The Skids’ Richard Jobson shares his thoughts before Rebellion Festival

The Skids - credit Steve Gunn

The Skids – credit Steve Gunn

The Skids headline this year’s Rebellion Festival in Blackpool at the weekend and Getintothis’ Banjo had a quick word with lead singer Richard Jobson.

With a line up comprising a punk fan’s wet dream, Blackpool’s Rebellion Festival is the place to be this weekend.

Headlined by the legendary Skids, this year will also see the Winter Gardens play host to names such as The Angelic Upstarts, Sham 69, UK Subs, The Vapors, Toyah, TV Smith, The Membranes and many, many more for a weekend packed with all things punk rock.

From more modest roots at 1996’s original event, Rebellion has now grown to be a massive 4 day extravaganza with something in the region of 250 bands playing over 6 stages to the delight of thousands of visitors.

And in anticipation of all this mayhem we caught up with The Skids‘ front man Richard Jobson and here’s what he had to say:

Getintothis: How does it feel to be headlining a punk festival in 2017?

Richard Jobson: It’s the most exciting day of the tour. Rebellion is legendary and it’s an honour to be asked to play there.

Read our review of Rebellion 2016

Getintothis: Did you see any kind of longevity in what you were doing when you first started playing and writing music?

RJ: I didn’t think about the future when I was in the band. I lived in the moment. That was the main difference between Stuart Adamson and myself. He wanted stability, I wanted madness. I’ve changed!

Getintothis: How did it affect you when you first got into punk?
RJ:  It changed my life. It was what I was waiting for – something new and angry and that belonged to my generation.

Getintothis: Do you have any plans to release new music yourself?

RJ: We have recorded a new album called Burning Cities produced by Youth. It’s a feral, explosive and ferocious piece of work – I think it’s the best yet!!

Getintothis: How does it feel playing with The Skids again?

RJ: I have really enjoyed being on tour and meeting people who come along to the gigs. It’s very important to me to connect with the people who have made the effort to come and participate with the music. It’s what we were about all those years ago and nothing has changed.

Getintothis: What music are you listening to these days?

RJ: I listen to a mixture of Indie Rock through to Revivalist bluegrass music. Anything that comments on life and the world around them is something I want to engage with. I hate bland Pop music.

  • Rebellion Festival is August 3 – 6 at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.

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