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Friday, October 16, 2015


(Mel Botes)

Fans of Dire Straits should make sure not to miss the one-night-only performance of Sultans Of Swing at The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway on October 17, sandwiched between two Rugby World Cup quarter-finals!

For the past eight years, multi-talented musician and master guitarist Mel Botes has tantalised audiences all over South Africa with his critically acclaimed musical performances in his series of Pink Floyd tribute shows. Audiences and critics agree that he has mastered the complexity and density of the Floyd in a way that none of the other tribute shows have achieved.

Now, by popular demand, he is presenting the next chapter in this remarkable series of stage productions with the long awaited Sultans of Swing - A Tribute to Dire Straits. Featuring the same pin-point accuracy in his playing, the same acclaimed band and the same delightful Botes touch, this show promises everything audiences have come to expect from the virtuoso. As in the case of his previous shows, Sultans Of Swing features an overview of the complete anthology of the band and its enigmatic front man, Mark Knopfler.

The well-known Dire Straits songs include Money For Nothing; Walk Of Life; Calling Elvis; Telegraph Road; Private Investigations; Romeo And Juliet and the hauntingly beautiful Brothers In Arms to name but a few. This list of box office hits is augmented by a selection of other stunning Dire Straits songs in the show that include the popular The Man’s Too Strong as well as Knopfler’s best solo tunes including Darling Pretty and Sands Of Nevada.

The show follows the careers of Knopfler and the band and portrays it in an original and entertaining way to the backdrop of visual material and the spectacular use of lights on stage.

Sultans Of Swing will start at 19h00 and The Barnyard will offer added value to those attending by screening the two Rugby World Cup quarter-finals on their big screen on either side (17h00 and 21h00) of the show.

Tickets R150 pp and for bookings and enquiries, phone The Barnyard Theatre on 031 566 3045 or visit For further information e-mail or visit