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Sheffield Makes Music

Above: Live-coding composer and Algorave pioneer, Alex McLean, on how to create a rave using your computer. Alex put together a live coding workshop for No Bounds Festival and BBC Music Day 2017.

Friday 9 June saw the second Sheffield Makes Music event - a 24 hour showcase of Sheffield’s rich musical tradition. Supported by the University Of Sheffield and Sheffield BID, the event is one of the highlights of the city’s cultural calendar.

A thousand musicians performed at various locations around the city from 8am. Some performances were in established music venues and performance spaces, others formed magical moments of amazing sounds in unexpected places.

There was everything from opera to omnichord solos, hip hop to harmonicas, folk to fanfares, brass to Beethoven. There was music on trams, on trains, in shops, bars and coffee shops, outdoors, indoors, soloists, choirs, samba drummers, indie bands, acoustic bands, famous bands, just starting out bands, electronic, unplugged, quiet, loud, music to dance to, music to sit still to, electronica, avant garde, brass, strings…..

Here is how the day unfolded

Above: Listen to Mary Anne Hobbs' show covering highlights from Sheffield Makes Music

Train Station
The Indian Music Ensemble performed an early morning Raga. Followed by performances by Sheffield groups and solo singers throughout the day

Barkers Pool
Yellow Bus Stage presented some of the city’s most promising acts including:

  • Otis Mensah - alternative hip hop artist
  • Ryan Young & The Electric Sunrise - dark country rock n' roll
  • Sophie Longshaw – one of the city’s rising stars, an accomplished singer-songwriter making a big impression on the city’s scene
  • Kiziah & The Kings - disco funk, soul divas
  • Vuromantics - Northern dark pop forged in the steel city
  • The Stars Band – members compose and perform original tunes and all happen to have a learning disability and/or autism

The Moor Market
Dancers chose their tunes and bopped while they shopped at the Moor Market Silent Disco.

Leadmill Presents - Sounds All Around trail
Acoustic artists in unexpected pop-up places and surprises at every turn. Venues included Sheffield Food Hall, The Frog & Parrot, The Forum, The Green Room, John Lewis and The Great Gatsby.

Town Hall Steps
Afternoon Operatic Aria with tenor Gareth Lloyd.

Trafalgar Warehouse
No Bounds Festival launch event including live coding workshops, modular synthesis workshops, Q&A with Nina Kraviz among many other day time delights. As night fell there were multiple live, spoken word, AV and DJ performances and simultaneous raving with the Hope Works venue.

St Paul's Place
'The Sheffield Makes Music Orchestra' - a unique collaboration between Sheffield players performed a selection of classical hits in this sublime outdoor setting.

The Moor
The Concord Allstars Marching Band - a fantastic musical ensemble of 8-12 year olds. Their brass and percussion performances are exciting and innovative.

Yellow Arch

  • Addictive TV presents Orchestra of Samples - Addictive TV have spent the last few years filming hundreds of musicians playing a multitude of instruments in over 25 countries all over the world. Filming improvised sessions from South America to West Africa, Asia and all across Europe they created new music by sampling all these different musicians who never met, but now play together on screen.
  • KOG & The Zongo Brigade - The interpretation of genuine African music fused with energy and laced with funk reggae jazz and music from all corners of the world.
  • Sifaka - A brilliant fusion of Soul, Rock and African Blues.

Abbeydale Picture House

The launch of The Cuckoo Clocks second album "Frontiers of a Seductive Mind". The Cuckoo Clocks performed their new album in its entirety accompanied by Strings from the Up North Session Orchestra and a host of guest musicians in a special one-off production at the historic picture house.

West Street
The cream of Sheffield’s Grime and urban scene came together for a brilliant evening of live music.

  • Matic Mouth - hip-hop, rap, grime and electro in one brilliant performance
  • Post Collide - RnB hip hop duo, featured on 1Xtra
  • Alone With Jerome - RnB gem featured on 1Xtra
  • L-Dizz - A true graduate of Generation Grime, LDizz has been paying dues and putting in work since the tender age of 12

St Marie’s Cathedral
Classical Sheffield presented Faure’s Requiem. A Sheffield take on this extraordinary classic hosted in the beautiful surroundings of St Marie’s Cathedral.

Tudor Square
Classical Sheffield presented a choral extravaganza with a free, late night, outdoor performance of Carmina Burana.

Hope Works and Trafalgar Warehouse
The culmination of the inaugural No Bounds Festival. Two simultaneous raves with a shuttle bus between the two brought the party to a close with an outstanding line up featuring the newest stars and established heroes of the techno and electronic scene. Including:

  • Nina Kraviz
  • Helena Hauff
  • Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
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