The Gathering 2015 – Tickets On Sale Now
MIKE PETERS // THE ALARM – THE GATHERING 23
Friday 30th of January, Saturday 31st & Sunday 1st February 2015
Venue Cymru, Llandudno, North Wales LL30 1BB
Tickets for Gathering 23 will stay the same as G22 and priced at £75 (plus £3 booking fee).
NB: All applicants who book within the first 30 days will qualify for a free download code to an exclusive Mike Peters radio session featuring four previously unreleased tracks taken from the ’21 Songs’ Concert at Glyndwr University that was originally broadcast in 2009 for Shake N Stir / Calon FM. (The download code will be included in the email receipt sent in response once a Gathering ticket purchase has been made).
NB: A limited allocation of child tickets (under 16) will also be available in store
THE GATHERING – Celebrating 30 years of Strength 1985 – 2015
The long running history of the Gathering continues on January 30th 2015 when Mike Peters hosts The Gathering 23 at Venue Cymru, Llandudno, Wales.
From Strength to Strength.
The Gathering 23 will feature a full itinerary of exciting events throughout the duration of the weekend. Building on the success of last years event (which featured a four hour ten minute headline set from Mike Peters and The Alarm), everything will once again happen ‘under one roof’. Hotel accommodation will be available to book at our popular Gathering accommodation link and tailored to suit each and every individual, according to taste and budget.
The weekend itinerary will be as follows:
Friday January 30th – RED POPPY STAGE
Mike Peters & Band – Acoustic in the Round
LOVE HOPE STRENGTH STAGE
Midnight Special with special guest.
Saturday January 31st – LOVE HOPE STRENGTH LOUNGE
11:00 Guitar Masterclass with Mike Peters performing ‘Stength’.
12:00 Alarm Mastermind
14:00 Very Special Event to be announced.
21st CENTURY STAGE
Mike Peters And The Alarm In-Concert
LOVE HOPE STRENGTH LOUNGE
The Aftershow with DJ Joe Rebel (Phonic FM) and a guest slot by Mike Peters
Sunday February 1st – LOVE HOPE STRENGTH LOUNGE
Love Hope Strength Walkathon
Sunday morning communal sing-a-long with Mike Peters to the end of the beautiful Victorian pier and back.
Signing / photo session with Mike Peters in the Love Hope Strength Lounge.
The Gathering 23 – Celebrating 30 years of Strength 1985 – 2015
Review of Gathering 22 2014.
Fans came from all over the world, some travelling from as far away as Kuala Lumpur, South America, USA, Australia, Scandinavia, Holland, France, Italy, Germany and all parts of Britain to take part in the annual weekend celebration of all things Mike Peters and The Alarm.
The Gathering began early on Friday night and featured a 2:45 hour set by Mike Peters that began with a debut of the soon to be released ‘Declaration 2014’ album. Mike Peters was joined by world class drummer and multi-instrumentalist Smiley (who has played with both Robbie Williams and Joe Strummer), and the two took the sound of The Alarm back to its original folk acoustic punk roots with a banging set of early Alarm classics that had the audience enraptured by the new modern vintage sound that left fans filled with excitement about the prospects for the new release and upcoming ‘Declaration Tour’ which is on the verge of being a complete sell out.
For the finale the two were augmented by the full Alarm 5 piece line up, James Stevenson (The Cult), Craig Adams (The Mission), and Mark Taylor (Simple Minds), for a closing ‘Sixty Eight Guns’, performed for the 21st Century in a style that no one anticipated. It was like the White Stripes, Bob Dylan and The Clash all thrown into one stupendous mix called The Alarm 2014. There was still more to come as Mike Peters made an emotional dedication to the doctors and nurses of the Alaw Unit, Ysbyty Gwynedd and the North Wales Cancer Treatment Centre in Glan Clwyd hospital and principally Dr. David Edwards. Dr. Edwards who is the Haematologist responsible for keeping Mike Peters alive through 18 years since he was first diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma and again with Leukaemia in 2005. As a show of appreciation Mike invited Dr. Edwards on to the stage where he was presented with a cheque for £40,000 to help with improvements to the cancer facilities in North Wales. All the funds were donated and raised through the Love Hope Strength Foundation (formed by Mike Peters and his wife Jules in 2007) as the catalyst for the annual Snowdon Rocks event which is populated by local supporters and Alarm fans who follow Mike to the top for an acoustic concert on the summit once a year.
The evening finished with a mass sing-a-long of the charity’s theme song ‘Love Hope and Strength’.
The energy of the Friday spilled into the Saturday morning where Mike Peters treated the fans to a Masterclass on how to play the song ‘Marching On’ from the original ‘Declaration’ album which was released 30 years ago on February 13th 1984. A lot of fans had brought guitars with them in the hope that they would get to play with their hero in the way Mike had played with Bruce Springsteen in New Jersey the week before and they were not disappointed as Mike invited them all up on to the stage to perform an impromptu version with guitars held high in the air in true Alarm style.
Mike Peters also made an announcement about the Love Hope Strength next international fund raising initiative to the Holy Land to support an under-funded Arab bone marrow donor registry that is dedicated to saving lives all across the Middle East. The Hadassah Arab registry is spearheaded by a lone woman named Dr. Amal Bishara who has managed to build bridges to peace in the region by inspiring people to overcome their fear and sign up to become potential life saving donors. The Hadassah registry is a non political organisation that takes in cancer patients for all countries in the Middle East.
Mike was also able to break the news that the Love Hope Strength ‘Get On The List’ campaign, which can successfully sign people on to the registry up the increased age of 55, has found its first lifesaving match, with an as yet unnamed person (who signed up in late 2013), already in London being prepared to help save a persons life. Mike took the opportunity to thank local MP’s Chris Ruane (Denbighshire), and Mark Tami (Deeside), for their support in helping make this change to the age restrictions a reality for the UK. In America the Love Hope Strength Foundation, which has been signing up people from 18-55 for that last few years has registered over 58,000 people and found close to 800 potentially life saving matches.
The Saturday night was no less emotional as Mike Peters led the Alarm and the fans on a 4 hour 5 minute rock and roll roller coaster ride go high drama, intensity, humour and inspiration. There were so many highlights; Mike Peters even had the audacity to begin with ‘Sixty Eight Guns’ proving that the catalogue of this singer-songwriting-guitarist-frontman is as strong as any artist currently performing in the 21st Century. The evening was divided into 2 halves and the first set closed with a version of the evergreen ‘Where Were You Hiding When The Storm Broke?’ which culminated in an explosion of playing cards that filled the room from floor to ceiling as the fans came together with the band as one.
After a 15 minute break (during which water was handed out to members of the audience to preserve their stamina for the closing stages), the band roared back on to the stage and showered the event with a greatest hits package of Alarm classics. Mike and the band took a moment to sit down at the front of the stage and perform an intimate acoustic set which was enhanced by keyboard player Mark Taylor’s accordion playing and guest Juilan Jackson on violin.
It was refreshing to see the band and the audience sharing some great humoured banter that reflects the long standing nature of the unique rock and roll relationship. It wasn’t long before the band and the entire audience were back on its feet again, rocking as if their lives depended on it which was quite literally true for the next guest Dave Spragg. Dave is an Alarm fan going through the fight of his life after being recently diagnosed with bowel and liver cancer. Dave Spragg was invited to join the band on stage after writing a highly personal account of his struggle on the Alarm’s social media pages. It’s this sort of human touch that makes Mike Peters and the Alarm so respected and beloved in the rock and roll community at large. The fans all knew the significance of this remarkable gesture and the venue literally shook with emotion, there wasn’t a dry eye in sight.
From one emotional high to another it just kept coming and during ‘One Guitar’ Mike Peters invited his own children Dylan and Evan to join him onstage with a host of children from Ysgol Dewi Sant in Rhyl. The future of rock and roll was there for all to see and hear in this most touching of moments. The anthemic ’45 RPM / ‘Free Rock and Roll’ burst from the speakers sounding so fresh and powerful amplified by the fact that both songs are the inspiration behind the ‘Vinyl’ movie which was shot in North Wales to critical acclaim and is currently premiering on British Satellite TV.
The last song of the night was ‘Blaze Of Glory’ and every single person singing knew that they had just witnessed something special. Mike and The Alarm had been on stage for over four hours but the time had flown and it was hard to believe what had just taken place. A one off – yes! A legend – a certainty and that was still not the end.
At 11 o’clock on Sunday morning it seemed like the entire Gathering community spilled out on to the promenade of Llandudno and at the end of the Victorian pier an outdoor concert broke out with Mike Peters singing solo under the North Wales sunshine, singing his heart out once again and reaffirming in all of us who took part in this incredible weekend, the power of rock and roll and now through the Love Hope Strength of Mike Peters and his audience, it now has a new mission to ‘save lives one concert at a time’.
Photos from The Gathering 22 are available to view here:
Friday – Rehearsals and evening concert with Mike Peters – PHOTOS or SLIDESHOW
Saturday Daytime – Masterclass, Mastermind Quiz, Q&A, Setup – PHOTOS or SLIDESHOW
Saturday Night – The Alarm – PHOTOS or SLIDESHOW
Sunday – LHS Walkathon – PHOTOS or SLIDESHOW