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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.


MAY 2022

Friday 13th ​Glen Pavilion, Dunfermline (Callum) with Big Country​ reshed from Dec 2021

Saturday 14th Armouries Manchester (John Connor)

Friday 27th Dublin Button Factory, Ireland

Saturday 28th Belfast Limelight, Ireland

Sunday 29th Breakout Festival Kircaldy (Resheduled from 2021 with Big Country)


JUNE 2022


Friday 3rd Brewery Arts Kendal (JC)

Saturday 4th Macarts Galashiels 

Sunday 5th Punk on The Penisula, Dunoon Scotland


Friday 10th Richard working for Jon Connor Skids unavailable


Saturday 11th Food in the Park Festival - Blair Atholl


Friday 24th O2 Glasgow (John Connor) with Big Country Skids reshed from Dec 2021

Saturday 25th The Peacock Sunderland (JC)

JULY 2022


Friday 1st Sign of The Times Festival South Hertfordshire SKIDS (JC)

Friday 15th Kubix Festival, Sunderland SKIDS (JC)

Saturday 16th 1865 Southampton (JC)




Friday 5th Rebellion Festival ,Blackpool 

Skids Acoustic Afternoon

Friday 5th Rebellion Festival ,Blackpool 

Full band in the evening



Thursday 22nd OGV Podium, Aberdeen


Friday 23rd La Belle Angele Edinburgh, (John Connor)

Saturday 24th Northumberland Univercity (John Connor)

Friday 30th The Alt Festival Skegness


Thursday 6th Epic Studios, Norwich Reshed from  2021


Friday 7th Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (John Connor)

Saturday 8th The Phoenix, Exeter (John Connor)

Thursday 27th The Robin Bilston


Friday 28th London with Damned


Friday 11th The Georgian Theatre, Stockton (John Connor)

Saturday 12th Roadmender Northampton (John Connor)

Sunday 13th The Picture Dome Holmfirth (Barney)

Thursday 17th The Empire Coventry (John Connor)


Friday 18th  Salisbury Chapel (Jon Connor)

Saturday 19th Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth (Jon Connor)

Sunday 27th After The Storm Festival - Troon with Big Country and From The Jam - Moved from July 2022


Friday 9th Oran Mor, Glasgow (Jon Connor) Reshed Acoustic Show

Saturday 10th The Brudenell Leeds (John Connor)

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

Friday 31st Boilershop, Newcastle John Connor


APRIL 2023

Saturday 1st Concorde Brighton John Connor

MAY 2023

Sunday 28th Stone Valley South John Connor

JUNE 2023


Saturday 10th North West Calling John Connor


Sunday 25th Stone Valley North John Connor


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

Sunday 27th Stone Valley Midland John Connor



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