Compiled by Terry Kilburn

Friends of Mark: December Discount Offers


Outside Night Hires

If like Mark, you fancy making your very own gin, visit The Portobello Road Gin Distillery in Mark’s old neighbourhood of Notting Hill, London, where the highly acclaimed Ginstitute experience awaits. Learn about the chequered history of gin, how its made, and ultimately make your very own recipe to take home, all with cocktails in hand. Enjoy an exclusive 10% off The Ginstitute experience when you buy in conjunction with Mark’s Local Heroes gin, using the code: MKGIN10 

(Code valid until 31st December 2020)


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You can also receive 20% off all tonics, including Pedrino, when you purchase a bottle of Local Heroes No. 3 using the code: MKTONIC20

(Code valid until 14th December 2020) 

*Please note: only one code can be used per transaction.


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D’Addario are the leading manufacturers of high quality musical instrument strings and accessories, and have been Mark’s go-to choice for guitar strings for over 30 years.

‘I always use D’Addario strings on everything, acoustic and electric. In 30 years I’ve never had a bad string on a guitar.’ – MK

They have set up a code for Mark’s fans for 25% off everything on site, plus free shipping on orders over $50/£50 – just enter the code KNOPFLER25 at checkout.

(Code valid until 18th December 2020 in the US and UK only)


Sheet Music Direct

An extensive range of Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits sheet music is available to help you learn to play your favourite songs at home via Sheet Music Direct, where you can instantly download to print, or view on your computer, tablet or phone.

Enter the code MARK20 at checkout to receive a 20% discount on your order.

(Code valid until 18th December 2020. Not valid in Germany/Austria.)


Mark Knopfler – The Studio Albums 1996-2007

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Mark’s debut solo release Golden Heart in 1996, a new box set, Mark Knopfler – The Studio Albums 1996-2007, will be released on 1st October Worldwide, and 10th December in the US.

The box will be released on vinyl across 11 LPs, and on CD over 6 discs, featuring Mark’s first five studio albums as a solo artist:

• Golden Heart – first time ever on vinyl
• Sailing To Philadelphia – first time ever on vinyl
• The Ragpicker’s Dream
• Shangri-La
• Kill To Get Crimson
• Plus – an exclusive bonus disc of studio b-sides from this period, entitled Gravy Train: The B-Sides 1996-2007

The audio of each album has been newly remastered by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios in London.

The LPs will be pressed on 180g black vinyl, and the box set will include a download card, plus 6 embossed art prints of each album cover.

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The CD set will come housed in a deluxe clamshell box with the CDs in wallets with folded double-sided printed inserts, plus 6 beautiful art cards of each album cover.

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New t-shirts and vinyl slip mats are also now available to pre-order exclusively from the online store.

Pre-order box sets and merchandise here:


Under The Volcano

Mark will be featured speaking about the recording of Brothers In Arms in ‘Under The Volcano’ – a new documentary about Sir George Martin’s AIR Studios in Montserrat, where some of the world’s biggest recording artists made music that defined an era.

The film will be available to rent or buy from 26th July. For more information and to pre-order, head to:

*US release date: 17th August. Australia/New Zealand: 1st September.


Streets of London Prize Draw

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Mark has donated a signed 2011 Fender Signature Stratocaster in aid of the Streets of London #ComeOnHome fundraiser. 

People experiencing homelessness are some of the most vulnerable and marginalised in our society, and the last year has been a particularly tough time for them. Centres across London are doing all they can to keep providing support despite being hard-hit by a loss of funding. By entering this special prize draw you will help raise vital funds to support homeless people.

Tickets are £5 per entry and can be purchased until Friday 25th June, worldwide. 

For more information and to purchase tickets:


Online Charity Raffles: Update

Zoe’s Place raffles – the winners

BIA half speed vinyl album signed by Mark and Guy raised
£477 for Zoe’s Place. Congratulations to winner Isabella L
from Italy.

John Illsley Gold Disc Award raised £1685 for Zoe’s Place.
Congratulations to winner Alex R from London, UK.

Special thanks to Mark, Guy and John.

100% of proceeds go to Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice,
Middlesbrough, UK.


The Princess Bride in Concert

Mark’s original score for the beloved film, ’The Princess Bride’, has been newly orchestrated and will have its world premiere on 31st July at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Performed live-to-picture by the renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic, and conducted by David Newman, this is set to be a magical evening under the stars. Tickets and information here: