Welsh rock legends The Alarm are officially back on the road in the UK this March & April, finally getting to celebrate 40 years making music, and lead singer & songwriter Mike Peters cannot wait;
“The Alarm is all revved up and ready to go,” says Mike, speaking from Washington DC on the opening night of his first US show in over two years. “All through the lockdowns we have worked hard and kept ourselves primed for the return of rock’n’roll.
“I never once gave up hope that The Alarm’s music would sound again so, to stay focused, we held weekly internet broadcasts that allowed us to commune and share music with our fans around the world,” continues Mike. “We also invited small groups of people to visit our local village in North Wales where we performed intimate, Covid safe concerts in our Chapel Studios or went out live from the recording studio via the internet. I wanted to make sure that when this moment arrived, we could hit the ground running and be better than ever before”.
The Alarm will play the following 40th Anniversary British Tour live dates (with very special guest Dave Sharp), kicking off with two sold-out live shows in their hometown of Rhyl (tickets on-sale now via links below);
Friday 11 March Rhyl Town Hall *SOLD OUT*
Saturday 12 March Rhyl Town Hall *SOLD OUT*
Thursday 17 March Norwich Waterfront TICKETS
Friday 18 March Bristol 02 Academy TICKETS
Saturday 19 March Birmingham Institute TICKETS (rescheduled date – all original tickets remain valid)
Sunday 20 March Hull Asylum TICKETS
Friday 25 March London Electric Ballroom *SOLD OUT* (rescheduled date – all original tickets remain valid)
Saturday 26 March Liverpool Arts Club TICKETS
Sunday 27 March Southampton Engine Room TICKETS
Thursday 31 March Newcastle Wylam Brewery TICKETS
Friday 1 April Leeds Beckett University (aka The Met) TICKETS
Saturday 2 April Glasgow – The Garage *SOLD OUT* (rescheduled date – all original tickets remain valid)
Sunday 3 April Edinburgh Liquid Rooms TICKETS
Wednesday 6 April Leamington Spa Assembly Rooms TICKETS
Thursday 7 April Exeter Phoenix Theatre TICKETS
Friday 8 April Sheffield Foundry TICKETS
Saturday 9 April Oxford 02 Academy TICKETS
Wednesday 13 April Brighton Concorde 2 TICKETS
Thursday 14 April Cambridge The Junction TICKETS
Friday 15 April Manchester 02 Ritz TICKETS (rescheduled date – all original tickets remain valid)
Saturday 16 April Northampton Roadmender TICKETS
Fans will be able to see and hear the full power of The Alarm as they celebrate 40 years since their self-produced debut single “Unsafe Building” and the band’s iconic red poppy logo first appeared.
“This is the Year of the Red Poppy”, states Mike Peters. “40 years ago, the original symbol appeared on the sleeve of our second single “Marching On” and has been with us in one shape or another ever since – so I have commissioned a giant Red Poppy flag that will be displayed inside each venue we play on the tour for fans to sign with their name. It is my hope that this Red Poppy flag (which has become the symbol of our community), will collect the names and spirit of all those people who have lived and loved special moments with The Alarm’s music, and fly until it is blown away by the wind at The Alarm Sanctuary in North Wales.”
The Red Poppy Flag will be presented at each show starting from 11th March 2022 and appropriate writing materials will be supplied at each event for fans to add their names to the flag as it travels around the world over the course of the next calendar year.
“Through all our lockdown activities, I must have played every single one of the 400 plus songs in our armoury,“ says Mike. “This is the music that has kept us strong throughout and fans can expect to hear a huge amount of music from all the eras of our shared history. We have been in rehearsals since December and have a vast array of songs to choose from, so we are aiming to have over 30 songs in the set each night. Ranging from big hitters like “Sixty Eight Guns” and “The Stand,” touching on fan favourites like “Deeside” and “Majority,” to some of the new music recorded and released last year as captured in our new film ‘50 Days in Lockdown’ – fans can expect to hear it all!”
The new Alarm feature film ‘50 Days in Lockdown’ premiered this week in Washington DC and was Inspired by the real life events of January 6th 2021 when the US Capitol Building was occupied during the global lockdown.
‘50 Days in Lockdown’ captures the real time recording process of the new album by The Alarm, beginning with the occupation of the Capitol Building leading to the start of recording sessions in a caravan in North Wales.
Written and recorded in just 50 days, with songs presented live from the legendary Rockfield Studios, ‘50 Days in Lockdown’ tells the story of The Alarm’s lockdown and how a group of isolated musicians fed off each others’ virtual energy to create an album that ‘captures the zeitgeist’ of the global lockdown.