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The Sound on the Sand, Ardrossan

Posted on August 20, 2017 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (0)

We are delighted to announce that THE SKIDS will be headlining an exciting new event SOUND ON THE SAND on the promenade South Beach Ardrossan on Saturday 23rd September 2017.


Even better news, the event is totaly FREE!!


There are more bands to be announced later and the event will be from 12 noon till 9.30 pm.


For more details on the event CLICK HERE



Rewind Festival

Posted on August 19, 2017 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)


It's amazing who you bump into at Rewind Festivals, only Rusty Egan!

Bill on Rebellion

Posted on August 12, 2017 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

"I wanna be a rebel" was the plaintive cry some 40 years ago. And so, here we were all this time later, performing at one of the biggest punk festivals in the world today, Rebellion, within the magnificent ornate surroundings of The Empress Ballroom, Blackpool.


In front of a passionate expectant crowd of some 3,000, we took to the stage late on Sunday night and boy, what a joyous experience it was, a highlight of the tour so far.

The songs were delivered with energy and passion with the crowd joining in with equal enthusiasm and delight.


An amazing event, held over four days in several different venues within the wonderful Winter Gardens complex, I hope we will be invited back sometime soon.

Thanks to everyone involved, agents, promoters, staff and crew alike, and of course to the fans who attended who hopefully left as happy as we did on Sunday evening.


Bill



Bruce Watson talks Rebellion

Posted on August 12, 2017 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

I was so looking forward to Rebellion festival in Blackpool, I have never played it before.


For some reason Blackpool isn't on the usual tour circuit. I guess Manchester and Liverpool are the usual places for bands to play.


Anyway what a fantastic time we all had, we got to the venue quite early and soaked up the atmosphere. Soaked being the key word here, due to the bad weather I had to cancel my donkey ride.


Spent a bit of time upstairs at the stalls and meeting a few people. The venue was stunning. I love Victorian architecture.

 

The organisation was top notch and we were very well looked after. I wish we had spent the whole weekend there.


We went onstage at the end of the night and the response we got was stunning, the venue was packed and the audience were so enthusiastic.


We would like to thank all the people who supported us, the organisers and the crew.


Let's do it again.


Bruce Watson


Message from Richard

Posted on August 10, 2017 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)


For a variety of reasons the new Skids album has been put back to January 2018. I’m more than aware that all of you who took the time to make a pledge will be disappointed by this news.

 

Let me try and explain why this happened. When we set out to do a few gigs to celebrate our 40th Anniversary we had no intention of making new music or touring extensively. The initial idea was to do one or two nights in Scotland. Our friends in the rest of the country complained that they never got the chance to see the band and why did we not do a few more dates elsewhere.

So, we listened and thought it through – and after we put the word out – we were suddenly offered a series of dates that quickly became a tour.


I was worried that we would become part of the nostalgia-heritage trail industry that so many bands from our era had fallen into. It needs to be more than that to make it credible for me – it could never be about exploiting a loyal fan base. I wanted it to feel fresh like it did in the early days of The Skids. I wanted most of all for it to have some relevance to what was going on in the world around us.


Coincidentally I was speaking to the producer, Youth from Killing Joke, who suggested we try writing some material together in the style of The Skids but with a contemporary twist. And so it began – suddenly after all these years we were back in the studio working with an amazing producer co-writing new material. Within a few weeks we realised we had something special on our hands. The music was ferocious and the lyrics reflected the insanity of the times we live in. It sounded and felt like The Skids right at the beginning our journey but with Youth’s sound guiding the songs into a sonic boom we never imagined we could have achieved.


We embraced the PledgeMusic model and asked our friends, you, to support this new route we had chosen to follow. The end result is in my opinion some of the best music I have ever been involved with. The band are on fire!


And this is the dilemma we faced. Do we release it now on our own No Bad label and send out the CD’s and Vinyl to you now or do we wait until we can find a distributor who can create a strategy that will give this recording a chance to be heard in a wider context. I hope you agree that if it is as good as Im saying it then why not push it out there, be relevant, play more dates, have something to say and say it with pride and

But what about you, the friends who believed in us from the beginning. Why should you wait any longer. After all you have in many ways paid for the album to be made – the recording and the mastering. You took the gamble – you believed in us. I’m more than aware of this and have been duly thankful for your patience but it doesn’t feel fair – I totally get that.


My suggestion is this: We will record a variety of material from our acoustic sessions in the next month and will pick a few of the best versions of our best songs and release them to you and you only immediately as a free download. The CD of Burning Cities will eventually come your way, signed as promised in January and I hope you will agree that it was worth the wait.


The Acoustic Sessions:

We recently participated in charity gig in Dunfermline. It was an amazing evening in front of an invited audience where we played acoustic version of The Saints are Coming, Into the Valley, Hurry on Boys, Charles and A World on Fire amongst many others.

I’m absolutely certain that you will not be disappointed by this and I hope that you will take it as a mark of our respect for you and for our new music that we want to make this happen. The other positive thing to take from this is that if you enjoyed the Skids in 2017 then you are certain to engage with our plans for 2018 when will tour the new material and start a new chapter in the bands story.


Best wishes

Richard Jobson

Skids Store Now Open

Posted on July 25, 2017 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)



Just Announced, Preston 2018

Posted on July 10, 2017 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)


Skids Live in London

Posted on July 9, 2017 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Probably The Best Live Album Ever Made..No Fake News..



Live in London was recorded at The Roundhouse on 16th June 2017 and is available for you to  purchase at the merchandise stand at the shows or at www.liveherenow.com


Buy it, put it on, turn it up and get ready....

10 years ago on this day..

Posted on July 7, 2017 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)



Skids celebrated their 30th Anniversary with a main stage performance at T in the Park. Where does the time go?



Just Announced

Posted on July 7, 2017 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)


Georgian Theatre, Stockton. Thursday, 18 Jan 2018


Tickets on sale Tuesday 11th July 9.00am


www.seetickets.com


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