Scared To Dance are independent club night and live music promoters.
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.
Since 2009 we have invited numerous people to guest DJ at the club. These have included former international footballers Gaizka Mendieta and Pat Nevin, comedians Josie Long, Robin Ince and Michael Legge, broadcasters Gideon Coe, Jon Hillcock, 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 previously in Oslo and Bergen.
Among the bands, record labels and club nights that have DJed are Belle and Sebastian, Edwyn Collins, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Pastels, Franz Ferdinand, Allo Darlin’, Darren Hayman, Veronica Falls, Slow Club, Talulah Gosh, Teleman, The Wave Pictures, Summer Camp, Lætitia Sadier, Withered Hand, Standard Fare, Let’s Wrestle, Joanna Gruesome, Tigercats, The Spook School, Keel Her, Night Flowers, Fever Dream, Flowers, Shrag, Evans the Death, Betty and the Werewolves, Ballboy, Acid House Kings, Rotifer, The Just Joans, Average Sex, Cosines, Being There, Red Shoe Diaries, MJ Hibbett, Pocketbooks, Moustache of Insanity, The Rosie Taylor Project, The Understudies, Help Stamp Out Loneliness, Beds in Parks, 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.
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, Withered Hand, Rozi Plain, GHUM, The Spook School, Standard Fare, Night Flowers, Shrag, Peaness, Stanley Brinks, Tigercats, Adwaith, Sea Pinks, Flowers, Evans the Death, The Just Joans, Average Sex, Savage Mansion, Marine, Witching Waves, Young Romance, Papernut Cambridge, Freschard, Ralegh Long, Chorusgirl, The Leaf Library, Seabirds, Fever Dream, Mammoth Penguins, Suggested Friends, Just Handshakes, Wolf Girl, Jessica’s Brother, Rotifer, Being There, LUST, Jean K, Winnaretta, Foundlings, The Great Electric, Firestations, Birdie, Lyys, Red Red Eyes, Jack Hayter, Model Village, David Callahan, Pocketbooks, Melby, Deerful, CIEL, The Understudies, Yukka, Rosehip Teahouse, Emma Kupa, Cosines, Alan Tyler, Red Shoe Diaries, L I P S, Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something, Two Tribes, SUDS, Panic Pocket, Mikey Collins, Violet Woods, Schande, The Catenary Wires, Ski Saigon, David Tattersall, Nice Church, Sprinters, Hanya, Enderby’s Room, Alex Chilltown, The Hayman Kupa Band, Jeremy Tuplin, Clingfilm, Secret Power, Worst Place, th’sheridans, Adults, Gold Baby, Cat Apostrophe, Protection Spells, Whitelands, The Tubs and Flirting.
We have hosted film nights at the arthouse Genesis Cinema in Whitechapel. Curators include Josie Long presenting The National’s documentary film Mistaken For Strangers, Robin Ince introducing The Monkees’ Head, Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch showing Ladies and Gentlemen… Mr. Leonard Cohen and Jon Ronson selecting The Devil and Daniel Johnston.
We release monthly new music podcasts and have published several fanzines in addition to DJing across Europe and elsewhere for: The Totally Football Show, Dr. Martens, NYC Popfest, London Popfest, Indietracks Festival, Scala, Moth Club, The Lexington, 100 Club, Sebright Arms, Birthdays, 229, XOYO, Cargo, The Alibi, Bush Hall, St Pancras Old Church, Power Lunches, The Macbeth, Buffalo Bar, Brixton Windmill, Camden Barfly, The Luminaire, The Old Queen’s Head, The Clapton Hart, The Adam & Eve, The Wilmington Arms, The Betsey Trotwood, The Slaughtered Lamb, King’s Cross Social Club, The Albany, The Lion, Moustache Bar, Landmark, Mono, Wee Red Bar, Loophole, Marie-Antoinette, Komedia, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar and Stereo.