Opening: Connect the Dots 2016

The fourth annual festival starts on Saturday 12th November in Sheffield

This weekend Connect the Dots returns to Sheffield for its fourth edition, inspired by the theme and the festival namesake, ‘The Sea Around Us’. The two-week festival features a digital arts exhibition alongside gigs and workshops. This year includes cutting edge, award winning digital artists Maotik, Andrea Byrne, and Matteo Zamagni as well as Swet Shop Boys (Riz Ahmed, Heems and Redinho), DJ Earl (Teklife) and GAIKA (Warp).


Exhibitors include returning ​B.A.S.C.A. British Composer Award (2015) ​winning artist ​Andrea Byrne​ who will exhibit her BBC​ 6Music ​Art is Everywhere sound commission for Mary Anne Hobbs. Internationally acclaimed immersive multimedia artist ​Maotik​ will be showing his work for the very first time in Sheffield, he’s previously exhibited globally at respected festivals like Mutek (Montreal, Mexico city, Barcelona and Bogota) and ARS Electronica in Linz as well as the British Film Institute in London. ​It will also be the first time ​Matteo Zamagni,​ ​digital mixed media artist will be exhibiting his multi-platform interactive installation in Sheffield. Matteo has just been awarded the world’s most pre-eminent Digital Art award - the ‘Mixed Reality’ Lumen Prize for his ​recent collaboration with Daniel Ben Hur and David Li​. Other exhibitors include ​Diane Edwards, Susan Plover​,​ Rob Fung​,​ Calum Stirling​, ​Simon Coates ​and​ Duncan Poulton​. 



Alongside the exhibition we’re looking forward to the Sheffield debut of the critically acclaimed hip hop group ​Swet Shop Boys​ (Riz Ahmed from Four Lions, HBO’s The Night Of and Star Wars Rogue One), ​Heems ​(ex Das Racist) & ​Redinho​. The transatlantic group will be playing at the O2 Academy 2 on 24th November. They have just released their debut album ​Cashmere, which seems timely in a world where the US and UK look across the pond for different reasons: Trump and Brexit, trap and grime. Support on the night comes from UK hip hop legend ​Jehst​, who has been at the forefront of the UK’s hip hop scene for the last 15 years, Sheffield’s own ​Sniff & Morriarchi​ and Kid Acne’s refreshed music project ​Mongrels will also be playing at the O2​.


The festival ends with a closing party on 26th at DINA which features debuts from two artist’s we can’t wait to see. DJ Earl​ (Teklife), represents the new generation of Chicago’s sound, between jazz and funk tunes, devilish synthesizers, unstructured hip hop samples, heavy sub basses and mesmerizing snares. Alongside GAIKA ​(Warp), who according to Dazed, is ​“electronic music’s answer to Basquiat”. 



We’re also excited to check out this years audio makerspaces facilitated by SONA, an arm of Yorkshire Women’s Sound Network (​YSWN) ​who aim to inspire and enable more women and girls to explore sound and music technology through their free workshops and events.


Website (with updated line-up and full schedule):​ ​ 

Opening times:​ Tuesday - Sunday (11am - 6pm), Saturday (11am - 5pm)