With halls of residence empty and Tramlines rapidly receding into a hazy memory, August is a quieter month for gigs than the rest of the year, as the city battles its collective hangover.

With fewer big names screaming at you from posters, it’s a month where local talent can shine through. For example, firm favourite The Harley are turning many of their summer Friday nights over to their favourite promoters and resident DJs, including Dr Cryptic, Dark Harmonics and Nomadic.

As well as being a cheaper night out without the spiralling booking fees of superstar selectors, it allows punters a better opportunity to see Sheffield sounds emerging, especially the modern bass music centred in the city thanks to its involvement with bassline.

If that’s not your cup of tea, don’t miss the sepia-stained country of local boys Buffalo Skinners or the perceptive lyricism and biting wit of Avital Raz, as reviewed in our July mag.

Half Man Half Biscuit
Thu 3 August | Leadmill | £22
Thanks to a rabid cult following, this Merseyside outfit have been puncturing middle-class mores for over three decades, with tracks like ‘CAMRA Man’, ‘Joy Division Oven Gloves’ and ‘Totnes Bickering Fair’ highlighting frontman Nigel Blackwell’s razor sharp observational wit. Link

Subtitle: The Reunion Part 2
Sat 5 August | Harley | £5.50
Commander-in-chief at Chip Butty Records, Dr Cryptic tops the bill at this bass music night which also sees Liam Logik bringing the heavyweight heat. Things are guaranteed to get serious with a b2b between Dark Harmonics and Taiko, plus Kraschenbern squares off with Autograff for a drum’n’bass set. Link

Sievehead / Nachthexen / Community / Cheap Surgery
Tue 8 August | Audacious Art Experiment | £2
Three of Sheffield’s best bands on one bill, plus Audacious newcomers Cheap Surgery, a newish Leeds outfit playing amphetamine-fast punk rock. Nachthexen are ones to watch, their new 7″ combining punk with power electronics and printed on ‘piss yellow’ vinyl. Link

Kaela Rowan Band
Wed 9 August | Greystones | £13.20
An alumni of influential Scottish group Mouth Music, who matched Gaelic songs with modern instrumentation, Rowan has continued to explore the power of ancient songs in contemporary times. New record The Fruited Thorn is a delicate but accomplished tribute to folk ballads and their singers. Link

Emily Francis Trio
Wed 9 August | Lescar | £6
Those who turn their noses up at jazz fusion have never heard pianist Emily Francis. Along with drummer Jamie Murray and bassist Trevor Boxall, Francis crafts silky and seductive jazz which borrows heavily from funk and guitar music, rounded out with the occasional dash of electronics. Link

Animat, Avital Raz & Spyband
Fri 11 August | Yellow Arch | £6
Animat’s work is heavily audio-visual, creating imagined soundtracks for art film scenes and forgotten flicks. The duo are launching their new EP, The Kings of Fenny Bentley, and have invited the espionage-obsessed Spyband and the razor-sharp Avital Raz to help celebrate. Link

Banana Hill Summer Party
Fri 11 August | Harley | £4
Making a welcome return to the city that started it all, Hill founders Cervo and JVC will be at the decks all night, with globe-trotting selections bringing Curitiba to Crookes, Accra to Attercliffe, and the West Sahara to West Street. Link

Don’t Look Now Summer Special
Sat 12 August | Harley | £3/£5
The students are still away, but that just gives Don’t Look Now the chance to turn the Harley’s decks over to local talent without worrying about the big names (and associated big egos). Aqualab’s Donaough joins DJ Sparko from Stagger and Muad’Dib from the Night Kitchen, with Nomadic representing the home side. Link

Adam Torres
Sat 19 August | Regather | £7
A bit of a coup for the Sharrow cooperative, as they score a uniquely intimate show with US folk songwriter Adam Torres, making a whistle-stop visit to the UK for Green Man Festival. If you’re not familiar, check out the haunting shimmer of last year’s ‘Juniper Arms’. Support from Katie Malco. Link

Buffalo Skinners
Thu 24 August | Greystones | £8.80
Whatever the name might evoke, country collective Buffalo Skinners are Sheffield through-and-through. Their sound isn’t a million miles from the Rolling Stones circa ‘Honky Tonk Women’, and bassist Robbie Thompson is providing the support himself with tracks from his new album, Between the Industry and the Green. Link

Rare Synergy LAN Gathering 2017
Sun 27 August | Picture House Social | £16.65
Spilling over from their Harwood Street home, the Audacious crew take over Picture House Social for a meeting of modems, featuring local nodes Negative Midas Touch, Isis Moray and Sleep Terminal. They’re joined by frenetic disco dons Galaxians and instrumental builder and noise maker Ewa Justka, among others. Link

Parquet Courts / Ultimate Painting
Wed 30 August| Leadmill | £16.50
Ostensibly an indie rock band, Brooklyn quartet Parquet Courts have drifted ever-further leftfield since their 2011 debut, with recent work seeing them dabbling in musique concrète and chugging noise rock that takes its cues from The Velvets. Support from the fabulously-named London guitar group Ultimate Painting. Link