A hazy, shimmering July gives way to a blurry August. If you still feel like leaving the house after Tramlines and aren’t staring at cats and songbirds from your bedroom window in confusion and pain, then take your pick from these delightful, thrashy, glitzy, expensive, free, cutting edge and traditional events taking place across the city.

Y NOT FESTIVAL
1 – 3 August  |  Pike Hall, Derbyshire  |  £84.50 Weekend Ticket
A little gem of a festival with an eclectic yet inclusive line-up just down the road near Matlock? Owwwkay then! The greater Sheffield area has been crying out for a nearby festy and Y Not is beginning to fit the bill nicely. Dizzee, Frank Turner and De La Soul are the main stage highlights. Sheffield representation includes a special area run by Tribe of Xanadu and DJ appearances from Cool Beans’ Arnivore and Concrete Jungle’s Smiley Maxx. Link

METZ
12 August  |  Harley | £10
With their lo-fi, distorted, growler tracks, Toronto thrashers Metz have been compared to Pixies and Public Image Ltd and their drummer is determined to be the loudest percussionist of all time. Link

AN EVENING IN JAPAN
15 August  |  Royal Victoria Grand Ballroom  |  £20
Sure to be an international foody and music lover’s paradise, this glitzy one-off event in the stunning Royal Victoria grand ballroom will feature Japanese soprano Kyoko Ishida and pianist Manu Yuasa. After the music a slap-up sushi buffet will be waiting in the next room prepared by chefs from the superb Edo Sushi. This promises to be a decadent evening to remember and a chance to sample the musical and foody flavours of Japan. Link

HARD AS SNAILS
16 August  |  Riverside | Free
A reyt little underground Sheffield treat at the constantly free, not-for-profit Riverside pub. Hard As Snails will feature live sets from Offmenut Records’ DJ Babestation and Droid, as well as the curly-haired techno terrorist Wade Deacon. All around you there will be art from the North’s finest graffiti artists. Support your local scene if you feel flush by buying original art and prints, make sure you don’t miss your chance to pick up the first ever Hard As Snails zine (the covers of each will be individually hand drawn), and treat yourself to some sweet meat to eat from the outdoor barbie. Link

NO FORM
20 August  |  Audacious Art Experiment  |  Donations
An unapologetically thrash-heavy August listings column continues in a similar vein with a preview for Leeds hardcore band No Form at The Audacious Art Experiment near Bramall Lane. Their ‘fresh and uncomfortable’ hardcore will surely please in such an intimate little venue. Support will come from a selection of three other Leeds hardcore bands – The Repossessed, Sieve Head and Rob and Natas – depending on which band jumps in the van that evening. Link

THE CHAIR
23 August  |  Greystones | £10
Orkney revelers and renowned festival stompers arrive at the Greystones with a reputation for excellent musicianship and a strong party spirit. Regular slots at Cambridge Folk Festival have honed their talents. Expect a whisky-fueled night of furious fiddling. Link

SHEFFIELD FAYRE 2014
24 – 25 August  |  Norfolk Heritage Park  |  Free
The 13th Sheffield Fayre at Norfolk Park promises to be a treat of traditional summer fete attractions. Expect historical battlefield reconstructions and displays, traditional fairground attractions, a green-fingered local horticultural show, a dedicated craft tent with demonstrations, and enough local market stalls to keep you trinket shopping till dark. Link

JUICYJAM 2
29 August  |  Red House  |  £3
An open mic fundraiser for the Cathedral Archer Project and Big Issue in the North, with a house band, open performance slots and the chance to sing a song or two. Bring an instrument (if you want) and a good set of lungs. £3 in advance, more on the door. Link

Hosted by Alex Hef-Tee