“New monthly club for indie wallflowers, featuring tonight a special guest DJ set from renowned Yorkshire poet Simon Armitage” – The Guardian

“Behind a graffiti-filled door, punters are shimmying and shaking to the sound of Iggy Pop’s Lust For Life. Most eyes are on the dimly lit corner where a familiar face is selecting CDs and spinning the decks. Gaizka Mendieta is tonight’s DJ” – The Times

“You don’t usually expect to glance at the decks in a Dalston night club to see a legendary 1980s former Scottish international footballer Pat Nevin dropping rewinds on indie classics” – Vice

“Scared To Dance have benefited from an eclectic roster featuring all manner of characters ranging from Gideon Coe and Robin Ince to Veronica Falls and Pete Paphides” – DIY

“The event has a history of bringing former footballers in for DJ nights. Last year, former footballer Pat Nevin – who played for Chelsea and Everton – also spun the decks at the club night” – NME

“Titles such as Scared To Dance have found eager fans. ‘Fanzines are a snapshot of what’s happening right now; the bands capturing people’s imaginations’ says Richards. ‘There’s something about hearing of new music by word-of-mouth that fanzine culture taps into'” – Elle

“One of the city’s most loved indie nights” – Time Out

“Celebrated long-running London indiepop club night” – The Line of Best Fit

“Here’s hoping that niche club nights survive” – The Guardian

“Poet, playwright and novelist Simon Armitage spins indie, 1960s pop, new wave and lo-fi alongside the residents” – Evening Standard

“After talking football on Kicking Off, Nevin and his CD collection will head to the King’s Cross Social Club where he’s DJing at indie night Scared To Dance” – Daily Mirror

“The inherent absurdity and novelty value of events on Saturday night, when Gaizka Mendieta – actual Gaizka Mendieta – did a four-hour DJ set at a small independent venue in East London” – The Athletic

“It was a great set, one of the best performances I have ever seen as The Lexington and I’ve seen a fair few. With a new album looming from The Wave Pictures I’m excited to see what they are going to do next. Though in light of everything they have produced so far its almost guaranteed to exceed our expectations” – Artrocker

“Accidentally super-cool geeky journalist Jon Ronson is guest DJ, spinning indie, new-wave and vintage pop tunes” – Time Out

“It’s a rarity when you approach a bill without a sense of trepidation at any of the bands, however, Scared To Dance’s gig last week was an exception to that rule. The line up was an impressive selection of bands, complimentary to one another’s sounds without being overtly similar” – For the Rabbits

“Pat Nevin’s famed DJ night” – The Totally Football Show

“Ex-footballer Gaizka Mendieta has been confirmed to play a DJ event at London’s Shacklewell Arms next week. Mendieta will guest at the Scared To Dance event” – NME

“Stereolab vocalist Lætitia Sadier is this week’s guest DJ” – Time Out

“Gaizka Mendieta is the guest DJ at The Shacklewell Arms. Expect to hear the likes of The Velvet Underground, Belle and Sebastian, Pulp, The Breeders, Comet Gain, The National and more” – Football Weekly

“We’re treated to an exhibition of what it is to be incurably lovelorn, homespun and completely governed by an instrument by Darren Hayman” – The Fly

“We admit it we were wrong! A couple of years back we listened to Withered Hand and we harshly cast him aside as an also-ran, middle of the road singer songwriter… but last Friday something clicked. It became clear that we were wrong, and the people who took his latest album New Gods into the UK Top 100 were right, the people who sold out The Shacklewell Arms were right” – For the Rabbits

“The collection of bands on the bill was really well put together. It was a brilliant evening, and when I spoke to the organizer from Scared To Dance he explained that it’s very rare that they actually put bands on – so well worth noting when they do” – Artrocker

“Definitely one for all of London’s mis-shapes, mistakes and misfits. This excellent club night – which has previously coaxed unusual names such as Josie Long and Simon Armitage into their DJ booth – features resident and founder Paul Richards plus guests” – Time Out