My Alarm Story – Matt Brumpton

The 5th February 1984. A date I will never forget. I was playing a game of pool at the local youth club and ’Where Were

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New Releases

MPO is proud to announce the release of three brand new Mike Peters and The Alarm recordings in time for Christmas 2012. The Alarm In

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Everafter Video Shoot

Everafter – New Video

A brand new Mike Peters and The Alarm video for 'Everafter' taken from 'In The Poppy Fields Collected Works' is now available for your viewing pleasure. The film was shot in ...

My Alarm Story – Ian Carson

I first saw the Alarm live, supporting the Boomtown Rats at Leicester University in December 1982. I don’t recall the gig making that great an impression on me. I certainly ...

Photos from The Red Poppy Tour

The Red Poppy Tour has come to an end in the UK with another sell-out show and a whole range of songs being performed from the Mike Peters catalogue and ...

LHS – A New Journey

Dear All I have just come off stage in York, England having received a donation of £1799 made out to Love Hope Strength Foundation. The gentleman who climbed up onto the stage ...

Red Poppy Tour – More photos

The Red Poppy Tour has now been on the road for a month. This week Mike Peters enters the last week of the UK leg of The Red Poppy Tour, with ...

Red Poppy Tour in Norway

We are pleased to announce four shows as part of the Red Poppy Tour in Norway. The tour in Norway last year went really well and the tour diary of the ...

Liverpool Review

For those that have attended any of the shows on Mike's Red Poppy Tour, you will already know that the gigs has have been amazing, with great comments on social ...

My Alarm Story – Kevin Davies

I suppose I can safely say that my Alarm Story goes back further than most. About five years ago I learned than my parents and Mikes' used to go out ...

Photo update from The Red Poppy Tour

The Mike Peters solo acoustic Red Poppy Tour has reached the half way point of the UK leg of the tour with amazing gigs in Birmingham, Derby, Oxford, Bristol and ...

The Red Poppy Tour Continues

The Red Poppy Tour continues across the county, with the most recent shows in Wrexham, Otley, Edinburgh and Glasgow showcasing songs not played for a long time! If you get the ...

The Alarm – Vinyl Tour 2013!

Twenty First Century is proud to announce details of The Alarm 'Vinyl Tour' 2013! Read on for all the latest on Vinyl, the movie, the soundtrack album and the Tour!!! THE ALARM ...

Mike Peters in Scotland

Following on from a successful Pinktober sold out concert at Edinburgh Hard Rock last week, Mike Peters looks forward to returning to Scotland for 2 special shows in Edinburgh and ...

My Alarm Story – Paul Ure

Firstly I would like to apologise for my memory. Getting things in chronological order has never been my strong point. The years might be out but trust me this is ...

Vinyl – USA film festivals

The 'Vinyl' film is getting great press and critical response and recently won 'Best Feature' and 'Best Screenplay' awards at the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival in Hollywood. All of ...

My Alarm Story – Rob Walton

I just wanted to write and say that I have loved the music of the Alarm for a very long time. The first cassette tape I ever got (admittedly, I ...

My Alarm Story – Dave Chinery

My Alarm Story -  Dave Chinery(Chinners) My Alarm story starts back in 1985 when I stumbled across a little known Irish band called 'U2' who were beamed into my living room ...

Red Poppy Tour hits the road

The Red Poppy Tour started with bang on Friday, with packed shows in Keighley and Manchester. Click here to see photos from the shows, and check out the upcoming dates below. Nov ...

The Song That Changed My Life

The BYUtv programme  "Mike Peters- The Song That Changed My Life" is now available to watch on demand, or via the media player below. The show can now be watched direct ...

My Alarm Story – Marcus

My name is marcus, I am living near cologne/germany. in june 1984 I had a girlfriend from the North of London, she lived few years in cologne (hello Cheryl J).  it ...
Mike Peters

Red Poppy Tour – Otley SOLD OUT

Mike Peters Red Poppy Tour - Tickets selling fast! Korks Otley SOLD OUT!! As the Red Poppy Tour beckons, please be aware that tickets are selling fast and a few shows are ...

My Alarm Story – Michael Brefort

My first experience with The Alarm was at the age of 21 on German television. Since 1977 the Rockpalast, a German radio and TV driven initiative, has organized the so-called Rocknacht ...

Alarmemorablia – Gibson 335

1968 Gibson ES 335 12 string – serial number 951338 The 45RPM guitar. James Stevenson tells us the story behind the iconic Gibson guitar used on the 45RPM song. I was at a ...

My Alarm Story – Pertti Viljanen

My Alarm Story The first record I ever bought was the excellent Stray Cats first album. But the first single I bought was “The Stand” when I was 15. My friends ...
Joe Silva

Joe Silva to Support Mike Peters

Dear Alarm Community, It is with great pleasure that we introduce you to Joe Silva, who will be appearing as Special Guest on Mike Peters' forthcoming UK Red Poppy Tour. ...

The Song That Changed My Life

Here at MPO, we are delighted to share with you, a 30 second trailer for 'The Song That Changed My Life'. The episode will debut on Monday Oct 15 at 8PM & ...

Big Country Acoustic, Edinburgh, Oct 25

Big Country's Bruce Watson, Mike Peters and Jamie Watson will perform a special one-off Big Country Acoustic set in support of Hard Rock Edinburgh's Pinktober. Breast Cancer charity fundraising festival on ...

My Alarm Story – Pete Simmons

Accidently Unsafe Back in 1979 through to 1983 at school I was a massive fan of three things. West Ham United FC. 2000 AD comics and punk rock! SLF were my ...

New Tour Dates

We have five additional tour tour dates to add to The Red Poppy 30th Anniversary Tour 2012. Nov 1st Wrexham, Central Station Nov 3rd Edinburgh The Electric Circus Nov 4th Glasgow, King Tuts Nov 22nd Treorchy, Rhondda, Park ...

My LHS Story

We have a new feature on the Love Hope Strength website called My Love Hope Strength Story, we begin with Lincoln Woolsey.... Please check www.lovehopestrengthfoundation.co.uk for further stories in the near ...
Ben Nevis Rocks

Love Hope Strength and Ben Nevis

A huge thank you to all the trekkers who supported Love Hope Strength at the weekend. Following on from Snowdon the week before, Mike and over 150 trekkers climbed Ben ...

Mike rocked Solfest with Big Country!

Big Country headlined Solfest in Cumbria after a marathon weekend which involved climbing Ben Nevis, performing at Pink Pop in Holland and headlining back in England at Solfest. It was an ...

Lydia’s Mountain Challenge

Lydia, a longstanding LHS supporter, has set herself an amazing challenge this year. Read about her challenge in her own words, and if you have never donated to LHS before and ...

Ben Nevis Rocks!

This weekend sees an amazing event taking place at Ben Nevis. On Friday night the Celtic Supergroup will take to the stage at the BA Club in Fort William, featuring Mike ...

My Alarm Story – Pete Cole

My love/obsession for all things Alarm can be traced back to September 1983, when the 15 year old Pete first heard the classic ’68 guns’ on TVam just before leaving ...

Snowdon Rocked! Avebury Rocked!

Snowdon Rocked Yesterday saw Mike Peters, his family, a collection of musicians, and dozens of Love Hope Strength supporters, make the trek to the top of Mount Snowdon in Wales. The original ...

The story of LHS on CBS News

The Story of Love Hope Strength on CBS News in USA! Please take a moment to click on the link below to read all about the fantastic work of Love Hope ...

Mike & Big Country wow Cropredy!

Mike Peters and Big Country played one of their best sets ever at Fairport Cropredy Convention in Oxfordshire to a sell out 30,000 crowd on Sat, 11th August, 2012. Please click ...
Scone Palace

Scone Palace photos

The Big Country show at Scone palace last month was a fabulous event. Please check out Jules's personal facebook (Access All Areas) photos from the event on her facebook page.

Access All Eirias – Photos

The Olympic Celebration Concert, "Access All Eirias", at The Eirias stadium in Colwyn Bay, North Wales was a fantastic success. The weather, unlike at many festivals, stayed sunny, and a ...
Access All Areas

Mike Peters on the BBC

As part of the Olympic day celebrations at the Access All Eirias event in North Wales, Mike was interviewed twice for the BBC, with this segment being broadcast via BBC ...


We are adding a new section called 'Alarmemorabilia' to the web site which will feature the occasional piece about a guitar, poster or item of historic 'Alarm' clothing as demonstrated ...

Prince Andrew meets Mike Peters!

Mike meets Prince Andrew at the British Open Golf Competition at St Lytham & Annes. Prince Andrew watched Dylan and Evan in a putting competition. Maybe, the Prince will turn up at ...

Mike Peters @ Hard Rock with Big Country

Mike with Big Country had an amazing weekend at Hard Rock Calling, and had a great interview and session with Absolute Radio. photo - Absolute Radio You can listen to the session ...

Big Country to play Rewind

Big Country to perform at Rewind! Big Country are to play the Rewind Festival at Scone Palace, Perth, Scotland  on Saturday 21st July. The festival will be playing host to some of ...

Mike Peters – The Red Poppy Tour

Mike Peters of The Alarm Red Poppy 30th Anniversary Tour 2012 Mike Peters, lead singer and songwriter of internationally acclaimed Welsh band The Alarm will this year embark on a huge ...

Vinyl Premiere in New York!

Thurs July 5th - 15 Free pairs of tickets to see Vinyl Premiere in New York! Vinyl in New York! 15 Free pairs of tickets to see Vinyl in New York! MPO ...

Isle of Wight by Scoop Edwards

The Country Club reporter Scoop Edwards has been updating the Big Country website with the inside view of the Isle of Wight show. Big Country - Isle Of Wight Main Stage Big ...

Vinyl premiere in New York

Latest press news for Vinyl. More details of the New York premiere will be released soon. Online version of the article available via www.dailypost.co.uk

Isle of Wight update

News and media from the Big Country show at the Isle of Wight festival. From the manor to a mud bath! Downton's  Elizabeth McGovern takes to the stage at the Isle ...

Mike Peters in the USA – July 4th

Mike Peters in the USA - July 4th - Independence Day Concert @ Maxwells, Hoboken, New Jersey MPO is delighted to announce a special one off Independence Day Concert in New ...

Latest Vinyl Press

For the latest Vinyl / Mike Peters / Big Country piece on the WalesOnline news site, please click the link to view Mike talking about the current plans for the ...
millennium gathering

Millennium Gathering CDs unearthed!

During a recent stock search, we have unearthed a number of CD's which we had thought were out-of-print. We have now added to the store the triple CD soundtrack from the ...

Hard Rock Cafe Interview

Sarah Champion talks to Tony and Mike from Big Country before their 'Road to Hard Rock Calling' gig at the Vault at London's Hard Rock Cafe. Just prior to the intimate ...

Ask Simon and The Gathering 20

'Ask Simon', our very own Gathering concierge, reflects on the Gathering 20. Please read on and savour every moment of Simon's memories of the Gathering 20 and anticipate the excitement of G21 ...

The International Swingers

James Stevenson is out on the road again. The International Swingers are hitting the west coast of the USA for 8 shows. The International Swingers feature Clem Burke, Glen Matlock, James ...
Mark Taylor

News from Mark Taylor

Alarm keyboard wiz Mark Taylor has been busying himself of late. He has an occasional blog called Rock 'n' Roll Recipes which he would like to share, please check it out. Mark ...

Amazing Auction Prize for LHS!

Ben Nevis Rocks, Scotland and Pink Pop Festival, Holland, all in one day! This year's inaugural Ben Nevis Rocks will begin on Friday 24th August with an acoustic charity concert at ...

Acoustic Festival of Britain Photos

On Saturday 26th May, Mike Peters played a festival rousing set at the Acoustic Festival of Britain. A hot sunny afternoon in Staffordshire led to large crowds at Uttoxeter racecourse ...

Get Downton and Get With It!

This just in from Country Club Reporter - Scoop Edwards! As the summer sun beats down on the British Countryside, Big Country have been hard at it in their favoured rehearsal ...

My Alarm Story – Paul Martin

My Alarm story began in 1983. I was 15 years of age and heard this amazing song being played on Radio 1 in the UK. A couple of weeks later I got ...

Interview with James Stevenson

The 'In The Poppy Fields' blog recently did an interview with our very own James Stevenson, Click here to check it out
Andy Bubeer

My Alarm Story – Andy Bubeer

In 1984 a friend lent me an album. On the cover were four spiky-haired, punk-looking young men.  I didn’t have (nor have ever had) spiky hair. I didn’t really like ...

1st Alarm donor match for LHS

99 New Potential Life Saving Matches for Love Hope Strength! Get on the List At Love Hope Strength, we run donor drives all over the USA (and more recently we have ...

Check out the exciting news about Vinyl!

The latest news on Vinyl features in the OC Weekly in California (which is like a West Coast version of the New York Village Voice.  Read on and enjoy! Click for ...

My Alarm Story – Fabiola Leyton

My name is Fabiola I live in Santiago de Chile. I met Alarm in 1988, with Rain in the Summertime, a worldwide hit, which sounded loud in Chile at these days. ...
My Alarm Story

My Alarm Story

I'd like to introduce you to a new section of www.thealarm.com 'My Alarm Story' As part of my MPO (The Alarm Office) duties, I deal with thousands of Alarm fans from all over ...

Mike Peters appearing at M Fest

8th July 2012 www.themfest.com @TheMFEST M Fest takes place at Harewood House over the weekend of 7 and 8 July 2012. Line Up already confirmed include: Texas The Human League Bob Geldof Matt Cardle Beverley Knight From the Jam The ...

TV boss’s 1st job was Peters’ roadie

HE MAY be at the helm of the nation’s most-watched TV channel, but for the controller of BBC1 it was a Welsh rock ‘n’ roll legend who set him on ...

Mike Peters to appear at Eirias Stadium

Mike Peters to appear at Eirias Stadium, Olympic Celebration Concert, Fri 27th July 2012 Olympic Celebration Day celebrates Parc Eirias’ designation as an official community live site for the Olympic Games, ...

Isle Of Wight Festival

Mike Peters to sing with Downton Abbey actress, Elizabeth McGovern ('Once Upon a Time in America') and BIg Country at this year's Isle of Wight Festival. BIG COUNTRY TAKE TO THE ...

Big Country – Late Late Show

If you missed the band on the Late Late Show... you can watch it again here.

Gary Speed Memorial Concert

Mike Peters performed at the Gary Speed Memorial Concert at Cardiff City Stadium on Weds 29th February. It was an emotional evening with performances alongside Mike from Welsh Opera Singer, ...

Acoustic Festival of Britain

We are pleased to announce that Mike Peters has been booked to play The Acoustic Festival of Britain on Saturday the 26th May 2012 at Uttoxeter racecourse. There is a great ...

Big Country – Radio 2 play

Steve Lamacq opened his Radio 2 show with 'In A Big Country' over the weekend, also giving the tour and reissue a big plug. Tracklisting and listen again link below http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01bl4fd

Gathering 21 – Tickets Available

Tickets are now on sale for The Gathering 21. After another successful year, the buzz is already starting for next years event! Tickets can be purchased via clicking on this link to ...

James Stevenson & Willie Nile

James Stevenson is performing once again with Willie Nile on his current UK tour. The last tour was amazing and Willie and James would love to see you out on the ...

Mike’s Tour Blog

The Big Country - Crossing The Country Tour started on Friday in Manchester. Mike Peters will be keeping an ongoing tour blog, with his own view of what it's like to ...

Gathering 2011 DVD – Available Now

The brand new four disc DVD / CD set from The Gathering 2011 is out now. Exclusive to www.thealarm.com the brand new collection features the complete Alarm concert film on DVD ...

Mike’s Big Country Tour Blog 2012

During the 'Crossing The Country' tour of 2012, which celebrated 30 years since the release of The Crossing album, Mike Peters kept a personal tour diary. A brief glimpse into the ...

Gathering 20 – Official Photos

We now have the official Gathering 20 photos available to view. If you had your photo taken by the MPO photographer, it should be here somewhere. The photos cover the whole length ...

G20:Through Jules’ Eyes

Please click here for a behind the scenes look at how The Gathering weekend comes together, courtesy of Jules' iPhone Photo Diary & Personal Observations (requires facebook account).

Vinyl Rocks Santa Barbara Film Festival

The fine people at Indie Film Guru saw Vinyl at the Santa Barbara Film Festival this weekend, and they loved it! Check out the review here. There is also a nice article ...

The Gathering 20 Rocked!

A huge thanks to all who came to The Gathering 20 which is already being hailed as the best ever. Two monumental nights of music capped by a near 3 ...
Gathering 2012

Full Gathering Itinerary

The full line-up and running order for the gathering is now available on the Gathering Itinerary page. With some amazing events, and one very special event not previously released, it really ...

Gathering – SOLD OUT!!!

The Gathering is once again SOLD OUT. The past few weeks has seen a surge in orders for Gathering tickets. In such hard times, the MPO are amazed at the ...

Gathering Walkathon Hymnsheet

Please come and join Mike and the LHS team for our walkathon on Prestatyn Beach. The Hymn Sheet for this years sing-a-long is can be seen below. Please come and join us... ...
Joe Silva

Special Guest – Joe Silva

Special Guest on Sat night, Alarm fan and USA Singer Songwriter, Joe Silva from The Threats. MPO is delighted to announce the Special Guest on Sat night, Alarm fan and USA SInger Songwriter, ...

Craig Adams & Smiley Album signings

Craig Adams and Smiley will both be available for album signings after the Guitar show on Saturday morning, which will be in the LHS lounge this year. The albums are available ...

The Men They Couldn’t Hang – Interview

The MPO are pleased to announce that the latest special guests to be added to the Gathering 20 are The Men They Couldn't Hang. For more information about the band, please ...

Gathering Mastermind – Who Is Mod?

Are you the ultimate Alarm fan? Find out by joining in the ultimate Alarm Quiz. You can Email Simon to register you team name. Or catch up with Simon on Friday and ...

LHSF UK – Gathering

Love Hope Strength Foundation UK are delighted to be again hosting a stall in the LHS Lounge at the annual The Alarm Gathering 20 at Prestatyn in North Wales. Please come ...

One Night Only – Auction Closed

Gathering Special – Be a Member of The Alarm for One Night Only! **** GATHERING UPDATE ***** One night only auction has raised just under a staggering £2,000 and it was decided ...

Steve Norman – Special Guest

Steve Norman from Spandau Ballet to appear as Special Guest at the Gathering! We are thrilled that Steve can join us at The Gathering this year. Steve is multi-talented and has already ...

The man behind the (M)AskSimon

The man behind the M(AskSimon) The Gathering Concierge. You can ask him anything!! So who is this mysterious AskSimon? You send him a question about The Gathering and back comes an ...

Gathering Masterclass & Guitar Show

This year the guitar masterclass will feature the song 'One Guitar'. Although not an alarm song, the band were the first to record the song by the amazing Willie Nile, ...

The Absolute Worst

We are pleased to announce 'The Absolute Worst' as special guests at The Gathering. The band feature a certain Will Peters who could be seen as a roadie on the ...

The Last Republic

We are very pleased to announce the latest Gathering 20 support act... tour favourites from last year... The Last Republic. The Last Republic proved favourites on The Alarm tour in May and we ...
Mike at Pontins

Thursday Evening @ The Gathering

Would you to like stay on Thurs night at the Gathering....? For those of you wishing to stay at the Gathering on Thursday night, please book here.... Thurs night £10 per person ...

Smileys New Album

In between Alarm work and other projects, Smiley has been busying himself recording his own album. He's got quite a few musician friends involved and the result is now available in ...

G20 Tickets for North Wales residents

MPO is pleased to announce that 100 tickets have been released for 'locals only'  (Local North Wales postcode). Fri Night Ticket (7pm Doors)  £35 + £1 Ticket Link Sat Night Ticket (7pm ...
Trekking near Everest in Nepal

Everest Rocks II

In 2007, Love Hope Strength was born, and the first mission to improve access to cancer care around the globe was underway. Thirty-eight musicians, cancer survivors and mountaineers set off to ...

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