SWEET BABOO ALLDAYER ON SAT 5TH MAY

SWEET BABOO ALLDAYER ON SAT 5TH MAY

Advance tickets now on sale for our alldayer at The Victoria

DAVID BOWIE SPECIAL ON SAT 5TH MAY

DAVID BOWIE SPECIAL ON SAT 5TH MAY

Advance tickets now on sale for the club at The Victoria

ROBIN INCE GUEST DJS ON SAT 19TH MAY

ROBIN INCE GUEST DJS ON SAT 19TH MAY

Advance tickets now on sale for the club at The Shacklewell Arms

DARREN HAYMAN BREAKING GOD’S HEART GIGS ON WED 4TH JULY & THURS 5TH JULY

DARREN HAYMAN BREAKING GOD’S HEART GIGS ON WED 4TH JULY & THURS 5TH JULY

Support comes from The Catenary Wires and David Callahan

CLUB DATES

CLUB DATES

The club night is bi-monthly at The Victoria and The Shacklewell Arms

SWEET BABOO ALLDAYER ON SAT 5TH MAY

Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits alldayer with Sweet Baboo plus Marine, Adwaith, Young Romance, Deerful, Panic Pocket and Red Red Eyes on Saturday 5th May at The Victoria.

Tickets are now on sale from WeGotTickets. Full details can be found on the Facebook event.

Sweet Baboo is Stephen Black. An eclectic and intriguing songwriter, Sweet Baboo is a master of gorgeous upbeat acoustic ditties, psychedelic exploration and wide-screen 1960’s pop. While likely to showcase material from across his impressively eclectic back catalogue, the set should borrow heavily from last year’s Wild Imagination, “the perfect pick-me-up to the winter of our discontent.” It was an album written as an antidote to our times, an attempt to free himself of negativity and dare to dream of a brighter tomorrow.

Musically, the record stepped away from the Harry Nilsson-esque love song of 2015’s The Boombox Ballads and into a world of positivity, the resultant music sounded like the missing middle ground between Arthur Russell and The Beach Boys. An intriguing artist, always pushing at the boundaries of any attempt to pigeonhole himself or his music, Sweet Baboo is firmly established as one of music’s most intriguing experimenters and most important voices.

On their recently released debut album, Fable Electric, London-quartet, Marine quickly set about living up to all the hype around them. Drawing comparison to the likes of Warpaint and PJ Harvey, Marine make the music of contrasts, driving beats and hypnotic a-melodic bass sit menacingly beneath intricate vocal harmonies and hook-laden guitar lines. Marine take the extraordinary stuff of legend and place it firmly into the everyday world that surrounds them, theirs is the sound of four different musicians growing through the cracks in the urban landscape and combining to something far greater than the sum of their parts.

One of Welsh music’s fastest rising new bands, Adwaith are the trio of Hollie, Gwenllian and Heledd. Loosely described as post-punk, Adwaith’s sound seems to trace a lineage of arty musical outsiders from The Slits through to Datblygu – whose member Patricia Morgan helped Adwaith develop their sound. The band have released a number of singles, showcasing various sides of their music from the wistful, folkish wonder of “Pwysau” to the more energetic alt-rock of “Haul” and the emotional beauty of recent single, “Fel I Fod”. Lyrically they tackle sexism, political injustice and personal crisis, flittering between English and Welsh with impressive ease.

Since their formation six years ago Young Romance have gone about building a reputation as a thrilling live prospect. Even before releasing any records they’d shared stages with the likes of Mystery Jets and Slow Club. Those early shows were time well spent; honing their sound which pairs Paolo’s searing, heavily effected guitar lines with Clare’s primal pounding drum beats, and heartbreaking, intricate vocals. They released their excellent debut album, Another’s Blood, back in 2016 and this will be a chance to hear material from the upcoming, as yet untitled follow-up.

Deerful is the solo-electronic project of indiepop academic, Emma Winston. Armed with an array of miniature synthesisers, Deerful’s sound is a combination of soaring choral vocals, and twitching processed beats. Debut album, Peach, came out last Summer on WIAIWYA, an album about affirming the ordinary and vital; it was a reminder that whatever was going on in the world, there are still tiny shared moments that make life still well worth celebrating.

Panic Pocket have wasted no time in making their mark on the London DIY-scene. Sophie and Natalie released their debut single back in January, showcasing a penchant for bedroom anti-folk and glitchy electro-pop. Cathartic songs about shaking off bad relationships, the life-changing nature of female-friendship and the perils of online dating, are all delivered with a wry sense of humour and an undeniable charm.

Red Red Eyes are the London-based duo of Laura McMahon and Xavier Watkins. Their sound is one of cinematic drones and intricate twanging guitars, as if Enio Morricone teamed up with Broadcast to write the soundtrack for the best post-apocalyptic film you’ll ever see. The band are set to release their debut album Horology in May, a record where soft, almost hushed vocals are accompanied by intricate, delicate guitars and waves of dark, melancholic synths.

DAVID BOWIE SPECIAL ON SAT 5TH MAY

We’re back at The Victoria on Saturday 5th May with a David Bowie Special.

Our guest DJ is Finnigan Kidd from Average Sex. He DJed at our Bowie Special last year playing a fantastic set. You can listen to that on our Spotify page. Except to hear the best from Space Oddity, Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Aladdin Sane, Young Americans, Low, “Heroes”, Lodger, Let’s Dance and more.

We’ll be playing Bowie alongside our usual mix of indiepop, post-punk and new wave music.

A New Career In a New Town . Always Crashing In the Same Car . Andy Warhol . Ashes to Ashes . Be My Wife . Beauty and the Beast . Blue Jean . Boys Keep Swinging . Breaking Glass . Changes . China Girl . Cracked Actor . D.J . Diamond Dogs . Drive-In Saturday . Fame . Fashion . Fill Your Heart . Five Years . Golden Years . Heroes . I Can’t Give Everything Away . The Jean Genie . John, I’m Only Dancing . Kooks . Lazarus . Let’s Dance . Let’s Spend the Night Together . Life on Mars? . The Man Who Sold the World . Modern Love . The Next Day . Oh! You Pretty Things . Queen Bitch . Rebel Rebel . Rock ’N’ Roll Suicide . Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) . Sorrow . Sound and Vision . Space Oddity . Speed of Life . Starman . The Stars (Are Out Tonight) . Suffragette City . TVC15 . Under Pressure . V-2 Schneider . Watch That Man . Young Americans . Ziggy Stardust

Cheap £5 advance tickets are available from WeGotTickets. The price is £6 on the door.

ROBIN INCE GUEST DJS ON SAT 19TH MAY

We’re back on Saturday 19th May at The Shacklewell Arms in Dalston.

Our guest DJ is the comedian, actor and writer Robin Ince. Co-host of the Infinite Monkey Cage and Book Shambles, Robin DJed for us a few years ago. You can listen that playlist on our Spotify page. Expect anything from PJ Harvey, David Bowie, Savages, The Wedding Present, The Cure, Pixies and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. If you have any song requests you can post them in the Facebook event.

We’ll be playing our mix of indiepop, post-punk, new wave and sixties music.

Allo Darlin’ . Alvvays . The Beach Boys . The Beatles . Belle and Sebastian . Blondie . David Bowie . Camera Obscura . The Clash . The Cure . Depeche Mode . Bob Dylan . The Fall . Future Islands . Gang of Four . Hefner . The Jesus and Mary Chain . Joy Division . The Kinks . LCD Soundsystem . Jens Lekman . The Magnetic Fields . Manic Street Preachers . McCarthy . New Order . Night Flowers . Orange Juice . The Pains of Being Pure at Heart . The Pastels . Pixies . Pulp . Ramones . Sacred Paws . The Shins . Shrag . Simon & Garfunkel . The Slits . Slow Club . Patti Smith . The Smiths . The Stooges . Sweet Baboo . Talking Heads . Teleman . Television . Tigercats . The Vaselines . The Velvet Underground . Veronica Falls . Wire

You can buy cheaper advance tickets for £5 from WeGotTickets which guarantees entry. The price is £6 on the door.

DARREN HAYMAN BREAKING GOD’S HEART GIGS ON WED 4TH JULY & THURS 5TH JULY

Scared To Dance presents Darren Hayman performing Breaking God’s Heart at St Pancras Old Church.

Wednesday 4th July support comes from The Catenary Wires and on Thursday 5th July David Callahan from The Wolfhounds supports. Both nights are sold out. Full details can be found on the Facebook event.

Darren Hayman is a thoughtful, concise and detailed songwriter. He eschews the big, the bright and the loud for the small, twisted and lost. For 15 years, and over 14 albums, Hayman has taken a singular and erratic route through England’s tired and heartbroken underbelly.

Hayman was influenced by punk through his art college years, but throughout the ’90s he was inspired by American lo-fi indie-rock. A chance meeting with John Peel favourites New Bad Things and shows with them in London and Portland USA taught Darren the DIY ethic and soon he was self-releasing records by his first band, Hefner.

Hefner’s first records attracted the attention of cult indie label Too Pure and the broadcasting legend John Peel. The band’s first album, Breaking God’s Heart (1998), mixed raw, sexual words with religious imagery and earned the band a loyal, intelligent following in the UK, Europe and the USA. He’ll be performing this seminal album solo and in full on its 20th anniversary.

The Catenary Wires are Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey. They formed in 2014 and their debut mini-album Red Red Skies was released a year later on Elefant Records in Europe and Matinée Recordings in the USA.

Amelia and Rob are best known for making fuzzy, sixties girl-group inspired indiepop in their previous bands Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, Marine Research and Tender Trap.

David Callahan is the frontman of The Wolfhounds. Formed in Essex in 1985, the band released four LPs in their first incarnation until 1990 including a spot on the NME’s legendary C86 compilation.

Whilst on hiatus, Callahan resurfaced with the much-lauded Moonshake on the Too Pure label. Co-led with Margaret Fielder, the band was notable for its extensive use of textures and sampler technology in a rock context. Since reforming in 2005 The Wolfhounds have returned with two well-received albums and continue to perform across Europe.

DARREN HAYMAN BREAKING GOD’S HEART GIGS ON WED 11TH JULY & THURS 12TH JULY

Scared To Dance presents Darren Hayman performing Breaking God’s Heart at St Pancras Old Church.

Wednesday 11th July support comes from Alan Tyler and on Thursday 12th July Birdie supports. Both nights are sold out. Full details can be found on the Facebook event.

Darren Hayman is a thoughtful, concise and detailed songwriter. He eschews the big, the bright and the loud for the small, twisted and lost. For 15 years, and over 14 albums, Hayman has taken a singular and erratic route through England’s tired and heartbroken underbelly.

Hayman was influenced by punk through his art college years, but throughout the ’90s he was inspired by American lo-fi indie-rock. A chance meeting with John Peel favourites New Bad Things and shows with them in London and Portland USA taught Darren the DIY ethic and soon he was self-releasing records by his first band, Hefner.

Hefner’s first records attracted the attention of cult indie label Too Pure and the broadcasting legend John Peel. The band’s first album, Breaking God’s Heart (1998), mixed raw, sexual words with religious imagery and earned the band a loyal, intelligent following in the UK, Europe and the USA. He’ll be performing this seminal album solo and in full on its 20th anniversary.

Alan Tyler is the lead singer of English country rockers The Rockingbirds. He has also released albums with The Lost Sons of Littlefield, his ongoing acoustic trio The Alan Tyler Show, and as a solo artist.

He recently released El Tapado on Hanky Panky Records. Written and recorded on an OP-1 programmable synthesiser, and then completed at Sean Read’s Famous Times studio, he describes it as “post truth melancholia with electro hooks and country harmonies.”

Deborah Wykes and Paul Kelly met whilst taking sabbaticals as members of Saint Etienne’s band in 1994. Both had been writing their own songs and discovering a mutual love of The Shangri-Las and Love’s Forever Changes, formed their own band, Birdie.

Both members had previous musical jaunts. London native Wykes opened for the likes of The Fall, The Jam, and The Undertones while fronting her band Dolly Mixture. Kelly, known for his stint with East Village, also shared a label with Manic Street Preachers. Their last release was the rarities compilation Reverb Deluxe in 2003.

CLUB DATES

The club plays indiepop, post-punk, new wave and sixties music and is on the first Friday of the month at The Victoria and the third Saturday of the month at The Shacklewell Arms.

Since 2009 we have invited numerous people to guest DJ at the club. These have included former international footballer Pat Nevin, comedians Josie Long and Robin Ince, broadcasters Gideon Coe, Colin Murray and Dougie Anderson, writers Jon Ronson, Pete Paphides and Simon Price and the poet Simon Armitage. The club also takes place in Berlin, Glasgow and Brighton and previously in Oslo and Bergen.

Among the bands, record labels and club nights that have DJed are Edwyn Collins, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Pastels, Franz Ferdinand, Allo Darlin’, Darren Hayman, Veronica Falls, Slow Club, Talulah Gosh, Teleman, The Wave Pictures, Summer Camp, Lætitia Sadier, Withered Hand, Standard Fare, Let’s Wrestle, Joanna Gruesome, Tigercats, The Spook School, Night Flowers, Fever Dream, Flowers, Shrag, Evans the Death, Betty and the Werewolves, Ballboy, Acid House Kings, Rotifer, The Just Joans, Average Sex, Cosines, Being There, Red Shoe Diaries, MJ Hibbett, Pocketbooks, Moustache of Insanity, The Rosie Taylor Project, The Understudies, Help Stamp Out Loneliness, Beds in Parks, Northern Portrait, Labrador Records, Moshi Moshi Records, Fortuna POP!, Where It’s At Is Where You Are, Spiral Scratch, Things To Make and Do, Unpop, Big Pink Cake, On The Beach, The Hangover Lounge, Librarian’s Wanted, Stolen Wine Social, Nuisance, Mind Your Own Business, Mixtape, Star Shaped, What Difference Does It Make and STOP, PLAY.

★ Upcoming Dates 

Saturday 5th May // David Bowie Special // The Victoria // Tickets

Saturday 19th May // Guest DJ Robin Ince // The Shacklewell Arms // Tickets

Friday 1st June // Pulp Special // The Victoria // Tickets

Saturday 16th June // The Shacklewell Arms

Saturday 21st July // Guest DJs What Difference Does It Make // The Shacklewell Arms // Tickets

Saturday 4th August // Berlin Special // Marie-Antoinette // €5 OTD

Saturday 18th August // The Shacklewell Arms

Friday 7th September // The Victoria

Saturday 22nd September // The Shacklewell Arms

Friday 5th October // The Victoria

Saturday 20th October // The Shacklewell Arms

Friday 2nd November // The Victoria

Saturday 17th November // The Shacklewell Arms

Friday 7th December // The Victoria

Saturday 15th December // The Shacklewell Arms

Monday 31st December // New Year’s Eve // The Victoria // Tickets

GIG DATES

Our free entry gig night is on the first Friday of the month at The Victoria where we promote new bands. We also put on events across London with the best new and established artists.

Bands that have played at our shows include Allo Darlin’, Darren Hayman, The Wave Pictures, Lætitia Sadier, Withered Hand, The Spook School, Rozi Plain, Tigercats, Sea Pinks, Flowers, Standard Fare, Shrag, Fever Dream, Stanley Brinks, Night Flowers, Evans the Death, Young Romance, Papernut Cambridge, Rotifer, Freschard, The Just Joans, Chorusgirl, The Leaf Library, Firestations, Seabirds, Mammoth Penguins, Just Handshakes, Being There, LUST, Jean K, Winnaretta, The Great Electric, Jessica’s Brother, Lyys, Jack Hayter, Model Village, Pocketbooks, The Understudies, Yukka, Emma Kupa, Cosines, Violet Woods, Jen Schande, Ski Saigon, Enderby’s Room, The Hayman Kupa Band, Jeremy Tuplin, Wolf Girl, David Tattersall, Ralegh Long, Deerful, Red Shoe Diaries and Suggested Friends.

★ Upcoming Dates ★

Saturday 5th May // Sweet Baboo + Marine + Adwaith + Young Romance + Deerful + Panic Pocket + Red Red Eyes // The Victoria // Tickets

Friday 1st June // Wolf Girl + Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something // The Victoria // Free

Wednesday 4th July // Darren Hayman: Breaking God’s Heart + The Catenary Wires // St Pancras Old Church // Sold Out

Thursday 5th July // Darren Hayman: Breaking God’s Heart + David Callahan // St Pancras Old Church // Sold Out

Wednesday 11th July // Darren Hayman: Breaking God’s Heart + Alan Tyler // St Pancras Old Church // Sold Out

Thursday 12th July // Darren Hayman: Breaking God’s Heart + Birdie // St Pancras Old Church// Sold Out

SCARED TO DANCE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

You can like our Facebook page for updates on our club nights and gigs as well as joining our Facebook group to receive notifications about our events.

You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram for daily updates as well as on Mixcloud for our monthly new music podcasts. 

We’re also on Spotify where you’ll find our guest DJs playlists and Songkick where you can track our events.

PAT NEVIN GUEST DJS ON SAT 21ST APRIL

We’re back on Saturday 21st April at The Shacklewell Arms in Dalston.

Our guest DJ is the former footballer and pundit Pat NevinHe has DJed at the club on a number of occasions. Between 11pm and 1am he’ll be playing a regular set then from 1am to 3am he’ll be playing a covers set. If you have any song requests you can post them in the Facebook event.

We’ll be playing our mix of indiepop, post-punk, new wave and sixties music.

Allo Darlin’ . Alvvays . The Beach Boys . The Beatles . Belle and Sebastian . Blondie . David Bowie . Camera Obscura . The Clash . The Cure . Depeche Mode . Bob Dylan . The Fall . Future Islands . Gang of Four . Hefner . The Jesus and Mary Chain . Joy Division . The Kinks . LCD Soundsystem . Jens Lekman . The Magnetic Fields . Manic Street Preachers . McCarthy . New Order . Night Flowers . Orange Juice . The Pains of Being Pure at Heart . The Pastels . Pixies . Pulp . Ramones . Sacred Paws . The Shins . Shrag . Simon & Garfunkel . The Slits . Slow Club . Patti Smith . The Smiths . The Stooges . Sweet Baboo . Talking Heads . Teleman . Television . Tigercats . The Vaselines . The Velvet Underground . Veronica Falls . Wire

You can buy cheaper advance tickets for £5 from WeGotTickets which guarantees entry. The price is £6 on the door.

BERLIN SPECIAL ON SAT 14TH APRIL

We’re back in Berlin on Saturday 14th April at Marie-Antoinette.

Our guest DJs are What Difference Does It Make. They’ve DJed at all of our previous nights in Berlin. Expect to hear The Smiths, The Raincoats, Orange Juice, The Slits, Roxy Music, Talking Heads, The Cure, Delta 5, The Go-Go’s, New Order and more from them. You can listen to one of their playlists on our Spotify page. If you have any song requests you can post them in the Facebook event.

We’ll be playing our mix of indiepop, post-punk, new wave and sixties music.

Allo Darlin’ . Alvvays . The Beach Boys . The Beatles . Belle and Sebastian . Blondie . David Bowie . Camera Obscura . The Clash . The Cure . Depeche Mode . Bob Dylan . The Fall . Future Islands . Gang of Four . Hefner . The Jesus and Mary Chain . Joy Division . The Kinks . LCD Soundsystem . Jens Lekman . The Magnetic Fields . Manic Street Preachers . McCarthy . New Order . Night Flowers . Orange Juice . The Pains of Being Pure at Heart . The Pastels . Pixies . Pulp . Ramones . Sacred Paws . The Shins . Shrag . Simon & Garfunkel . The Slits . Slow Club . Patti Smith . The Smiths . The Stooges . Sweet Baboo . Talking Heads . Teleman . Television . Tigercats . The Vaselines . The Velvet Underground . Veronica Falls . Wire

The price is €5 on the door.

JOY DIVISION & NEW ORDER SPECIAL ON FRI 6TH APRIL

We’re back at The Victoria with a Joy Division & New Order Special on Friday 6th April.

Our guest DJs are Sam Lenthall and Greg Ullyart from Night Flowers. Expect to hear the best from Unknown Pleasures, Closer, Movement, Power, Corruption & Lies, Low-Life, Brotherhood, Technique, Republic and more.

We’ll be playing Joy Division & New Order alongside indiepop, post-punk and new wave music.

Age of Consent . Atmosphere . Atrocity Exhibition . Bizarre Love Triangle . Blue Monday . Broken Promise . Ceremony . Chosen Time . Colony . Confusion . Crystal . Dead Souls . Digital . Disorder . Ecstasy . Everything’s Gone Green . Fine Time . Heart and Soul . Incubation . Insight . Interzone . Isolation . Krafty . Love Vigilantes . Love Will Tear Us Apart . Novelty . People on the High Line . The Perfect Kiss . Procession . Regret . Restless . Round & Round . Shadowplay . She’s Lost Control . Shellshock . Singularity . 60 Miles an Hour . Spooky . State of the Nation . Sub-culture . Temptation . These Days . Touched By the Hand of God . Transmission . True Faith . Tutti Frutti . Warsaw . Way of Life . World (The Price of Love) . Your Silent Face

Cheap £5 advance tickets are available from WeGotTickets. The price is £6 on the door.

HANYA GIG ON FRI 6TH APRIL

Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits presents Hanya and Two Tribes on Friday 6th April at The Victoria.

Free entry gig followed by Scared To Dance: Joy Division & New Order Special club night. Full details can be found on the Facebook event.

Formerly operating under the moniker of Post-Heather, Hanya are a two-piece shoegaze duo hailing from Brighton. Fronted by chief songwriter, Heather Sheret, their sound combines the ethereal beauty of the Cocteau Twins or Mazzy Star, with a more driving, guitar-led sound akin to acts like Angel Olsen or Ty Segall. The duo released their debut double-A single, “Airplane”/”Stone” last year, and with new material in the pipeline don’t miss the chance to see hear just how exciting this band could be.

They may have only formed ten months ago, and not yet released any music into the world, yet East London quartet Two Tribes have already made quite the impression. Their growing reputation has been cemented courtesy of a series of high-profile support slots, culminating in a packed out debut headline set at The Shacklewell Arms. Describing their sound as synth-psych, the band cites influences from Talk Talk to School of Seven Bells. With new recordings on the way soon, this will be a chance to check out one of the capital’s most exciting new bands before their reputation explodes.