PRESS

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

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

“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

“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

“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 Magazine

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

“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

“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

“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

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

“Accidentally super-cool geeky journalist Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare at Goats) is guest DJ, spinning indie, new-wave and vintage pop tunes” – Time Out

“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

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

“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

“Radio and TV presenter Colin Murray guest DJs at club night” – Hackney Today

“Guest DJ Slow Club’s Charles Watson will be on the decks from 11pm, so expect a hot mix of indiepop, post-punk & new wave” – East London Hype

“Scared To Dance is easily London’s best indie club” – Kiltr

“Having previously drawn Josie Long and Simon Armitage to man the decks and always featuring resident and founder Paul Richards as a provider of the beats” – Secret London

“Historically every scene needs its club, be that Trash for noughties electro or Blitz for the New Romantics, Scared To Dance is the club for indiepop” – Londonist

“Come and dance the night away with nothing but Swedish music throughout the night” – EastLondonLines

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

“Your go-to destination if you’re tired of the seemingly endless mainstream clubs dotted around London” – View London

“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

The excellent indie club night steps up for a New Year special. As always, the soundtrack will be a beguiling mix of indiepop, post-punk, new wave and ’60s gems. Head of ace label Fortuna POP! Sean Price is the guest DJ. This one always sell out” – Time Out

“Music journalist Pete Paphides guest DJs a strictly vinyl-only evening of the best indiepop, new wave and lo-fi for those who want to dance the night away” – Hackney Post

“Comedian Josie Long, a regular guest on TV panel shows, will DJ at the Moustache Bar to celebrate in her own feminist way. Expect the likes of Beirut and Summer Camp” – East London Lines

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

“The coyly named Scared To Dance is back at The Victoria in Dalston and tonight there’s a special focus on The Cure. Looking continually glum not necessary, but recommended” – Londonist

“The club night is holding its annual Swedish Special and they will be playing music from Swedish bands, alongside the usual mix of indiepop, punk and 60s music” – Hackney Today

“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

“Niall McCamley and Anna Cory from punk-pop indie upstarts The Spook School stop by Scared To Dance to play a special anti-Valentine’s DJ set” – Time Out

“Watch and listen poet and novelist Simon Armitage get on the decks” – Hackney Gazette

“The club night is London’s home to all things indie” – Neon Filler

“With his commentary work carrying him all over the UK and beyond, Nevin’s vinyl obsession continues, and he’s a regular guest DJ at cool London club night Scared To Dance” – Long Live Vinyl

“We end with a celebration of all things Swedish with a special night at the Scared To Dance club night in East London” – Londonist

“Why would you go out anywhere else?” – It’s All Happening

“It’s a Manic Street Preachers special at the indie and post-punk club. To mark its twentieth anniversary, The Holy Bible will be played in full” – Time Out

“Seminal London club Scared To Dance are having a Scottish Special where they’ll be playing the best Scottish indie music on the planet” – Kiltr

“This popular club night is back playing the best indie in town” – Hackney Today

“DJs will bring you the best classics for a non-stop dancing night” – Design My Night

“Gig of the Day: Scared To Dance present Flowers, Night Flowers, Being There and Chorusgirl at the Dalston Victoria” – Londonears

“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

“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

“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

“Critics’ Choice: Over the last few years, former Hefner man and prolific solo artist [Darren] Hayman has written songs about everything from London’s lidos to the Essex witch trials of the seventeenth century” – Time Out

“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

““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. Withered Hand, we are sorry!” – For The Rabbits

“It was an excellent performance. Deerful synth based pop is delicate, subtle and crafted with care. But just because it’s synth pop doesn’t mean it’s disposable, on the contrary her music is full of meaning and her lyrics are well worth several listens” – Palm Sounds

The Ten Best Pop-Ups and Festivals This Week: Scared To Dance Film Night. Josie Long introduces this doc about rock band The National” – Time Out

“The terminally hip east London club night’s new film club is shaping up terrifically. For just their second outing, they’ve hauled in comedian and science nerd Robin Ince to present one of his favourite movies. The Monkees’ madcap silver-screen outing “Head” – Time Out