A crowd of people listening to music and dancing in a dark nightclub. A crowd of people listening to music and dancing in a dark nightclub.

Sheffield’s most innovative and experimental music festival

Presenting a special weekend of music, art, technology and dancing in October each year, No Bounds is Sheffield’s "wildly innovative festival" that perfectly welds past and present.

Though majoring in electronic music primarily, the multi-disciplinary festival crosses into many genres to present an array of unique musical experiences in contrasting venues, capturing the essence of Sheffield’s contemporary scene while also acknowledging the city’s industrial past.

More than just music performances, No Bounds also incorporates visual art, poetry, film, talks and debates, alongside a growing educational strand which includes DJ workshops, live coding and music journalism.  

The festival returned, in 2022, to Hope Works as its core venues but hosted an array of special events at 10 venues across Sheffield and furthered its reputation for staging events in quirky locations including Sheffield Cathedral and Moore Street Substation. Previous editions of the festival have also seen events at swimming pools, cemeteries, cinemas and galleries.

After taking a break for 2023, No Bounds is set to return to the full extensive festival in 2024, with dates due to be announced.

The modern makers at No Bounds this year

A look at the people feeding in to No Bounds.

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Three performers on stage at No Bounds festival. One is singing into a microphone while the other two are playing records on turntables and using a mixer.
The Very Revd Abi Thompson, Dean of Sheffield Cathedral

"This city is known for its musical talent

and Cathedrals are built to showcase sounds and voices at their very best. Our Cathedral is ‘a place for all people’, so I look forward to welcoming everyone."

The man behind it all

Liam O'Shea, Hope Works & No Bounds Festival

Liam has been embedded into the musical fabric of Sheffield since he arrived in the city in 1991.