News Archives: 2020

Compiled by Terry Kilburn

Goodwood Speed Week

Mark will be performing ‘Going Home’ on Saturday 17th October at Goodwood Road & Racing SpeedWeek in honour of the late Formula One racing driver, Sir Stirling Moss. Tune into the livestream from 4:30pm BST on Saturday to watch the performance: 

For more information about the racing events and online activities across the week, go to:

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BIA at number 2

Dire Straits top selling album Brothers in Arms has been voted No2 album of the 1980s in a BBC Radio 2 listeners poll.


Dire Straits Studio Albums

This week in 1978, Dire Straits released their eponymous debut album.

To celebrate its anniversary, the official video for the album’s hit single, ‘Sultans Of Swing’, has been restored to HD. Watch the whole collection of restored Dire Straits videos on YouTube now and click to subscribe.

‘Dire Straits: The Studio Albums 1978 – 1991’ is available now as a 6CD box set and re-pressed 8LP 180-gram vinyl box set, featuring ‘Dire Straits’ (1978), ‘Communiqué’ (1979), ‘Making Movies’ (1980), ‘Love Over Gold’ (1982), ‘Brothers In Arms’ (1985) and ‘On Every Street’ (1991).

Buy Dire Straits Studio Albums

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John Illsley, guest host

John Illsley will be Tim Burgess’s special Twitter guest host @LlSTENlNG_PARTY on October 7th, 8pm (U.K. time) when the featured album will be the Dire Straits classic LP, Brothers In Arms.


Win a signed copy of STP

To celebrate 20 years since the release of Mark’s acclaimed second solo album, Sailing To Philadelphia, you can be in with a chance to win one of three CDs signed by Mark.

One entry permitted per person. The competition closes on 2nd October 2020.


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Great North Run

This year’s 40th Great North Run on Sunday 13 September is set to go virtual. Runners traditionally set off to Mark’s Going Home and he has recorded a new version especially for the occasion which participants will hear in the viRACE app. The run will be broadcast on BBC 1 TV starting at 10.30 am and will feature a performance by Mark.

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Mark is proud to support the virtual Great North Run. Good luck to everyone taking part wherever you are in the UK or around the world.

More info on the GRN


Stand By Me

Mark has joined a number of artists – collectively ‘Whispering Bob’s All Stars’ – to make a special recording of ‘Stand By Me’. Brought together by Bob Harris of Old Grey Whistle Test fame to raise funds for Help Musicians. The single will be released on the 60th anniversary of the day the original was first recorded by Ben E. King on October 27th.

Visit the Go Fund Me page to learn more about the project and donate.


Dire Straits: CD and Vinyl Box Sets

Dire Straits: The Studio Albums 1978-1991 6CD & 8LP Box Sets
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‘Dire Straits: The Studio Albums 1978 – 1991’ will be available as a 6CD box set on 9th October alongside National Album Day in the UK, featuring the multi-platinum ‘Dire Straits‘ (1978), ‘Communiqué‘ (1979), ‘Making Movies‘ (1980), ‘Love Over Gold‘ (1982), ‘Brothers In Arms‘ (1985) and ‘On Every Street‘ (1991).

Each album will include a poster with the original sleeve artwork, including lyrics and credits.

For vinyl collectors, the popular 8LP 180-gram vinyl box set has been re-pressed due to overwhelming public demand, and will be out globally on the same day including the US for the first time.

Available to pre-order now.




Peter Green

Mark pays tribute to Peter Green:-

‘I loved Peter Green’s playing from the moment I first heard him. He was one of the few greats. There’s hardly a month goes by when I don’t play a PG recording on my jukebox. He will be idolised by guitar players forever.’  MK


Something New

Something to hopefully brighten your day – Mark is a patron of Save The Waterberg Rhino who help raise awareness and support the war against rhino poaching. Recently Sophie gave birth to a strong and healthy male bull calf named Dinka, at Ant’s Nest Safari Park. 

For more information about this very worthy cause, please visit

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