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.

ROBIN INCE GUEST 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.

SCARED TO DANCE PODCAST #52

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.

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

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 GUEST 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.

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

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.