News Archives: March 2017

Compiled by Terry Kilburn

Mark on Dan Auerbach’s new album

Dan Auerbach is his own man.  He goes from strength to strength.  It was great to be a part of his record.  Walk on, Dan.’ MK

Mark plays on Shine On Me  the first single taken from Dan’s new solo album Waiting on a Song


Bravehearts Watch Auction – update

The Mark Knopfler charity watch auction raised over £10,000 for Bravehearts Of The North East, a not-for-profit charity which recognises courage and bravery of children of the North East of England.


A huge thank you to all those who took part and congratulations to the winning bidders.


Chuck Berry

‘We’ll all remember Chuck Berry as one of the greatest rock ‘n roll performers but he was also the greatest of the rock ’n roll writers.  Music wouldn’t have evolved in the same way without him.  Seeing him at Newcastle City Hall when I was 15 was an unforgettable experience.’  MK


FanFair Alliance Guide

Ever since the earliest days of Dire Straits, Mark has always tried to ensure that his tickets were fairly priced and ended up in the hands of genuine fans, rather than being scalped, touted or appearing on the secondary market. Over the last fifteen years the best seats in the house for a Mark Knopfler show have almost been exclusively accessed by his most ardent fans who have paid a reasonable price for their tickets.

Any artist who chooses to try and avoid the secondary market can do so. It involves time, effort and cooperation from promoters and venues but it can be done. It also involves the artist not being seduced by the additional cash that will be offered by accessing the secondary ticketing market.

FanFair Alliance has today published a new online guide offering audiences Ten Tips to successfully navigate the ticket buying process, and to reduce the risk of being ripped off by touts. This includes key information about authorised ticket sellers, about the importance of research – do not trust search engine results! – and greater awareness of the marketing practices employed by the so-called secondary ticketing websites.

The FanFair Alliance Guide offers common sense advice to ticket buyers and the more widely it is adopted, the better it will be for fans and performers. Nobody wants the front ten rows of their event to be full of super rich consumers who may or may not actually be into the music as opposed to just attending the event – MK

Download your copy of the guide here



Bravehearts MK watch auction


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.