Dire Straits:UK

Saturday 24th February 2018 @ 8PM

[£16.50 (£14.50)] Buy tickets online or [box office: 01428 642 161]

Dire Straits:UK is a brand new UK based tribute band to Mark Knopfler’s legendary Dire Straits. The band has that launched in 1977 has spawned some of the greatest loved songs of all time including Sultans of Swing, Walk of Life, the iconic Money for Nothing and the spine tingling Romeo and Juliet.

At the height of their career, Dire Straits were the biggest stadium live band in the world and their 1985 Brothers in Arms tour at Wembley and 1992 On Every Street tour were major highlights in the rock history.

Formed in 2015, 6 piece Dire Straits:UK tributes the energy and arrangements that made those live shows so iconic, bringing the feel and personality of the original band back once again to live audiences with jaw dropping accuracy.

Filling the role of Mark Knopfler is David Knight, a life-long Dire Straits fan who started playing guitar almost immediately after hearing Sultans of Swing for the first time. David’s guitar style was heavily influenced by Knopfler and he has worked incredibly hard to faithfully re-create the guitar parts and sounds synonymous with each of the songs.

Providing Chris White’s wonderful Saxophone lines, on loan from chart topping band “Madness” is Steve Turner. Steve has played with the real Madness for over 9 years and with his own Madness tribute band for 13. His love of Dire Straits attracted him to join DS:UK.

Next in the line up is Rick Benbow, who’s professional credits include touring with Jewel and arranging for Status Quo. He’s also played with nearly every major Pink Floyd tribute band in the UK!

Bass guitar is provided by Alistair Begg full time professional bassist. Al works with a number of bands including the critically acclaimed Lee Abraham Band, The Lachlan Horne band and EverClare as well as being one of the few professional Chapman Stick players in the world.

Alec Heald plays drum, who’s attention to detail brings Chris Whitten, Terry Williams and Pick Withers’ parts back to life! Alec spends his time drumming with his band the Rockhoppers and working across the South as a successful session musician.

Finally, Kata Benocz provides the rhythm guitar in her first professional role since graduating as a Master of Music in 2014.

Dire Straits:UK is a band of outstanding professional and dedicated musicians with the experience and talent to bring Dire Straits back to life with an unparalleled accuracy that will have you believing that the band has re-formed.

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