No Bounds

Multiple locations
- , 2017

Tickets cost £12 - £40

Blood Sport share their top picks for the weekend of audio adventures.

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No Bounds is a weekend of audio adventures coming to Sheffield this October thanks to the folk at Hope Works – who are used to throwing some of the most memorable parties in the north. It starts with music and an Algorave on Friday evening, continues with more music, art installations and workshops throughout Saturday, dancing into the early hours of Sunday, before being rounded off on Sunday in relatively relaxing fashion with sessions in a cafe and even a swimming pool. On the bill are Sheffield’s own “aggro-beat” innovators Blood Sport – here, the trio share their highlights for the weekender:

No Bounds first caught our attention for being a keenly curated and admirably diverse festival bringing together many of our favourite experimenters in sound. Taking place everywhere from the holy grounds of the General Cemetery’s Non-Conformist Chapel to the hallowed dance floors of the Hope Works warehouse, No Bounds guarantees a weekend of tantalising, visionary delights that should fulfil anyone with even the vaguest of interests in electronic music. Such consistent quality entails inevitable clashes, but below are some of our choice cuts of unmissable acts.

Terre Thaemlitz
Friday, 7-9pm, Trafalgar Warehouse
Equally adept at crafting beautiful and sprawling deep house sets as she is at providing cutting analytical takes on the problems inherent within contemporary music distribution models, Terre is a singular cultural voice in a world so awash with mediocrity and tacit acceptation of societal norms.

Miri Kat
Friday, part of Algorave, 9pm-12am (set times TBC), Access Space
One of the most futuristic live performers we've played with recently. Miri Kat simultaneously live-codes both music and visuals from her laptop, conjuring swirling audio-visual psychedelia while anonymised in a balaclava. A searing sensory experience coded into inter-dimensional life.

Heavy Lifting
Friday, part of Algorave, 9pm-12am (set times TBC), Access Space
A key part of Sheffield’s Algorave and live coding community – both in performance and in leading workshops on software Tidal. As Heavy Lifting, Lucy performs syncopated, fracturing dance music with incredible samples. She’s also part of HeavyBleeding, our project together – it always provides immense pleasure performing alongside her.

DJ Lag & Nan Kole
Friday, 12-1:15am, Hope Works: Courtyard
Gqom translates as “hit” in Zulu, and is the new dystopian-dance sound of Durban, SA. Expect ominous bass drones, minimalist rhythm tracks and glacial moods – combining to create one of the most distinctive and immersive club sounds of recent years. Fire.

Friday, 4-5am, Hope Works: Courtyard
Co-founder of the NON label, which is decolonising electronic music and giving a platform to marginalised genealogies within club culture. Her sets furiously combine Dutch hardcore with deconstructed club-subversion in a delineated post-colonial matrix, and after DJing at our album launch last year we can't wait to witness her again.

Rashad Becker
Saturday, 3-4pm, Trafalgar Warehouse: Ground Floor
Rashad is renowned for intensive, glistening worlds of sound. Watching him perform two years ago remains one of the most otherworldly live music experiences one of us ever has had. Go see him, and hopefully you too will find yourself closing your eyes, to be sent on a visceral whirlwind tour through a super-natural, ultra-organic landscape.

Laurel Halo
Saturday, 7:30-8:30pm, Trafalgar Warehouse: Ground Floor
After providing arguably the set of the night at Trance Party this year, Halo has released arguably the album of the year in Dust, the beautiful synthesis of her pensive, simmering, elusive explorations. Her track selection as a DJ is second to none, and her singular artistic identity is a joy to behold.

Giant Swan
Saturday, 9-10pm, Trafalgar Warehouse: Ground Floor
Giant Swan have consistently provided incredible records and live performances that confidently straddle the worlds of aggressive dance music and murky drone. Robin and Harry always deliver “the business”, so go waggle your things in their presence as they lurch you into a higher gear of auditory exhilaration.

Phatworld B2B Superior Cornrows
Saturday, 11pm-12am, Trafalgar Warehouse: Off Me Nut Records Stage
To say Off Me Nut Records has not been an indubitable influence on us as musicians and human organisms would be a hideous lie. Their 2010 Xmas compilation of nutty bass-heavy takes on family classics never fails to sprinkle a helping of yuletide insanity onto our day.

Mark Fell presents Sensate Focus
Saturday, 12:30-1:15am, Hope Works: Courtyard
Prizing apart the soul of dance music with a surgical precision and provocative playfulness, Fell’s Sensate Focus project has an unmatched intensity that gleefully disrupts a crowds’ ability to dance with it – as all the usual rhythmic anchors required for synchronised movement are thrown out the window. Truly a tortuous yet transformative experience. (Mark Fell will also be part of an installation on all weekend at Trafalgar Warehouse: Floor 1, along with work by Mattias Jones and Human Studio).