“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

Mark Brzezinski - Drums

Jamie Watson - Guitar/Vocals



Sunday 15th Stone Valley South Festival (John Connor)


Saturday 28th Georgian Stockton (Jon Connor)


Sunday 29th  Stone Valley Midland Thoresby Park,Newark, with Big Country (JC).



Sunday 12th Troon Concert Hall with Big Country


Friday 24th  The Skids Stone Valley North (JC) reshed


Thursday 7th The Crescent, York - Reshed

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson (Christopher Jones)

Friday 8th Club Academy Manchester (John Connor)


Saturday 9th Islington Academy, London (John Connor)

Sunday 10th Breakout Festival, Kirkaldy, Scotland

Thursday 14th Epic Studios, Norwich


Friday 15th Rescue Rooms Nottingham (John Connor)

Saturday 16th The Guildhall Gloucester (John Connor)

Thurday 21st SKIDS Elgin Town Hall 


Friday 22nd Liquid Rooms Edinburgh (John Connor)

​Saturday 23rd  Lemon Tree Aberdeen (John Connor) with Big Country

Sunday 24th Irvine

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson

Friday 29th The Brudenel, Leeds (John Connor)

Saturday 30th Concorde 2 Brighton (John Connor)


Thursday 4th The Assembly Leamington Spa (AGMP)


Friday 5th The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal (John Connor)

Saturday 6th The Fleece, Bristol (John Connor)

Friday 12th Boiler Shop Newcastle (John Connor)

Saturday 13th Robin 2 Bilston (John Connor)


Friday 10th Armouries Show Manchester

Saturday 11th Armouries Show Newcastle

Friday 17th O2 Glasgow (JC) with Big Country

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


Tuesday 18th The Music and Arts Centre, Barnoldswick

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson 

Wednesday 19th 229 Club, London (AGMP)

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson 

Thursday 20th Harpenden Public Halls (AGMP)

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson 




Friday 11th Date TBC (JC)


Saturday 12th Talkingheads (1865 Club) Southampton (JC)


Thursday 17th The Chapel, Salisbury 


Friday 18th London Eventim Apollo

Special guest to The Damned Original Lineup 

MARCH 2022


Friday 25th Cottingham Civic 


Saturday 26th Scarborough Punk Festival 

APRIL 2022

Friday 22nd  La Belle Angele Edinburgh

An Acoustic Audience with Richard Jobson and Bruce Watson 


Saturday 23rd Scotland Calling near Edinburgh (John Connor)

JUNE 2022


Friday 24th Oran Mor, Glasgow (JC)


Saturday 25th The Peacock Sunderland (JC)

JULY 2022


Friday 1st SKIDS (JC)


Saturday 30th Troon Concert Hall Weekend Festival with Big Country



Friday 5th Festival confirmed Blackpool to be announced


Saturday 27th Thunder in the Glens Aviemore with Big Country


Friday 7th Rescue Rooms, Nottingham (John Connor)

Saturday 8th The Phoenix, Exeter (John Connor)

Friday 14th Academy, Manchester (John Connor)

Saturday 15th Islington Acade,y, London (John Connor)

Friday 21st Lemon Tree Aberdeen (John Connor)

Saturday 22nd Garage Glasgow (John Connor)

Friday 28th The Brudenell, Leeds (John Connor)


Saturday 29th Concorde, Brighton (John Connor)


Friday 11th La Belle Angel Edinburgh (John Connor)

Saturday 12th Boiler Shop Newcastle (John Connor)

Sunday 13th The Picture Dome Holmfirth (Barney)

Friday 18th The Fleece Bristol (Jon Connor)

Saturday 19th Jon Connor


Friday 16th Scotland TBC Jon Connor

Saturday 17th Scotland TBC Jon Connor



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