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No Bounds 2019: Exploring club culture, art & tech

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This year marks the third iteration of Sheffield's No Bounds, a unique festival organised by the people behind popular venue Hope Works which prides itself on "exploring ideas of freedom and expression through the lens of club culture, art and technology". Though still in its relative infancy, No Bounds has garnered a reputation for pushing boundaries and exploring the best that electronic music has to offer.

This year's featured artists range from world-leading DJs, like house icon The Black Madonna and bass music legends DBridge and Zed Bias, to the more experimental sounds of TSVI's percussive explorations and LSDXOXO's bizarre club constructions. There are also live acts, including Shygirl and Aurora Halal. Sheffield's own scenes are well represented, with many local label heads like Phatworld, Dr Cryptic and Skillz performing, as well as up-and-coming producer Charla Green.

The festival spans two days and three nights and extends well beyond the bounds of live music, with a mix of light installations, wellbeing workshops, drone shows and films. The Millennium Gallery will host a rolling screening of rarely-seen archive film from Sheffield and South Yorkshire dating from the 1960s to the 1990s. Eight of the best venues that Sheffield has to offer will be utilised across the weekend, from Foodhall to Heeley Baths, which will be the scene for the Wet Sounds underwater installation. This year's new addition is Kelham Island Museum, which will play host to multiple installations, including some of the weekend's biggest performances.

No Bounds 2019 is set to showcase world-class electronic music and art from across the globe, as well as the best that Sheffield has to offer as a pioneering hotbed of creativity.

Georgina Collins

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