Compiled by Terry Kilburn

Bravehearts MK watch auction

Thursday, March 9, 2017


Mark Knopfler and renowned horologist Michael English have come together to auction six watches to raise money for Bravehearts of the North East. Mark is the Patron of the children’s charity which is based in the North East of England and was founded to recognise the exceptional courage shown by children who are battling illness or adversity. Parents, nurses, friends and family are able to nominate children so their courage can be recognised. This happens at special awards ceremonies where the children are rewarded by receiving a Bravehearts crystal and a gift of their choice.

The watches are detailed below


  1. TAG Heuer Kirium chronograph. This is Mark’s personal property and will come with a TAG Heuer box signed by Mark.


  1. IWC vintage watch. This again is Mark’s personal watch. The watch will be auctioned with a signed strap.


  1. Lum-Tec watch. limited edition number 1 of 50. The strap signed by Mark.


  1. Lemania vintage military watch. The strap signed by Mark.


  1. Hamilton vintage General service military type watch. The strap signed by Mark.


  1. Hamilton vintage military watch. The strap signed by Mark.


The auctions will commence on E-bay on March 16th and finish on March 26th. Bravehearts receives a flood of applications each year for children between the ages of 5 and 15 years to become a Braveheart. Our annual fundraising events, and support from our sponsors and volunteers, means that every penny we raise goes directly to the deserving children.

Inspired by one amazing young girl, Bravehearts continues to put smiles on the faces of really courageous children throughout Northumberland, Durham, North Yorkshire, Tyne and Wear, Cleveland & Cumbria.

Dan Auerbach Enlists Mark

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Black Keys front-man, Dan Auerbach, will be releasing his as yet untitled second solo album in the Spring. Mark plays on a track called Shine on Me.

Declaration against online ticket touts

Monday, December 5, 2016

Declaration against online ticket touts

Industrial-scale online ticket touting is ripping off fans. It is also hugely damaging to artists at all levels of their careers and to music businesses across the board.

Because UK consumer law is not currently enforced, touts can act with impunity and under the cloak of anonymity: hacking into online ticketing systems, scalping inventory, inflating prices and profiteering via under-regulated resale sites.

We urgently need Government to address these failings and make legislation effective for the digital age.

It is also imperative that music businesses show leadership and do everything they can to grow the primary market, and to help fans buy or exchange tickets at their face value.

As supporters of the FanFair Alliance we will:

•Take measures that ensure ‘primary’ tickets reach true fans. Fans should pay no more than the original face value price.

• Require that primary ticket sellers take all possible measures to keep inventory away from resale websites that support pricing above face value.

• Require that primary ticket sellers monitor sales ledgers for signs of activity by touts, and cancel those transactions accordingly.

• Support progressive technology that aims to boost primary sales, promote face-value-only ticket exchange or reduce the activities of touts.

• Support pro-consumer legislation that will regulate the practices of secondary ticketing platforms and force them to show corporate responsibility.