We say goodbye to 2020 with our final new music podcast of the year.

Sun June release their sophomore LP Somewhere on Keeled Scales early next year and we have the brilliant “Bad Girl”.

Tacsidermi is a new band comprised of Gwenllian Anthony from Adwaith and Matthew Kilgariff and they put out their debut single “Gwir”.

Kiwi Jr. are back with “Cooler Returns” from the album of the same name out next month on Sub Pop Records.

GN is the solo venture of George Nicholls from Joanna Gruesome and The Tubs. He releases his first 7″ “Home Business” on Prefect Records.

We lift “The More I Hear the Less I Believe” from Yumi and the Weather’s Some Days EP and there’s new material from Teleman’s Tom Sanders, Freschard and This Is the Kit.

Melby return with “Common Sense” and there’s the latest from The Paranoyds, Nightshift, Madisyn Whajne, Drew Citron and Mt. Misery.

Also on the podcast there’s Katy Kirby, Esther Rose, Jeremy Tuplin, Karima Walker, Darren Hayman and Ed Dowie.

You can support the podcast and the artists featured by subscribing to our Mixcloud Select page.


Well it’s been a strange year here at Scared To Dance. Sadly we haven’t been able to host any events since March and we still don’t know when we will again. We’re just about hanging in there.

Usually at this time of year we would be gearing up for our big New Year’s Eve night. In the absence of that, here’s a list of records we’ve enjoyed in 2020. We encourage you to buy directly from the artists, their labels or from independent record stores if you can.

We hope to be back with things looking a little brighter next year.
Oceanator – Things I Never Said
Future Islands – As Long As You Are 
Kiwi Jr. – Football Money
bdrmm – Bedroom
LYR – Call in the Crash Team
Dana Gavanski – Yesterday Is Gone
Wire – Mind Hive
Pictish Trail – Thumb World
Loaver – Fern 
Pottery – Welcome to Bobby’s Motel
Hinds – The Prettiest Curse
Shirley Collins – Heart’s Ease
Tree Trunks – Spirit
Brian Eno – Film Music 1976-2020
Death Valley Girls – Under the Spell of Joy
PINS – Hot Slick
The Magnetic Fields – Quickies 
Basic Plumbing – Keeping Up Appearances
Martha Ffion – Nights to Forget
Bob Dylan – Rough and Rowdy Ways
Annie Taylor – Sweet Morality
James Dean Bradfield – Even in Exile
Darren Hayman – Home Time
The Proper Ornaments – Mission Bells
Neil Young – Homegrown
Duncan Barrett – Raise the Effra!
JARV IS… – Beyond the Pale
Tom Sanders – Only Magic
Belle and Sebastian – What to Look For in Summer
Perfume Genius – Set My Heart On Fire Immediately
Savage Mansion – Weird Country
Tugboat Captain – Rut
Freschard – Five Mountains
Paul McCartney – McCartney III
The Luxembourg Signal – The Long Now
Tiña – Positive Mental Health
Matt Berninger – Serpentine Prison
Why Bonnie – Voice Box
CIEL – Movement
Moon Panda – Make Well
Rosehip Teahouse – Fine
SUDS – The View From My Ceiling

Store Front – Task
Cate Le Bon & Group Listening – Here It Comes Again
Firestations – Automatic Tendencies

Wild Nothing – Laughing Gas
Cheerbleederz – Lobotany
Ralegh Long – Simple Songs
Yumi and the Weather – Some Days

Big Joanie – Cranes in the Sky
Adwaith – Lan Y Môr
The Tubs – I Don’t Know How It Works
Hanya – Texas
Hot Chip – Straight to the Morning (Ft. Jarvis Cocker)
Soot Sprite – It’s Summer and I Don’t Feel Like Smiling

Melby – Things I Do When I’m Alone
The Radio Dept. – You’re Lookin’ at My Guy

Flowers – Erik
GN – Home Business
Massage – Michael Is My Boyfriend
King Creosote – Susie Mullen
Michael Stipe & Big Red Machine – No Time For Love Like Now
Peaness – Kaizen 
Jetstream Pony – It’s Fine
Red Shoe Diaries – Hiding in the Cinema
Rachel Aggs – New Beat
Tacsidermi – Gwir

Dirty Projectors – Overlord
Shade Ray – Emperor
Ynys – Aros Am Byth
Emma Kupa – Nothing at All
Fear of Men – Into Strangeness
Alex Chilltown – Barely Awake
Lyys – I Don’t Fight 
Jeffrey Lewis – Keep Chill in the East Vill


The last ten months have been incredibly challenging here at Scared To Dance.

Unfortunately we’re still no closer to knowing when we’ll be promoting club nights and live music again. It’s going to be difficult to run events with social distancing and severely limited capacities in music venues for a number of reasons.

We’re keeping in close contact with the venues we work with but it’s been tough. If you can, please support your local independent venues by donating to them and artists by buying their music.

Once we’re given the go ahead we’ll be rescheduling our club nights with DJ sets from Stewart Lee, Simon Armitage, Josie Long, Gaizka Mendieta, Future Islands, Public Service Broadcasting, Pat Nevin, Gideon Coe plus our Talking Heads, Pulp, David Bowie and Synthpop Specials.

Our monthly new music gig night at The Victoria will also return with performances from Adwaith, Yumi and the Weather, Annie Taylor, Es, Breakup Haircut, Fell, Oort Clod, Barry, Rose Tiger and many more. We’ll also be promoting a series of shows with Darren Hayman in London.

Thanks for your support and we hope to be back as soon as possible.


The club plays indiepop, post-punk, 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.

Since 2009 we have invited numerous people to guest DJ at the club. These have included former international footballers Gaizka Mendieta and Pat Nevin, comedians Josie Long, Robin Ince and Michael Legge, broadcasters Gideon Coe, Jon Hillcock, Colin Murray and Dougie Anderson, writers Jon Ronson, Pete Paphides and Simon Price and the poet Simon Armitage. The club also takes place in Berlin, Glasgow and Brighton and previously in Oslo and Bergen.

Among the bands, record labels and club nights that have DJed are Belle and Sebastian, Edwyn Collins, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Pastels, Franz Ferdinand, Allo Darlin’, Darren Hayman, Veronica Falls, Slow Club, Talulah Gosh, Teleman, The Wave Pictures, Summer Camp, Lætitia Sadier, Withered Hand, Standard Fare, Let’s Wrestle, Joanna Gruesome, Tigercats, The Spook School, Keel Her, Night Flowers, Fever Dream, Flowers, Shrag, Evans the Death, Betty and the Werewolves, Ballboy, Acid House Kings, Rotifer, The Just Joans, Average Sex, Cosines, Being There, Red Shoe Diaries, MJ Hibbett, Pocketbooks, Moustache of Insanity, The Rosie Taylor Project, The Understudies, Help Stamp Out Loneliness, Beds in Parks, Northern Portrait, Labrador Records, Moshi Moshi Records, Fortuna POP!, Where It’s At Is Where You Are, Spiral Scratch, Things To Make and Do, Unpop, Big Pink Cake, On the Beach, The Hangover Lounge, Librarian’s Wanted, Stolen Wine Social, Nuisance, Mind Your Own Business, Mixtape, Star Shaped, What Difference Does It Make and STOP, PLAY.

★ Upcoming 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.

Bands that have played at our shows include Darren Hayman, Allo Darlin’, bdrmm, Sweet Baboo, The Wave Pictures, Lætitia Sadier, Withered Hand, Rozi Plain, GHUM, The Spook School, Standard Fare, Night Flowers, Shrag, Peaness, Stanley Brinks, Tigercats, Adwaith, Sea Pinks, Flowers, Evans the Death, The Just Joans, Average Sex, Savage Mansion, Marine, Witching Waves, Young Romance, Papernut Cambridge, Freschard, Ralegh Long, Chorusgirl, The Leaf Library, Seabirds, Fever Dream, Mammoth Penguins, Suggested Friends, Just Handshakes, Wolf Girl, Jessica’s Brother, Rotifer, Being There, LUST, Jean K, Winnaretta, Foundlings, The Great Electric, Firestations, Birdie, Lyys, Red Red Eyes, Jack Hayter, Model Village, David Callahan, Pocketbooks, Melby, Deerful, CIEL, The Understudies, Yukka, Rosehip Teahouse, Emma Kupa, Cosines, Alan Tyler, Red Shoe Diaries, L I P S, Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something, Two Tribes, SUDS, Panic Pocket, Mikey Collins, Violet Woods, Schande, The Catenary Wires, Ski Saigon, David Tattersall, Nice Church, Sprinters, Hanya, Enderby’s Room, Alex Chilltown, The Hayman Kupa Band, Jeremy Tuplin, Clingfilm, Secret Power, Worst Place, th’sheridans, Adults, Gold Baby, Cat Apostrophe, Protection Spells, Whitelands, The Tubs and Flirting.

★ Upcoming Dates 



Our monthly new music podcast is back.

We begin with CIEL who release their fantastic new single “All My Life”.

Hot Chip collaborate with Jarvis Cocker on the disco-flavoured “Straight to the Morning” and fellow Domino labelmate King Creosote releases his first new music in four years with the breathless “Susie Mullen”.

“Born in a War” is taken from the latest Future Islands LP and we have “Sad Cowboy”, the lead track from Goat Girl’s forthcoming On All Fours.

Oceanator has released one of our favourite albums of the year and we lift the driving “I Would Find You” from it alongside The Luxembourg Signal, Tiña and Eades.

Hanya continue their fine run of singles with “Monochrome” and there’s also new material Kindsight, Tugboat Captain and Rosehip Teahouse.

Also on the podcast there’s Ailsa Tully, The Antlers, The Attendant, Sister Wives, Circe and Late Night Final.

You can support the podcast and the artists featured by subscribing to our Mixcloud Select page.