With Autumn now upon us and coffee shops everywhere offering seasonal syrups, the end of the festival season has not depleted the amount of live music on offer in Derby.

I may be trying unsuccessfully to convince comedians I like to visit our city on Twitter (one particular highlight was my attempt to entice Robert Webb to add Derby to his book tour with the promise of a nice “The Works” here and a plentiful supply of Black Mamba).

However, we are certainly beginning to strike a great balance between big name music acts and a thriving independent scene.

Already successful artists have the chance to experience our hidden gems such as The Venue and The Hairy Dog, and new acts a platform to test out and showcase their talent in safe, welcoming environments.

So what can you experience in Derby this month?

Perhaps we should start off with one of the biggest acts visiting our City in September — Lewis Watson. A YouTube-grown talent, the talented acoustic musician has a passionate legion of fans and has provided inspiration to many young artists around the world who have followed his progress over the years. This one is sure to be a sell-out, so make sure you get your tickets quickly for September 26th at The Venue.

The power of music has been proven time and time again, and Mosh Against Cancer are hoping that their event at the Hairy Dog on 16th-17th September will once again showcase music’s ability to bring people together and raise money for a fantastic cause.

Having raised over £1800 last year for Teenage Cancer Trust, the two day event is aiming to set a new record. Bands appearing at the fundraiser include These Wicked Rivers, Divine Chaos, Ironrat and GRIFTER.

If blues are more your thing, then make sure to head over to Ye Olde Dolphin Inne (the oldest pub in Derby, don’t you know?) where Howlin’ Mat will be playing on 22nd September.

The self-proclaimed “Raw and Rootsy” blues guitarist has played gigs across Europe this year, and with his live experience and soulful skills, you can expect a good show.

As always, I like to cater for a wide range of tastes in this gig guide, and so once again i’d like to finish with the options for those of you who enjoy a good tribute band.

This month, The Flowerpot plays host to U2UK on September 29th, who compete with Livewire — The AC/DC Show on the same night over at The Venue. Who will win? Or is life not really a competition afterall? You decide.

Nothing taking your fancy? Why not check out listings from the following venues?

Dubrek Studios

The Bookcafe

The Orange Tree

The Golden Eagle

The Horse & Groom

Bar One