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Mark Knopfler announces Down The Road Wherever UK tour (2019)

Mark Knopfler

Story by Jack Foley

MARK Knopfler, one of the most critically and commercially successful artists of all time, has announced a world tour with his band in 2019.

The Down The Road Wherever tour commences in Barcelona in April, then comes to the UK with six dates in May – which includes London’s 02 Arena on May 28, 2019.

Tickets for the UK tour go on general sale from 9am on Friday, November 2.

The tour will continue all over Europe finishing in Verona in July before heading to the US through August and September.

The UK dates are (all May 2019)

18 – Leeds First Direct Arena
19 – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena
26 – Glasgow SSE Hydro
28 – London O2 Arena
29 – Manchester Arena
30 – Birmingham Genting Arena

Ticket Prices will be as follows: London O2 – £60 & £50 / All other venues – £55 & £45. The shows will have an 8pm start.

Knopfler, who will release his ninth solo studio album Down The Road Wherever on November 16, 2018, has always viewed touring as an integral part of the process of releasing an album, going from song-writing through recording and ending up on the road performing old and new songs.

He commented: “My songs are made to be performed live. I love the whole process of writing them alone and then recording them with the band, but ultimately the best part is playing them to an audience live.

“I enjoy the whole circus, travelling from town to town and interacting with this group of players is a total pleasure. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Knopfler, who recorded Down The Road Wherever in his west London studio, British Grove, will be performing on tour with an expanded 10-piece band most of whom have been working with him for more than two decades: Guy Fletcher (keyboards), Richard Bennett (guitar), Jim Cox (piano), Mike McGoldrick (whistle and flute), John McCusker (fiddle and cittern), Glenn Worf (bass), Danny Cummings (percussion) and Ian Thomas (drums). New additions will be Graeme Blebins (saxaphone) and Tom Walsh (trumpet)

Down The Road Wherever features 14 unhurriedly elegant new Knopfler songs inspired by a wide range of subjects, including his early days in Deptford with Dire Straits, a stray football fan lost in a strange town, the compulsion of a musician hitching home through the snow, and a man out of time in his local greasy spoon cafe.

Photo credit: Derek Hudson