2018 News

Local Hero musical presale

April 19, 2018

Fans are being given the opportunity to purchase tickets for the Local Hero musical 24 hours before they go on general sale to the public: for The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, on 30 April at 10 am.

Update: June 25, 2018
The Old Vic Season 4 will now be announced for sale in two parts. Part 1 including shows up to January 2019 will go on sale Tuesday 26 June. The remainder of the Season, including Local Hero, will go on sale later in the year. Sign up here for more info: https://www.oldvictheatre.com/register

A special booking code will be required for you to be able to take part in this presale. A newsletter has been sent to all fans on the markknopfler.com mailing list. Fans not yet on the list can opt-in to receive the Local Hero ticket offer by joining the mailing list here and checking the box beside “Local Hero”.

Marcus Cliffe – solo album

March 24, 2018

Although he has played with a number of major artists and more recently is performing as bass player with The Manfreds, many of you will remember Marcus as the bass player with the Notting Hillbillies. Despite his busy schedule Marcus has found time to record his first ever solo album and he isn’t playing bass, he’s on guitar. Titled Heard the album comes out March 26th and will be available to download here.

Local Hero Musical

February 3, 2018

Bill Forsyth’s 1983 film Local Hero is set to become a stage musical. Mark has been busy writing the music and lyrics for the show scheduled for a world premiere at Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre in 2019 before transferring to the London stage at The Old Vic.

You Don’t Want To Get You One of Those

January 12, 2018

Mark joins Tommy Emmanuel on You Don’t Want To Get You One of Those taken from Tommy’s latest album Accomplice One to be released on the 19th of January. The song was written by Mark and recorded at his British Grove London studio.

Tommy says:

“When I approached Mark Knopfler about playing on my album, he told me he would love to but it has to be one of his songs and ‘none of that fast shit.’ I immediately concurred, as I love all his compositions. I made my way to his studio in London and we sat down with our acoustic guitars and he sang me the song. It’s brilliantly written, and honestly and humbly performed. We recorded it like a performance, playing and singing in the same room. We purposely left it raw and didn’t try to polish it up. It was a great experience for me to be directed by such an accomplished artist as Mark.”

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

December 12, 2017

Dire Straits to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The induction ceremony is scheduled for Cleveland, Ohio, on April 18, 2018.

Starcards Xmas Auction 2017

December 2, 2017

The two Mark Knopfler Starcards featured in the 2017 Starcards Celebrity Signatures Xmas auction raised a combined total of £500. All proceeds from the Starcards auction go to London’s Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.

Thanks to all bidders and congratulations to the lucky winners.



Farewell to Fats Domino

October 26, 2017

Farewell to Fats Domino, one of the great rock ’n roll pioneers.  Fats Domino was playing boogie woogie piano long before that music was given the ‘rock ’n roll’ name.  His songs are classics which influenced dozens of artists.  He will never be forgotten.  MK       

Mark on new Tommy Emmanuel CD

October 21, 2017

Mark is among the guest artists featured on Accomplice One, Tommy Emmanuel’s new album. Mark and Tommy perform together on a track written by Mark called You Don’t Want To Get You One Of Those.

Accomplice One is scheduled for release January 19th, 2018, on CGP Sounds