7.30pm Saturday 8th July – Bedford Esquires
The Saints Are Coming ! (again) We are very pleased to announce The Skids are returning to play Bedford Esquires on Saturday 8th July.
The Skids formed in 1977 in their hometown 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 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 & Visage fame after the departure of Tom Kellichan. The band released two more albums “The Absolute Game” (1980) and “Joy” (1981) before splitting.
Refusing to stand still the band move things forward with the release of a new album Destination Dusseldorf. Recorded in 2022 the new studio album released in March 2023 and featured Collaborations with incredible host of artists including Youth, Hugh Cornwall and Martin Metcalfe – all fans of the band. Creativity born from friendship and respect lies at the heart of this new album which we think will be one of our finest recordings.
People change but the heart and the energy that drives the band remains stronger than ever before as we look forward to a new chapter in the bands ongoing history.
Guest support by request of the band comes from The Barrys.
The tickets priced £25 are on sale Saturday 20th May at 10am from Seetickets and will be available in person from Slide Record Shop and Esquires Bar.