“Memories fade, but some linger for a reason. The Skids  was the definitive part of my early life. A brilliant adventure into the world of creativity and adulthood”, reflected Richard Jobson recently, “ I was a kid when I joined the band in 1977 – 16 years old. By the time the adventure had run aground, I was a dazed and confused young man. We were fearless in the beginning, always trying new things and not afraid to be different in a musical world that was beginning to sound very derivative and safe. Contrary to the reports from people who were never near the centre of the band, Stuart Adamson and I got on very well – in fact for a long time we were very close. I enjoyed writing with him – he was generous and incredibly adaptable to my unmusical ideas. The Skids were not just another punk band – we were creatively ambitious as well as being close to the core beliefs of our hard-won fans. But most importantly we loved playing live. Taking these memories and replanting them into 2017 has not been easy. How do you do it? How should it sound? Are we little more than a heritage band? These were the questions rattling around my head as I tried to find a way to celebrate the bands 40th anniversary. The answers ended up being very simple – Don’t over think it – Just do it. Enjoy every minute of it. Play the songs like it might be the last time. Give it everything. And then…there’s the new stuff! The beginning of something new rather than the end of something old.”

SOMETHING OLD… The Skids formed in 1977 in their home town of Dunfermline, Scotland by Richard Jobson, Stuart Adamson, Bill Simpson & Tom Kellichan. After releasing an independent single the band were played by John Peel, supported The Clash in concert and then were signed to Virgin Records in 1978. Their first singles were ‘Sweet Surburbia’,The Saints are Coming’ and ‘Into the Valley’ - the latter reaching the UK Top Ten in early 1979.

Their seminal debut album ‘Scared to Dance’; came out in 1979 and was quickly followed by two chart singles – ‘Masquerade’ and ‘Working for the Yankee Dollar’. Both singles were taken from the Bill Nelson (Be Bop Deluxe) produced second album ‘Days in Europa’. The album also featured new member Rusty Egan of Rich Kids & Visage fame after the departure of Tom Kellichan. The band released two more albums ‘The Absolute Game’ (1980) and ‘Joy’ (1981) before splitting. Stuart Adamson went on to have worldwide success with his new band Big Country.

The Skids briefly reformed in 2007 to celebrate the band's 30th Anniversary with concerts in their native Scotland at T in the Park and in their hometown of Dunfermline.

Richard Jobson - Vocals

Bill Simpson - Bass/Vocals

Bruce Watson - Guitar/Vocals

Jamie Watson - Guitar/Vocals


JUNE 2020

Saturday 27th Stone Valley North Festival (John Connor)


Saturday 22nd Skids, Scotland Calling Jon Connor Evening Show


Saturday 29th Stone Valley North Festival (John Connor) Rescheduled from May due to Corona Virus


Sunday 30th A New Day Festival, Mt Ephraim Gardens, Hernhill, Faversham, Kent.


Thursday 15th Date to be confirmed


Friday 16th Club Academy Manchester (John Connor)


Saturday 17th Islington Academy, London (John Connor)

Friday 23rd Robin 2, Wolverhampton (John Connor)

Saturday 24th Concorde 2 Brighton (John Connor)

Friday 30th Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal (John Connor)


Friday 6th Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh (John Connor)

Saturday 7th Lemon Tree, Aberdeen (John Connor)

Thursday 12th Epic Studios, Norwich


Friday 13th Recue Rooms, Nottingham (John Connor)

Saturday 14th The Brudenel, Leeds (John Connor)

Thursday 19th Date to be advised


Friday 20th The Georgian, Stockton (John Connor)

Saturday 21st 02 Academy, Newcastle (John Connor)

Saturday 28th St Andrews Day Festival - The Brunton, Musselborough

Sunday 29th Troon Concert Hall with Big Country


Sunday 1st Richard Jobson performing with Big Country at The St Andrews Day Festival, Musselborough on stage approx. 9.30pm 


Friday 18th Glen Pavilion, Dunfermline (Callum) with Big Country​

Saturday 19th ​Glasgow TBC (DF Concerts) with Big Country



Thursday 11th Barnoldswick Music and Arts Centre

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson 


Friday 12th The Cluny, Newcastle

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson (Jon Connor)


Saturday 13th The Public Halls Harpendon. 

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson (AGMP)

Sunday 14th Shoreditch Town Hall, London

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson (AGMP)

Monday 15th TBC

Tuesday 16th The Cheeses and Grain, Frome

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson (AGMP)

Wednesday 17th Portland House, Cardiff

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson (AGMP)

Thursday 18th King Georges Hall, Blackburn 

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson (AGMP)

Friday 19th Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline,

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson (AGMP)

Saturday 20th The Caves

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson (Jon Connor)

MARCH 2021


Friday 26th Cottingham Reshed from 2020


Saturday 27th Scarborough Punk Festival Rescheduled from 2020)



Friday 27th Thunder in the Glens Aviemore with Big Country



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