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Alarm star goes back to college
Mike Peters
Peters still lives in north Wales with his wife and child
It may not quite be Glastonbury or the Reading Festival, but Alarmstock is becoming a fixture in the rock calendar.

The second Alarmstock - an acoustic celebration of Welsh rock band The Alarm - is being held in Wrexham at the weekend, starring frontman Mike Peters.

People are travelling from as far as New York to NEWI College, Wrexham, for an event dubbed Alarmstock Two.

The event will include screenings of classic Alarm concerts.

Over the weekend, Peters, who comes from Rhyl, will perform songs from all four decades of his music career.

There will be screenings of classic Alarm concerts in the lecture theatre, and Peters will also spend time trying to meet as many fans as possible.

We always have a great rapport with Wrexham people
Mike Peters

Peters says his fans are very important to him and his website still receives 150 e-mails a day from all over the world.

"We've always had a communicative side as a band...we always describe our fans as being part of the family," he said.

Peters plans to play eight acoustic sessions and Saturday evening will feature a performance with Big Country guitarist Bruce Watson.

On Sunday evening, Peters, who still lives in Denbighshire, will be reunited with original Alarm guitarist Dave Sharp.

Peters also stages an electric version of the event in January, which has already sold out.

"The Gathering event has become quite a massive event," he said.

"And this is the second year we've had Alarmstock, and we always have a great rapport with Wrexham people."

Good year

It has been a good year so far for the star - one of Wales' top figures in the music industry.

In February, The Alarm celebrated a return to the singles charts after a 15 year absence with the hit 45RPM.

The ageing group substituted a teenager Chester rock band in the single's accompanying video - just to prove how much image affected sales.

And in February he was also honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the Welsh Music Awards.

And in March, he came 11th in a Welsh assembly government-backed online poll of the top Welsh heroes.

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