We’re back on Saturday 19th May at The Shacklewell Arms in Dalston.

Our guest DJ is the comedian, actor and writer Robin Ince. Co-host of the Infinite Monkey Cage and Book Shambles, Robin DJed for us a few years ago. You can listen that playlist on our Spotify page. Expect anything from PJ Harvey, David Bowie, Savages, The Wedding Present, The Cure, Pixies and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. If you have any song requests you can post them in the Facebook event.

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

Allo Darlin’ . Alvvays . The Beach Boys . The Beatles . Belle and Sebastian . Blondie . David Bowie . Camera Obscura . The Clash . The Cure . Depeche Mode . Bob Dylan . The Fall . Future Islands . Gang of Four . Hefner . The Jesus and Mary Chain . Joy Division . The Kinks . LCD Soundsystem . Jens Lekman . The Magnetic Fields . Manic Street Preachers . McCarthy . New Order . Night Flowers . Orange Juice . The Pains of Being Pure at Heart . The Pastels . Pixies . Pulp . Ramones . Sacred Paws . The Shins . Shrag . Simon & Garfunkel . The Slits . Slow Club . Patti Smith . The Smiths . The Stooges . Sweet Baboo . Talking Heads . Teleman . Television . Tigercats . The Vaselines . The Velvet Underground . Veronica Falls . Wire

You can buy cheaper advance tickets for £5 from WeGotTickets which guarantees entry. The price is £6 on the door.


We’re DJing at the Homerton International Festival of Beer and Bar Snacks with Pat Nevin on Sunday 1st April.

The soundtrack to the festival will be supplied by some of the top names in the industry across five days. This year they’re joined by much vaunted vocalist and songwriter Nadine Shah, Pond frontman Nick Allbrook, Fay Milton of Savages and Anna Prior of Metronomy, along with Simone Marie from Primal Scream and US punk band L.A. Witch will all be on deck duties.

The In Light of Aquarius collective featuring Ben Ayers from Rough Trade/Cornershop will be playing a selection of R&B, Soul and Rock n Roll all from original vinyl 45s.

Entry is free at The Adam & Eve.


We’ll be DJing at The Totally Football Show Live in Dublin on Monday 19th March with Pat Nevin.

We’ll be playing records an hour before the show hosted by James Richardson. Also on the panel are Italian football expert James Horncastle and French football specialist Julien Laurens at Vicar Street.

Tickets are selling quickly. You can get yours for €25 from Ticketmaster.


Fortuna POP! are calling it a day after 20 years.

The label was a huge influence on us starting Scared To Dance back in 2009 with seminal albums from Allo Darlin’ and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart wanting us to start an indiepop club night and do it yourself.

To celebrate they’re hosting a mini-festival called Twenty Years of Trouble with a bunch of bands who have been on the label. We will be DJing at their final show on Sunday 25th March at the Scala which Martha headline.

Wednesday 22nd March – MOTH Club 
Opening night party with Special Guests + Simon Love & The Old Romantics + Two White Cranes, Passing In The Hallway + Stolen Wine Social DJs
(Season Ticket Holders Only)

Thursday 23rd March, 6:30pm – Bush Hall
Withered Hand + The Ballet + Pete Astor + Would-Be-Goods
+ DJ Ian Watson (How Does It Feel To Be Loved?)

Friday 24th March, 6:30pm – Islington Assembly Hall
The Butterflies of Love + Sodastream + Flowers + Darren Hayman
+ DJ Declan Allen

Saturday 25th March, 3pm – Tufnell Park Dome / Boston Music Room (all dayer)
Comet Gain + The Proper Ornaments + Evans The Death + The Loves + Mammoth Penguins + Milky Wimpshake + Bearsuit + September Girls + Tigercats
+ DJ Paul Wright (The Track & Field Organisation) upstairs
Shrag DJs downstairs
+ Fortuna Pop! DJs until 2am

Sunday 26th March, 12pm – The Lexington
Steven James Adams & The French Drops + Tender Trap/The Catenary Wires + Elva + DJs John Jervis & Ben Clancy (The Hangover Lounge)
(Season Ticket Holders Only)

Sunday 26th March, 6:30pm – Scala
Martha + Joanna Gruesome + The Spook School + Chorusgirl
+ DJ Paul Richards (Scared To Dance)

Tickets are available from WeGotTickets. Enjoy your retirement Sean Price.


We’ll be DJing at the seventh and final annual Fortuna POP! Winter Sprinter on Wednesday 4th January. Martha headline with support from Radiator Hospital and Average Sex.

The Sprinter kicks off on Tuesday 3rd January with Ultimate Painting, The Wharves and Girl Ray. On Thursday 5th January there’s Haiku SalutTrust Fund and Totally. Then on the final night The Just Joans play with Expert Alterations and Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums.

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 in the intimate surroundings of The Lexington. For the final sprinter, and with the Fortuna POP! Twenty Years of Trouble shows in March looming, they’ve booked some of their favourite bands not on the Fortuna POP! label (and one that is) for this unmissable curtain-raiser to the year.


One of our favourite bands, and one of the reasons we started Scared To Dance, Allo Darlin’ are calling it a day.

They’re going to be playing three final shows in December to say goodbye. We’ll be DJing at the penultimate gig at Moth Club on Saturday 10th December where support comes from our friends The Hayman Kupa Band.

The final show takes place at the Scala on Sunday 11th December with Josie Long and Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums. There’s also The Hangover Lounge before the gig at The Water Rats.


We’ll be DJing at Indietracks Festival this summer. It’s their tenth anniversary and we’ll be doing the club night on Saturday 30th July!

Indietracks is a unique festival combining heritage trains and indiepop music, located at the Midland Railway in Butterley, in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside. Saint Etienne, The Aislers Set, The Spook School, Emma Pollock and Darren Hayman are among the first artists confirmed for this year’s festival.

Joining them on the bill so far are The Lovely Eggs, Comet Gain, Expert Alterations, Flowers, Seazoo, Po!, Chrissy Barnacle, ¡Ay Carmela!, City Yelps, Soda Fountain Rag, Charla Fantasma, Vacaciones, Songs for Walter, Two White Cranes, Falling & Laughing, Maggie8, Lorna, Pete Green, The Charlie Tipper Conspiracy, Prizefighter, Red Sleeping Beauty, Boys Forever, Trust Fund, Simon Love & The Old Romantics, Iko Cherie, Wintergreen, Nervous Twitch, Humousexual, White Town, Jessica and The Fletchers, Witching Waves, Helen McCookerybook, Haiku Salut, Bearsuit, Gavin Osborn, Alimony Hustle, Sonic The Comic, Honey Joy, Robyn Johnson, DIRTYGIRL, Frankie Machine, Deerful and Robberie.

Tickets are now available and you can join the Facebook event to send in your song requests.


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.


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


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.


We’ll be playing records at our local The Clapton Hart on Friday 17th July.

This will be our first DJ set there and the concept is that we’ll be playing new music and records that don’t get played so much at the club night.

Think of it as the first hour of Scared To Dance where we play more unknown songs and those which you can’t dance to but over the course of the evening. 

Come on down from 9pm to 1am and ease yourself into the weekend.


Being There were fantastic at Birthdays last night and it was nice to be asked to DJ in-between the bands. We can’t wait to see what the band do next.

You can see which records we played at the show below.

Emma Kupa – “Punch a Door Through”
Papernut Cambridge – “What She Said What She Said”
Flowers – “Forget the Fall”
PINS – “Too Little Too Late”
Evans the Death – “Sledgehammer”
The Tuts – “Do I Have to Look For Love?”
Tuff Love – “Slammer”

Ralegh Long – “Islands”
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – “Kelly”
Modest Mouse – “Lampshades on Fire”
Belle and Sebastian – “The Party Line”
The New Pornographers – “Dancehall Domine”

Courtney Barnett – “Pedestrian at Best”
Best Coast – “Heaven Sent”
Wild Balbina – “Stay Alive”
Colleen Green – “Pay Attention”

Joanna Gruesome – “Last Year”
Alvvays – “Adult Diversion”
Chorusgirl – “No Moon”
Baxter Dury – “Whispered”
Black Yaya – “Under Your Skin”