Compiled by Terry Kilburn

Tour Diary of Guy Fletcher: Rehearsals – West London – April 2019

Thursday, April 18, 2019

By: Guy Fletcher

West London, familiar and not….

Evening draws in and we make our way back to the hotel after day one of rehearsal and the band reunion. As we drive along the Westway en-route to Marylebone, I gaze at the multitudes of cranes that dot the landscape, imagining the smiling faces of investors in that industry. In 1981 I spent some time in a flat in Acton. I assumed that the area would never change, remaining a grey blob on the periphery of my mental London image. I was so wrong as the ceaseless rebuilding of London currently shows no signs of stopping here.

So, to our hosts for the past few weeks in relatively new premises far removed from the dank dungeons that we used in the 70’s and 80’s. Music Bank offers a rehearsal facility with plenty of space, natural light and an area for the welcome return of our star catering team, Chris, Steve and Dave. You’ll recognise them all as we go, maybe even some of the dishes.

The 2019 tour has been hugely anticipated by all. Here we are again, with some notable additions. Danny Cummings returns on Percussion, Graeme Blevins and Tom Walsh on Sax and Trumpet. There are so many new and interesting things to share with you. The production, the musicians, the crew, the new equipment, the new PA, new lights and yes, the food. I will get to it all once we’re moving…

Guy Fletcher’s full Tour Diary, including photos and more tour diary entries, can be found here.

Local Hero Gin

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Mark has teamed up with Portobello Road Gin to create his own special blend of gin:

Mark says “2019 is an exciting year with the launch of the Local Hero musical, a global tour and of course the launch of my new limited edition gin in collaboration with Portobello Road Gin.”

Each of the limited edition, artisan bottles made will be distilled on Portobello Road in their 400L copper alembic still King Henry, then bottled and labelled by hand. The bottle’s decorative label design was led by Mark and is inspired by his passion for guitars. On the inside label of each bottle, there is an image of Mark’s famous 1937 14-fret National Style “O” Resonator. There is also a nod to the days when Mark would sport a headband for his live performances, so each bottle comes with its own miniature version in red.

More info

Mark & Brian Johnson

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Catch Mark on Sky Arts, Friday 22nd March, 9 pm (UK time), as he guests on Brian Johnson’s A Life on the Road.

New shows at the Royal Albert Hall just announced!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Mark has announced two new shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK on May 21 and 22, 2019.

The presale for these shows begins February 4, 2019 at 10:00am GMT.

Complete details for these shows can be found on the Tour Page.

Access this presale on at the aforementioned start time by signing in to your free account now.

If you do not yet have a free account, create one here.






You can now pre-register for Mark’s newly announced shows through Fair Admission.

If we can accommodate your request, on January 31 we will email your pre-loaded shopping basket with your tickets ready for easy checkout. To ensure all emails from us land safely in your inbox be sure to add [email protected] to your address book/safe senders list. Successful Fair Admission registrants will then have until February 2 at 10:00 am GMT to complete the transaction – no rushing required.

For answers to frequently asked questions about Fair Admission, click here. For detailed Royal Albert Hall Fair Admission inventory and process details, click here. For complete tour details, visit the Tour Page.

CM Statement

Monday, January 21, 2019

“Crockford Management would urge all Mark Knopfler fans to avoid Viagogo whilst looking for tickets. They are not an official site and often put on tickets for sale that they don’t have in their possession. For more information, please see articles below.” – From Crockford Management

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