We’re back at The Shacklewell Arms in Dalston on Friday 6th May playing the best in indiepop, post-punk, new wave and sixties music!

You can click going on the Facebook event before doors open to get on our £4 cheaplist.

Our guest DJs are Adam Neil and Kieran Curran from the Edinburgh indie club night Unpop! They have DJed for us on several occasions over the years playing brilliant sets featuring Pavement, The Moldy Peaches, The Go-Betweens, Weezer and Stereolab. You can listen to those on our Spotify page.

They’ve compiled one of their legendary mixtapes for this night entitled Songs For Bedroom Dancing so arrive early if you’d like one!

If you have any song requests for the night, feel free to post them on the Facebook event. We’ll be playing music like this.

Allo Darlin’ . Alvvays . The Beach Boys . The Beatles . Belle and Sebastian . Best Coast . Blondie . David Bowie . Camera Obscura . The Clash . The Cure . Depeche Mode . Dexys Midnight Runners . The Fall . Gang of Four . Hefner . The Jam . The Jesus and Mary Chain . Joy Division . The Kinks . Cate Le Bon . Jens Lekman . The Magnetic Fields . Manic Street Preachers . McCarthy . Neutral Milk Hotel . New Order . Orange Juice . The Pains of Being Pure at Heart . The Pastels . Pixies . Pulp . Ramones . The Shop Assistants . Shrag . Simon & Garfunkel . The Slits . Slow Club . The Smiths . Standard Fare . Sweet Baboo . Talking Heads . Talulah Gosh . Tigercats . The Vaselines . The Velvet Underground . Veronica Falls . The Wave Pictures . Wire . Withered Hand

If you prefer to buy tickets in advance to guarantee getting in you can get them for £6 from WeGotTickets.


We return to the Moustache Bar on Saturday 14th February playing the best in indiepop, post-punk, new wave and sixties music! To get in on our cheaplist simply join the Facebook event.

Our guest DJs are Niall McCamley and Anna Cory from The Spook School! We’re delighted to welcome them to the club for the first time and they’ll playing an anti-Valentine’s Day themed set from 11pm.

They’ve also compiled a Scared To Dance Heartbreak Mixtape CD which will be given out for free to the first 25 people through the door. On the CD you’ll find the likes of The Lovely Eggs, Alvvays, Help Stamp Out Loneliness, Zoey Van Goey and Los Campesinos! 

We’ll be continuing our John Hughes series by projecting The Breakfast Club onto the dancefloor. You can either join the event to get in on our £4 cheaplist or you can buy tickets in advance for £6 to guarantee getting in from WeGotTickets.


Comedian Josie Long returns to guest DJ at the club on Saturday 29th November at the Moustache Bar!

It’s always a joy to welcome her back so make sure you don’t miss this one. To get in on our cheaplist simply join the Facebook event in advance of the night.

Josie has DJed for us on three occasions before including on International Women’s Day earlier this year. Her past guest sets have included the likes of Belle and Sebastian, Paul Simon, Slow Club, Billy Bragg, The Smiths, Pulp, The Cure, X-Ray Spex, Neutral Milk Hotel, Standard Fare and Le Tigre. You can listen to one of her DJ sets on our Spotify page.

She has compiled a mix CD called Music For the Morning After a Big Dance which will be given out for free to the first 25 people through the door!

We will also be projecting Monty Python and the Holy Grail which Josie has chosen specifically for the night.

You can either join the event to get in on our £4 cheaplist or you can buy tickets in advance for £6 to guarantee getting in from WeGotTickets.


We’re back for the summer months so come down and hit the hot, sweaty dancefloor on Saturday 12th July! You can save a couple of pounds by joining the Facebook event and getting in on our £4 cheaplist.

Our guest DJs are Scotland’s finest The Just Joans! Katie and David from the band will be spinning records at the club for the first time so come and check out what they’ve got in store for you.

They’ve compiled a compilation CD called Ae Fond Mix full of Scottish classics free for the first twenty five people through the door!

We’ll be playing our eclectic mix of indiepop, post-punk, new wave, sixties, C86 and lo-fi music. We want to hear your song requests so send them in! Doors at the Moustache Bar in Dalston open at 10pm through to 3am.

The regular entry price is £6 but you can get in for just £4 by becoming a member at the club for free. Either join the Facebook event or email us with your full name and we’ll make you a membership card which you can use every time you come to the club. You can get cards for your friends too.


We’re having our annual Christmas Party on Saturday 14th December at the Moustache Bar in Hackney our guest DJs are Evans the Death!

We have Katherine Whitaker and Daniel Moss from the band playing records at the club for the first time. We fell in love with Evans the Death after their self-titled debut album came out last year and we also had the pleasure of putting them on along with Standard Fare and Red Shoe Diaries at The Lexington for our first gig night.

Doors open at 10pm through to 3am and you can join the Facebook event to get in on our £4 cheaplist.

We’ve also put together our favourite Christmas songs on a Scared To Dance Christmas Mix CD especially for the first 20 people to arrive at the club!

Get down early and grab your free copy and hear the likes of Camera Obscura, The Just Joans, Belle and Sebastian, Summer Camp, Eux Autres, Slow Club and Richard Hawley cover classic Christmas songs. There’s also tracks from Low, John Cale, Ballboy, Suburban Kids With Biblical Names, The Magnetic Fields, The Concretes and Allo Darlin’.


We have something very special to give away at the club on Friday night. Pete Paphides has come up with this rather brilliant idea:

“I wandered into Audio Gold today with half an idea about this Friday’s Scared To Dance. For a while now, I’ve been meaning to get a cassette deck to hook up to my hi-fi, as I like cassettes and I still have a cassette player in the car.

I was also thinking that it would be cool if I made a few C90 mixtapes in real time from my own records – each tape different to the others – hand-decorated them and hid them in different places for people to find at this Friday’s club night.

I didn’t fancy my chances of sorting all this out today, but when I got talking to one of the assistants there, I explained my idea to him and it caught his imagination. He remembered that they had a machine out in the back that was a bit too beaten up to sell, but worked perfectly fine. I took it home with the relevant cables, and still didn’t fancy my chances of being able to hook it up correctly, but as it happened, everything did work fine, and I’ve already started recording the first one.”

So if you’re coming to the club you can get a limited edition, hand-decorated C90 mixtape from Pete Paphides! Simply ask for it at the DJ booth and it’s yours.


On Saturday 9th March we have Shrag’s guest DJing at the club at the Moustache Bar! Helen King and Bob Brown from the band will be returning to DJ ahead of the bands final show.

They released one of our favourite albums of last year with Canines matching the brilliance of their previous LP. It’s always been a pleasure having them DJ, no less on three occasions. We’d love to hear your song requests which you can post on the Facebook event.

You can expect plenty of indiepop, post-punk and riot grrrl from them. In the past they’ve played the likes of The Go-Betweens, of Montreal, My Bloody Valentine, The Unicorns, New Order, Best Coast, Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, The Breeders, Stereolab and Josef K. You can listen to their past DJ sets on Spotify for free before hitting the dancefloor!

Check out their new video for their fantastic final single “On the Spines of Old Cathedrals” and shuffle your feet and celebrate the genius of Shrag before they go.

Requests for Xmas Scared To Dance

Our last club night of 2011 is on Saturday at The Albany. So what better time to play some indiepop Christmas songs and have the fabulous Veronica Falls guest DJ.

Check out the excellent Veronica Falls mixtape over on Stereogum.

Plus listen to our Christmas podcast on Mixcloud to get you ready for Saturday night.

You can get into the club for just £3 by becoming a member. Simply email us with your full name and we’ll have a membership card for you to pick up at the club. You can apply for your friends too.

If you have any requests, please post them on the Facebook event and I’ll play as many as I can across the evening.


If you missed out on our new mixtape last night you can download it below. It features the Darren Hayman’s duet with Emmy the Great, up-and-comers Tracey’s Love, an exploration in surf pop with The Specific Heats and Best Coast, and a dreamy finale from The Radio Dept.

1. Darren Hayman & the Secondary Modern – Calling Out Your Name Again
2. Math and Physics Club – Jimmy Had a Polaroid
3. Red Shoe Diaries – Underage Disco
4. Tracey’s Love – The Girl with Amsterdam Eyes
5. Shrag – Ghosts Before Breakfast
6. The Specific Heats – Baby, I’m an Existentialist
7. Best Coast – Boyfriend
8. The Humms – Leave That Boy Alone
9. The Depreciation Guild – Dream About Me
10. The Radio Dept. – You Stopped Making Sense

It clocks in at just over 30 mins so check it out and feel free to get in touch with your thoughts. Click here to download. Enjoy!