Extract from the Evening Argus Wednesday 3 July 1985   

‘Superb Mark plays it Strait’

Dire Straits are not an easy band to write about. They do not go in for funny haircuts or cheap publicity stunts.

What they do is produce some of the most exciting, interesting and challenging music currently available – as the capacity crowd at the Brighton Centre were delighted to discover last night.

The Band, which first came to light in 1977 with the classic rock single ’Sultans of Swing’, is led by Mark Knopfler, a balding 35 years old, ex-teacher and journalist who doesn’t like giving interviews. 

He didn’t say much to the capacity crowd, preferring instead to play them the sort of songs they had come to hear.

Overall, the gig was a triumph over the sort of hype that has become almost indispensable part of recent extravaganzas.

Perhaps with Knopfler around – pop music isn’t in such dire straits, after all.

Susie from Brighton remembers…

Called the Brighton Centre to book tickets for some reason I had Duran Duran in my head and was told they had no concerts booked. Not realising my stupidity for a few days, when I called back it was too late all the tickets were sold out.

We ended up having to drive to Shepton Mallett, Somerset to see them Friday, 13 December 1985. It was an amazing experience the concert took place in what appeared to be a huge cowshed which was very very hot. They were brilliant well worth the drive.