NIGHT FLOWERS GUEST DJ ON SAT 20TH JAN

NIGHT FLOWERS GUEST DJ ON SAT 20TH JAN

Click going on the Facebook event for cheaplist entry at The Shacklewell Arms

SYNTHPOP SPECIAL ON FRI 2ND FEB

SYNTHPOP SPECIAL ON FRI 2ND FEB

Click going on the Facebook event for cheaplist entry at The Victoria

JEAN K GIG NIGHT ON FRI 2ND FEB

JEAN K GIG NIGHT ON FRI 2ND FEB

Support comes from Winnaretta at The Victoria in Dalston

CLUB NIGHT DATES 2018

CLUB NIGHT DATES 2018

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

GIG NIGHT DATES 2018

GIG NIGHT DATES 2018

Our gig night is on the first Friday of the month at The Victoria

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NIGHT FLOWERS GUEST DJ ON SAT 20TH JAN

We’re back at The Shacklewell Arms in Dalston on Saturday 20th January. 

You can click going on the Facebook event before doors open to get on our £4 cheaplist.

Our guest DJs are Greg Ullyart and Sam Lenthall from Night Flowers. They’ve DJed at the club on several occasions so expect The Stooges, Weezer, Blur, Elastica, Roxy Music, Stereolab, Pavement and more. You can listen to their last DJ set at the club on Spotify. If you have any song requests you can post them on the event wall.

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 . Best Coast . Blondie . David Bowie . Camera Obscura . The Clash . The Cure . Depeche Mode . Dexys Midnight Runners . Bob Dylan . The Fall . Gang of Four . Hefner . The Jesus and Mary Chain . Joy Division . The Kinks . LCD Soundsystem . Cate Le Bon . Jens Lekman . Los Campesinos! . The Magnetic Fields . Manic Street Preachers . McCarthy . New Order . Orange Juice . The Pains of Being Pure at Heart . The Pastels . Pixies . Pulp . Ramones . The Shins . The Shop Assistants . Shrag . Simon & Garfunkel . The Slits . Slow Club . Patti Smith . The Smiths . Sweet Baboo . Talking Heads . Talulah Gosh . Television . The Vaselines . The Velvet Underground . Veronica Falls . Wire

Our last night at The Shacklewell Arms sold out. To guarantee entry you can buy tickets for £6 from WeGotTickets.

SYNTHPOP SPECIAL ON FRI 2ND FEB

We’re back on Friday 2nd February when our Synthpop Special returns to The Victoria in Dalston.

You can click going on the Facebook event before doors open to get on our £4 cheaplist.

Our guest DJ is Bob Brown from Shrag. He DJed at our Synthpop Special last year playing a fantastic set. You can listen to that on our Spotify page. He’ll be on the decks at 10:30pm. If you have any song requests you can post them on the event wall.

We’ll be playing synthpop, krautrock and electronic inspired music from the past to the present day.

Animal Collective . Associates . The Avalanches . Blancmange . Bronski Beat . The Buggles . The Communards . CSS . Daft Punk . Depeche Mode . Devo . DIIV . Django Django . Electronic . Brian Eno . Erasure . Eurythmics . FFS . Fiction Factory . Future Islands . Heaven 17 . The Horrors . Hot Chip . The Human League . Japan . Joy Division . The Knife . Kraftwerk . La Roux . Ladyhawke . LCD Soundsystem . Neon Neon . Neu! . New Order . Gary Numan . of Montreal . Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark . Pet Shop Boys . The Postal Service . The Radio Dept . Saint Etienne . Simple Minds . Soft Cell . Sparks . Stereolab . Donna Summer . The The . Visage . Wild Nothing . Yazoo

The last time we did this it sold out. You can guarantee getting in by buying advance tickets for £6 from WeGotTickets.

JEAN K GIG NIGHT ON FRI 2ND FEB

Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits presents Jean K and Winnaretta on Friday 2nd February at The Victoria.

Free entry gig followed by Scared To Dance: Synthpop Special club night. Full details can be found on the Facebook event.

Jean K are a new four-piece band based out of East London. The band started as the brainchild of Strasbourg-born singer Jean Kern alongside producer Michael Tomlinson, now fleshed out to a live band with the help of keyboardist Laura and bassist Gordon. The band formed with the noble aim of infusing indiepop with a much-needed disco twist. Jean K’s debut single, “Billy”, a dancefloor homage to Kurt Vonnegut’s absurdist classic Slaughterhouse Five, was released last year on Crocodile Records. Music that challenges both your mind and your feet; it doesn’t come much more exciting than Jean K.


London-based trio Winnaretta burst onto the DIY-scene last year with their debut EP, Mine, recorded at Soundsavers Studio with the ever excellent Mark Jasper. The band deal in catchy pop songs infused with complex rhythms and tight harmonies. Mine might be barely fifteen minutes long but it packs in everything from afro-beat to slacker-rock; coupled with a reputation as one of the best live acts in the capital, Winnaretta are a band not to be missed. They do things loud, DIY and queer.

CLUB NIGHT DATES 2018

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.

Over the years we have invited some of our favourite people, record labels and bands 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 in the past we have taken it to Oslo and Bergen.

Among the record labels, bands and club nights that have DJed are Edwyn Collins, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Allo Darlin’, The Wave Pictures, Darren Hayman, Slow Club, Joanna Gruesome, Teleman, Veronica Falls, Summer Camp, Lætitia Sadier, Talulah Gosh, Withered Hand, Standard Fare, Let’s Wrestle, Shrag, Tigercats, Fever Dream, Flowers, Evans the Death, Betty and the Werewolves, Ballboy, Acid House Kings, Rotifer, The Just Joans, The Spook School, Night Flowers, Cosines, Being There, Red Shoe Diaries, MJ Hibbett, Pocketbooks, Moustache of Insanity, The Rosie Taylor Project, The Understudies, Help Stamp Out Loneliness, 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 20th January // Guest DJs Night Flowers // Tickets
Friday 2nd February // Synthpop Special // Tickets
Saturday 17th February // Guest DJ Colin Murray // Tickets
Friday 2nd March // Talking Heads Special // Tickets
Saturday 10th March // Brighton Special // Tickets
Saturday 17th March // Guest DJ Josie Long // Tickets
Friday 6th April
Saturday 21st April
Saturday 5th May
Saturday 19th May // Guest DJ Robin Ince // Tickets
Friday 1st June
Saturday 16th June
Saturday 23rd June // Brighton Special // Tickets
Friday 6th July
Saturday 21st July
Friday 3rd August
Saturday 18th August
Friday 7th September
Saturday 22nd September
Friday 5th October
Saturday 20th October
Friday 2nd November
Saturday 17th November
Friday 7th December
Saturday 22nd December
Monday 31st December

GIG NIGHT DATES 2018

Our gig night is on the first Friday of the month at The Victoria.

Over the years we have hosted some of Europe’s best independent bands at our gig nights. Artists that have played at our shows include: Allo Darlin’, The Wave Pictures, Darren Hayman, Withered Hand, Stanley Brinks, Rozi Plain, Standard Fare, Shrag, Tigercats, Fever Dream, Flowers, Evans the Death, Papernut Cambridge, Rotifer, Freschard, The Just Joans, The Spook School, Night Flowers, The Hayman Kupa Band, Seabirds, Mammoth Penguins, Just Handshakes, Chorusgirl, Being There, LUST, Jack Hayter, David Tattersall, Model Village, Pocketbooks, The Understudies, Emma Kupa, Lætitia Sadier, Cosines, Violet Woods, Jen Schande, Enderby’s Room, Wolf Girl, Ralegh Long, Deerful, Red Shoe Diaries and Suggested Friends.

Upcoming Dates

Friday 2nd February // Jean K + Winnaretta // Free
Friday 2nd March // Totally + The Leaf Library // Free
Friday 6th April // Two Tribes // Free

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You can like our Facebook page for updates on our club and gig nights 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.

PULP SPECIAL ON FRI 12TH JAN

We’re kicking off 2018 with our annual Pulp Special on Friday 12th January at The Victoria in Dalston.

You can click going on the Facebook event before doors open to get on our £4 cheaplist.

Our guest DJ is Bobby Foster from London’s top Britpop night Star Shaped. Expect Pulp hits from It, Freaks, Separations, His ‘N’ Hers, Different Class, This Is Hardcore and We Love Life. If you have any song requests then feel free to send them in.

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

A Little Soul . Acrylic Afternoons . After You . Babies . Bad Cover Version . Bar Italia . Common People . Countdown . Death II . Disco 2000 . Dishes . Do You Remember the First Time? . Don’t You Want Me Anymore? . F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E . Glory Days . Happy Endings . Have You Seen Her Lately? . Help the Aged . I Spy . I Want You . I’m a Man . Joyriders . Last Day of the Miners’ Strike . Lipgloss . Little Girl (With the Blue Eyes) . Looking For Life . Master of the Universe . Mile End . Mis-Shapes . Monday Morning . My Legendary Girlfriend . My Lighthouse . P.T.A. . Party Hard . Pencil Skirt . Pink Glove . Razzmatazz . Seconds . She’s a Lady . Something Changed . Sorted For E’s & Wizz . Sunrise . Sylvia . The Day After the Revolution . The Fear . The Trees . They Suffocate At Night . This Is Hardcore . TV Movie . Underwear

You can guarantee getting in by buying advance tickets for £6 from WeGotTickets.

FIRESTATIONS GIG NIGHT ON FRI 12TH JAN

Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits presents Firestations and The Great Electric on Friday 12th January at The Victoria.

Free entry gig followed by Scared To Dance: Pulp Special club night. Full details can be found on the Facebook event.

This year is looking like a huge one for London five-piece Firestations. Freshly signed to The Pictish Trail’s Lost Map records, the band are set to release their new album The Year Dot. Recorded over three years in their own home studio in Walthamstow, it is very much a DIY-creation, but anything but a lo-fi one, the band’s attention to detail and obsession with finding the perfect sound creating a lush and absorbing listen.

The first new material since 2014’s debut Never Closer, The Year Dot is a record that refines and expands on Firestations’ shared musical vision. Starting with simple pop songs, the band add layers of drones, vocal harmonies, electronica and complex, intriguing rhythms, and create a sound entirely their own. Recent single “Build a Building” is a fine entry to Firestations’ world, a downbeat track about feeling like a cog in a wheel presented with a breezy pop melody and sun-drenched vocal harmonies. With support from Austin Town Hall, The Little Indie Blog and DIY among others, Firestations look on the verge of something very special.

Featuring alumni of bands as diverse as Kenickie, Hefner and Go-Kart Mozart, The Great Electric need little in the way of introduction. Formed back in the winter of 2012, the band recently release their self-titled debut album on the ever-reliable WIAIWYA imprint to critical acclaim. Their first new material in three years, since their debut EP for Static Caravan, it was time well spent on a beautifully crafted album.

The band’s sound is shaped by a shared love of classic German electronic and progressive acts of the 1970s coupled with the pop music sensibilities, hooks and production of 90s groups such as Stereolab, Quickspace, Pram and Electric Sound of Joy – or to quote most reviews they sound a bit like Neu!

THE TOP ALBUMS OF 2017

1. ALVVAYS – ANTISOCIALITES

Track Picks: “In Undertow”, “Plimsoll Punks”, “Lollipop (Ode to Jim)”
Label: Transgressive Records
Release Date: 8th September 2017
Listen: Spotify

2. PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING – EVERY VALLEY

Track Picks: “Every Valley”, “People Will Always Need Coal”, “Progress”
Label: PIAS Recordings
Release Date: 7th July 2017
Listen: Spotify

3. THE SHINS – HEARTWORMS

Track Picks: “Name For You”, “Fantasy Island”, “Mildenhall”
Label: Columbia
Release Date: 10th March 2017
Listen: Spotify

4. FUTURE ISLANDS – THE FAR FIELD

Track Picks: “Ran”, “Cave”, “Shadows”
Label: 4AD
Release Date: 7th April 2017

Listen: Spotify

5. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM – AMERICAN DREAM

Track Picks: “Oh Baby”, “Tonite”, “Call the Police”
Label: DFA Records
Release Date: 1st September 2017
Listen: Spotify

6. THE HORRORS – V

Track Picks: “Hologram”, “Machine”, “Something To Remember Me By”
Label: Caroline International
Release Date: 22nd September 2017
Listen: Spotify

7. LOS CAMPESINOS! – SICK SCENES

Track Picks: “I Broke Up in Amarante”, “The Fall of Home”, “5 Flucloxacillin”
Label: Wichita Recordings
Release Date: 24th February 2017
Listen: Spotify

8. DELAY TREES – LET GO

Track Picks: “Black Ice”, “Brightest Eyes”, “It’s Not Who You Are”
Label: Soliti Music
Release Date: 24th March 2017
Listen: Spotify

9. DARREN HAYMAN – THANKFUL VILLAGES VOLUME 2

Track Picks: “Cundall”, “Chantry”, “Cromwell”
Label: Rivertones
Release Date: 26th May 2017
Listen: Spotify

10. SACRED PAWS – STRIKE A MATCH

Track Picks: “Nothing”, “Everyday”, “Strike a Match”
Label: Rock Action Records
Release Date: 27th January 2017
Listen: Spotify

 HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Belle and Sebastian – How to Solve Our Human Problems EP
Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums – Better Friends

Butcher Boy – Bad Things Happen When It’s Quiet EP
Jarvis Cocker & Chilly Gonzales – Room 29
Deerful – Peach
Depeche Mode – Spirit
Rose Elinor Dougall – Stellular
Baxter Dury – Prince of Tears
Matthew Edwards & The Unfortunates – Folklore
Enderby’s Room – Enderby’s Room
Feist – Pleasure
Fever Dream – Squid

Girl Ray – Earl Grey
Wesley Gonzalez – Excellent Musician
The Hayman Kupa Band – The Hayman Kupa Band
The Just Joans – You Might Be Smiling Now
The Leaf Library – City In Reverse EP
Jens Lekman – Life Will See You Now
Ralegh Long – Upwards of Summer
Lyys – Darling Enemy EP
The Magnetic Fields – 50 Song Memoir
The National – Sleep Well Beast

The New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Echo of Pleasure
Papernut Cambridge – Mellotron Phase: Volume 1
Peaness – Are You Sure? EP
PINS – Bad Thing EP
The Proper Ornaments – Foxhole
Sea Pinks – Watercourse
Sleaford Mods – English Tapas
Sparks – Hippopotamus
Spinning Coin – Permo
Suggested Friends – Suggested Friends
The Surfing Magazines – The Surfing Magazines
Sweet Baboo – Wild Imagination
Teleman – Fünf EP
Tree Trunks – Big Rush EP
The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding
Wire – Silver/Lead

SCARED TO DANCE PODCAST #75

We’re back with our December podcast featuring our pick of the 20 best songs from the past month.

Manic Street Preachers mark their comeback with the Yves Klein-inspired “International Blue” ahead of their thirteenth LP Resistance Is Futile.

The National’s most recent single from Sleep Well Beast is “Turtleneck” and we have the wonderful “Repeater” from Teleman.

Public Service Broadcasting released one of our albums of the year and we lift “People Will Always Need Coal” from that.

Club 8 return with “Swimming With the Tide” and we feature the debut release from Tigercats’ Laura K out now on Art Is Hard Records.

We have the latest from Field Music, Loma, Blush and Wylderness. Plus The Spook School are back with “Less Than Perfect” and so are The Just Joans and Belle and Sebastian.

Also on the podcast there’s Anna Burch, The Surfing Magazines, Lucy Dacus, First Aid Kit, The Clientele, Papernut Cambridge and The Perfect English Weather.

You can subscribe to our Mixcloud page for all of our monthly podcasts.

AVERAGE SEX GUEST DJ ON NEW YEAR’S EVE

We’ll be celebrating New Year’s Eve at The Victoria in Dalston! Tickets are now on sale. We advise you buy in advance as this is highly likely to sell out.

Full details can be found on the Facebook event.

Our guest DJ is Finnigan Kidd from Average Sex. Finnigan DJed at the club earlier this year playing a brilliant set so we’re delighted to welcome him back. If you have any song requests for the night you can post them on the event wall.

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 . Best Coast . Blondie . David Bowie . Camera Obscura . The Clash . The Cure . Depeche Mode . Dexys Midnight Runners . Bob Dylan . The Fall . Gang of Four . Hefner . The Jesus and Mary Chain . Joy Division . The Kinks . LCD Soundsystem . Cate Le Bon . Jens Lekman . Los Campesinos! . The Magnetic Fields . Manic Street Preachers . McCarthy . New Order . Orange Juice . The Pains of Being Pure at Heart . The Pastels . Pixies . Pulp . Ramones . The Shins . The Shop Assistants . Shrag . Simon & Garfunkel . The Slits . Slow Club . Patti Smith . The Smiths . Sweet Baboo . Talking Heads . Talulah Gosh . Television . The Vaselines . The Velvet Underground . Veronica Falls . Wire

We have 20 early bird tickets on sale and then it’s the regular NYE price. You can buy them from WeGotTickets.

GIDEON COE GUEST DJS ON SAT 16TH DEC

We’re back at The Shacklewell Arms in Dalston on Saturday 16th December.

You can click going on the Facebook event before doors open to get on our £4 cheaplist.

Our guest DJ is BBC 6 Music’s Gideon Coe. Gideon has been a regular at the club over the years and played a storming set earlier this year playing the likes of The Clash, Stereolab, Talking Heads, New Order, The Undertones, Belle and Sebastian, Gang of Four and The Pastels. You can listen to that playlist on our Spotify page. Song requests can be posted on the event wall.

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 . Best Coast . Blondie . David Bowie . Camera Obscura . The Clash . The Cure . Depeche Mode . Dexys Midnight Runners . Bob Dylan . The Fall . Gang of Four . Hefner . The Jesus and Mary Chain . Joy Division . The Kinks . LCD Soundsystem . Cate Le Bon . Jens Lekman . Los Campesinos! . The Magnetic Fields . Manic Street Preachers . McCarthy . New Order . Orange Juice . The Pains of Being Pure at Heart . The Pastels . Pixies . Pulp . Ramones . The Shins . The Shop Assistants . Shrag . Simon & Garfunkel . The Slits . Slow Club . Patti Smith . The Smiths . Sweet Baboo . Talking Heads . Talulah Gosh . Television . The Vaselines . The Velvet Underground . Veronica Falls . Wire

Our last night at The Shacklewell Arms sold out. To guarantee entry you can buy tickets for £6 from WeGotTickets.