The Skids – Exhibition


Very rarely does Punk raise its rebellious head in the company of artists and authors, but occasionally there is recognition for achievement and that’s what has been bestowed on The Skids in their hometown of Dunfermline.  Carnegie Library & Galleries in Dunfermline have put on the exhibition as a reminder of the achievements of the band and the wide and varied talents of frontman Richard Jobson who has not only fronted the Skids and the Armory Show but is also a poet, film maker and broadcaster.


Play: The Skids – Exhibition


It all started with a band of young boys from around Dunfermline who were ignited by the sound of Punk coming out of London,  they set about creating their own rebellious history and breaking out of the confines of 1970s Scottish life and no doubt inspiring others to follow. Although they very successfully tread a path through the post Punk years with a number of hits, the band for me as well as many others will always be held aloft for arguably the greatest Scottish Punk song ever to be let loose “Into The Valley”.


Play: The Skids – Into The Valley


From the very first bass lines that shakes your very core, it is a relentless attack on serenity that rivaled anything coming from south of the border at this time.  The rallying cry was written about troops returning home affected by the troubles of war, but could easily depict a young punks struggle to get out of the mediocrity of 70s Britain.  The Skids made an impact on many a young Scottish ear and confirmed that a life in a mundane job was not the only option for the working-class youths, songs such as “The Saints are coming”, “Masquerade” & “Working for the Yankee Dollar” were heard around the globe and elevated the band to national recognition.

This exhibition pinpoints some of the Skids highlights on their journey from working men’s clubs to prime-time TV, with posters, tickets, artwork, and video collected from their past. They recall some of the support slots and headliners up and down the country, where the band were enhanced by the undeniable talents of Stuart Adamson on guitar who also went on to great success with Big Country before passing away.

Play: The Skids – The Saints Are Coming


The exhibition runs from  Sat 28th Apr to Sun 26th Aug 2018 and gives an insight into the Skids, where they come from, how far they went and what they achieved in their short existence

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The Skids 2018/19 Tour Dates

MAY 2018
Saturday 19th May – Skids Convention – Dunfermline
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Sunday 20th May – Skids Convention – Dunfermline
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Sunday 27th May – The Corn Exchange – Bedford

JUNE 2018

Friday 1st June – Picturedrome – Holmfirth
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Saturday 2nd June – O2 – Manchester
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Thursday 7th June – Sub 89 – Reading
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Friday 8th June – Cheese & Grain – Frome
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Saturday 9th June – Tramshed – Cardiff
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Friday 15th June – The Brudenell – Leeds
Saturday 16th June – O2 Academy – Newcastle
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Sunday 17th June – Kelvingrove Bandstand – Glasgow – (with Big Country &  From The Jam)
Tuesday 19th June – Summerhall Courtyard – Edinburgh (Skids & Big Country)
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Thursday 21st June – Live Rooms – Chester
Friday 22nd June – The Rescue Rooms – Nottingham
Saturday 23rd June – The Academy – Liverpool

Sunday 24th June – Isle of Wight Festival

Wednesday 27th June – Wedgewood Rooms – Portsmouth


Thursday 28th June – Robin 2 – Bilston

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Friday 29th June – Concorde 2 – Brighton

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Saturday 30th June – Shepherds Bush Empire – London

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JULY 2018

Saturday 21st July – Rewind Festival – Scone Palace – Perth

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Sunday 5th – Charity Acoustic Gig – Glasgow

Saturday 18th August – Beautiful Days Festival – Escot Park – Devon

Friday 24th August – Thunder in The Glen – Aviemore

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Friday 30th November – The Limelight – Belfast (with Big Country)


Saturday 1st December – The Academy – Dublin (with Big Country)

Friday 7th December – Warehouse 23 – Wakefield

Friday 14th December – The Grand – Clitheroe

More Dates in December to follow


Saturday 19th January – Preston Guild Hall – Preston (with Big Country)

Friday 25th January – Town Hall – Oxford

Saturday 26th – The Empire – Coventry

Sunday 27th January – Giants of Rock – Minehead


Friday 1st February – Junction – Cambridge

Saturday 2nd February – Waterfront – Norwich

Friday 8th February – Roadmender – Northampton

Saturday 9th February – The Venue – Derby

Friday 15th February – Sin City – Swansea

Saturday 16th February – The Brook – Southampton

Friday 22nd February – Chinnerys – Southend

Saturday 23rd – Guildhall – Gloucester


The Skids Past & Present

Richard Jobson, William Simpson, Mike Baillie, Bruce Watson & Jamie Watson

Stuart Adamson, Thomas Kellichan & Russell Webb



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The Skids Exhibition

Photo courtesy of Mike Laye