Category Archives: 2013

GOSH StarCards Christmas auction

Mark is again lending his support to help raise funds for London’s Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital (GOSH). You could be the lucky winner of this fabulous signed Mark Knopfler display on offer in this year’s StarCards Christmas auction.


Auction is now closed.


One Week Only: Save 10% on a Mark Knopfler Guitar String bracelet

For the next week, Wear Your Music is offering fans the chance to save 10% on a Mark Knopfler Guitar String Bracelet, made from guitar strings personally donated by Mark himself. To take advantage of this offer, simply enter the code TICKETTOHEAVEN at checkout. Offer ends next Thursday, November 14.


Dire Straits: Studio albums box set

Formed in 1977, Dire Straits, led by Mark Knopfler, were one of the iconic groups of the late 20th Century. Scheduled for release from the 25th of November, 2013, THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1978 – 1991 brings together all six of the band’s studio albums.


All albums have been re-mastered for vinyl by Bob Ludwig, cut at Bernie Grundman’s and pressed at Pallas, Germany on beautiful 180gm vinyl. The CD running order with full length versions of the tracks have been restored to Brothers In Arms, now presented as a 2xLP set, as well as a double vinyl of On Every Street. With all original artwork restored, the six albums are packed in a handsome box set slipcase. All come complete with download cards and are available as a strictly limited edition.


Performance of Tierra in London

On September 24th at London’s Union Chapel, Vincente Amigo will present Tierra with the original musicians from the studio recordings and from the Glasgow Celtic Connections concert. These musicians inlcude, from Mark’s band, Guy Fletcher, Mike McGoldrick and John McCusker, plus former band member, Danny Cummings.

Video from Glasgow concert

Tickets for the Union Chapel performance


InTheStudio, 35th anniversary of the release of the first Dire Straits album

North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands is currently celebrating the 35th anniversary of Dire Straits’ debut album. Among other things, in his interview with Redbeard, Mark tells how Sultans of Swing evolved from a tune played on a National guitar to a very different tune played on a Strat.

InThe Studio interview stream


Additional Oakland date

Due to over-whelming demand for tickets, Mark will play a second date at the Fox Theater, Oakland, CA, on October 28th. The presale for this additional show will commence at 10 am PDT on Tuesday, 3rd September. Full details on the tour page.


Steve Phillips – North Country Blues

Acclaimed as possibly his best album yet, Steve Phillips has released a new CD titled North Country Blues. The album, featuring Steve’s band, The Rough Diamonds, has fifteen tracks including four of Steve’s own compositions among which is the wonderful Bad Water Rising which Steve wrote in the wake of the tragic devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

download the album

Steve Phillips - North Country Blues


Mark announces four US tour dates

During October Mark and his band will perform four concerts in support of the long-awaited US release of Privateering.

Oct 23 – Terrace Theater, Long Beach, CA

Oct 25 – Pearl Concert Theater, Las Vegas, NV

Oct 26 – Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles, CA

Oct 27 – Fox Theater, Oakland, CA PRE-SALES – SOLD OUT

General on-sales


Pussy Riot – Mark’s letter in conjunction with Amnesty International

Pussy Riot - Mark's letter in conjunction with Amnesty International

Dear Masha and Nadia,

As the one-year anniversary of your trial approaches, I’m writing to assure you that, around the world, people are both still thinking of you and working for your release. Although you were the most visible of the protesters, we know also that there were many other young people who have suffered in the protests,about whom we are also very concerned. But, in many ways, through your imprisonment, you have come to represent them.

Many artists voiced their concern when these … charges were first brought against you, we had every hope that the authorities, in dealing with you, would show some understanding, a sense of proportion, even some of the wonderful Russian sense of humour, but none of the above were forthcoming.

The impact of your shockingly unjust trial and imprisonment has spread far and wide. Especially among your fellow artists, musicians and citizens around the world, including the many parents who feel your anguish at being separated from your children. While understanding the sensitivities of protesting in a place of worship, we ask that the Russian authorities review these harsh sentences, so that you may return to your children, your families and your lives.

The right to freedom of expression and dissent is a legitimate one and essential in any kind of democracy. You have been accused of what could be described as ‘a victimless’ crime, but in our opinion, in a just society, there can be no crime where there is no identifiable ‘victim’.

Your strength, bravery and fearlessness are an inspiration to us all.

Yours in solidarity,
Mark Knopfler


Mark signs with UMG

After 35 years Mark’s association with Warner Bros has come to an end and he has signed a new distribution deal with Universal Music Group. Mark’s latest album, Privateering, will now be released in North America on Verve Records on the 10th of September.

Official Press Release