Freckfest Presents: Skids Unplugged


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At the Armory Show gig at the start of January, vocalist Richard Jobson announced from the stage that he’d be returning with his other band, Skids. True to his word, a stripped back acoustic version of Skids will play the HAC on Friday March 20th.

From Dunfermline, Skids were one of the most revered post-punk acts in the country. Between 1977 and 1981 they released 4 studio albums and a handful of singles, amongst them their best-known track Into The Valley. The band included a pre-Big Country Stuart Adamson who’d hone his playing style in Skids before hitting the big time with his own band. The band proved to be highly influential, with mega acts such as U2, and Green Day citing their power and prowess as clear influences.

Skids current line-up includes guitarist Bruce Watson, best known as Stuart Adamson’s foil in Big Country. Jobson has promised a greatest hits set delivered with intensity and passion. Anyone who caught The Armory Show earlier on in the month will know exactly how much Jobson puts into the role. Skids acoustic show has all the makings of another sizzling Freckfest show.


The Skids

The Skids appearing at this event

1977 anarchy lives on as Richard Jobson's legendary Scottish punk band The Skids continue to wow the crowds. Perhaps best known for their '79 top ten hit 'Into The Valley', they became a major influence on later bands like Green Day and Manic Street Preachers. Via Pledgemusic, the boys celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2017 by releasing 'Burning Cities', their first new album in 35 years!

See 38 tour dates featuring The Skids

Harbour Arts Centre

  • 6 Harbour Street
  • Irvine
  • KA12 8PZ

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