DJ SET AT PAPER DRESS VINTAGE

DJ SET AT PAPER DRESS VINTAGE

Socially distanced DJ set on Friday 14th May

WITHERED HAND GIG ON FRI 2ND JULY

WITHERED HAND GIG ON FRI 2ND JULY

Support comes from Ailsa Tully at The Victoria

PETE ASTOR GIG ON SAT 10TH JULY

PETE ASTOR GIG ON SAT 10TH JULY

Support comes from Gillie at The Victoria

ADWAITH GIG ON FRI 30TH JULY

ADWAITH GIG ON FRI 30TH JULY

Support comes from Blackaby at The Victoria

YUMI AND THE WEATHER GIG ON FRI 13TH AUG

YUMI AND THE WEATHER GIG ON FRI 13TH AUG

Support comes from nudista at The Victoria

SCARED TO DANCE PODCAST #114

SCARED TO DANCE PODCAST #114

Featuring Gillie, nudista, Squid and more

DJ SET AT PAPER DRESS VINTAGE

Tickets have sold out for resident DJ Paul Richards’ set at Paper Dress Vintage on Friday 14th May.

Expect to hear indiepop, post-punk, new wave and a whole lot of rarities in the yard from 5pm.

We’ve heard a whisper that there may be a table or two available in line with the Rule of Six if you turn up on the night.

WITHERED HAND GIG ON FRI 2ND JULY

Scared To Dance presents Withered Hand on Friday 2nd July at The Victoria.

Support comes from Ailsa Tully and tickets are on sale at DICE.

Withered Hand is the nom de plume of Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Dan Willson, who will be performing solo for this performance. Dan started writing songs and singing in his thirties during a period of reflection following the birth of his first child and the death of a close friend. With a wayward tenor and unaffected charm onstage he has come to be celebrated in his adopted country and further afield as a songwriter and lyricist of rare wit and remarkable honesty. 

Alongside activity with his band, Dan is a well-travelled solo musician with a cult following. 2014 saw the release of his strident second album New Gods which propelled Withered Hand into the charts, featuring appearances by friends, luminaries and supporters from the Scottish music scene, from Belle and Sebastian to Frightened Rabbit to The Vaselines and beyond. 2017 heralded Among Horses EP – the result of a collaborative songwriting retreat in Spain. Dan is currently collaborating with Mercury-nominated English songwriter Kathryn Williams on a new album, scheduled for release in 2022.

Writing her first songs on the cello, Ailsa Tully soon graduated to the bass guitar, that early classical technique ensuring she developed a bass playing style unlike anyone else. Add her tender, elegant vocals to the mix plus her obsession for field recordings and you’ll begin to understand what makes Tully so different. While Tully’s previous single “Drive” was enveloping and meditative, recent 7″ “Parasite” found her dark and brooding. Based upon her personal experiences in the music industry, “Parasite” is a highly charged sermon on navigating a toxic work relationship and gender power dynamics.


PETE ASTOR GIG ON SAT 10TH JULY

Scared To Dance presents Pete Astor on Saturday 10th July at The Victoria.

Support comes from Gillie and you can get your free tickets at DICE.

Pete Astor was singer songwriter in early Creation Records trailblazers The Loft and The Weather Prophets, releasing records that helped define the sound of the label and the emerging indie genre. He has gone on to a solo career, writing, recording and releasing records on a range of labels including Matador, Heavenly, Warp and Fortuna POP!

Cherry Red records have just released a definitive collection by The Loft, Ghost Trains & Country Lanes. He recently released You Made Me, his new record of covers, marking a life in music, singing the songs of Cat Power, Billy Idol, Richard Thompson and Elvis Presley, to name a few. He is joined onstage by multi-instrumentalist Ian Button (Wreckless Eric, Death in Vegas, Papernut Cambridge) to perform songs from the present, the past and, most importantly, the future.

Raised within the Welsh heartlands of Carmarthenshire, music has always been second nature to Gillie Ione Rowland aka Gillie. Deeply influenced by place and now living within the burgeoning metropolis of London, Gillie blends the serenity of the Welsh countryside with the industrial undergrowth of city life, to create something hauntingly serene. Distinct in its simplicity yet vivid in atmosphere, the ease at which she entwines both her silken vocal style with a storytelling charm both striking yet subtle, has seen her draw comparisons to both Elena Torna (Daughter, Ex:Re) and Tamsin Wilson (Wilsen).

ADWAITH GIG ON FRI 30TH JULY

Adwaith headline the Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits monthly gig night on Friday 30th July.

Support comes from Blackaby at The Victoria and you can get your free tickets at DICE.

One of our favourite new bands of recent years, we clearly aren’t the only ones who’ve noticed the brilliance of South Wales-trio Adwaith. Their acclaimed debut album, Melyn, drew near universal critical acclaim, culminating in the band winning 2019’s Welsh Music Prize. The band have wasted no time in following up on Melyn’s success, releasing a series of new tracks that hint at where their fascinating music is headed next.

Describing Adwaith’s sound is a difficult task, each track is equally likely to be a slice of perfect post-punk, an ethereal soundscape or a swampy blast of ravey psychedelica. With an eclectic, magpie-like approach to songwriting, Adwaith manage to create a sound entirely their own, and one that looks set to propel them as far as their ambition and imagination can take them. More than just the future of Welsh-music, Adwaith might just be the future of music as we know it.

Blackaby is both the surname and musical-moniker of London-based songwriter William Blackaby. On their recent EP, Everything’s Delicious, released via Hand in Hive, Blackaby took the influence of Wilco and Big Thief and injected a distinctly British-streak, that’s equally as likely to appeal to fans of Teleman or Meilyr Jones. Blackaby’s music taps into the seemingly inconsequential moments, how they shape our lives and define the difference between who we truly are, and who other people think we should be: everything’s delicious, if you let it be.

YUMI AND THE WEATHER GIG ON FRI 13TH AUG

Yumi and the Weather headline the Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits monthly gig night on Friday 13th August.

Support comes from nudista at The Victoria and you can get your free tickets at DICE.

Our headliners are Yumi and the Weather, the musical pseudonym of Brighton-based vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and producer Ruby Taylor. The project first burst onto the scene back in 2013 with the acclaimed debut EP, All We Can. The subsequent eight years have seen Yumi head out on tour with British Sea Power, perform at a number of festivals and gather heavy radio support from a wide variety of outlets including BBC 6 Music and Radio X. Last year saw the release of her fantastic self-produced EP, Some Days, released via Small Pond Records.

 Some Days was something of a sonic departure for Yumi and the Weather, incorporating elements of ethereal 80s synth-rock, 60s soul, and New Romantic pop, weaving Ruby’s influences into a bold vision of exactly what she wanted her music could be. Citing inspiration from artists as diverse as Alvvays, Bruce Springsteen and A-ha, Some Days was the sound of Rose facing up to a pandemic and a wave of political unrest and hitting back with the power of creativity. A compelling snapshot of the world it was made in, that remains just as relevant and exciting in the here and now.

Based out of London, nudista are the duo of Spanish-born vocalist Pilar Matji Cabello and guitarist Robbie Carman. Bonding over a shared love of Yo La Tengo, Phoebe Bridgers and Neil Young the pair formed nudista. Freshly signed to Sad Club Records, the band recently shared their new single, “Confess”, which blurred the lines between the dreaminess of Mazzy Star and the urgency of Alvvays. With the track catching the ear of the likes of Clash and God Is In TV, nudista are a band on the rise.

SCARED TO DANCE PODCAST #114

Our monthly podcast is back with our pick of the best new indie and alternative music.

Gillie releases Retirement Paradise EP on Skivvy Records and we have the brilliant lead single “Reset”.

nudista put out “Confess” and we lift “Paddling” from the forthcoming debut album from Squid.

“Waiting in Line” is taken from the latest Kiwi Jr. LP and Blackaby releases his much anticipated Everything’s Delicious EP via Hand in Hive and we have “No Long Grass”.

Katy Kirby returns with “Juniper” and there’s new tracks from Italia 90, Buffet Lunch and Ski Saigon.

Wyldest is set to release her new album Monthly Friend next month and she shares the infectious new single “Beggar”.

Wasuremono have announced their new LP Let’s Talk, Pt. 1 and we feature “An Ordinary Life” alongside new material from Melby, LYR and The Death of Pop.

Also on the podcast there’s The Natvral, Dinosaur Jr., Blue Moon, Massage, Moon Panda and Molly Linen.

You can support the podcast and the artists featured by subscribing to our Mixcloud Select page.

CLUB DATES

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

Those who have guest DJed at the club include former professional footballers Gaizka Mendieta and Pat Nevin, comedians Josie Long and Robin Ince, broadcasters Gideon Coe and Colin Murray, writers Jon Ronson and Pete Paphides and poet Simon Armitage.

Bands and artists who have DJed are Belle and Sebastian, Edwyn Collins, Franz Ferdinand, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Darren Hayman, The Pastels, Veronica Falls, Talulah Gosh, Allo Darlin’, Teleman and many more. We also have irregular nights in Berlin, Glasgow and Brighton.

UPCOMING DATES

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GIG DATES

Our monthly new music gig night is on the first Saturday of the month at The Victoria. We also put on events across London with the best new and established artists.

Bands that have played at our shows include Darren Hayman, Allo Darlin’, bdrmm, Sweet Baboo, The Wave Pictures, Lætitia Sadier, Rozi Plain, Withered Hand, The Spook School, GHUM, Standard Fare, Night Flowers, Shrag, Peaness, Stanley Brinks, Tigercats, Adwaith, Sea Pinks, Flowers, Evans the Death, The Tubs, Chorusgirl, Rosehip Teahouse and many more.

UPCOMING DATES

Friday 2nd July // Withered Hand + Ailsa Tully // The Victoria // Tickets

Saturday 10th July // Pete Astor + Gillie // The Victoria // Free Tickets

Friday 30th July // Adwaith + Blackaby // The Victoria // Free Tickets

Friday 13th August // Yumi and the Weather + nudista // The Victoria // Free Tickets

SCARED TO DANCE PODCAST #113

Our monthly new music podcast is back with our pick of the best alternative music.

John Grant releases his fifth solo album Boy From Michigan and we have the fantastic title track.

Dry Cleaning put out “Strong Feelings” ahead of their upcoming debut LP New Long Leg. NewDad’s new Waves EP is out now and we lift “Slowly” from it alongside Annie Taylor and “The Fool”.

There’s a welcome return for Gruff Rhys with “Loan Your Loneliness” from his forthcoming Seeking New Gods album on Rough Trade Records.

Hanya continue their brilliant run of singles with “Lydia” and there’s also “Flood” from Bleach Lab and “Badibaba” from Goat Girl.

Crumb put out their first new material in two years with “Trophy” and there’s the latest tracks from Hadda Be, Communions, Corvair and Dignan Porch.

Also on the podcast there’s Girlhouse, Tōth, Wy, Chloe Foy, Renée Reed, Karima Walker and Wintergreen.

You can support the podcast and the artists featured by subscribing to our Mixcloud Select page.