The Alarm’s Mike Peters portrait © Jules Jones Peters 2021
Following the announcement earlier this month that the band have written and recorded the Wales FA’s official Euro 2020 football anthem ‘The Red Wall Of Cymru’ (out this week), Rhyl rock legends The Alarm are today very pleased to announce their 40th Anniversary British Tour for spring 2022.
“This is the news all of us in The Alarm community have been waiting for” says band frontman Mike Peters. “The return of The Alarm to UK stages has been long awaited and it’s exciting to announce these new dates at such an exciting time as we come together to celebrate The Alarm’s 40th Anniversary and release of ‘The Red Wall of Cymru’.
In addition to their previously-announced (and completely sold out) live shows at Rhyl Town Hall (on 14th & 15th January) and Cardiff St David’s Hall (on 21st January), The Alarm will now also play the following live shows in spring 2022;
Thursday 17 March Norwich Waterfront
Friday 18 March Bristol Academy
Saturday 19 March Birmingham Institute TICKETS (NB rescheduled date – all original tickets remain valid)
Sunday 20 March Hull Asylum
Thursday 24 March Colchester Arts Centre
Friday 25 March London Electric Ballroom TICKETS (NB rescheduled date – all original tickets remain valid)
Saturday 26 March Liverpool Arts Club
Sunday 27 March Southampton Engine Room
Thursday 31 March Newcastle Wylams Brewery
Friday 1 April Leeds Becket University (aka The Met)
Saturday 2 April Glasgow The Garage SOLD OUT (NB rescheduled date – all original tickets remain valid)
Sunday 3 April Edinburgh The Liquid Rooms
Wednesday 6 April Leamington Spa Assembly Rooms
Thursday 7 April Exeter Phoenix Theatre
Friday 8 April Sheffield Foundry
Saturday 9 April Oxford Academy
Wednesday 13 April Brighton Concorde
Thursday 14 April Cambridge The Junction
Friday 15 April Manchester Ritz TICKETS (NB rescheduled date – all original tickets remain valid)
Tickets go on-sale this Friday 28th May, alongside the official release of ‘The Red Wall Of Cymru’.
A brand new compilation album, ‘The Alarm History Repeating 1981–2021’, celebrating and charting the band’s 40 years (including all their biggest singles and greatest songs), will be released in autumn 2021. The BBC will also air a new radio documentary about Mike Peters & The Alarm’s 40th Anniversary to coincide with the album’s release.
In the meantime, fans can watch the band’s Virtual 40th Anniversary Concert from Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr Tydfil on Saturday 5th June exclusively live via the band’s new communication platform The Alarm Central from 11pm UK time – for further info please visit www.thealarmcentral.com
Recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios, ‘The Red Wall Of Cymru,’ is released as part of a 3-track Alarm EP available on CD, stream & download on Friday 28th May. A limited-edition 7” vinyl (with alternative demo versions of the songs) will also be released for this year’s Record Store Day on Saturday 12 June, the same day Wales face Switzerland in their opening game of the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament.
Written by Mike Peters and celebrating the contribution of the nation’s football fans, the recording process involved Mike travelling to eleven locations across the country meeting Red Wall supporters and including their contributions as part of the track. The single also features the spoken word voices of Wales’ global superstar footballer Gareth Bale and Wales’ female captain Sophie Ingle.
As Mike says, “As a passionate and lifelong Wales supporter, I have always wanted to write a song that might in some way, capture the passion and commitment of the Welsh fans. I hope that ‘The Red Wall of Cymru’ can find its way into the hearts and minds of our nation during these difficult times when (unlike 2016), we will all have to show our support from home rather than alongside the team in Europe. By involving the fans in the recording, I hope the music will lift the spirits of our players as they take our Welsh hopes and dreams into the empty stadiums of Euro 2020 and know that we are all there with them in spirit”
Proceeds from the single’s release will go to the Love Hope Strength Foundation, co-founded by Mike Peters http://www.lovehopestrength.co.uk/ The charity works in partnership with cancer specialists to give more people access to life-saving cancer treatment and life-changing cancer support programmes, and to help reduce the number of preventable cancer deaths.
Mike & Jules Peters have this week walked 177 miles along Offa’s Dyke, from north to south Wales, with Mike carrying his especially commissioned Wales/Red Wall of Cymru guitar with him all the way whilst raising money and sharing insights about cancer, which Mike describes as, “One of our greatest challenges in history”.
The Alarm are one of Wales’ biggest ever musical exports, selling over six million albums worldwide and scoring over 15 Top 50 UK Hit singles, while lead singer Mike Peters is respected as a songwriter the world over, and has shared the stage with U2, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Neil Young.