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)
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
Tickets are available from WeGotTickets. Enjoy your retirement Sean Price.
The Sprinter kicks off on Tuesday 3rd January with Ultimate Painting, The Wharves and Girl Ray. On Thursday 5th January there’s Haiku Salut, Trust Fund and Totally. Then on the final night The Just Joans play with Expert Alterations and Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums.
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.
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.
After yesterday’s tragic news we decided we should something to celebrate the life and music of David Bowie.
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.
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
The Sprinter starts on Tuesday 5th January with Steven James Adams, Simon Love and The Leaf Library. On Thursday 7th January there’s Withered Hand, Evans the Death and Pete Astor. Then on the final night Martha headline with Milky Wimpshake and Bleurgh.
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.
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”
The band are launching their new four track Overnight EP on the Young & Lost Club label. You can see the video for the superb “Generator” on The 405.
A fantastic gig at The Lexington as Darren Hayman & The Long Parliament sounded brilliant covering Prince and throwing in a Hefner song too at the Fortuna Pop! Winter Sprinter. Don’t just take our word for it, check out The Guardian’s review of the night.
Check out which records we played at the gig below.
Marine Girls – “In Love”
The Raincoats – “Adventures Close to Home”
Young Marble Giants – “Searching for Mr. Right”
Trust Fund – “We’ll Both Apologise”
Being There – “Generator”
Scritti Politti – “The “Sweetest Girl””
Simple Minds – “In Trance as Mission”
Freschard – “Boom Biddy Boom”
Gruff Rhys – “Set Fire to the Stars”
Violet Woods – “Here”
Sweet Baboo – “Motoring Home”
By the Sea – “I See a Crystal Sky”
Honeyblood – “Biro”
The Icypoles – “Gotta Stop”
KEEL HER – “Go”
Chorusgirl – “Oh, to Be a Defector”
Ex Hex – “Don’t Wanna Lose”
Tuff Love – “Flamingo”
Tigercats – “Junior Champion”
Rotifer – “Ernst Jandl at the Albert Hall”
Lambchop – “Up With People”
Billy Bragg & Wilco – “Walt Whitman’s Niece”
The Style Council – “Mick’s Blessings”
The Faces – “Stay With Me”
Red Shoe Diaries – “Fossil Fuels”
Alvvays – “Archie, Marry Me”
The Understudies – “Erika K”
The Cardigans – “Live and Learn”
Paul Simon – “Mother and Child Reunion”
Stereolab – “Cybele’s Reverie”
The Sprinter kicks off on Tuesday 6th January with Withered Hand, Simon Love & The Old Romantics and Bill Botting. On Thursday 9th January there’s Martha, Evans the Death and Fulhäst. Then on the final night Tigercats play with Milky Wimpshake and The Hayman Kupa Band.
As always the Winter Sprinter showcases the best of the label’s talent over four days in the intimate surroundings of The Lexington, with many of the bands mentioned above involved in this unmissable curtain-raiser to the year.