All palaces are temporary palaces, as the artist Robert Montgomery has it. After three years at the top of their game, the Night Kitchen hosts its last (sold out) party at its current site on 10 June. It’s near impossible to pin down what made it my favourite club, but there’s something about the space itself that’s magical, regardless of the line-up, the crowd or the sound-system on any particular night. Maybe it’s the Rob Lee designed courtyard or the DJ booth upstairs, an ornate wooden pulpit repurposed for holy sermons in a more secular style.

With so many dancefloors peddling visual overload, key to the club’s unique feel was the minimal, almost Mondrian-esque, use of colour and light. Stacked on top of each other, the two main rooms were dark spaces, punctuated only by the neon blue roundel upstairs and the red rope light downstairs. This pair of lucid and liberated spaces will leave two huge gaps in Sheffield’s fragile club scene and the opening of its successor in September (see this month’s ‘Soundwaves’) can’t come soon enough.

Za! + Trans/Human
Mon 26 May | Delicious Clam | £7.10
2016’s Loloismo was a landmark for the Audacious’s own label and for the record’s creators, Barcelona band Za!, who channelled their infinite energy into a math-rock opus both wildly experimental and completely coherent. They’re one of the first international bands to play Delicious Clam’s new space this Friday, alongside the found sounds of aural scavengers, Trans/Human. 

The Kingdom Come
Sat 3 June | Walkley Community Centre | £13
Flipping the familiar Ru Paul format on its head, this gender reversing get-together will see the UK’s top drag kings – that’s women dressed as men, of course – join Andro & Eve in putting the ‘camp’ in ‘holiday camp’. Audience dressing up welcomed.

Word of Moth
Wed 7 June | Lescar | £6
As implied by their moniker, this free improv four-piece aren’t yet a household name, but are building a reputation through confident and intelligent playing. They were described by The Wire as “interrogating the intersection between responsive, spontaneous group explorations and tightly scored, big-booted riffs.” So there.

Bill Ryder-Jones
Wed 7 June | Picture House Social | £11
In one of modern music’s more unexpected left turns, Ryder-Jones – former guitarist with chart-bothering The Coral – now writes understated folk-rock ballads that examine and pull apart the tedium of suburban England. His most recent record, West Kirby County Primary, was recorded in his childhood bedroom on the Wirral.

Queerama with John Grant
Fri 9 June | City Hall | £13.44
Opening this year’s Doc/Fest, Queerama by Daisy Asquith depicts a century of LGBT expression in Britain using archive footage from the BFI National Archive. The film’s soundtrack features the ever-thrilling John Grant, who’ll be performing a few numbers after its world premiere.

Sheffield Makes Music / BBC Music Day
Fri 9 June | Yellow Arch | £5.60
The Orchestra of Samples project uses digital recording techniques to conjure imagined global ensembles that would be practically impossible in situ, like an Indian sitar master duetting with the drummer from Motörhead. There’s also the Afrobeat-influenced SIFAKA from Leeds and the ever-joyous K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade.

No Bounds
Fri 9 June | Hope Works & Trafalgar Warehouse | £33 (day + night), £27.50 (night), £16.90 (day)
Probably the best line-up to have ever graced our fair city, and this is just the launch party. Experimental music, workshops and talks during the day, with Nina Kraviz, Mumdance, Helena Hauff, DJ Nobu and Shackleton leading the charge deep into the night.

Peace in the Park
Sat 10 June | Ponderosa | Free
Since its triumphant return a few years back, Peace in the Park has gone from strength to strength, marking itself out as a grassroots-run, proudly political oddity in Sheffield’s festival calendar. Tunes, food, arts and crafts and glorious sunshine all day (guaranteed…).

Rosie Hood
Tue 13 June | Greystones | £14.30
A member of The Dovetail Trio, Hood’s debut solo record features Wiltshire folk songs collected by Alfred Williams in the early 20th century, alongside her own songs, like the moving ‘A Furlong of Flight’, documenting an 11th century monk’s abortive attempts to glide with wings. Hood will be joined by Martin Simpson for a few numbers.

Rebel Folk All Dayer
Sat 24 June | Audacious Art Experiment | Free during the day, £5 after 8:30pm
Folk has been that most contradictory of things – a radical tradition – long before Woody Guthrie scrawled ‘THIS MACHINE KILLS FASCISTS’ on his guitar. Celebrating that spirit during this mini festival are 12 Dead in Everett, Sharpish and James Bar Bowen, plus there’ll be films charting the genre’s history by folk culture luminaries such as Alan Lomax and Jeremy Deller.

Planet Zogg
Fri 30 June | Plug | Free
The now traditional fee-free festivities from Sheffield’s long-ruling czars of psytrance return for a ninth outing. Meat Katie and Ben Coda captain the main room for a Lowering The Tone label showcase, with slightly easier-going grooves promised in the Disco of Doom.

Sharrow Festival
Sat 1 July | Mount Pleasant Park | Free
Coming of age in its 21st year, this year’s festivities will include the usual eclectic mix of excellent music, great food, craft stalls and other artistic explorations that the good people of Sharrow have come to expect.