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“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.


MARCH 2023

Friday 17th 100 Club, London (John Connor)

Saturday 18th 100 Club, London (John Connor)

Sunday 19th Queens Hall, Nuneaton John Connor

Friday 24th The Garage, Glasgow, John Connor


Saturday 25th Academy, Manchester John Connor

Sunday 26th The Fleece, Bristol John Connor

MAY 2023

Saturday 27th Stone Valley South John Connor

JUNE 2023

Wednesday 7th Destination Dusseldorf - To be Confirmed


Thursday 8th Destination Dusseldorf - To be Confirmed


Friday 9th Destination Dusseldorf - Birdwell Barnsley (Barney) 

Saturday 10th Destination Dusseldorf - The Welly Hull, (Martyn Rudd)

Sunday 11th Destination Dusseldorf - To be Confirmed

Wednesday 14th  Destination Dusseldorf - Beat Generator Dundee

Thursday 15th Destination Dusseldorf - Mac Arts Centre Galashields 


Friday 16th Destination Dusseldorf - To be Confirmed


Saturday 17th The Armoury Show - Sign of the times Hertford  (John Connor)

Sunday 18th Destination Dusseldorf - To be Confirmed

Wednesday 21st Destination Dusseldorf - To be Confirmed

Thursday 22nd Destination Dusseldorf - To be Confirmed


Friday 23rd Destination Dusseldorf - Stone Valley North County Durham (John Connor)


Saturday 24th Destination Dusseldorf - Old Fire Station Carlisle (John Connor)

Sunday 25th Destination Dusseldorf - Alexanders Live - Chester

Wednesday 28th Destination Dusseldorf - The Cavern, Liverpool (Agmp)

Thursday 29th Destination Dusseldorf - The Cluney Newcastle (John Connor)

Friday 30th Destination Dusseldorf - Dunfermline Abbey Album Launch

JULY 2023


Saturday 1st Destination Dusseldorf - PJ Malloys, Dunfermline

Sunday 2nd Destination Dusseldorf - PJ Malloys, Dunfermline

Wednesday 5th Destination Dusseldorf - To be Confirmed


Thursday 6th Destination Dusseldorf - Concorde Brighton  (John Connor)

Friday 7th Destination Dusseldorf - Wedgewood Rooms Portsmouth (John Connor)

Saturday 8th Skids Unavailable Big Country at Chill Fest

Sunday 9th Destination Dusseldorf - The Brit Bar Weston Super Mare to be confirmed

Wednesday 12th Destination Dusseldorf - To be Confirmed


Thursday 13th Destination Dusseldorf - To be Confirmed


Friday 14th Destination Dusseldorf - Club 85 Hitchin (Pad Resents)

Saturday 15th Destination Dusseldorf - The Crauford, Milton Keynes

Sunday 16th Destination Dusseldorf - To be Confirmed LAST TOUR DATE

Saturday 22nd The Armoury Show -  Kubix Sunderland John Connor


Saturday 5th Acoustic Skids Abingdon rugby club, OX14 5TJ Charity event for Teenage Cancer Trust.

Friday 25th Thunder in the Glens Festival, Aviemore


Sunday 27th Stone Valley Midland Nottingham John Connor


Friday 15th Richard Unavailable




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