Mark Knopfler, one of the most critically and commercially successful artists of all time released his ninth studio album, Down The Road Wherever last year, and has always viewed touring as an integral part of the process of releasing an album, , going from song writing through recording and ending up on the road performing old and new songs.

Says Mark, “My songs are made to be performed live. I love the whole process of writing them alone and then recording them with the band, but ultimately the best part is playing them to an audience live. I enjoy the whole circus, travelling from town to town and interacting with this group of players is a total pleasure. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Knopfler, who recorded ‘Down The Road Wherever’ in his west London studio, British Grove, will be performing on tour with an expanded ten-piece band most of whom have been working with him for more than two decades; Guy Fletcher (keyboards), Richard Bennett (guitar), Jim Cox (piano), Mike McGoldrick (whistle and flute), John McCusker (fiddle and cittern), Glenn Worf (bass), Danny Cummings (percussion) and Ian Thomas (drums). New additions will be Graeme Blebins (saxaphone) and Tom Walsh (trumpet).

Hailed as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Mark Knopfler has sold in excess of 120 million albums across his Dire Straits and solo career, and many of his songs have become standards, including Money For Nothing, Sultans Of Swing, Romeo & Juliet and Walk Of Life. He has released eight solo albums as well as recording Neck And Neck with guitar great Chet Atkins, and collaborated with Emmylou Harris on All The Roadrunning.

Knopfler was made an OBE in 1999 and was given the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ivor Novellos in 2012.



Date Venue
Sat 18th First Direct Arena Leeds
Sun 19th Metro Radio Arena Newcastle
Tue 21st Royal Albert Hall London
Wed 22nd Royal Albert Hall London
Fri 24th 3Arena Dublin
Sun 26th SSE Hydro Glasgow
Tue 28th O2 Arena London
Wed 29th Manchester Arena
Thu 30th Resorts World Arena Birmingham

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