in 2022.
Many live performances will include Lyzza, dBridge, Grove, Rian Treanor & Ocen, 96 Back, Wanton Witch, Konx-om-pax, The Black Dog and to close the festival the one and only Working Men's Club perform live at Hope Works creating the most ambitious lineup ever to be brought to the city in a single weekend of electronic music.
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.
There will be more brilliant DIY/satellite venues added this year including DINA, Delicious Clam, The Dorothy Pax, Bal Fashions and Plot 22 where talks, workshops and many performances and parties will occur ranging from NikNak(Live to Donna Leake and Tailor Jae.
The 2022 program leads with major pieces of work exploring new technologies, yet with a collective and collaborative approach, as well as cross continental musical dialogues. "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. Using AI they explore a ritualist and spiritual dimension to ask, "CAN AI BE USED TO TRANSCEND ITSELF?" Also, No Bounds is excited to continue our commissioned work with Mark Fell and Rian Treanor and the development of their groundbreaking multiplayer music website intersymmetric.xyz. The project launches at No Bounds 2022 with a performance featuring groups of kids in Rotherham and Kampala, using the website to make music collaboratively on their mobile phones, outputting straight into the festival Sound System in real time, peak time. This brings people together forming new musical dialogues and cross-continental collaboration.
We are extremely excited to welcome new curators and partnerships this year including Amy Carter Gordon who will be working with the festival in collaboration with Hallam University to open up two new amazing city centre spaces to house installations from some of the Uk's leading artists.
Were are thrilled to be accessing the legendary brutalist Moore Street Substation (only the 2nd ever time this space has been used) which is a fully working electricity substation in the heart of the city. This will house a new commission by David Cotterrell and Shelly Knotts "God's Eve View IV (Conflict)" Which explores the anthropomorphisation of data through sound and visual art.
We are installing new works at SADACCA's (Sheffield and District African Carribean Community Association) GMill. Here Lise Autogena & Joshua Portway's "196.85ml/h explores issues of climate change where a drip of oil fills the room at the same rate the open levels are rising. Meanwhile Noemie Soula's "Mythical Living Data" is an enquiry into the future of data storage.
We are very excited to work with artist Mikk Murray who is exhibiting his nature bases artworks at J.G.Graves Woodland Discovery Centre. Our developing wellbeing strand intersects with visual art in a new section of the programme that involves woodland walks and nature based art workshops led by Mikk. In these he invites us all into his practice and inspires us into using the natural world as a canvas we can all you to express our creativity.
More info will be announced soon, including detail on all venues, daytime programme elements including the No Bounds trademark workshops, talks, panels, visual art, wellness strands and detail on the new commissioned works at our new sites mentioned above. But for now, join us in our excitement as we begin the build towards our 6th edition. Transcend.