Broken hearts

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A notice from Big Fat Panda

16th September 2023

It is with broken hearts we must announce the loss of our Andy Laidlaw.

Andy passed away peacefully early this morning in the Edinburgh Royal. We understand how hard this news is to take, and it is a testament to his kind, caring, loving character just how many lives Andy touched.

We also ask that you keep his daughters in your thoughts.

Andy was the best of us, and his passing takes a piece of us all with him.

With love,
Andy’s Pandas ❤️🐼


Cd Cover Bfp The Panda You Know Cd Single Idea 8b Front

We have released “The Panda You Know” as a CD single, featuring 2 tracks, Man in the Middle and People Watching. This can be ordered from this website or check out our merch stall at our live shows for this and other Panda goodies.


Irish Ska Fest B

We were delighted to have been invited over to Ireland this year to play the Irish Ska & Reggae Festival. Although it involved a lot of travelling it was well worthwhile, with lots of fun being had by all.

Thanks to the organisers for inviting us and looking after us and thank you to the audience for dancing and joining in the fun.

Another successful Great British Foodbank Skank event!


It was a privilege to take part in another successful British Food Bank Skank, this time organised by “Over The Bridge Events” and held in the Windsor Hotel, Kirkaldy.

Entry to the Ska night event was 1 bag of shopping and by the end of the night over 1000kgs of food had been collected! This was later donated to the Glenrothes Foodbank and the Kirkcaldy Foodbank.

A big thank you to “Over The Bridge Events” for organising this charity event and to all of the bands for giving up their time to made the night such big a success – Big Fat Panda, The Skapones, Roots System, Rudebeard and The Doghoose Ska Band

Big Fat Panda – The Panda You Know – 3 track digital EP

Big Fat Panda The Panda You Know Ep Master

We are pleased to announce the release of a digital 3 track EP – for download or streaming:

Big Fat Panda – The Panda You Know

  1. Uncle Deirdre
  2. Man in the Middle
  3. People Watching

Tracks recorded by the Big Fat Panda “lockdown line-up” and released in February 2021

Available on Bandcamp:

Or Spotify:

Big Fat Panda – Live from Building A Spring – 2021


Big Fat Panda recently joined “You Call That Radio TV” to help build a spring at Captureworks, playing a 45 minute set, which included the 3 tracks from our new digital EP –

  1. Uncle Deirdre
  2. Man in the Middle
  3. People Watching

You can support more content like this by becoming a patreon at

Watch a recording of this live set via this YouTube link:

Panda Hats

band big fat panda hats

One of our newest merch items is the Big Fat Panda beanie hat. Grab one from our gig merch table to keep your head warm!