Sheffield’s No Bounds Festival goes 3D and virtual for its 2020 edition

Hosted almost entirely online, the new format sees the festival responding to the limitations of Covid-19. 

Launching only three years ago, No Bounds festival has quickly become known for it’s curation prowess. As they continue to represent the best the UK scene has to offer, they respond to the limitations of the Covid-19 pandemic with a new format for their 2020 edition. Running from 12th-18th October, No Bounds will be hosted largely by Kelham Island Museum, where a series of immersive and thought-provoking sound exhibitions and performances will take place.

After moving to Kelham Island Museum last year, the venue has become No Bounds’ permanent home. A fancy array of local artists have provided responses and performances specifically for the space, making for new and interesting forms. Rotherham’s Mark Fell has created a remote audience participatory installation and Leeds’ Rian Treanor is working with 14-17 year old kids to create networked collaborative music. Uganda’s Nyege Nyege festival also feature with a huge collaboration project, Luca Lozano and DJ Steve present their ‘Sunshine Sound Machine. Artists such as Saoirse, Space Afrika, Meat Free’s Blasha & Allatt, Barker and 96 Back will also perform.

Hosted primarily online, the performances at Kelham Island will be broadcast in Virtual 3D sound, meaning those watching at home will also be able to experience the immersive 3D sonic sound installations. This will be accompanied by visual art and VR aspects that will be announced in the coming weeks.

As always, to add to their 360-degree curation, No Bounds have put together an expansive programme of panels, talks and documentaries. The theme for this year is, well, this year! There will be debates discussing the emergent issues of crisis and isolation, workshops and talks in a variety of subjects from well-being and ecology to DJ/production methods. Rebecca Salvadori’s new film “Different Beginnings” will be premiered at the festival; commissioned by No Bounds in 2019.

Attendance for the online participation will be on a pay as you feel basis. Aside of the online format, there will also be a selection of socially distanced events. Arrangements and ticketing for those events will be announced in the coming weeks. Throughout the weekend, DJ sets will be live streamed from No Bounds’ partner venue, Hopeworks, hosted by Sheffield’s most vital crews including CPU, Off Me Nut Record and Sinai Soundsystem.

Like all venues, Hopeworks has been majorly affected by the pandemic. No Bounds have launched a crowdfunder here.

No Bounds Virtual 3D Festival will take place everywhere on 12th-18th October. 

Find all details and register attendance here


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