SEA PINKS GIG ON FRI 12TH FEB

SEA PINKS GIG ON FRI 12TH FEB

Support comes from The Leaf Library and Young Romance

NEW MUSIC ON THE JANUARY PODCAST

NEW MUSIC ON THE JANUARY PODCAST

Featuring Hinds, Boys Forever, Pete Astor, Teleman and John Grant

NIGHT FLOWERS DJ ON FRI 19TH FEB

NIGHT FLOWERS DJ ON FRI 19TH FEB

We return to The Victoria in Dalston playing the best indie in Hackney

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CLUB NIGHT DATES FOR 2016

CLUB NIGHT DATES FOR 2016

We’ll be bi-monthly at The Shacklewell Arms and The Victoria

GIG NIGHT DATES FOR 2016

GIG NIGHT DATES FOR 2016

Get in touch if your band would like to play our gig night in Dalston

SEA PINKS GIG ON FRI 12TH FEB

SEA PINKS GIG ON FRI 12TH FEB

Our gig night is back for our first show of the year at The Shacklewell Arms on Friday 12th February!

Tickets can be bought in advance for £6 from WeGotTickets and they’ll be £8 on the door. You can also bookmark it in your diary by joining the Facebook event.

Sea Pinks are a Belfast trio consisting of Neil Brogan on guitar and vocals (also known as a founder member of Girls Names), Steven Henry on bass and Davey Agnew on drums. Their new LP Soft Days is the band’s second full-length studio record following on from 2014’s Dreaming Tracks and three previous DIY albums.

It’s a snapshot of a band growing in confidence and hitting its stride as a three piece. It’s also thrillingly eclectic, cherry picking genres with magpie abandon with rave reviews from QUncutLouder Than WarClash and The Line of Best Fit as well as airplay on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6 Music. Together, they unite on forging blissful guitar pop out of everyday tension and are without doubt one of the most distinctive guitar bands around right now.

The Leaf Library are a London-based quintet who have recently released their debut album Daylight Versions on one of our favourite labels WIAIWYA. They play shimmering shoegaze and deep drone that evokes the changing seasons which has been compared with Stereolab. Championed by the likes of Pete Paphides and Gideon Coe, Daylight Versions received a glowing a five star review in The Guardian. Not to be missed.

Young Romance are an indiepop duo whose musical evolution wraps joyous vocals depicting a sorrowful narrative in a blanket of distorted guitars. Last year they put out their first EP Wild on Banquet Records on the back of support slots with the likes of Summer Camp, Slow Club and Mystery Jets. Keep an eye out for the release of their debut LP coming soon.

Our resident DJ Sam Cottis of the blog For The Rabbits will be spinning records in-between the bands.

NEW MUSIC ON THE JANUARY PODCAST

NEW MUSIC ON THE JANUARY PODCAST

We start the year with our pick of the best tracks from the past month on our January podcast!

Hinds have just released their debut album Leave Me Alone and we feature the fantastic “Chili Town”.

Boys Forever are a new band and we have a premiere of their first single “Poisonous” alongside Pete Astor’s “Very Good Lock” lifted from the magnificent Spilt Milk.

Teleman return with the lead song from their second LP Brilliant Sanity out on Moshi Moshi Records soon whilst there’s the latest from John Grant and Emmy the Great.

Young Romance play our gig night next month and we take “Wild” from their most recent EP. Belfast’s Sea Pinks have been impressing us lately and we’ve picked “Yr Horoscope” from their new album plus there’s tracks from Nervous Twitch, Bent Shapes and Air Waves.

Also on the podcast there’s Courtney Barnett, Steven James Adams, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Great Lakes, Daughter, LUST, Ulrika Spacek, The Luxembourg Signal and Yeasayer.

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

NIGHT FLOWERS DJ ON FRI 19TH FEB

NIGHT FLOWERS DJ ON FRI 19TH FEB

Scared To Dance returns to The Victoria in Dalston on Friday 19th February!

You can join the Facebook event before doors open to get in on our £4 list.

Our guest DJs are Greg Ullyart and Sam Lenthall from the band Night Flowers! They released one of our favourite EPs a couple of years ago so we asked them to DJ at the club. The last time they played a fantastic set featuring New Order, The Lemonheads, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Cure, Pulp and Saint Etienne. You can listen to that on our Spotify page.

We’ll be playing indiepop, post-punk, new wave and sixties music like this. If you have any song requests, feel free to post them on the event wall!

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 . Gang of Four . Hefner . The Jam . The Jesus and Mary Chain . Joanna Gruesome . Joy Division . The Kinks . Cate Le Bon . Jens Lekman . The Magnetic Fields . Manic Street Preachers . McCarthy . New Order . Orange Juice . The Pains of Being Pure at Heart . The Pastels . Pixies . Pulp . Ramones . The Shop Assistants . Shrag . Simon & Garfunkel . The Slits . Slow Club . Patti Smith . The Smiths . Standard Fare . Sweet Baboo . Talking Heads . Talulah Gosh . Tigercats . The Vaselines . The Velvet Underground . Veronica Falls . The Wave Pictures . Wire . Withered Hand

Our last few club nights have sold out so if you want to guarantee getting in, please buy a ticket in advance for £6 from WeGotTickets.

SCARED TO DANCE ON FACEBOOK

SCARED TO DANCE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

You can like our Facebook page for updates on our club and gig nights as well as joining our Facebook group to receive invites to our events. We generally send out two to three invites per month.

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.

CLUB NIGHT DATES FOR 2016

CLUB NIGHT DATES FOR 2016

We’re delighted to announce that in 2016 the club will be on the first Friday of the month at The Shacklewell Arms and on the third Friday of the month at The Victoria! This means the club will revert back to being twice a month.

We’re currently booking our favourite guest DJs are planning some special nights for you. If you have anyone you’d like to see DJ at the club or any other suggestions, please get in touch. This is what we have lined-up so far.

Friday 19th February // Guest DJs Night Flowers // Tickets
Friday 4th March // Guest DJ Josie Long // Tickets
Friday 18th March // Talking Heads Special // Tickets
Friday 1st April // Guest DJs TBA
Friday 15th April // Guest DJs TBA
Friday 6th May // Guest DJs TBA
Friday 20th May // Manic Street Preachers Special // Tickets
Friday 3rd June // Guest DJs TBA
Friday 17th June // Guest DJs TBA
Friday 1st July // Guest DJs TBA
Friday 15th July // Pulp Special // Tickets
Friday 5th August // Guest DJs TBA
Friday 19th August // Guest DJs TBA
Friday 2nd September // Guest DJs TBA
Friday 16th September // Guest DJs TBA
Friday 7th October // Guest DJ Gideon Coe (BBC 6 Music) // Tickets
Friday 21st October // Joy Division & New Order Special // Tickets
Friday 4th November // Guest DJs TBA
Friday 18th November // Guest DJs TBA
Friday 2nd December // Guest DJs TBA
Friday 16th December // Guest DJs TBA

GIG NIGHT DATES FOR 2016

GIG NIGHT DATES FOR 2016

Our gig night will be moving to the second Friday of every other month at The Shacklewell Arms in 2016. We’re currently putting together our line-ups which you can see below.

Bands 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, Red Shoe Diaries, David Tattersall, Model Village, Pocketbooks, The Understudies, Emma Kupa, Lætitia Sadier, Cosines, Jen Schande, Enderby’s Room, Wolf Girl and Violet Woods.

UPCOMING DATES

Friday 12th February // Sea Pinks // The Leaf Library // Young Romance // Tickets
Friday 8th April // Bands TBA
Friday 3rd June // Bands TBA
Friday 12th August // Bands TBA
Friday 14th October // Bands TBA
Friday 9th December // Bands TBA

ROBIN INCE DJS ON FRI 5TH FEB

ROBIN INCE DJS ON FRI 5TH FEB

We’re back at The Shacklewell Arms on Friday 5th February playing our mix of indiepop, post-punk, new wave and sixties music!

Simply join the Facebook event before doors open to get in on our £4 list.

Our guest DJ is the comedian, broadcaster and writer Robin Ince! Robin DJed for us a few years ago and we’ve been meaning to get him back ever since. Host of the excellent Infinite Monkey Cage and Book Shambles, he’ll be helped out on the decks by his Vitriola podcast co-host Michael Legge. Expect anything from Morrissey, The Clash, Darren Hayman, R.E.M, The Wave Pictures, Edwyn Collins, Nick Cave and anything John Peel related.

If you have any song requests then feel free to send them in. We’ll be playing music like this.

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 . Gang of Four . Hefner . The Jam . The Jesus and Mary Chain . Joanna Gruesome . Joy Division . The Kinks . Cate Le Bon . Jens Lekman . The Magnetic Fields . Manic Street Preachers . McCarthy . New Order . Orange Juice . The Pains of Being Pure at Heart . The Pastels . Pixies . Pulp . Ramones . The Shop Assistants . Shrag . Simon & Garfunkel . The Slits . Slow Club . Patti Smith . The Smiths . Standard Fare . Sweet Baboo . Talking Heads . Talulah Gosh . Tigercats . The Vaselines . The Velvet Underground . Veronica Falls . The Wave Pictures . Wire . Withered Hand

If you prefer to buy tickets in advance to guarantee getting in and avoiding any queues, you can get them for £6 at WeGotTickets.

SWEDISH SPECIAL ON FRI 22ND JAN

SWEDISH SPECIAL ON FRI 22ND JAN

Scared To Dance’s Swedish Special is back on Friday 22nd January and this time we’ll be at The Victoria in Dalston!

You can get in on our £4 cheaplist by joining the Facebook event before doors open.

Our guest DJs are our regular Swedish music specialists Jenny Brinck and Ylwa Wirling who will be over from Gothenburg for this DJ set. You can listen to one of their past DJ playlists on our Spotify page. If you have any song requests then feel free to post them on the Facebook event wall!

We’ll be playing 100% Swedish music throughout the night like this.

ABBA . Acid House Kings . Mattias Alkberg . Joel Alme . Marit Bergman . bob hund . Brainpool . Broder Daniel . Caesars . The Cardigans . Pelle Carlberg . Neneh Cherry . Club 8 . The Concretes . David & the Citizens . Dungen . Ebba Grön . The Embassy . First Aid Kit . Goat . Hello Saferide . Håkan Hellström . The Hives . Honey Is Cool . Frida Hyvönen . I’m From Barcelona . [ingenting] . Kent . The Knife . Laakso . The Legends . Jens Lekman . LUST . Lykke Li . Makthaverskan . The Mary Onettes . Peter Bjorn and John . Popsicle . The Radio Dept . Robyn . Sambassadeur . Shout Out Louds . The Soundtrack of Our Lives . Suburban Kids With Biblical Names . Taken By Trees . Those Dancing Days . Vit Päls . The Wannadies . Jenny Wilson . Yvonne

You can either join the event to get in on our £4 cheaplist or you can buy tickets in advance for £6 to guarantee getting in from WeGotTickets.

DJING AT DAVID BOWIE TRIBUTE ON SAT 16TH JAN

DJING AT DAVID BOWIE TRIBUTE ON SAT 16TH JAN

After yesterday’s tragic news we decided we should something to celebrate the life and music of David Bowie.

The Shacklewell Arms are hosting a tribute on Saturday 16th January with all of the money going to War Child, a charity Bowie supported during his lifetime.

We’ll be playing some records by the man and alongside those artists he influenced and was influenced by alongside Bad VibrationsNight TerrorsBlack Wax and Ulrika Spacek.

Come along and please help spread the word via the Facebook event.

GIDEON COE DJS ON FRI 8TH JAN

GIDEON COE DJS ON FRI 8TH JAN

We’re kicking off the New Year at The Shacklewell Arms on Friday 8th January playing the best indie in East London!

To get in on our £4 cheaplist you can join the Facebook event before doors open.

Our guest DJ is BBC Radio 6 Music’s Gideon Coe! Gideon has DJed for us on five previous occasions turning in fantastic sets each time.

A Sony award winner, he lists Sandinista! by The Clash and Power, Corruption & Lies from New Order as two of his records he couldn’t live without. One of our favourite DJs to have at the club, his sets are not to be missed! Check them out on our Spotify page.

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

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 . Gang of Four . Hefner . The Jam . The Jesus and Mary Chain . Joanna Gruesome . Joy Division . The Kinks . Cate Le Bon . Jens Lekman . The Magnetic Fields . Manic Street Preachers . McCarthy . Orange Juice . The Pains of Being Pure at Heart . The Pastels . Pixies . Pulp . Ramones . The Shop Assistants . Shrag . Simon & Garfunkel . The Slits . Slow Club . The Smiths . Standard Fare . Summer Camp . Sweet Baboo . Talking Heads . Talulah Gosh . Teleman . Tigercats . The Vaselines . The Velvet Underground . Veronica Falls . The Wave Pictures . Wire . Withered Hand

Our last three club nights have sold out so we advise buying tickets in advance to guarantee getting in. You can get them for £6 at WeGotTickets.

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SETLIST FROM TIGERCATS GIG

A fantastic gig as always last night at the Fortuna Pop! Winter Sprinter.

Flowers premiered a number of songs from their upcoming second album whilst you can see Tigercats and Chorusgirl out on tour very soon.

Here’s what we played at the gig.

The Clash – If Music Could Talk
John Cale – Graham Greene
Brian Eno – Backwater
FFS – Call Girl
Belle and Sebastian – Play For Today
Talking Heads – (Nothing But) Flowers
Euros Childs – Machine
Sweet Baboo – Tonight You Are a Tiger
The Jam – Just Who Is the 5 O’Clock Hero?
Rotifer – I Just Couldn’t Eat As Much (As I’d Like to Throw Up)

Alvvays – Next of Kin
Best Coast – Feeling Ok
Kid Wave – Honey
Echo & The Bunnymen – Never Stop
The Cure – Grinding Halt

Gruff Rhys – American Exterior
Gruff Rhys – American Interior
Jens Lekman – Maple Leaves (EP Version)
Paul Simon – The Obvious Child
Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers – Egyptian Reggae
The Beatles – I’ve Just Seen a Face
Bob Dylan – Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again

The Go-Betweens – Lee Remick
Wire – Mannequin
Stereolab – Jenny Ondioline
The Velvet Underground – I Can’t Stand It

DJING AT TIGERCATS AT THE LEXINGTON

DJING AT TIGERCATS AT THE LEXINGTON

We’ll be playing records at the sixth annual Fortuna Pop! Winter Sprinter on Wednesday 6th January. It’s a fantastic line-up with Tigercats playing with support from Flowers and Chorusgirl.

The Sprinter starts on Tuesday 5th January with Steven James AdamsSimon Love and The Leaf Library. On Thursday 7th January there’s Withered HandEvans the Death and Pete Astor. Then on the final night Martha headline with Milky Wimpshake and Bleurgh.

Tickets can be bought for each night or as a season ticket and stage times can be found on the Facebook event.

Four nights, twelve bands, DJs… the perfect antidote to the post-Christmas blues with the best of the Fortuna Pop! roster plus special guests at The Lexington.

FORTUNA POP! DJ ON NEW YEAR'S EVE

FORTUNA POP! DJ ON NEW YEAR’S EVE

Scared To Dance is celebrating New Year’s Eve at The Alibi in Dalston! All of our past NYE nights have sold out in advance so make sure you get your tickets. We’ve got a licence until 4am so come and celebrate the New Year with us!

Tickets at WeGotTickets.

We’re excited to welcome back head of Fortuna Pop! records Sean Price as our guest DJ! Sean has DJed for us on many occasions over the years and he’ll be DJing alongside Morgan Giles formerly of top indie night Come Out 2Nite. If there’s any songs you’d like to hear to see in 2016 then you can post them on the Facebook event wall!

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

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 . Gang of Four . Hefner . The Jam . The Jesus and Mary Chain . Joanna Gruesome . Joy Division . The Kinks . Cate Le Bon . Jens Lekman . The Magnetic Fields . Manic Street Preachers . McCarthy . Orange Juice . The Pains of Being Pure at Heart . The Pastels . Pixies . Pulp . Ramones . The Shop Assistants . Shrag . Simon & Garfunkel . The Slits . Slow Club . The Smiths . Standard Fare . Summer Camp . Sweet Baboo . Talking Heads . Talulah Gosh . Teleman . Tigercats . The Vaselines . The Velvet Underground . Veronica Falls . The Wave Pictures . Wire . Withered Hand

We have 30 early bird tickets available at £10 each and then they’ll be £13. Once tickets have sold out we’ll post any returns on the event wall.

THE TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2015

THE TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2015

1. NEW ORDER – MUSIC COMPLETE

Track Picks: “Singularity”, “Plastic”, “Tutti Frutti”
Label: Mute
Release Date: 25th September 2015
Listen: Spotify

The Decemberists - What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

2. THE DECEMBERISTS – WHAT A TERRIBLE WORLD, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL WORLD

Track Picks: “Make You Better”, “Lake Song”, “Till the Water’s All Gone”
Label: Rough Trade Records
Release Date: 20th January 2015
Listen: Spotify

FFS - FFS

3. FFS – FFS

Track Picks: “Johnny Delusional”, “Call Girl”, “Piss Off”
Label: Domino
Release Date: 9th June 2015
Listen: Spotify

Belle and Sebastian - Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance

4. BELLE AND SEBASTIAN – GIRLS IN PEACETIME WANT TO DANCE

Track Picks: “Nobody’s Empire”, “Enter Sylvia Plath”, “Play For Today”
Label: Matador
Release Date: 19th January 2015
Listen: Spotify

Tigercats - Mysteries

5. TIGERCATS – MYSTERIES

Track Picks: “Junior Champion”, “Wheezer”, “Sleeping in the Backseat”
Label: Fortuna Pop!
Release Date: 10th March 2015
Listen: Spotify

Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

6. COURTNEY BARNETT – SOMETIMES I SIT AND THINK, AND SOMETIMES I JUST SIT

Track Picks: “Pedestrian at Best”, “Dead Fox”, “Nobody Cares If You Go to the Party”
Label: Mom + Pop Music
Release Date: 20th March 2015
Listen: Spotify

Sweet Baboo - The Boombox Ballads

7. SWEET BABOO – THE BOOMBOX BALLADS

Track Picks: “Sometimes”, “Got to Hang on to You”, “Walking in the Rain”
Label: Moshi Moshi Records
Release Date: 14th August 2015
Listen: Spotify

Best Coast - California Nights

8. BEST COAST – CALIFORNIA NIGHTS

Track Picks: “Feeling OK”, “Heaven Sent”, “California Nights”
Label: Harvest
Release Date: 1st May 2015
Listen: Spotify

Joanna Gruesome - Peanut Butter

9. JOANNA GRUESOME – PEANUT BUTTER

Track Picks: “Last Year”, “Honestly Do Yr Worst”, “I Don’t Wanna Relax”
Label: Fortuna Pop!
Release Date: 11th May 2015
Listen: Spotify

Kid Wave - Wonderlust

10. KID WAVE – WONDERLUST

Track Picks: “Wanderlust”, “Honey”, “I’m Trying to Break Your Heart”
Label: Heavenly
Release Date: 1st June 2015
Listen Spotify

 HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Being There – Overnight EP
Blur – The Magic Whip
Euros Childs – Sweetheart
Chorusgirl – Chorusgirl
Club 8 – Pleasure
Django Django – Born Under Saturn
Drinks – Hermits on Holiday
Emmy the Great – S EP
Evans the Death – Expect Delays
Fever Dream – Moyamoya
Robert Forster – Songs to Play
Colleen Green – I Want to Grow Up
Richard Hawley – Hollow Meadows
Emma Kupa – Home Cinema
The Leaf Library – Daylight Versions
The Legends – It’s Love
Ralegh Long – Hoverance
The Lovely Eggs – This Is Our Nowhere
Mammoth Penguins – Hide and Seek
Model Village – Burger EP
Modest Mouse – Strangers to Ourselves
Elizabeth Morris – Athens EP
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Hell EP
Papernut Cambridge – Nutlets 1967-80
Pinkshinyultrablast – Everything Else
The Radio Dept. – Occupied EP
Rozi Plain – Friend
The Spook School – Try to Be Hopeful
Summer Camp – Bad Love
Trust Fund – No One’s Coming For Us
Tuff Love – Dross EP
The Wave Pictures – Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon
Young Romance – Wild EP

NEW MUSIC ON THE DECEMBER PODCAST

NEW MUSIC ON THE DECEMBER PODCAST

It’s our final podcast of the year as we compile our favourite new songs from the past month on our December podcast!

Wild Nothing are back with the fantastic “TV Queen” lifted from their upcoming album Life of Pause.

Former Let’s Wrestle frontman Wesley Gonzalez releases his debut solo effort “Come Through and See Me” and there’s the brilliant Club 8 with “Skin”.

New band Labradoor have put out their first single “The Sleep” whilst David Bowie returns with the wonderfully weird “Blackstar”.

Allo Darlin’s Elizabeth Morris new EP Athens is out now and we take “Historic Times” from it alongside the latest tracks by Mothers, Rotifer and Jarvis Cocker & Serafina Steer’s love letter to Paris “Friday 13th 2015”.

Also on the podcast there’s The Leaf Library, Animal Collective, Andrew Weatherall, Chorusgirl, Savages, The Spook School and Grace.

We end the year with four Christmas songs by Deerful, Sunturns, Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums and Sweet Baboo.

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

FRONTLIST/BACKLIST INTERVIEW

FRONTLIST/BACKLIST INTERVIEW

We were recently interviewed by the arts website Frontlist/Backlist.

We tell them where we get our inspiration from, our odd creative rituals and what we’re obsessed with. You can read the interview here.

Whilst you’re there check out their other interviews with actors, artists, writers and those who work in fashion.

NEW CLUB NIGHT AND GIG PHOTOS

NEW CLUB NIGHT AND GIG PHOTOS

We’ve recently added a new photo section to our website.

On there you’ll find photographs from our club nights at the Moustache Bar, King’s Cross Social Club and The Albany. Take a look, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll spot yourself in there.

There’s also a new gig section including many of the bands we’ve put on over the years. It features Shrag, Standard Fare, Allo Darlin’, The Wave Pictures, Tigercats, The Just Joans, The Understudies, The Spook School, Stanley Brinks, Freschard, Rotifer, Emma Kupa, Pocketbooks, Red Shoe Diaries, Evans the Death, Night Flowers and Fever Dream.

If you have any photos from our events that you’d like to contribute, please get in touch.

LÆTITIA SADIER GIG ON FRI 4TH DEC

LÆTITIA SADIER GIG ON FRI 4TH DEC

Our gig night returns to The Shacklewell Arms for our final show of the year on Friday 4th December!

Tickets can be bought in advance for £6 from WeGotTickets and they’ll be £8 on the door. You can also bookmark it in your diary by joining the Facebook event.

Stereolab’s Lætitia Sadier plays solo headlining this fantastic line-up. Since Stereolab went on indefinite hiatus in 2009, she has released three solo albums, The TripSilencio and Something Shines. An enthralling live performer, Pitchfork praised “her voice still oozes ethereality and sophistication” on her debut LP.

Sadier was also a member of one of our favourite bands of all time, the hugely influential McCarthy, played in the dream-pop side project Monade, and has contributed vocals to various groups and projects such as Blur, Luna and Benjamin Schoos.

Cosines are a mathematical pop band from North London. Simon Nelson and Alice Hubley met on the London Underground after a Stereo Total gig. They started making music together, fusing metronomic pop sensibilities, 60’s grooves and krautrock noise. The band’s line up was completed by Hubley’s old Loves bandmates Daniel Chapman and Jonny Drums and A Smile and A Ribbon’s Kajsa Tretow. They played their first show in April 2012, and since then have played shows with Comet Gain, Shrag and Still Flyin’ as well the Indietracks Festival releasing singles on Fika Recordings.

Wolf Girl are a garage pop four-piece based in South London. Their debut EP Mama’s Boy was released on limited edition cassette on Soft Power Records in 2014, and stays true to the poppy energy of their frenetic live shows. It’s been said that they both do and don’t sound like the Ramones, and have also been compared to both The Shop Assistants and Bratmobile.

Our resident DJ Sam Cottis of the blog For The Rabbits will be spinning records in-between the bands.

NEW MUSIC ON THE NOVEMBER PODCAST

NEW MUSIC ON THE NOVEMBER PODCAST

Our November podcast is back with the best 20 tracks from the past month!

Flowers kick us off with the stunning “Ego Loss” from their second LP which is out next year.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have a new EP out and we have the title track “Hell”. New Order have released their best album for many years and we take the fantastic “Tutti Frutti” from it.

The Lovely Eggs have a new single with “Goofin’ Around (In Lancashire)” as do The Manhattan Love Suicides and Jawbreaker Reunion.

We have an exclusive from The Wave Pictures. “Slick Black River From the Rain” will be on their vinyl only album A Season in Hull. Jens Lekman is back and so too is Pete Astor with the brilliant “My Right Hand”.

We’ve got the latest from the Tindersticks whilst John Cale reworks his classic song “Close Watch” plus new material from Shearwater and Julia Holter.

Also on the podcast there’s Best Coast, Weezer, E’spaniel, Sea Pinks, Los Bonsáis, SPORTS and T-Shirt Weather.

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

JOSIE LONG DJS ON FRI 27TH NOV

JOSIE LONG DJS ON FRI 27TH NOV

We’re thrilled to welcome back the comedian Josie Long to the club on Friday 27th November at The Shacklewell Arms!

Over half of the tickets have been sold in advance so don’t miss out. You can get yours to guarantee getting in from WeGotTickets.

Alternatively you can get in on our £4 cheaplist by joining the Facebook event before doors open but please arrive early.

Josie Long has DJed for us on four previous occasions playing the likes of Manic Street Preachers, Dusty Springfield, Billy Bragg, Pulp, Belle and Sebastian, Standard Fare, Beirut, The Smiths and Slow Club. You can listen to one of Josie’s past DJ sets on our Spotify page. 

Don’t miss her fantastic DJ set, she’ll be on at midnight! If you have any song requests, you can post them on the event wall.

Doors open at 11pm to 3am and we’ll be playing our regular mix of indiepop, post-punk, new wave and sixties music like this.

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 . Gang of Four . Hefner . The Jam . The Jesus and Mary Chain . Joanna Gruesome . Joy Division . The Kinks . Cate Le Bon . Jens Lekman . The Magnetic Fields . Manic Street Preachers . McCarthy . Orange Juice . The Pains of Being Pure at Heart . The Pastels . Pixies . Pulp . Ramones . The Shop Assistants . Shrag . Simon & Garfunkel . The Slits . Slow Club . The Smiths . Standard Fare . Summer Camp . Sweet Baboo . Talking Heads . Talulah Gosh . Teleman . Tigercats . The Vaselines . The Velvet Underground . Veronica Falls . The Wave Pictures . Wire . Withered Hand

NEW MUSIC ON THE OCTOBER PODCAST

NEW MUSIC ON THE OCTOBER PODCAST

It’s our October podcast featuring the best new indie music around!

We kick off with Ex Hex’s superb cover of The Real Kids “All Kindsa Girls”. Tuff Love are back with an EP on Lost Map Records next month and we lift “Duke” from that.

Desperate Journalist have put out the beautiful “Perfect Health” and there’s also the latest by Trust Fund ahead of their new album. Model Village were great at our last gig night and we’ve got their free song “Time to Share” whilst we have Lætitia Sadier playing at our next show. She releases “Dry Fruit” on Drag City.

Club 8 return with the gorgeous “Love Dies” and there’s a new tracks from Broken Bells and Dave Gahan & Soulsavers. Euros Childs’ charming “Machine” is taken from his Sweetheart LP and Stanley Brinks & The Wave Pictures’ “Berlin” is out now on Fika Recordings alongside Owl & Mouse and Azure Blue.

Also on the podcast there’s Iko Chérie, The Legends, Frozy, Wolf Girl, Radiator Hospital, A Sunny Day In Glasgow and Normil Hawaiians.

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JOY DIVISION & NEW ORDER SPECIAL ON FRI 23RD OCT

JOY DIVISION & NEW ORDER SPECIAL ON FRI 23RD OCT

Scared To Dance is happening at The Victoria for the first time on Friday 23rd October and we’re having a Joy Division & New Order Special!

You can get in on our £4 cheaplist by joining the Facebook event before doors open. It looks like it’s going to be extremely busy so please arrive early to guarantee getting in. Once the venue is full we’ll be running a one in, one out policy.

Our guests DJ is Bob Brown from Shrag. He has DJed for us on many occasions over the years and he’s a huge fan of both bands. He’ll be DJing between 11pm and 12:30am so except the best from Unknown Pleasures, Closer, Power, Corruption & Lies, Low-Life, Technique and more. If you have any song requests you can post them on the event wall!

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

Age of Consent . All the Way . 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 . The Perfect Kiss . Procession . Regret . Restless . Round & Round . Run . Shadowplay . She’s Lost Control . Shellshock . Singularity . 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

We’ll be projecting Anton Corbijn’s brilliant film Control inside the venue with doors opening at 10pm and closing at 3am.

You can either join the event to get in on our £4 cheaplist or you can buy tickets in advance for £6 to guarantee getting in from WeGotTickets.

TIGERCATS GIG ON FRI 2ND OCT

TIGERCATS GIG ON FRI 2ND OCT

Scared To Dance’s gig night is back at The Shacklewell Arms for our fourth show of the year on Friday 2nd October!

Tickets can be bought in advance for £8 from WeGotTickets and they’ll be £10 on the door. You can bookmark it in your diaries by joining the Facebook event.

Having carved out a coveted space in the scuzzier realm of kinetic indiepop, London five-piece Tigercats have now delivered second album Mysteries, an assuredly contagious record bristling with melody and noise, and mapped out on a lyrical landscape populated by gated longings, bleached-out city skies, and skewed entanglements of the heart.

Tigercats make music that stems from the weird collision point between Half Japanese, Hefner, Daniel Johnston, Prince and Orange Juice, shuttling through this heady constellation armed with a pop sensibility marked out by its eloquence and ferocity. Duncan Barrett and Laura Kovic articulate sweet laments and aspersions over swathes of magnetic agit-glam-punk noise which prowls an alternately feral and refined musical terrain.

The Hayman Kupa Band is a supergroup comprising of Darren Hayman of Darren Hayman and Hefner fame, Emma Kupa formerly of Standard Fare and current Mammoth Penguin, Fever Dream drummer Cat Loye and Michaelmas a.k.a. Michael Wood on bass.

Model Village are some kind of pop band from London and Cambridge with a form book as long as your arm where previous bands are concerned. None of that matters now though, so come and revel in the Model Village of the future. Dan, Ian, Kenny, Kev, Piers, and Lily currently make up the residents’ committee.

Our resident DJ Sam Cottis of the blog For The Rabbits will be spinning records in-between the bands.

NEW MUSIC ON THE SEPTEMBER PODCAST

NEW MUSIC ON THE SEPTEMBER PODCAST

We bring you the best 20 new tracks we can find from the past month on our September podcast!

Chorusgirl’s brilliant single “Oh, To Be a Defector” starts us off. Watch out for their self-titled debut album out in a couple of months time.

Foals have released one of the finest LPs we’ve heard this year and we take “Mountain at My Gates” from it. Richard Hawley returns with the magnificent “Heart of Oak” as do Wilco with “Random Name Generator”.

The Drink are one of our bands to look out for with their second album Capital out soon on Melodic Records. John Grant has a new song featuring Tracey Thorn plus Deerhunter and a new stand alone single from The Radio Dept.

Pinkshinyultrablast and Fever Dream are back alongside the excellent Shopping whose “Straight Lines” previews their upcoming Why Choose LP.

Also on the podcast there’s Die Katapult, The Spook School, Knife Pleats, The Mantles, Sexwitch, Vinyl Williams, Sufjan Stevens, Darren Hayman and Khruangbin.

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