The Skids formed in 1977 in their home town of Dunfermline, Scotland by Richard Jobson, Stuart Adamson, Bill Simpson, and Tom Kellichan. After releasing an independent single the band were played by BBC Radio One’s 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 which was quickly followed by two chart singles; Masquerade and Working For The Yankee Dollar. Both singles were taken from the Bill Nelson produced second album Days In Europa. The album also featured new member Rusty Egan of Rich Kids and Visage fame after the departure of Tom Kellichan. The band released two more albums The Absolute Game (1980) and Joy (1981) before splitting. After reforming, they have undertaken several tours of the UK and they are heading out again in September.



Date Venue
Fri 27th Tivoli Buckley
Sat 28th The Holroyd Arms Guildford
Sun 29th Drill Hall Lincoln


Date Venue
Fri 8th Y Plas Cardiff
Sat 9th The Level Nottingham
Fri 15th 229 London
Sat 16th The Crossing Birmingham
Thu 21st Wylam Brewery Newcastle
Fri 22nd Beckett University Leeds
Sat 23rd Hanger 34 Liverpool


Date Venue
Fri 6th Queens Hall Edinburgh
Sat 7th QMU Glasgow
Thu 12th Trinity Arts Centre Bristol
Fri 13th Engine Room Southampton
Sat 14th Chalk Brighton

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