Win tickets to Dire Straits tribute

Durban band The Reals, with guest guitarist Shaun Dragt (second left), will present a newly tweaked version of their hit show, “Tribute to Dire Straits”, from January 31

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BY BILLY SUTER      

UP FOR grabs today are two sets of four tickets to attend the opening performance, at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre, 42 Cunningham Road, Umbilo, of the newly revamped Tribute to Dire Straits by popular tribute band, The Reals.

Two SoSuterBill.com winners will each receive four tickets to the 8pm performance on Friday, January 31. More information on how to enter at the end of this story.

Running at the Umbilo Rhumbelow Theatre every Friday and Saturday at 8pm, and 2pm on Sundays, from January 31 to February 9, Tribute to Dire Straits features Barry Thomson on vocals and lead guitar, Dawn Selby on keyboards and musical arrangements, Mali Sewell on drums and Jason Andrew on bass. Shaun Dragt is a guest guitarist for this show.

The show, which will also be staged at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof after  the Durban performances, has proved very popular in recent years. It now has additional songs and some fresh audio-visual material in is 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. 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 the band’s biggest-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 popularise 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 some 120 million albums and The Reals tribute  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.  

Tickets for the show cost R160 (R140 for pensioners and students with a valid student card, first weekend only). Booking is at Computicket or by phoning Roland at 082 499 8636.

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WIN SHOW TICKETS… WIN SHOW TICKETS… WIN SHOW TICKETS

Care to put yourself in line to be one of two winners of four tickets each to the 8pm Friday, January 31, performance of Tribute to Dire Straits, by Durban band The Reals, at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo?

You simply have to be a follower of the SoSuterBill site to win.  At no cost.

If you are not already a follower, simply leave your email address in the space provided towards the end of the cover page of this site, sosuterbill.com

You will then be a follower, and receive email notification whenever I file a new story.

Once you have subscribed (there is no cost), send your NAME and PHONE NUMBER via email (NOT THIS SITE’S CONTACT FORM) to sosuterbill@gmail.com and place the words ‘DIRE STRAITS GIVEAWAY’ in the subject field. 

Note that the competition closes at 6pm on Sunday, January 26, and the winners will be contacted soon after.  (The winners were Gregory Whitehead and Tinike Blackbeard).

Also note that tickets may not be exchanged for another performance and that the prize is for tickets only (not travel and/or accommodation should this prove necessary).

NOTE: PLEASE READ ENTRY DETAILS CAREFULLY AS SOME PEOPLE ARE ENTERING COMPETITIONS INCORRECTLY.

ALSO NOTE THAT ONLY ONE ENTRY PER SUBSCRIBER WILL BE CONSIDERED.


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