The Alarm Gig Preview – O2 Ritz, Manchester

Image Source: Andy Labrow

The Alarm

The Alarm are heading to Manchester’s O2 Ritz as part of a UK tour.

The Alarm are preparing for their fortieth anniversary year with a series of four UK concerts next month, beginning on Saturday March 20 in Manchester at the O2 Ritz, followed by The Garage in Glasgow on March 21. The following weekend, The Alarm will descend on Birmingham’s O2 Institute on March 27, before a final concert at the Electric Ballroom in London on March 29.

These concerts will be the group’s only live appearances of 2020, bringing the curtain down on an incredible two years of creativity and touring that saw the band release two new studio albums in twelve months. The critically acclaimed = Equals was released in 2018 and followed exactly one year later, by the UK No.1 Rock Album ∑ Sigma, with each release attaining excellent chart positions on both sides of the Atlantic and receiving some of best reviews the band has ever had.

In addition, Mike Peters and The Alarm have announced a unique 40th Anniversary Celebration concert to be held at St. David’s Hall, Cardiff on June 5 2021 (exactly 40 years to the day that the band performed their first ever gig as The Alarm, at the Royal Victoria Hotel, Prestatyn on June 5th 1981). The St. David’s Hall concert in Cardiff will be the finale to The Gathering 2021 which gets underway in the band’s hometown venue of Rhyl Town Hall on May 21st/22nd 2021, with lead singer Mike Peters promising to take fans on an intimate acoustic journey through four decades of Alarm music and lyrics. Incredibly, the band’s The Gathering 2021 event completely sold-out in less than two minutes when tickets went on-sale last week.

On May 23rd 2021, Mike Peters will also undertake Offa’s Dyke Rocks, an epic 177-mile/12-day Love Hope Strength fund-raising trek in support priority cancer projects.

“By hiking the twelve-day, 177-mile journey to South Wales, I will literally be linking The Alarm’s past to the present,” says Mike Peters. “Walking from the site of our first ever show to St. David’s Hall in Cardiff, where we will celebrate our official 40th Anniversary from 1981-2021.”

The first event of Mike Peters and The Alarm’s 40th Anniversary calendar year will take place in North Wales with the creation of The Alarm’s Love Hope Strength Sanctuary: “To mark the beginning of our 40th Anniversary year in January 2021, we will be holding a public ceremony and planting 40 trees at a secret location in North Wales”, reveals Mike. “I hope that the Sanctuary will become a lasting reminder of our time on Earth, a place for loved ones to gather, to celebrate and to remember the loved and the lost, and to give back to planet Earth. One tree for every event of The Alarm’s fortieth year, one tree for every year of The Alarm’s time on this planet, and one branch for every member of The Alarm Family.”

The Alarm’s Gathering 2021 40th Anniversary event, is the band’s only event planned for the UK for 2021, but there will be other unique ‘Alarm Gatherings’ taking place during The Alarm’s 40th Anniversary World Tour, ‘To The End of The Earth and Back’. The tour will take The Alarm to all seven continents where they will perform concerts in the Arctic Circle (Svalbard), a rock cruise and fundraiser in the Caribbean under the Love Hope Strength banner ‘Saving Lives at Sea’, followed by events in South and North America (including Patagonia and Hawaii), before venturing to Australia, Asia and Africa before an end of year run of Gathering weekends in Scandinavia, Italy, Holland, Germany and Belgium.

The Alarm Tickets

The Alarm come to the O2 Ritz on Friday March 20. To buy tickets, click here or call 0161 714 4140.

Further Details

For more information about The Alarm, click here.