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Scots rockers The Skids return for anniversary gig

The Skids The Limelight 1, Belfast, Saturday, May 26 (7pm)

Formed in Dunfermline in 1977 by Stuart Adamson, William Simpson, Thomas Kellichan and Richard Jobson, this Scottish band first found success with their 1979 top 10 single Into the Valley, taken from debut album Scared to Dance.

Shortly after the release of second album The Absolute Game, Adamson left to launch Big Country and The Skids split up in 1982.

Reforming briefly in 2007 to play several reunion gigs to mark the band's 30th anniversary and to pay tribute to Adamson who died in 2001, they are back together for their 40th anniversary tour with a line-up featuring original members Jobson, Simpson and Mike Baillie, as well as Big Country guitarists Bruce and Jamie Watson.

The Defects support for this early evening Limelight show.

  • For details, visit ticketmaster.ie.

The Rifles

Empire Music Hall, Belfast

Thursday, June 1, (7.30pm)

Best known as an indie rock outfit, Essex quintet The Rifles take their sound down a few notches on their current 16-date acoustic tour the UK and Ireland.

Formed in 2004, they have six studio albums behind them, the most recent being The Rifles Unplugged, marking their current back to basics approach to their music. Recorded at Abbey Road, the album features 15 acoustic versions of songs taken from their back catalogue, as well as one brand new song.

Although their songs seldom get radio airplay, they have a dedicated following of fans, one of which is Paul Weller who has been a strong supporter of The Rifles during their career.

For more details, visit thebelfastempire.com/event/the-rifles-acoustic/1800.

The Staves

Limelight 1, Belfast

Thursday, June 1, (7pm)

The Staves are a three-piece sister act from Watford, who, as plain old Camilla, Emily and Jessica Staveley-Taylor, began their career performing three-part harmonies backed with acoustic guitars in their local pub.

Following the release to universal rave reviews of their 2012 debut album, Dead & Born & Grown, the trio have gone on to perform sell-out headlining tours, as well as supporting the likes of Bon Iver, The Civil Wars and Ben Howard.

Currently based in Minneapolis, they have been frequent visitors to Northern Ireland over the years, playing at Bangor's Open House Festival and the CQAF.

This Limelight show is one of six dates on their current UK and Irish tour, prior to several European festival dates during the summer.

Visit thestaves.com/live for details.

Patric Baird

Belfast Telegraph

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