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Monday, June 5, 2017


(Barry Thomson , Dawn Selby, Shaun Dragt, Mali Sewell & Jason Andrew)

Back at Rhumbelow Theatre by popular demand, The Reals - featuring Barry Thomson , Dawn Selby, Mali Sewell, Jason Andrew & guest guitarist Shaun Dragt – will pay tribute to the music of Mark Knopfler and his band Dire Straits.

Dire Straits was a British rock band formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar) and his younger brother David Knopfler. Their sound was influenced by a variety of musical styles including jazz, folk and blues, and contrasted with the prominence of punk rock during their early years. Their more conventional sound appealed to modern audiences weary of the overproduced stadium rock of the 1970s.

Dire Straits' fifth album Brothers in Arms, released in May 1985 was their highest-selling studio album with sales of over 30 million. It was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the first compact disc to sell a million copies, helping to popularize the CD format. It was one of the first albums recorded on digital equipment and the title track is reported to be the world's first CD single. In August 1986, the song which launched MTV Europe was another Knopfler hit Money for Nothing and featured Sting in a cameo vocal role.

To date, Dire Straits have sold in excess of 120 million albums and this show features a selection of their hit songs including, Brothers in Arms, Walk of Life, So Far Away, Sultans of Swing, Romeo and Juliet, Tunnel of Love, Private Investigations and Money for Nothing.

Shows take place on June 9 and 10 at 20h00 and June 11 at 14h00 and 18h30. The venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner.

Tickets R150 (R130 pensioners and tables of eight or more).

Take along food picnic baskets. Braais will be available. There is limited secure parking and booking is essential. A cash bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). Rhumbelow Durban is situated at 42 Cunningham Road off Bartle Road in Umbilo.

Booking is through Computicket or contact Roland (also for large group bookings of 20 or more), on 082 499 8636 email or