Welsh rock icons The Alarm are set to release their first studio album in eight years later this month.

Frontman Mike Peters, who lives in Dyserth with wife Jules and sons Dylan and Evan, will return with the band to birthplace of Cardiff for the launch of Equals on Friday, June 29 at 5.30pm.

The new record marks the latest chapter in a magical musical journey, began in Rhyl in 1981, which has seen The Alarm sell six million albums and produce 17 top-50 singles in the UK, as well as opening for the likes of U2 and Bob Dylan.

Equals will encompass a strong emphasis on the personal journey Mike has been on in recent years, including living with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma for more than 20 years and wife Jules' successful battle with breast cancer, featured in the 2017 BBC documentary Mike and Jules: While We Still Have Time.

Although this is the band's first album since 2010's Direct Action, the release will add to Mike's packed calendar.

The Alarm welcomed fans to Llandudno for three days of music at 'The Gathering' in February, while Mike played Newport, London, New York and Los Angeles in 24 hours in April for Record Store Day – all while filming follow up BBC documentary, The Next Step.

In March dates in Germany on The Alarm's European tour had to be cancelled after Mike suffered an allergic reaction in Hamburg but the tour will resume tonight in Amsterdam, before heading back to Germany later this week.

The band will then head to Cardiff 's Queen Street HMV for the album launch, which is restricted to customers purchasing the album in any format in person from the store on the day.