JOSIE LONG FILM NIGHT ON FRI 13TH MAY

We’re delighted to announce the first Scared To Dance film night on Friday 13th May at the arthouse Genesis Cinema in Whitechapel! 

You can join Facebook event for further details.

The guest for our opening night is the comedian Josie Long. Josie has been one of our favourite guest DJs at the club over the years so we’re thrilled to have her introduce Mistaken For Strangers. These new film nights will be on every other month and there will be a Q&A with Josie after the screening.

Mistaken For Strangers is a 2013 documentary film about the American indie rock band The National. The film is directed by Tom Berninger, brother of lead singer Matt Berninger, who follows the band during the tour of the band’s album High Violet.

It has been hailed as “a highly entertaining and surprisingly moving look at life lived on the fringes of the music industry” by Film 4.

Tickets are £9.50 in advance and are available from the Genesis Cinema website.

UNPOP GUEST DJ ON FRI 6TH MAY

We’re back at The Shacklewell Arms in Dalston on Friday 6th May playing the best in indiepop, post-punk, new wave and sixties music!

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

Our guest DJs are Adam Neil and Kieran Curran from the Edinburgh indie club night Unpop! They have DJed for us on several occasions over the years playing brilliant sets featuring Pavement, The Moldy Peaches, The Go-Betweens, Weezer and Stereolab. You can listen to those on our Spotify page.

They’ve compiled one of their legendary mixtapes for this night entitled Songs For Bedroom Dancing so arrive early if you’d like one!

If you have any song requests for the night, feel free to post them on the Facebook event. 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 . The Fall . Gang of Four . Hefner . The Jam . The Jesus and Mary Chain . Joy Division . The Kinks . Cate Le Bon . Jens Lekman . The Magnetic Fields . Manic Street Preachers . McCarthy . Neutral Milk Hotel . 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 . 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 you can get them for £6 from WeGotTickets.

SCARED TO DANCE PODCAST #55

It’s our newest podcast featuring the best 20 tracks from the past month.

Mercury Girls start us off with their brilliant new single “Ariana” which out on Slumberland Records soon.

Labradoor release their second track “Silence” followed up by DIIV and “Dopamine”. There’s also the latest from the always superb Papernut Cambridge with “Chartreuse”.

We have a Fortuna POP! double header with Evans the Death and Martha who both have new albums coming out. Hate Week give us “Nights By the Lake”, we have the return of Colleen Green who is readying an EP and a new band in Suggested Friends.

We lift “Happy Hour” from Sweden’s Boys upcoming Love on Tour EP and former Veronica Falls frontwoman Roxanne Clifford releases “The Church” under the name Patience.

Also on the podcast there’s Wesley Gonzalez, John Grant, Red Sleeping Beauty, Lightning In a Twilight Hour, Rapid Results College, Stanley Brinks and The Kaniks, The Clientele, Robert Rotifer and Rozi Plain.

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

THE CURE SPECIAL ON FRI 15TH APRIL

We continue our season of specials at The Victoria on Friday 15th April with a night dedicated to The Cure! 

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

Our guests DJ is Sam Leppard from the club night Mind Your Own Business. Sam DJed for us a couple years ago playing a superb set so we’re delighted to welcome him back. He’ll be DJing from 10:30pm and 12am so expect the best from Three Imaginary BoysPornographyThe Head on the DoorKiss Me, Kiss Me Kiss MeDisintegration and more. If you have any song requests you can post them on the event wall!

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

A Forest . Boys Don’t Cry . Catch . The Caterpillar . Charlotte Sometimes . Close to Me . Closedown . Cut . Doubt . The End of the World . Fascination Street . The Figurehead . Fire in Cairo . Friday I’m in Love . Give Me It . Grinding Halt . The Hanging Garden . Hey You! . High . Hot Hot Hot!!! . How Beautiful You Are… . Icing Sugar . In Between Days . It’s Not You . Jumping Someone Else’s Train . Just Like Heaven . Killing an Arab . The Kiss . Let’s Go to Bed . The Lovecats . Lovesong . Lullaby . Maybe Someday . Mint Car . Never Enough . Object . One Hundred Years . The Only One . The Perfect Girl . Pictures of You . Plainsong . Play For Today . Primary . Push . Screw . So What . 10:15 Saturday Night . Torture . The Walk . Why Can’t I Be You?

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.

DARREN HAYMAN GIG ON FRI 8TH APRIL

Darren Hayman headlines our gig night on Friday 8th April at The Shacklewell Arms

Support comes from Ralegh Long and DeerfulTickets can be bought in advance for £8 from WeGotTickets and they’ll be £10 on the door. 

We’re thrilled to welcome back one of our favourite songwriters Darren Hayman for this night. For fifteen years, and over fourteen albums, Hayman has taken a singular and erratic route through England’s tired and heartbroken underbelly. 

Influenced by punk through his art college years and then American lo-fi indie in the ’90s he fronted John Peel favourites Hefner. Since then he’s been part of The French, Hayman, Watkins, Trout & Lee and Brute Love. It is his solo career that has earned widespread critical acclaim with The Guardian stating that his songwriting was “the match of Ray Davies”. His most recent album Florence was released on the excellent Fika Recordings label.

Ralegh Long is an English singer-songwriter. His critically acclaimed debut album Hoverance was released on Gare du Nord records in 2015. It is a beautifully pastoral record, in the tradition of Bill Fay and Nick Drake. Tracks from Hoverance received airplay on BBC 6 Music, from DJs including Lauren Laverne, Guy Garvey and Gideon Coe, BBC Scotland, BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio. The Guardian praised it for its “twilit ambience and demented beauty”, and in a four star review MOJO celebrated its “spooky pastoralism”.

Deerful is Emma Winston, a London-based multi-instrumentalist, singer, maker and academic. After several years spent as a session keyboard player and vocalist for artists and bands including Owl & Mouse and Enderby’s Room, she decided to begin making music of her own. She writes and performs story-led, electronic pop on miniature synthesisers about running away, staying in place, brokenness, recovery, and taking up space in the world.

Our resident DJ Sam Cottis of the music site For The Rabbits will be playing records in-between the bands.