Our podcast is back with our selection of the best new alternative tracks from the past month.

Shade Ray kick us off with their debut single “Emperor”. It’s their first release under their new moniker having previously released music as Marine.

This Is the Kit’s new album Off Off On is out now on Rough Trade Records and we have “Coming to Get You Nowhere” alongside “Pure Emotion” by Tree Trunks.

Big Joanie have signed to Kill Rock Stars and they put out “Cut Your Hair” plus we have “Hypnagogia” from the new Death Valley Girls LP Under the Spell of Joy.

Flowers return with “Erik” on one of our favourite indie labels Slumberland Records and we lift “Small Island” from the new Firestations EP.

There’s Gerard Black, Rozi Plain & Jamie Whitby-Coles collaboration “Beiggy” plus new material from Slow Weather, Tré Burt, Tenci, Sun June and Loaver.

Also on the podcast there’s Yumi and the Weather, Smokescreens, Sulka, Lyys, Gold Baby, Swallow Cave and Nancy Gaffield and The Drift.

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

Unfortunately we’re still no closer to knowing when we’ll be promoting live music and club nights again. It’s going to be difficult to run events with social distancing and severely limited capacities in medium to small sized 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 monthly gig night at The Victoria with performances from Adwaith, Fell, Barry, Breakup Haircut, Annie Taylor, Oort Clod, Es and Rose Tiger.

The club night will also return to The Victoria and The Shacklewell Arms with DJ sets from Gaizka Mendieta, Pat Nevin and Gideon Coe plus our Talking Heads Special.

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.

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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.

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Our monthly podcast is back with our pick of the best new indie and alternative music.

Oceanator releases her debut album Things I Never Said on Big Scary Monsters and we kick off with the superb “Heartbeat”.

The Luxembourg Signal return with their third LP The Long Now and we feature “2.22”.

We lift “Moonlight” from the upcoming As Long As You Are from Future Islands and there’s the latest from Rosehip Teahouse and Kindsight.

“It’s Summer and I Don’t Feel Like Smiling” is the new single by Exeter trio Soot Sprite. Tugboat Captain put out “Day to Day” from the forthcoming Rut and there’s “Repeat” from Naked Roommate.

Lean Logic is the new project from Rose Keeler-Schäffeler of Keel Her and Nick Carlisle from Bamboo. Their debut single “Safe in a Dream” is now out on O Genesis Recordings.

Also on the podcast there’s Soft Set, Teenanger, Swansea Sound, Anna McClellan, Mildlife, Paddy Hanna, Tom Sanders, Alexia Avina, Kinbote, Late Night Final and Josh Werner.

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Our new music podcast returns with our pick of the best alternative music from the past month.

Loaver is Malmö based singer-songwriter Linnea Hall. She’s set to release her debut LP Fern on Rama Lama Records and we preview it with “Bloom With Me”.

The Cribs are back after a three year hiatus. They’ve announced their new album Night Network and we have the lead single “Running Into You”.

The fabulous Big Joanie put out a cover of Solange’s “Cranes in the Sky” and there’s new material from Death Valley Girls and The Beths.

James Dean Bradfield’s album Even in Exile about Chilean political activist and musician Victor Jara yields “Without Knowing the End (Joan’s Song)” plus there’s Annie Taylor, Pillow Queens and Tiña.

We have a Pete Astor exclusive with “Opening Lines” taken from his new 7″ The Attendant alongside Martha Ffion, Matt Berninger, Emma Kupa and Hanya.

Also on the podcast there’s Savage Mansion, Agent blå, Helena Deland, Black Marble, Tree Trunks and Momus.

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