ELIS JAMES GUEST DJS ON SAT 22ND JAN

We’re back on Saturday 22nd January at The Shacklewell Arms.

Our guest DJ is Elis James. We’re thrilled to welcome the comedian, broadcaster and actor to the the club for the first time for what promises to be a special guest DJ set.

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

Adwaith . Allo Darlin’ . Alvvays . The B-52’s . The Beatles . Belle and Sebastian . Big Joanie . Blondie . David Bowie . Camera Obscura . The Clash . The Cure . Delta 5 . Depeche Mode . Dry Cleaning . Bob Dylan . ESG . The Fall . Future Islands . Gang of Four . Girl Ray . The Goon Sax . Hefner . Hinds . Iggy Pop . Joy Division . Cate Le Bon . The Magnetic Fields . Manic Street Preachers . McCarthy . New Order . Orange Juice . The Pastels . Pixies . Pulp . R.E.M . The Raincoats . Ramones . Sacred Paws . The Shop Assistants . The Slits . Patti Smith . Talking Heads . Talulah Gosh . The Vaselines . The Velvet Underground . Veronica Falls . Wet Leg . Wire . X-Ray Spex

Early bird tickets are now on sale at DICE.

WITHERED HAND GIG ON FRI 4TH FEB

Scared To Dance presents Withered Hand on Friday 4th February at Moth Club.

Support comes from Molly Linen and tickets are on sale at DICE.

Withered Hand is the nom de plume of Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Dan Willson, who will be performing with a full band for this performance. Dan started writing songs and singing in his thirties during a period of reflection following the birth of his first child and the death of a close friend. With a wayward tenor and unaffected charm onstage he has come to be celebrated in his adopted country and further afield as a songwriter and lyricist of rare wit and remarkable honesty. 

Alongside activity with his band, Dan is a well-travelled solo musician with a cult following. 2014 saw the release of his strident second album New Gods which propelled Withered Hand into the charts, featuring appearances by friends, luminaries and supporters from the Scottish music scene, from Belle and Sebastian to Frightened Rabbit to The Vaselines and beyond. 2017 heralded Among Horses EP – the result of a collaborative songwriting retreat in Spain. Dan is currently working on a new Withered Hand album, scheduled for release in 2022.

Molly Linen’s beguiling voice is both emotive yet serene, recalling the dulcet whispered tones of Cat Power, layered upon melodic fingerpicking guitar lines. For fans of This Is The Kit, Anne Briggs and Nick Drake. Molly has received radio support from BBC 6 Music’s Gideon Coe, Marc Riley and Cerys Matthews, as well as BBC Scotland’s Vic Galloway and Roddy Hart. Her new Days Awake EP is out now on Lost Map Records.

DAVID BOWIE SPECIAL ON SAT 5TH FEB

We’re back on Saturday 5th February with a David Bowie Special at The Victoria.

Our guest DJ is Finn Kidd from Hatcham Social. Except to hear the best from Space Oddity, Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, Young Americans, Low, “Heroes”, Lodger, Let’s Dance and more.

We’ll be playing David Bowie alongside post-punk, indiepop and new wave music.

A New Career In a New Town . Absolute Beginners . Ashes to Ashes . Be My Wife . Beauty and the Beast . Blue Jean . Boys Keep Swinging . Breaking Glass . Changes . China Girl . D.J . Diamond Dogs . Drive-In Saturday . Fame . Fantastic Voyage . Fashion . Golden Years . “Heroes” . The Jean Genie . John, I’m Only Dancing . Let’s Dance . Life on Mars? . The Man Who Sold the World . Modern Love . Moonage Dream . Oh! You Pretty Things . Queen Bitch . Rebel Rebel . Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) . Sorrow . Sound and Vision . Space Oddity . Starman . Station to Station . Suffragette City . TVC15 . V-2 Schneider . Watch That Man . Young Americans . Ziggy Stardust

Early bird tickets are now on sale at DICE.

CRUSH GIG ON SAT 5TH FEB

crush headline the Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits monthly gig night on Saturday 5th February.

Support comes from Dunebug at The Victoria and you can get your free tickets at DICE.

A quartet based out of Manchester, crush describe their sound as heady and hypnotic. Their music glances back to the shoegaze behemoths of the 1990s while adding a modern flair reminiscent of contemporaries like Soot Sprite or Life Model.

The band formed in 2018 while studying at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute and have been building a name for themselves ever since with a series of increasingly well-received singles, with the jangling flourish of recent offerings “So Strange” and “Chewed” giving a tantalising glimpse of where their music is headed next. Having already shared stages with the likes of NewDad and bdrmm, their live show promises to be one not to be missed.

Dunebug is the London-based project of Manchester-born songwriter Chi Limpiroj. Having first appeared in 2019 with her self-titled EP, Chi has followed up with a series of increasingly fabulous singles. Their most recent offering “Lie to Me” paired dreampop perfection with the dangers of casual relationships, while “Impossible With You” was a stunning re-imagination of a retro-pop sound that nodded to the likes of Martha Ffion and Living Hour. Time spent with Dunebug is time well spent, as her music enters your ears it instantly feels like the start of a beautiful friendship.

ADWAITH GIG ON TUES 22ND FEB

Scared To Dance presents Adwaith on Tuesday 22nd February at Sebright Arms.

Support comes from Gillie and tickets are on sale at DICE.

One of our favourite new bands of recent years, we clearly aren’t the only ones who’ve noticed the brilliance of South Wales-trio Adwaith. Their acclaimed debut album, Melyn, drew near universal critical acclaim, culminating in the band winning 2019’s Welsh Music Prize. The band have wasted no time in following up on Melyn’s success, releasing a series of new tracks that hint at where their fascinating music is headed next.

Describing Adwaith’s sound is a difficult task, each track is equally likely to be a slice of perfect post-punk, an ethereal soundscape or a swampy blast of ravey psychedelica. With an eclectic, magpie-like approach to songwriting, Adwaith manage to create a sound entirely their own, and one that looks set to propel them as far as their ambition and imagination can take them. More than just the future of Welsh-music, Adwaith might just be the future of music as we know it.

Raised within the Welsh heartlands of Carmarthenshire, music has always been second nature to Gillie Ione Rowland aka Gillie. Deeply influenced by place and now living within the burgeoning metropolis of London, Gillie blends the serenity of the Welsh countryside with the industrial undergrowth of city life, to create something hauntingly serene. Distinct in its simplicity yet vivid in atmosphere, the ease at which she entwines both her silken vocal style with a storytelling charm both striking yet subtle.

SYNTHPOP SPECIAL ON SAT 5TH MARCH

We’re back on Saturday 5th March with a Synthpop Special at The Victoria.

Our guest DJ is Bob Brown from Shrag. Expect to hear the likes of Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, New Order, Eurythmics, Future Islands, The Human League, LCD Soundsystem, Soft Cell, OMD, Bronski Beat and much more.

We’ll be playing synthpop, krautrock and electronic inspired music from the past to the present day.

Associates . Bronski Beat . The Buggles . Can . The Communards . CSS . The Cure . Daft Punk . Depeche Mode . Devo . Django Django . Electronic . Brian Eno . Erasure . Eurythmics . Fiction Factory . Future Islands . John Grant . Heaven 17 . The Horrors . Hot Chip . The Human League . Japan . Joy Division . The Knife . Kraftwerk . La Roux . Ladyhawke . LCD Soundsystem . Neu! . New Order . Gary Numan . of Montreal . Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark . Pet Shop Boys . The Postal Service . Propaganda . The Radio Dept . Saint Etienne . Simple Minds . Soft Cell . Sparks . Stereolab . Donna Summer . Talk Talk . Tears For Fears . The The . Visage . Wild Nothing . Yazoo

Early bird tickets are now on sale at DICE.

EX-VÖID GIG ON SAT 5TH MARCH

Ex-Vöid headline the Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits monthly gig night on Saturday 5th March.

Support comes from Buggs at The Victoria and you can get your free tickets at DICE.

Ex-Vöid were formed back in 2018 by Alanna McArdle and Owen “O” Williams from the Welsh Music Prize-winning punk group Joanna Gruesome. The band have since expanded to their current four-piece line-up and have already shared stages with the likes of Waxahatchee and Speedy Ortiz. They shared their self-titled EP back in 2018, an enticing three-track collection of power pop that served as a reminder of the musical magic that comes when McArdle and Williams get together. The band most recently teamed up with Prefect Records to share their acclaimed single, “Only One”.

With a hook-laden blend of melody and jangle, the band have drawn comparison to the likes of The Lemonheads and Teenage Fanclub, even if they claim to exclusively take influence from Black Sabbath’s “Into the Void”, The Raincoat’s “The Void” and the Washington DC hardcore punk group VOID.

Hailing from South East London, Buggs (formerly BUGS) first emerged in the spring of 2020 with their debut single, “Nick Gowland”, released via Sad Club Records. With a sound pitched somewhere between The Breeders and The Beach Boys, the band have already caught the ear of Green Man Festival who invited them to play last summer, which coincided with the release of their second single, “Flaws”. Combining forensic introspection, with surrealist imagery and flourishes of comedic joy, the band use song to explore the best and worst of human nature and deliver it via the medium of song. With a live show not to be missed, Buggs might just be your new favourite band.

CLUB DATES

The club plays post-punk, indiepop, new wave and sixties music and is on the first Saturday of the month at The Victoria and the third Saturday of the month at The Shacklewell Arms in London. We also host club nights in Berlin, Glasgow and Brighton.

Those who have guest DJed at the club include former professional footballers Gaizka Mendieta and Pat Nevin, comedians Josie Long and Robin Ince, broadcasters Gideon Coe and Colin Murray, writers Jon Ronson and Pete Paphides and poet laureate Simon Armitage. Bands who have DJed include Belle and Sebastian, Edwyn Collins, Franz Ferdinand, Public Service Broadcasting, Pond, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Pastels, Teleman, Veronica Falls, The Goon Sax, Penelope Isles, Girl Ray and more.

UPCOMING DATES

Saturday 22nd January // Guest DJ Elis James // Tickets

Saturday 5th February // David Bowie Special // Tickets

Saturday 19th February // TBA // Tickets

Saturday 5th March // Synthpop Special // Tickets

GIG DATES

Our monthly new music gig night is on the first Saturday of the month at The Victoria. We also put on events across London with the best new and established artists at venues such as Moth Club, The Lexington, Sebright Arms and St Matthias Church.

Bands that have played at our shows include The Wave Pictures, bdrmm, Adwaith, Withered Hand, Sweet Baboo, Laetitia Sadier, Darren Hayman, Rozi Plain, Allo Darlin’, Peaness, The Spook School, Tigercats, Standard Fare, Stanley Brinks and many more.

UPCOMING DATES

Friday 4th February // Withered Hand + Molly Linen // Tickets

Saturday 5th February // crush + Dunebug // Free

Tuesday 22nd February // Adwaith + Gillie // Tickets

Saturday 5th March // Ex-Vöid + Buggs // Free