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Big Country at the V Festival and New Photos

Mike and the Big Country boys had an amazing time at V Festival in Chelmsford and Stafford this weekend. Sunny weather and responsive crowds generated a great festival vibe.

We invite you to view the full collection of photos taken by Andy Labrow at the link below:http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikepetersorganisation/sets/72157627367578251/

Mike Peters School of Rock and NJ Musicfest Schedule

We are very pleased to announce several performances by Mike Peters at this years Union County Music Festival September 17th-18th in Clark, NJ On Wednesday evening, September 14th, Mike will be presenting an open rehearsal with The School of Rock all-stars with proceeds to benefit the Love Hope Strength Foundation. The event will take place at Kean University's Enlow Recital Hall in Hillside, NJ. Tickets are $25 and the event will take place from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets will be on sale beginning today, Monday August 22nd and can be purchased through www.ucpac.org On Saturday morning , September 17th, the Annual Rock On! Walkathon & 5k Run will take place with proceeds benefiting two cancer organizations, the Love Hope Strength Foundation and The Valerie Fund. To register and for further information, please visit: www.uclovehopestrength.com On Saturday afternoon, September 17th Mike will be playing a full set with the School of Rock All-stars at the Union County Music Fest performing the songs of Mike Peters and The Alarm. This promises to be a very unique and special event. In addition, also on Saturday the 17th, Mike Peters and Friends, including Cy Curnin and Brien McVernon will be performing throughout the day, in between sets on the Riser stage in the Friends of Music Fest Lounge area of the Festival. This year, the Lounge has been moved to a new location between the two main stages for better views of both stages. Sponsorship tickets for entry can be purchased at: http://ucpac.org/html/event_popup.cfm?id=152 Tickets for Saturday are $40 along with options for 3 day passes and are on sale now. As a token of appreciation, Friends of MusicFest sponsors each receive three free beverages and free onsite parking. Friends of MusicFest also have use of the Jack Daniels Lounge, featuring seating and nearby bathroom facilities. We look forward to seeing you during Mike's exciting week of events in the NY/NJ area.

Mike Peters UK Acoustic Tour Autumn 2011 Dates

We are very pleased to announce that Mike Peters will continue the 30th Anniversary Alarm celebrations in the UK this October/November with the announcement of 20 exclusive ‘"in person" acoustic shows. Mike will perform acoustic sets at all of these very special shows drawing material from each of the 3 decades since The Alarm began in 1981. Memories come flooding back…… Thurs 27 Oct – Wrexham Central Station Fri 28 Oct – Manchester Academy Sun 30 Oct – Brecon Theatre Brycheniog Thurs 3 Nov – Derby Flowerpot Fri 4 Nov – Keighley Gassienda Sun 6 Nov – Exeter Cavern Thurs 10 Nov – Liverpool Academy Fri 11 Nov – Oxford Academy Sat 12 Nov – Stranglers Convention Sun 13 Nov – Birmingham Academy Weds 16 Nov – Bournemouth Fire Station Thurs 17 Nov – London Academy Fri 18 Nov – Sheffield Academy Sun 20 Nov – Newcastle Cluny Mon 21 Nov – Chester Telford’s Thurs 24 Nov – Worcester Marrs Bar Fri 25 Nov – Otley Korks Sat 26th Nov - Bristol Thunderbolt Sun 27th Nov – Cardiff Glee Club Mon 28th Nov – Swansea The Garage We look forward to seeing you for these very special concerts.

New Big Country single "Another Country" to be released on August 29th

The new Big Country single, "Another Country" will be official released on Monday 29th August 2011 There will be two formats. Download: ANOTHER COUNTRY JUST A SHADOW (Billy Sloan session) NEVER TAKE YOUR PLACE (Live from Edinburgh April 11) CD: (cat no Track00023) ANOTHER COUNTRY JUST A SHADOW (Billy Sloan session) STEELTOWN (Billy Sloan session) NEVER TAKE YOUR PLACE (Live from Edinburgh April 11) The CD will be available from Amazon. Downloads will be available from I-Tunes and all major platforms. We have national and regional pluggers working the track so with good fortune you will soon hear on the radio. News will be posted as we get it. In addition, there is a new facebook page in support of the single at: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=140325686054283

Mike Peters 30th Anniversary USA Gigs

Memories Come Flooding Back USA Gigs Mike Peters will take the 30th Anniversary Alarm celebrations to the USA this September with the announcement of 3 exclusive "In Person" acoustic shows. Sunday September 4th EL REY THEATRE, Hollywood,Cal. Wednesday September 7th The RED DEVIL Lounge, San Francisco, Cal. Sunday 11th September B.B. KING’S, New York, NY Mike Peters will perform acoustic sets at all of these very special shows drawing material from each of the 3 decades since The Alarm began in 1981.

Regarding the November UK Acoustic tour, please note the UK dates will be officially announced next week…

Snowdon Rocks 5 This Sunday. Will this be the year?

With the weather forecasts all predicting a sunny day this Sunday….. could this be the year we finally get a dry Snowdon Rocks event?? Why not take this opportunity to pull on your climbing shoes and join Mike Peters on the mountain this Sunday morning and help support the Love Hope Strength Foundation’s ongoing fight against cancer. It’s still not too late to register and with a registration fee of only £20 you could sign up on the morning itself. This year we are encouraging everyone to wear something green (the signature colour of LHSF), on the mountain. Registration takes place at the Pen Y Ceunant Cafe at 9.00 am for a 10 o’clock start. The walk is expected to take about 3 hours to the summit with a further two hours decent. The now traditional Snowdon Rocks path follows the Llanberis railway track to the summit and (although the easiest route to the top of Snowdon), can be steep in parts. Music will be performed throughout and there will also be a chance to rest at the halfway house cafe along the ascent route and on the way back down. Tea and refreshments will also be available from the effervescent Steffan in the Pen Y Ceunant Cafe in the aftermath of the walk. Over the last four years and with the support of many, many Alarm fans and others, Snowdon Rocks has provided funding to help build the Eira (Snow) Suite at the North Wales Cancer Centre in Bodelwyddan and supplying two Stem Cell harvesting machines that are housed at the Alaw Unit in Bangor, where Mike Peters receives ongoing treatment for his Leukaemia diagnosis every two to three months. See you on (Sunny) Snowdon…. Love Hope Strength For further information please contact Katrina on 07814 404877 or email katrina@lovehopestrengthfoundation.co.uk

Press and Reviews of The Sound and The Fury tour and album

We now have a number of press articles and links to media from the Sound And The Fury Tour and the new album, including the 5 page Classic Rock magazine feature. You can access all of these articles at the link below.

The Alarm would like to thank everyone who came out to support the band on the Sound And The Fury tour. It was an amazing 21 shows!!! Thank you.

http://www.thealarm.com/archives/16314

Snowdon Rocks 5

SNOWDON ROCKS V – GREEN FOR THE DAY. Love Hope Strength Foundation are delighted to announce that Snowdon Rocks will take place on Sunday, 14 August 2011 hosted by Mike Peters, co-founder of Love Hope Strength Foundation and lead singer of The Alarm, for the fifth fantastic year running and we would be delighted if you could join us. This year, we would like every Snowdon walker to wear a piece of green on the trek, our charity signature colour to enable us to raise awareness and ‘take the fight to cancer to new heights’ and we hope you will be able to join us in our mission. Snowdon Rocks V will feature a fundraising trek to the Snowdon summit following the Llanberis/Railway Path with intimate performances along the way from Mike Peters and other renowned LHS musicians (depending on weather conditions) on the Sunday. In four years, Snowdon Rocks has raised over £140,000 for cancer services and projects. Mike Peters a two times cancer survivor from Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL) in 2005/2006 and Non Hodgkins Lymphoma in 1995 and is still undergoing long term maintenance treatment at Alaw Unit, Ysybyty Gwynedd… To take part in Snowdon Rocks V please download the registration form here: http://www.lovehopestrengthfoundation.co.uk/cms/images/useruploads/snowdonrocks5.pdf Registration is £20 per person and we would ask people to raise as much sponsor money as possible. For further information please contact Katrina on 07814 404877 or emailkatrina@lovehopestrengthfoundation.co.uk

New Alarm T's back in stock

New T's are back in stock!!

We have now re-stocked the very popular classic mustard "Deceiver" and the 30th Anniversary" Wings" shirts in the new shop.

Both these designs were our most popular in recent years, selling out at both The Gathering and on the recent Sound And The Fury Tour. We will be adding some ladies fit shirts very soon.

Please visit the Alarm store for details at: http://thealarm.myshopify.com/collections/clothing

Big Country news and Live Video

"Stuart Adamson’s spirit still hovers over the stage. He’s mentioned affectionately and his legacy is heard in every guitar lick. But in Mike Peters, the Big Country fan who stepped up out of the audience to carry on his musical baton, they now have a frontman hewn from the same rock. The sooner the band get back into the studio the better." - Billy Sloan

Big Country performing "Wonderland" live from T in the Park : http://youtu.be/dvN2gJdEdNo Big Country will be making an appearance on Billy Sloan's show this Sunday July 17th on 1152am Clyde 2 - from 6.00pm to 10.00pm. There will be 6 songs featured on the programme and can also be heard online at: http://radioplayer.clyde1.com/ In addition, Billy will also be reviewing last Monday's King Tuts gig in this Sunday's Mail.