News Archives: 2016

Compiled by Terry Kilburn

Dan Auerbach Enlists Mark

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.


MK on BBC Radio 2, Dec 29

Check out ‘Johnnie Walker meets ….. Mark Knopfler’, BBC Radio 2, 5 pm GMT  December 29th.


Declaration against online ticket touts

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.


Soundwaves Art

Mark’s “Romeo and Juliet” is seen here as Soundwaves Artwork, created by artist Tim Wakefield whose work has been described as “a truly unique visual expression of sound.” Wakefield created the piece by digitally manipulating, shaping and colouring the sound waves from the studio recording of the song.


The limited edition prints on canvas, all signed by Mark, are available now as part of Soundwaves Art: Icons of Music 2016 Fundraiser. Proceeds will benefit the incredible War Child UK, an organization that works to alleviate the suffering of innocent children affected by conflict around the world.


Bap’s last interview

Tune in tonight (between UK 8pm – 10pm) to BBC Radio Ulster to listen to Bap Kennedy’s very last interview, recorded a month before his passing, with Ralph McLean. Also available for 30 days afterwards.


Gibson MK Les Paul: hand-signed

Coming soon. Created by Gibson Custom and Mark Knopfler. 50 hand-signed.



Starcards Xmas Auction 2016 – Update

Here is the MK item in this year’s Starcards Xmas Auction. All proceeds go to London’s Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.

Sold for £261. Thanks to all bidders and congratulations to the lucky winner.





Today Only – Save 15% on bracelets/pendants

15% OFF 11/14/16 only. Grab a bracelet or pendant crafted from strings used and donated by Mark Knopfler. Profits to benefit Robyn Charitable Trust. Only from @WearYourMusic. Shop now at:





Leonard Cohen

“So sad to hear of the passing of Leonard Cohen – thank you for so many years of music and for your enormous contribution to the world of song” – MK


Bap Kennedy

Bap Kennedy passed away from cancer on the 1st of November.

“This is such sad news. Bap was an extremely talented and committed songwriter who applied himself to his craft at all times. I have nothing but happy memories of our days and nights in the studio and out on the road.”  MK