Sounding like a robot from a Japanese anime, AlgoMech is actually our very own Festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Movement, and this year’s is the first one. I’ve put the closing gig below, but on 16 November there’s also an Algorave Academy at Access Space, where you can learn to live code yourself, no experience […]

Sounding like a robot from a Japanese anime, AlgoMech is actually our very own Festival of Algorithmic and Mechanical Movement, and this year’s is the first one. I’ve put the closing gig below, but on 16 November there’s also an Algorave Academy at Access Space, where you can learn to live code yourself, no experience required. Bring your own laptop or borrow one of theirs. Drop by the Millennium Gallery on 12 November to try Txalaparta, a Basque discipline where two people improvise music by hitting wooden sticks together, governed by an oblique process. Software written by Enrike Hurtado will allow anyone to join in, and it’s free.

Also on 12 November, Becky Stewart talks about the future of digitally connected textiles. Kraftwerk once attempted to replace their keyboards with jackets featuring electronic lapels. That project never saw the light of day, but its time might finally have come, and in this Daphne Oram Lecture, Stewart will expand on the possibilities for live performance of the wearable tech revolution.

Pity Like #2
Sat 5 Nov | Audacious Art Experiment | £5
The first one was something special. I’m not sure you’ve lived until you’ve seen the entire Audacious, packed to the rafters, bellowing the words to Robyn’s ‘Dancing On My Own’. One of the friendliest, most inclusive vibes of any party in Sheffield. Let’s do it again. Link

Afro Celt Sound System
Sat 5 Nov| Leadmill | £24.75
These WOMAD favourites fuse raw rave energy, swinging Irish music and relentlessly rhythmic west African beats into a sound they’ve been calling their own since the mid 90s. This iteration of the group sees fiddle player Eòghann MacEanruig and dhol master Johnny Kalsi join Guinean singer N’Faly Kouyate, among others. Link

Sara Watkins
Sun 6 Nov | Greystones | £16
Watkins made her name as part of headline bluegrassers Nickel Creek and has also toured with The Decemberists in recent years. She’s a singer, guitar player, ukulelist and a fiddler, all skills she brings to bear on her third album, Young in All the Wrong Ways. Link

Josey Rebelle
Sat 12 Nov | Harley | £5
One of UK dance music’s best kept secrets, Rebelle has had an exploratory Sunday afternoon slot on Rinse for five years now. Her sideways spin on club music is kept fresh thanks to her deep knowledge of garage, soul and jungle, and it seems that she’s finally getting the worldwide acclaim that’s long overdue. Link

65daysofstatic
Wed 16 Nov | Plug | £16.50
After spending 15 years building a cult following for their cinematic space rock, 65days are exploring new ways of engaging people with their music, recently soundtracking the insanely hyped video game No Man’s Sky. There’s sure to be high demand for this homecoming gig. Link

SOiL
Fri 18 Nov | Corporation | £17.50
Friday night and you’re gonna get a thick slab of mosher’s metal from these Chicago veterans. Frontman Ryan McCombs recently described York as his favourite city, so we evidently need to win him over. Support from Saliva, Sons Of Texas and Liberty Lies. Link

Algorave Live Late
Fri 18 Nov | Millennium Gallery | £6.82
A frankly silly number of talented coders are rounding out AlgoMech with a bang, including AlgoBabez, aka Joanne and Shelly, Graham Dunning from NTS, Tokyo’s Renick Bell and, rather improbably, Lil Data from the PC Music mothership. Plus half a dozen more. Link

The Orb
Thu 24 Nov | Plug | £21
What were the skies like when you were young? It’s a question put to Rickie Lee Jones on breakout hit ‘Little Fluffy Clouds’, the first track to bring ambient house to the public (un)consciousness. Now they’re taking a new record on tour, the winkingly-titled Chill Out, World! Link

Dave Clarke, Zenker Brothers
Fri 25 Nov | Hope Works | £16.90
Brighton producer and Peel favourite, Dave Clarke, could claim to be one of a few techno legends, and Dario and Marco Zenker of Ilian Tape are well on their way. Support from Lo Shea, Duckenfield, Stephanie Sykes and more. Link

Laura Mvula
Fri 25 Nov | Leadmill | £21.45
The sophomore effort from soul singer Mvula, The Dreaming Room, is a statement of intent. “With the world upon your shoulders,” she sings on Niles Rodgers collab ‘Overcome’, “Nowhere left to hide.” With even the London Symphony Orchestra falling into her orbit, her star couldn’t be much higher right now. Link

Wolf People
Fri 25 Nov | Picture House Social | £11.10
In the current political climate, bands that reclaim Englishness from the zealots and the small-minded have become vital. Wolf People take cues from the 60s heyday of rural rock, conjuring the detailed dioramas of traditional folk songs from the paint box of psych. Midlake with a bit more fire in their bellies. Link

Kate Tempest
Sat 3 Dec | Plug | £17.50
Having effortlessly conquered the world of poetry and spoken word, Tempest turned to music with the twisting, knotted imagery of her lyrics. She’s touring much anticipated new album, Let Them Eat Chaos, featuring the razor sharp hip hop of ‘Don’t Fall In’. Link