Mike Peters first rose to prominence in the mid-80s as lead singer of the Welsh band The Alarm, leaving that group in 1991 to begin a solo career. After the infamous Brixton academy gig, he retreated to a small church in North Wales to write new material for his solo career. Over a year later he emerged, refreshed, and contacted The Alarm's fan club. He then went on tour and funded his own fan club, The MPO (Mike Peters organization), he hasn't looked back since. In 1992 he held The Gathering, a weekend long gig held in his hometown Rhyl.