Long before Kelham Island became a byword for buzzy regeneration, a pair of musicians decided to take advantage of the plethora of disused industrial units in the area to open their own studio, naming it after the Burton Road building’s most distinctive feature. In the 20 years since Yellow Arch opened its doors, it has expanded into a venue, a teaching studio, a rehearsal space and even a cafe-bar.

“It’s our aim to keep music exciting for our crowd, making sure our line-ups are diverse and interesting,” says Spencer from the venue. “We’re constantly developing Yellow Arch as a creative hub, bringing together every step of a musical journey – writing, rehearsing, recording and performing – and utilising the fact you can achieve all of the above in one building. Our venue is growing, literally, meaning we can now host large-scale events across multiple rooms, expanding the possibilities in creating truly unique events.”

DJ Sprinkles, Virginia, Objekt, rRoxymore & Joe
Sat 7 Oct | Hope Works | £15.80
Even by their lofty standards, Pretty Pretty Good have really pulled it off here. The politically-charged house of DJ Sprinkles will ring through the warehouse, with Ostgut Ton star Virginia and multitalented selector rRoxymore in support. In Mesters, Hessle’s elusive Joe returns from a three-year hiatus, before the weird and wonderful Objekt closes with a four-hour set. Link

Yellow Arch 20th Birthday
Sat 7 Oct | Yellow Arch | £13.32
As a venue, Yellow Arch is best known for its roots music, so for the birthday bash they get down and dubby with a live set from Macka B & The Roots Ragga Band, plus DJ slots from Afriquoi, Reggae Roast and a whole host of familiar faces. Link

Pega Monstro / Ganglions / Possum
Fri 13 Oct | Audacious Art Experiment | £5
The Reis sisters from Lisbon make up Pega Monstro, a dreamy garage duo touring their third record, Casa de Cima. This show doubles as a release party for Ganglions, whose second EP, Thirsty, is out now on the Audacious label. There’s also the Leeds-based emo punk of Possums. Link

The Pogue Traders
Fri 13 Oct| Shoulder of Mutton, Bradwell | Free
It’s definitely worth catching a bus to the beautiful Peaks town of Bradwell for London’s Pogue Traders. As their punning name suggests, they’re a tribute band (real Pogues drummer Andrew Ranken’s favourite, no less), though they have a whole host of other tunes to keep the intrepid visitor moving and grooving.

No Bounds 2017
13-15 Oct | Sheffield | Prices vary
It’s the big one. This month’s interviewee Jeff Mills beams down from his spaceship to head up an eight-venue extravaganza, with Terre Thaemlitz, Ikonika, Mark Fell and Laurel Halo among the 84 artists heading our way. Flying the flag for Sheffield are Broken FM, Blood Sport, CPU Records and the Algoravers, among many more. Link

Sarathy Korwar Band
Tue 17 Oct | Firth Court | £14.50
London-based percussionist and composer Sarathy Korwar’s album, Day To Day, was one of 2016’s very best. Fusing jazz with Indian folk music, Korwar incorporated field recordings of The Sidi Troupe of Ratanpur into his distinct, electronic-tinged sound. Now touring with a live band, this gig features tabla and santoor player John Ball, a performer-in-residence at the University of Sheffield. Link

Alicia Gardener-Trejo ‘Bobtail’
Wed 18 Oct | Lescar | £8
More is evidently more with this group, an eleven-piece from Brum led by saxophonist and composer Gardener-Trejo. For this project, the poems of Rabbie Burns and Dylan Thomas provide inspiration for a night of autumnal jazz. Link

Ligeti Quartet: Remembering The Future
Tue 24 Oct | Firth Court | £14.50
For this concert the celebrated Ligeti Quartet ask what the past has to say about the present, with music by Stravinsky and Webern compared to newer work such as the ‘Five Famous Adagios’ by Joanna Bailie. Link

Kaz Hawkins Band
Fri 27 Oct | Greystones | £13.20
Modern blues from a new star whose soaring voice has seen her showered with awards and accolades. Her heartbreaking ‘Because You Love Me’ deserves to be a blockbuster hit, as does her take on ‘Feelin’ Good’. Link

Sun 29 Oct | Plug | £16.52
Ghostpoet is enjoying a career peak with the August release of Dark Days + Canapés, a dystopian vision of urban UK that touches on issues from the refugee crisis to the banality of social media. His vocal style falls somewhere between speaking and singing, allowing full articulation of his carefully-crafted words. Link