TALKING HEADS SPECIAL ON FRI 2ND MARCH

We’re back at The Victoria on Friday 2nd March and we’re having a Talking Heads Special.

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

Our guest DJ is Sean Price from Fortuna POP! Sean has DJed at at the club on many occasions so we’re delighted to welcome him back. Expect to hear the best from More Songs About Buildings and Food, Remain in Light, Fear of Music, Speaking in Tongues, Stop Making Sense and more. If you have any song requests you can post them on the event wall.

We’ll be playing Talking Heads alongside our mix of indiepop, post-punk, new wave and sixties music.

And She Was . Artists Only . Blind . The Book I Read . Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) . Burning Down the House . Cities . Crosseyed and Painless . Don’t Worry About the Government . Electric Guitar . Found a Job . Girlfriend Is Better . The Girls Want to Be With the Girls . The Great Curve . Heaven . Houses in Motion . I Zimbra . I’m Not in Love . Life During Wartime . Lifetime Pilling Up . Love For Sale . Making Flippy Floppy . Memories Can’t Wait . New Feeling . (Nothing But) Flowers . Once in a Lifetime . Paper . People Like Us . Perfect World . Psycho Killer . Pull Up the Roots . Pulled Up . Puzzlin’ Evidence . Radio Head . Road to Nowhere . Ruby Dear . Sax and Violins . Slippery People . Stay Hungry . Stay Up Late . Swamp . Take Me to the River . Television Man . Tentative Decisiions . Thank You For Sending Me An Angel . This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) . Totally Nude . Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town . What a Day That Was . Wild Wild Life

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.

TOTALLY GIG NIGHT ON FRI 2ND MARCH

Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits presents Totally and The Leaf Library on Friday 2nd March at The Victoria.

Free entry gig followed by Scared To Dance: Talking Heads Special club night. Full details can be found on the Facebook event.

London’s Totally are a band that seem to exist beyond the realms of traditional genres. Merging ethereal psych-folk with vocals influenced by 90s R&B, the sound of sixties girl groups crashing headlong into Australian guitar pop.

Formed back in 2015, the band recently shared their latest single “Moonlit Memory”. The track recorded to 24-track tape by Younghusband’s Euan Hinshelwood, took melancholic storytelling and infused it with sweet four-part harmonies, gently pulsing rhythms and soaring, expansive guitars. With their magpie-like approach to picking the best ideas out of a huge variety of eras and genres, Totally are a perfect example of where music is in 2018; free from labels and boundaries, they sound timeless, unique and on the verge of something very special.

The Leaf Library make multi-layered, two-chord drone pop, channelling the warm fuzz of Yo La Tengo, the spacious repetition of Talk Talk, and Movietone’s seaside. The band released their debut album, Daylight Versions, on WIAIWYA back in 2015, a collection of hazy, drone-laden love songs to meteorology and the sea, which received backing from the likes of Uncut and The Guardian among others.

Live they add a volume and intensity to their recorded material, driving motoric rhythms sing out atop bed of synths, weaving guitars and whatever a variety of guest performers bring on the day from flugelhorns to saxophones. The band released double A-side single “City In Reverse”/”Kendrick Road” in October 2017, and are currently working on their second album due for release in 2018.

BRIGHTON SPECIAL ON SAT 10TH MARCH

We’re back in Brighton on Saturday 10th March. We’ll be at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar and doors open at 11pm.

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

Our guest DJ is the music journalist and author Simon Price. Simon wrote the brilliant Everything (A Book About Manic Street Preachers) and DJs at Spellbound in Brighton. He used to run the legendary Stay Beautiful club night as well as writing for The Independent and Melody Maker. He played a fantastic set last time so expect Stereolab, Camera Obscura, New Order, Le Tigre, Orange Juice, The Smiths, Echo & the Nunymen, Pulp and Public Image Ltd. You can listen to that playlist on our Spotify page. If you have any song requests you can post them in the event.

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

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 . Bob Dylan . The Fall . Gang of Four . Hefner . The Jesus and Mary Chain . Joy Division . The Kinks . LCD Soundsystem . Cate Le Bon . Jens Lekman . Los Campesinos! . The Magnetic Fields . Manic Street Preachers . McCarthy . New Order . Orange Juice . The Pains of Being Pure at Heart . The Pastels . Pixies . Pulp . Ramones . The Shins . The Shop Assistants . Shrag . Simon & Garfunkel . The Slits . Slow Club . Patti Smith . The Smiths . Sweet Baboo . Talking Heads . Talulah Gosh . Television . The Vaselines . The Velvet Underground . Veronica Falls . Wire

To guarantee entry you can buy tickets for £6 from WeGotTickets.

DJING AT THE TOTALLY FOOTBALL SHOW LIVE

We’ll be DJing at The Totally Football Show Live in Dublin on Monday 19th March with Pat Nevin.

We’ll be playing records an hour before the show hosted by James Richardson. Also on the panel are Italian football expert James Horncastle and French football specialist Julien Laurens at Vicar Street.

Tickets are selling quickly. You can get yours for €25 from Ticketmaster.

DARREN HAYMAN BREAKING GOD’S HEART GIGS ON WED 4TH JULY & THURS 5TH JULY

Scared To Dance presents Darren Hayman performing Breaking God’s Heart at St Pancras Old Church.

Wednesday 4th July support comes from The Catenary Wires and on Thursday 5th July David Callahan from The Wolfhounds supports. Tickets are £15 and available from WeGotTickets and full details can be found on the Facebook event.

Darren Hayman is a thoughtful, concise and detailed songwriter. He eschews the big, the bright and the loud for the small, twisted and lost. For 15 years, and over 14 albums, Hayman has taken a singular and erratic route through England’s tired and heartbroken underbelly.

Hayman was influenced by punk through his art college years, but throughout the ’90s he was inspired by American lo-fi indie-rock. A chance meeting with John Peel favourites New Bad Things and shows with them in London and Portland USA taught Darren the DIY ethic and soon he was self-releasing records by his first band, Hefner.

Hefner’s first records attracted the attention of cult indie label Too Pure and the broadcasting legend John Peel. The band’s first album, Breaking God’s Heart (1998), mixed raw, sexual words with religious imagery and earned the band a loyal, intelligent following in the UK, Europe and the USA. He’ll be performing this seminal album solo and in full on its 20th anniversary.

The Catenary Wires are Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey. They formed in 2014 and their debut mini-album Red Red Skies was released a year later on Elefant Records in Europe and Matinée Recordings in the USA.

Amelia and Rob are best known for making fuzzy, sixties girl-group inspired indiepop in their previous bands Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, Marine Research and Tender Trap.

David Callahan is the frontman of The Wolfhounds. Formed in Essex in 1985, the band released four LPs in their first incarnation until 1990 including a spot on the NME’s legendary C86 compilation.

Whilst on hiatus, Callahan resurfaced with the much-lauded Moonshake on the Too Pure label. Co-led with Margaret Fielder, the band was notable for its extensive use of textures and sampler technology in a rock context. Since reforming in 2005 The Wolfhounds have returned with two well-received albums and continue to perform across Europe.

CLUB NIGHT DATES 2018

The club plays indiepop, post-punk, new wave and sixties music and is on the first Friday of the month at The Victoria and the third Saturday of the month at The Shacklewell Arms.

We have invited some of our favourite people, record labels and bands to guest DJ at the club. These have included former international footballer Pat Nevin, comedians Josie Long and Robin Ince, broadcasters Gideon Coe, 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 in the past we have taken it to Oslo and Bergen.

Among the record labels, bands and club nights that have DJed are Edwyn Collins, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Pastels, Allo Darlin’, Darren Hayman, Slow Club, The Wave Pictures, Joanna Gruesome, Teleman, Veronica Falls, Summer Camp, Lætitia Sadier, Talulah Gosh, Withered Hand, Standard Fare, Let’s Wrestle, Shrag, Tigercats, Fever Dream, Flowers, Evans the Death, Betty and the Werewolves, Ballboy, Acid House Kings, Rotifer, The Just Joans, The Spook School, Night Flowers, 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

Friday 2nd March // Talking Heads Special // Tickets
Saturday 10th March // Brighton Special // Tickets
Saturday 17th March // Guest DJ Josie Long // Tickets
Friday 6th April // Joy Division & New Order Special // Tickets
Saturday 21st April
Saturday 5th May
Saturday 19th May // Guest DJ Robin Ince // Tickets
Friday 1st June
Saturday 16th June
Saturday 23rd June // Brighton Special // Tickets
Friday 6th July
Saturday 21st July
Friday 3rd August
Saturday 18th August
Friday 7th September
Saturday 22nd September
Friday 5th October
Saturday 20th October
Friday 2nd November
Saturday 17th November
Friday 7th December
Saturday 22nd December
Monday 31st December

GIG NIGHT DATES 2018

Our gig night is on the first Friday of the month at The Victoria.

Over the years we have hosted some of Europe’s best independent bands. Artists that have played at our shows include Allo Darlin’, The Wave Pictures, Darren Hayman, Lætitia Sadier, Withered Hand, Stanley Brinks, Rozi Plain, The Spook School, Standard Fare, Shrag, Tigercats, Fever Dream, Flowers, Evans the Death, Papernut Cambridge, Rotifer, Freschard, The Just Joans, Night Flowers, The Hayman Kupa Band, Seabirds, Mammoth Penguins, Just Handshakes, Chorusgirl, Being There, LUST, Jean K, Winnaretta, Firestations, The Great Electric, Jessica’s Brother, Ski Saigon, Lyys, Yukka, Jack Hayter, David Tattersall, Model Village, Pocketbooks, The Understudies, Emma Kupa, Cosines, Violet Woods, Jen Schande, Enderby’s Room, Wolf Girl, Ralegh Long, Deerful, Red Shoe Diaries and Suggested Friends.

Upcoming Dates

Friday 2nd March // Totally + The Leaf Library // Free
Friday 6th April // Hanya + Two Tribes // Free
Wednesday 4th July // Darren Hayman: Breaking God’s Heart + The Catenary Wires // Tickets
Thursday 5th July // Darren Hayman: Breaking God’s Heart + David Callahan // Tickets

SCARED TO DANCE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

You can like our Facebook page for updates on our club and gig nights as well as joining our Facebook group to receive notifications about our events.

You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram for daily updates as well as on Mixcloud for our monthly new music podcasts. 

We’re also on Spotify where you’ll find our guest DJs playlists and Songkick where you can track our events.

COLIN MURRAY GUEST DJS ON SAT 17TH FEB

We’re back on Saturday 17th February at The Shacklewell Arms in Dalston.

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

Our guest DJ is the broadcaster Colin Murray. He DJed at the club twice last year playing brilliant sets on both occasions playing The National, Modest Mouse, The Undertones, The Postal Service, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Roxy Music and Chuck Berry. You can listen to that set on our Spotify page. This time around he’ll be playing an Anti-Valentine’s DJ set. Song requests can be posted on the event wall.

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

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 . Bob Dylan . The Fall . Gang of Four . Hefner . The Jesus and Mary Chain . Joy Division . The Kinks . LCD Soundsystem . Cate Le Bon . Jens Lekman . Los Campesinos! . The Magnetic Fields . Manic Street Preachers . McCarthy . New Order . Orange Juice . The Pains of Being Pure at Heart . The Pastels . Pixies . Pulp . Ramones . The Shins . The Shop Assistants . Shrag . Simon & Garfunkel . The Slits . Slow Club . Patti Smith . The Smiths . Sweet Baboo . Talking Heads . Talulah Gosh . Television . The Vaselines . The Velvet Underground . Veronica Falls . Wire

To guarantee entry you can buy tickets for £6 from WeGotTickets.

SYNTHPOP SPECIAL ON FRI 2ND FEB

We’re back on Friday 2nd February when our Synthpop Special returns to The Victoria in Dalston.

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

Our guest DJ is Bob Brown from Shrag. He DJed at our Synthpop Special last year playing a fantastic set. You can listen to that on our Spotify page. He’ll be on the decks at 10:30pm. If you have any song requests you can post them on the event wall.

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

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

The last time we did this it sold out. You can guarantee getting in by buying advance tickets for £6 from WeGotTickets.

JEAN K GIG NIGHT ON FRI 2ND FEB

Scared To Dance and For The Rabbits presents Jean K and Winnaretta on Friday 2nd February at The Victoria.

Free entry gig followed by Scared To Dance: Synthpop Special club night. Full details can be found on the Facebook event.

Jean K are a new four-piece band based out of East London. The band started as the brainchild of Strasbourg-born singer Jean Kern alongside producer Michael Tomlinson, now fleshed out to a live band with the help of keyboardist Laura and bassist Gordon. The band formed with the noble aim of infusing indiepop with a much-needed disco twist. Jean K’s debut single, “Billy”, a dancefloor homage to Kurt Vonnegut’s absurdist classic Slaughterhouse Five, was released last year on Crocodile Records. Music that challenges both your mind and your feet; it doesn’t come much more exciting than Jean K.


London-based trio Winnaretta burst onto the DIY-scene last year with their debut EP, Mine, recorded at Soundsavers Studio with the ever excellent Mark Jasper. The band deal in catchy pop songs infused with complex rhythms and tight harmonies. Mine might be barely fifteen minutes long but it packs in everything from afro-beat to slacker-rock; coupled with a reputation as one of the best live acts in the capital, Winnaretta are a band not to be missed. They do things loud, DIY and queer.

SCARED TO DANCE PODCAST #76

We kick off 2018 with our January podcast featuring our selection of the best new alternative tracks.

Night Flowers are readying their debut LP on Dirty Bingo Records and we have excellent lead single “Losing the Light”.

Franz Ferdinand return with the synthy “Feel the Love Go” and The Decemberists release “Severed” from the forthcoming I’ll Be Your Girl.

Gwenno is back with “Tir Ha Mor”, Shopping have a new album out and we take “Wild Child” from that and Hinds put out “New For You” from I Don’t Run.

Jessica’s Brother have their first 7″ out on Fika Recordings and we have a brand new track from Ski Saigon. The Radio Dept. return with the gorgeous “Your True Name” and there’s the latest from Ultimate Painting, Ralegh Long, Karen O and Tracey Thorn.

Also on the podcast there’s of Montreal, Ezra Furman, Lätta Regnskurar, Life Pass Filter, Famous Problems, Spinning Coin and District Repair Depot.

You can subscribe to our Mixcloud page for all of our monthly podcasts.