Big Country ‘Steeltown’ artwork. Courtesy of UMG

Big Country to commemorate ‘Steeltown’ 40th Anniversary with Mike Peters and The Icicle Works

Captured within the walls of ABBA's famed Polar Studios in Stockholm and under the production expertise of Steve Lillywhite, Steeltown serves as a poignant mirror to the UK's Miners Strike's societal unrest
9 February 2024

Big Country is preparing to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their seminal 1984 album Steeltown, with the exceptional talents of Mike Peters from The Alarm and The Icicle Works. 

Captured within the walls of ABBA’s famed Polar Studios in Stockholm and under the production expertise of Steve Lillywhite, Steeltown serves as a poignant mirror to the UK’s Miners Strike’s societal unrest, a subject deeply personal to Bruce Watson given his father’s mining background. Created over six weeks of committed effort, the album vividly encapsulates the era’s strife and valor.

This event commemorates four decades since the release of their impactful second studio album, a landmark work that perfectly encapsulated the era’s zeitgeist and ascended to the top of the UK album charts.​ The forthcoming tour promises a journey through Big Country’s rich musical history, featuring beloved tracks from Steeltown alongside ​c​lassics like Fields of Fire and Look Away

Mike Peters, celebrated for establishing The Alarm in 1981 and achieving hits such as Sixty Eight Guns, brings his illustrious history to this event, including shared stages with legends like Bob Dylan and Neil Young. Peters’ contribution, with over 5 million records sold, adds an iconic dimension to the lineup.

The Icicle Works, significant contributors to Liverpool’s early ’80s ‘neo-psychedelia’ scene, alongside acts like Echo And The Bunnymen, also join the lineup, enriching the evening’s musical diversity.

This event is a unique gathering for fans of Big Country, The Alarm, and The Icicle Works, offering a rare opportunity to celebrate a milestone album and the enduring legacy of music that continues to inspire generations.

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