Llandudno, Wales

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Llandudno is a town in Wales which, for many years has been the home of The Gathering, the first event was 12th and 13th January 1996 when the venue was known as The Aberconway Centre

The Alarm and Dave Sharp (Solo) have played in Llandudno on a number of other occasions at various venues

(v) 20th April 1985 : Astra Theatre, Llandundo, Wales
Absolute Tour
With support from the Faith Brothers
The Alarm : Mike Peters, Dave Sharp, Eddie Macdonald, Nigel Twist, Rupert Black
Set List : One Step Closer to Home, Tell Me, Third Light, The Deceiver, Walk Forever by My Side, Vigilante Man, Deeside, Dawn Chorus, Howling Wind, Blaze of Glory, Sixty Eight Guns, Absolute Reality, The Bells of Rhymney, Room at the Top, Where Were You Hiding When the Storm Broke, The Chant Has Just Begun, The Stand, Unbreak the Promise

An extra date added to the original tour and the first time The Alarm had played in North Wales since the 2 shows in Prestatyn and St Asaph that launched the band. This gig was a charity one in connection with Save The Children & Sudan Appeal. There is some footage of this gig that appeared on BBC2 The Old Grey Whistle Test TV show alongside an interview, this appears in the Big Night In Episode first broadcast on 13th August 2021

(Ticket sourced via John Kidd) (Cutting from Record Mirror 16th March 1985)

(v) 8th April 1991 : The Alarm – Arcadia Theatre, Llandudno, Wales
Raw Tour
With support from Looking For Adam
The Alarm : Mike Peters, Dave Sharp, Eddie Macdonald, Nigel Twist

Review from the North Wales Weekly News by Sara Taylor
* A Kind of Homecoming *
THE ALARM could have sold out the Arcadia Theatre, Llandudno twice over as an ecstatic home crowd flocked to see them on Monday night. Sceptics sniffed when singer Mike Peters declared that the “lucky few were watching a legend in the making.”But after hitting “God Save Somebody” Mr Peters, if so inclined, could have convinced every air punching rock n’ roller in the place that the Poll Tax is fair. And by “Spirit of 76” they might even have paid it. The Alarm are a professional stadium band with a predictable line in anthem rock. But it wasn’t just slick formats that cut the ice.The home crowd welcomed them back with a shake of nationalism and affection, topped off with a fat dollop of pride Showman Mike Peters gulped down the heady atmosphere and mixing nostalgia with plugs for their new album RAW shook up a spirited cocktail of hits and heartache. Pinking at an acoustic guitar he played Walk For Ever By My Side –a poignant tribute to his sister Sue, who is recovering from a brain hemorrhage. Then to a roar of approval he announced ‘RAW’, due out in a couple of weeks, is being simultaneously released in both Welsh and English, repeating the ‘CHANGE’ album experiment. The new single – title track from the forthcoming album – fitted snugly into their flexible mold combining rock lyrics and softer tones in a hit-making formula: “Let me put my arms around you…burn like fire to the bone”. A tame cover of Neal Young’s “Keep On Rocking In The Free World’ was the only crack in this well-rehearsed set. Home ground support seems guaranteed, but with a new album set for release The Alarm are facing less forgiving critics in a crowded market.As they prophetically sing in “Moments In Time’: “There won’t be any comebacks tomorrow.”

(v) 31st January 2020 : The Alarm – Venue Cymru, Llandudno, Wales
The Gathering 28 – Stream Hurricane of Change Performance
The Stream cast : Mike PetersJames StevensonSteve “Smiley” BarnardJules Jones Peters, George Williams, Dave Sharp. Narrator Simon. Leader of the “Rebecca” activists Gareth Jones (Gaz Top). The Rebecca activists included Dylan & Evan Peters, Simon & Nikki Wall, Paul “Tizzer” Tyrell

(v) 1st February 2020 : The Alarm – Venue Cymru, Llandudno, Wales
The Gathering 28
Support from Third Generation, Dave Sharp
The Alarm : Mike Peters, James Stevenson, Steve “Smiley” Barnard, Jules Jones-Peters. Special guest appearance by Gaz Top

(v) 2nd February 2020 : Love Hope Strength Foundation Walkathon, Llandudno Pier, Llandudno, Wales
A morning walk in aid of Love Hope Strength from Venue Cymru to Llandudno Pier where Mike Peters performed a short acoustic set

(v) 2nd February 2020 : Dave Sharp – Tiffany Cafe Bar, Llandundo, Wales
A Gathering Fringe Event

(Ticket and photograph provided by Lily Elsayed)

(Page updated 30/03/2022)

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