ES GIG ON SAT 4TH JUNE

ES GIG ON SAT 4TH JUNE

Support comes from Adult Nephew at The Victoria

DAVID BOWIE SPECIAL ON SAT 4TH JUNE

DAVID BOWIE SPECIAL ON SAT 4TH JUNE

We’ll be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Ziggy Stardust

ADWAITH GIG ON TUES 5TH JULY

ADWAITH GIG ON TUES 5TH JULY

Support comes from Cerys Hafana at Moth Club

EX-VÖID GIG ON FRI 15TH JULY

EX-VÖID GIG ON FRI 15TH JULY

Support comes from Hot Puds and Eli Vor at The Ivy House

ANNIE TAYLOR GIG ON SAT 1ST OCT

ANNIE TAYLOR GIG ON SAT 1ST OCT

The Zürich band play a free show at The Victoria

PETE ASTOR GIG ON SAT 5TH NOV

PETE ASTOR GIG ON SAT 5TH NOV

Support comes from lilo at The Victoria

DARREN HAYMAN GIG ON THURS 31ST MARCH

Scared To Dance presents Darren Hayman on Thursday 31st March performing songs from Hefner’s We Love the City and Dead Media.

Support comes from Hattie Cooke at St Matthias Church and tickets are on sale at DICE.

Darren Hayman is a thoughtful, concise and detailed songwriter. He eschews the big, the bright and the loud for the small, twisted and lost. Throughout his prolific solo career he has taken a singular and erratic route through England’s tired and heartbroken underbelly.

Hefner’s third album, We Love the City, became the critical and commercial highlight of their short, intense career. By this time Hayman had started to develop a sharp, incisive voice. The song narratives now took place in the toilets and kitchens of everyday British homes. Hayman sang about the thread on skirt hems and the hairline cracks in the china as well as the tears on cheeks. Hefner’s fourth and final album, Dead Media, presented an erratic creative left turn. Largely leaving their guitars in their cases, the band made a bizarre, stuttering bleeping confection on ancient analogue synths.

Hattie Cooke is a solo artist, composer and producer. In 2016 she released her eponymous debut album with Third Kind Records. Having supported a number of acclaimed musicians including Jeffrey Lewis, Haiku Salut and RM Hubbert, Cooke initially garnered a reputation as a writer of gently crafted, melancholic pop and folk songs. In 2019, she released her first instrumental album, The Sleepers. It’s critical and commercial popularity cemented her position as one to watch on the UK electronic music scene. 
Hattie’s third album Bliss Land received a dinked edition and was released in 2021 to critical acclaim.

DARREN HAYMAN GIG ON THURS 24TH MARCH

Scared To Dance presents Darren Hayman on Thursday 24th March performing songs from Hefner’s Breaking God’s Heart and The Fidelity Wars.

Support comes from Michael J. Sheehy at St Matthias Church and tickets are on sale at DICE.

Darren Hayman is a thoughtful, concise and detailed songwriter. He eschews the big, the bright and the loud for the small, twisted and lost. Throughout his prolific solo career he has taken a singular and erratic route through England’s tired and heartbroken underbelly.

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, mixed raw, sexual words with religious imagery and earned the band a loyal, intelligent following in the UK, Europe and the USA. The second album, The Fidelity Wars, shifted the songwriting focus to the personal and remains a fan favourite.

By his own account, Michael J. Sheehy has pissed away two or three careers. Having formed Dream City Film Club in 1995, the band released two albums on Beggar’s Banquet before disbanding in 1999. Despite a few bumps along the road, he has continued making music as a solo artist and as part of the rock band Miraculous Mule and as one half of psychedelic electronic duo United Sounds of Joy. His latest album, The Crooked Party Sings, is his first in a decade and is finely crafted collection of bastardised folk songs, murder ballads, traveller tunes and sea songs.

THE WAVE PICTURES GUEST DJ ON SAT 19TH MARCH

We’re back on Saturday 19th March at The Shacklewell Arms.

Our guest DJs are The Wave Pictures. David Tattersall and Franic Rozycki from the band will be playing records ahead of the release of their new double album When the Purple Emperor Spreads His Wings on Moshi Moshi Records.

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

Adwaith . Alvvays . The B-52’s . The Beatles . Belle and Sebastian . Big Joanie . Blondie . David Bowie . The Bug Club . Camera Obscura . The Clash . The Cure . Delta 5 . Depeche Mode . Dry Cleaning . Bob Dylan . Brian Eno . Ex-Vöid . The Fall . Gang of Four . Girl Ray . The Go-Betweens . Hefner . Hinds . Iggy Pop . Joy Division . Cate Le Bon . The Lemonheads . The Magnetic Fields . Manic Street Preachers . McCarthy . New Order . Orange Juice . Penelope Isles . Pixies . Porridge Radio . Pulp . R.E.M . Ramones . Roxy Music . The Shop Assistants . Simple Minds . The Slits . Patti Smith . Talking Heads . The Tubs . The Vaselines . The Velvet Underground . Wet Leg . Wire

Early bird tickets are now on sale at DICE.

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.

a-ha . Associates . Bronski Beat . The Buggles . Can . The Communards . CSS . The Cure . 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 . Kraftwerk . Ladyhawke . LCD Soundsystem . Jona Lewie . Neu! . New Order . Gary Numan . of Montreal . Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark . Patience . Pet Shop Boys . The Postal Service . Propaganda . The Radio Dept . Pete Shelley . Simple Minds . Soft Cell . Sparks . Stereolab . Donna Summer . Talk Talk . Tears For Fears . The The . Visage . Wild Nothing . Yazoo

Our last club night at The Victoria sold out. 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 recently returned with a new single, “Churchyard”, the first taster of their debut album, Bigger Than Before, which is out on 25th March as a joint release by Don Giovanni Records and Prefect Records.

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.

SCARED TO DANCE PODCAST #124

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

Adwaith release the lead track “ETO” from their forthcoming second album out this summer on Libertino Records.

Porridge Radio preview their new LP Waterslide, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky with “Back to the Radio” and Wet Leg have a new single with “Angelica”.

Cate Le Bon has released one of our favourite albums of the year so far in Pompeii and we lift “Remembering Me” from it and Ailsa Tully is back with the beautiful “Salt Glaze”.

Future Islands put out “King of Sweden” and Los Bitchos continue their fine run of singles with “The Link Is About to Die”.

Franz Ferdinand have a greatest hits album coming next month and one of the two new tracks “Curious” is featured alongside Chubby and the Gang, Big Dipper, crush and Japanese Television.

Also on the podcast there’s Jeanines, Langkamer, The Reds, Pinks & Purples, nudista, Big Thief, Imarhan, Dana Gavanski and Group Listening.

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

BDRMM GUEST DJ ON SAT 19TH FEB

We’re back on Saturday 19th February at The Shacklewell Arms.

Our guest DJs are bdrmm. Ryan Smith from the band will be behind the decks for the first time. We’re big fans of the band’s debut LP which was lauded by Rough Trade as one of their albums of the year.

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

Adwaith . Alvvays . The B-52’s . The Beatles . Belle and Sebastian . Big Joanie . Blondie . David Bowie . The Bug Club . The Clash . The Cure . Delta 5 . Depeche Mode . Dry Cleaning . Bob Dylan . ESG . The Fall . Gang of Four . Girl Ray . The Go-Betweens . Hefner . Hinds . Iggy Pop . Joy Division . Cate Le Bon . The Lemonheads . Los Bitchos . The Magnetic Fields . Manic Street Preachers . McCarthy . New Order . Orange Juice . Penelope Isles . Pixies . Porridge Radio . Pulp . R.E.M . The Raincoats . Ramones . Roxy Music . The Shop Assistants . The Slits . Patti Smith . Talking Heads . The Tubs . The Vaselines . The Velvet Underground . Wet Leg . Wire . X-Ray Spex

Our last club night at The Shacklewell Arms sold out. Early bird tickets are now on sale at DICE.

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 Bastien 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.

Formed in London one week prior to lockdown, Bastien spent much of their first year writing remotely – swapping demos and finding common influences. Blending elements of new wave, soft rock, psych and jangle pop, the five-piece are gearing up to release their first single “Empty House” in March, while establishing their presence on the London circuit.