Year on year, the Tramlines fringe has grown to the point where it can rightly be considered a festival in and of itself, easily dwarfing the first edition of its bigger brother held in 2009. Will the suffix ‘Fringe’ one day be equally as synonymous with Sheffield as it is with Edinburgh?

Clamlines on Exchange Street returns with Sammartino, Thee Mightees, Iran Iran and many more, while Plot22 down the road can boast the juggernaut electro of Bozzwell and cult act HarleyLikesMusic live. Neighbourhood at the Picture House Social features Lady Stephen, Galaxians and BlackWaters, while Bungalows & Bears host O’Flynn, Life Aquatic Band and Nova Twins. Elsewhere on Division Street, both The Forum and The Devonshire open their doors to acts such as Babe Punch, Strange Bones and Honey Lung.

If you’re still standing by the early hours, Hope Works is the stage for a live set from Octo Octa, while Glasgow selector Denis Sulta graces the decks at the Night Kitchen. If all the above is a bit soft for your liking, the fourth edition of Doomlines drapes itself over Plot22 all afternoon Sunday.

Pale Blue Dot
Wed 4 July | Lescar | £8
Named after the famous photo taken by Voyager I depicting our planet as a mere cosmic pinprick, this jazz project consists of four movements, with each “observing the Earth from different perspectives”. Gemma Bass plays violin with Aby Vulliamy on viola, Johnny Hunter drums, Alice Eldridge plays cello with Mark Hanslip on tenor sax and Seth Bennett on double bass. Link

Get Baked
Wed 4 July | Record Junkee | £5
A night showcasing a hat trick of young Sheffield musicians, with psych group Threads joined by experimental rock group Rehash and indie singer-songwriter Brandon Lacey. The name comes, of course, from the homemade cakes that organisers Red Tape will be selling on the night. Link

Lauren Housley
Thu 5 July | Greystones | £11
Lauren Housley is a rapidly rising star from down the road in Rotherham, with a fusion of country and blues that has won her significant radio play for debut single ‘Ghost Town Blues’. She’s touring in support of new single ‘My Sleeping Heart’ from her heartfelt debut album, The Beauty of This Life. Link

Fri 6 July | Access Space | £5.60
No special occasion or festival crossover this time, just another night of algorithmic anarchy, with headline sets from the Algobabez and Class Compliant Audio Interfaces, aka Damu and Yaxu. There’s also live coding from Qirky, Innocent, Algorave India’s Khoparzi and, via satellite, Tadokoro from Tokyo and Olivia Jack from Bogotá. Link

Sharrow Festival
Sat 7 July | Mount Pleasant Park | Free
The annual free grassroots fest reaches the mature age of 21, with stalls-a-plenty, street food, DJ sets, inflatable football, and live music from the Mango Rescue Team, Humbar, Forefathers and Captain Avery, among many more. There’s a host of after parties to choose from too, from soul and disco at the Beer Engine to jungle and bass music at The Albion. Link

Catch 23
Sat 7 July | Yellow Arch | £24
An entire festival packed into 14 hours at the ever-enchanting Yellow Arch, with the aim of instigating a psychedelic revolution, no less. Acts include Greg Wilson, Forest Sounds Theatre, Daisy Eris Campbell, a gong bath, John Higgs, Kermit & The Super Weird Society, Cuckoo Clocks and Nikki Wyrd, plus dozens more. Link

House and Land
Wed 11 July | Regather | £9.10
An experimental take on Appalachian music is promised by this US duo, consisting of Sarah Louise Henson and Sally Anne Morgan, who use drone techniques and have been compared to the ethereal work of composer John Luther Adams. Support from Sheffield’s Sharron Kraus and guitarist Toby Hay, who takes inspiration from folk music from across the globe. Link

Sat 14 July | The Dorothy Pax | Free
Thanks to the revival in everything retro, synthwave – a fusion of Human League-style synthpop with harder techno sounds – has exploded in popularity. This maximalist music is repped in Sheff by new crew Steel City Synthwave and their debut event promises four DJs, four live acts and vegetarian-friendly street food. Link

Displace Presents Virus Recordings
Fri 20 July | Hope Works | £14.43
Celebrating their 20th birthday as a top-tier drum’n’bass label, Displace present Ed Rush b2b Optical, Optiv b2b BTK, Cruk and Motion in the warehouse. The rave cave, hosted by Shakey Wakey, stars Teej, Stompz, Hatchet and The Bass Conductor. Link

The Folk Forest
Sat 21 & Sun 22 July | Endcliffe Park | Adults £33, children £16.50, under 5s free
This year, Tramlines’ best kept secret declares independence, guided by the folk at Regather Co-operative. There’s arts & crafts, children’s activities, nice booze and live music from Portico Quartet, Nubiyan Twist ft. K.O.G, Pictish Trail, Soweto Kinch, the Sheffield Beatles Project and friend of Now Then Jim Ghedi, among many more. Link

Stella Roberts Sextet
Wed 25 July | Lescar | £8
Inspired by pastoral scenes from her Peak District upbringing, the jazz of Stella Roberts and her six-piece band is slinky and fluid, moving from one shape to the next in the organic manner of a living being. Chris Young, Richard Foote and Stuart Barker star in her group, plus Sean Gibbs and Euan Palmer. Link

Mango Juice
Sat 28 July | Bal Fashions | £4.10
Mango Disco join forces with Fruit n Juice for this Sheffield Pride afterparty that’s as proudly political as it is unofficial. Expect queer global sounds over two rooms, with sets from Cherry B, The Empress, Apricot Ballroom and Sabhera. Fundraiser for Lesbian Asylum Support Sheffield, and don’t forget to leave a note on the Wall of Dreams. Link