The Alarm Tickets

Cardiff University Great Hall, Cardiff
Saturday 29th Jun 2019 4:00pm
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On Saturday June 29th, Mike Peters will bring The Alarm to Cardiff University for A Midsummer Gathering that will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of 'A New South Wales', and take part in a reunion with the Morriston Orpheus Male Voice Choir who also sang on the original recording.
“It’s always an immense honour for The Alarm to perform with the Morriston Orpheus”, says Mike Peters, “The times we have sung together in the past have been at some of the most profound moments in Alarm history, and the Midsummer Gathering in Cardiff on June 29th 2019 promises to be another one of those occasions”.
30 years ago, Wales was in the midst of enormous and seismic change, attempting to recover from the ravages of the 1984's miners’ strike. To understand and placate the actions being deployed in the name of Wales' birth language, Mike Peters undertook a creative song-writing journey, through the heart of Wales, which ultimately became the inspiration for The Alarm albums 'Eye of The Hurricane' (1987), and 'Change / Newid' (1989).
This unlikely journey 'upstream' into Welsh culture would also lead Mike Peters to his future wife Jules (who was studying English Literature at Bangor University), and a home country dominated by the paint spray sloganeering 'Nyd Y Cymru Ar Werth' / 'Wales is Not for Sale' of Cwmdeithas Yr Iaith Gymraeg / The Welsh Language Society . Discovering all of this would invite both questions and answers for Mike Peters who was driven to contextualise what was being revealed to him through both lyric and song, as documented in BBC Wales landmark film 'Blaze of Glory' (1989).
Then as now, Mike Peters and The Alarm were known throughout the world as an English speaking Welsh band with an enormous following, and their song 'A New South Wales', resonated most clearly with audiences at this time. Recorded in both English and Welsh - 'A New South Wales' / 'Hwylio Dros Y Mor', was recorded was produced by Tony Visconti (Bowie / T-Rex), with backing from the Morriston Orpheus on June 25th 1989 at the BBC Wales Studios, Cardiff and released as a Double A side single in early 1990. This most enduring of Alarm songs, went on to be recognised as the first ever bilingual song to reach the UK Top 40 and, by pointing Wales' past towards its future, signposted the way in which a new generation of Welsh artists could express themselves with a greater linguistic freedom.
‘A New South Wales’ was included at number 6 in a poll of Wales Greatest Songs as conducted and published by Wales Online.
6. The Alarm – A New South Wales. When Mike Peters undertook a journey of discovery around Wales it was a pilgrimage that had a profound effect on him and his music. It resulted in his band The Alarm simultaneously releasing an album in English and Welsh – entitled Change / Newid. This thunderous homage to the people of the Valleys featuring the spine-tingling accompaniment of the massed voices of The Morriston Orpheus Choir was its jewel in the crown. A rousing, passionate, political ode to Wales.

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Accessible Route - Access to the Great Hall is from Park Place. The lift is situated to the left of the Students Union steps (left photograph above). The lift is operated by inserting any card with a magnetic strip into the card reader, located on the wall, right of the lift. A specific lift card can be obtained from the Student's Union reception if required (telephone number 029 2078 1400). Exit the lift to the right and straight ahead through the automated entrance doors. Pass reception, through the double doors ahead and the lift is situated on the right. Take the lift to the first floor, exit to the right and the Great Hall is on the left.Facilities - The Great Hall has several designated spaces for wheelchair users at the front of the viewing platform.Accessible Toilets - There are accessible cubicles in the male and female toilets on the first floor. They are situated next to the I.T. shop, close to the Great Hall.


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