• Video: Get ready for Dire Straits Legacy at Church Road today

Video: Get ready for Dire Straits Legacy at Church Road today

Music lovers are in for a treat when Dire Straits Legacy take to the stage at Church Road Winery  today.

The tour is presented by The Sound and The Breeze.

Dire Straits Legacy is a tribute band made up of former band members of the original Dire Straits.

Dire Straits Legacy is in New Zealand as part of the summer concert series, A Summer’s Day Live. Headlining alongside Dire Straits Legacy today is Scottish rock act Nazareth. Kiwi favourite Hello Sailor will support.

Express/early entry ticket holders and VIP opens at 4pm, while gates open for general admission at 4.30pm. The concert is expected to go until 10.30pm.

There is street parking available, but none on site.

There are no buses to the event. Recommended Taxi companies - Hawke’s Bay Combined Taxis ph06 835 7777 or Hastings Taxis ph 06 878 5055.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring picnics, picnic rugs, chairs, raincoats, empty water bottles, but no BYO alcohol, beverages, umbrellas, professional cameras, commercial food, glass.

There will be free water available at multiple locations onsite for you to refill your water bottles and there will be beverage tents at the concert selling Church Road wine, beer, and a selection of RTD’s and non-alcoholic beverages. Proof of identification will be required upon purchasing wine or beer. Alcohol will not be served to people under the age of 18 years.

The concert is an outdoor event and can be affected by the weather. The stage is fully covered, the area for concert goers is uncovered and open-air. Please note the concert will proceed rain or shine so you are advised that if you are concerned about the conditions, to come prepared with weather appropriate clothing as there are no pass outs once you are within the venue.

Dire Straits Legacy consists of Alan Clark; Phil Palmer and Danny Cummings, who both recorded ON EVERY STREET; Mel Collins who played on singles ‘Love Over Gold’ and ‘Twisting by the Pool’. All have performed live with Dire Straits on multiple global tours. The band members will all continue the legacy of Jack Sonni, after his recent untimely passing, with the upcoming shows a special tribute to his life.

Other Dire Straits Legacy members include bassist Trevor Horn (The Buggles, Yes), one of the world’s greatest record producers; Primiano Di Biase, Europe’s most in-demand and sought-after keyboardist; and frontman Marco Caviglia, who is widely regarded as the world’s leading authority on Mark Knopfler’s unique guitar-playing style.

Clark has toured New Zealand before with Dire Straits and he says the audience at the concert can expect to hear all the old favourites from the heyday of Dire Straits.

Clark told Hawke’s Bay App last month: “All of the hits, all of the songs everyone expects to hear, Tunnel of Love, Brothers in Arms, and then one or two other lesser known ones, maybe, Down to the Waterline, Right Across the River, Setting Me Up, songs that weren't hits but which are great songs from the early album also as well.”

Clark has fond memories of playing with the legendary Mark Knopfler, but has no illusions about replicating his vocal and guitar-playing ability in Dire Straits Legacy.

“It's impossible for someone get up there and do what Mark Knopfler does, because Mark Knopfler is so damn good and so damn unique. But the guy we have doing it makes an excellent job of it. And all I can say is the audiences we play to absolutely love it.”

Watch the accompanying video to see the full interview Andrew Austin had with Alan Clark of Dire Straits Legacy last month.