Two major festivals this month, you spoilt sods. Sensoria brings Michael Rother of Neu! and Kraftwerk to the Students’ Union (2 October), and there’s a screening of Imagine Waking Up Tomorrow And All Music Has Disappeared (7 October). It’s a documentary about The17, an experimental choir founded by the KLF’s Bill Drummond. Inverting the usual festival Q&A, pop’s chief provocateur himself will be on hand to “interrogate the audience” afterwards. 5 October sees local trio Stems provide a new soundtrack to the turn-of-the-century films of Georges Méliès. You know, the black-and-white one with a face in the moon.

Stretching well into October is the ever-growing Off The Shelf Festival of Words. Of interest to musos is Scottish folkie Ewan McLennan collaborating with Grauniad journo George Monbiot (22 October), who’ll be providing an explanation of the real stories behind each song. They’ve also got Simon Reynolds, one of my favourite music writers, talking about his new tome on glam rock, Shock & Awe, on 4 October.

Timedance
8 October | Hope Works | £5
Lo Shea and the Little Mesters room play host to a delegation from Bristol’s Timedance. Baku and Lurka’s collaborations are at dance music’s bleeding edge, blending metallic techno with the wonky rhythms of UK bass. Ploy’s productions are as muggy as a steamed up window, like the abyssal thump of his recent ‘Iron Lungs’. Link

Akala
11 October | Plug | £15
Kingslee James Daley takes influence from across the cultural spectrum. After recent tour stops in Sudan and Ethiopia, Akala comes to Sheff with a set celebrating his ten years in the game. Plugged in rap for switched on folks. Link

Ellery Eskelin
12 October | Lescar | £8
In recent years the growth of the global improv scene has been unstoppable, but saxophonist Ellery Eskelin has been a mainstay since introducing his off-kilter phrasing to New York stages in the late 80s. Link

Planet Zogg x Mango Disco
14 October | Night Kitchen | £8
It was only a matter of time before our city’s foremost flag bearers for all things trippy paired up for a psychotropical rave. Zogg have got Sabretooth and Benji303 live upstairs, with Mango Electrico and Alex del Mango taking care of the fruity folk in the Bassment. Link

Steve Mason
15 October | Leadmill | £19.80
It’s fair to say The Beta Band never sold that many records, but that hasn’t stopped them becoming one of the most mythologised bands of this century. Singer Steve Mason has since struck his own singular path, with new record Meet The Humans bringing his instantly recognisable voice to the fore. Link

Roy Bailey
20 October | Greystones | £12.10
Hailed by Tony Benn as the “greatest socialist folk singer of his generation”, Bailey has been turning out rousing lefty anthems for over half a century. As well as having more records to his name than you’ve had hot dinners, he is also emeritus professor at Hallam, where he lectured my mum on social work in the 70s. Link

Soundclash Weekender
20-23 October | Hagglers Corner | £15
New festival captained by the Mango Rescue Team. Live acts include the stroboscopic dance rock of Galaxians, Cambodian soca player KomKom, and the London Bhangra Collective. DJ sets from Ru Robinson, Kwaitek and Écoutez, plus many more. Link

Don Vito, Daikiri, La Confraternita del Purgatorio
22 October | Audacious Art Experiment | £5
Big hype for Leipzigers Don Vito, purveyors of flash-bang math rock in the vein of Melt Banana. France’s Daikiri are even faster, hurling operatic yelps over their snare drum assaults, while Purgatorio from Italy marinade their music in scuzzy dissonance. No Brexit here. Link

Helena Hauff, Matrixxman
28 October | Night Kitchen | £13.88
Hauff is one of the world’s most exciting selectors, not because she polishes her sets to perfection, but because she embraces noise, distortion and counter-intuitive turns, even at peak time. Old hand Matrixxman warms up, with Belfast oddball Space Dimension Controller making a triumphant return to the Bassment. Link

Evil Scarecrow
29 October | Corporation | £14
They might look like a circus act, but this band are committed to gritty social realism. They ask the big questions, such as on single ‘Hurricanado’: what would happen if a tornado and a hurricane joined forces to destroy the world? Link