The Dire Straits Experience is a fantastic night out, faithfully reconstructing some of the great compositions of rock music.

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The Deer Johns approached this performance as a chance to indulge in some high-spirited fun and gave the assembled crowd a more than generous opportunity to sing and dance, and relive the rock and roll abandon of their suburban youth.

Knopfler, who was always the least fashionable of rock stars, is only interested in producing the kind of music he wants to make. In this respect he is reflected in the character in “Skydiver” who sings ‘I don’t give a damn about a thing’. In an era dominated by manufactured music this is a refreshing approach, and has culminated in one of Knopfler’s best solo albums.