Dire Straits Tour

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Dire Straits Tour
Promotional tour by Dire Straits
Dire Straits 1978 Hamburg 1.jpg
Hamburg, Germany, 28 October 1978
Location Europe
Associated album Dire Straits
Start date 9 June 1978 (1978-06-09)
End date 18 November 1978 (1978-11-18)
Legs 2
No. of shows 55
Dire Straits concert chronology

The Dire Straits Tour was the first concert tour by the British rock band Dire Straits. The tour started on 9 June 1978 and included 55 concerts throughout Europe, ending on 18 November 1978. The tour promoted and supported the release of the band's debut album, Dire Straits, which was released on 7 October 1978. The tour setlist consisted mainly of songs from their debut album.[1]

Description[edit]

The tour lineup included Mark Knopfler (guitar and vocals), John Illsley (bass), David Knopfler (rhythm guitar), and Pick Withers (drums).[1] The European tour including concerts in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands. These concerts presented Dire Straits with their largest audiences to date. The first leg of the tour promoted their first single, "Sultans of Swing". This first leg took the band around Great Britain in June and July 1978, performing in England, Scotland, and Wales. The group typically performed in small halls with a maximum capacity of one thousand. The second leg of the tour promoted the band's debut album, Dire Straits. This leg took the band to several European countries, where they met journalists and performed on television programs.[1]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Setlist
First leg: June–July 1978
6 June 1978 Wolverhampton England Lafayette Club
10 June 1978 Dudley JB's Dudley
13 June 1978 Sheffield University of Sheffield
14 June 1978 Huddersfield Huddersfield Polytechnic
15 June 1978 Leicester University of Leicester
16 June 1978 Kirklevington Country Club
17 June 1978 Middlesbrough Rock Garden
18 June 1978 Leeds Fforde Green Hotel
20 June 1978 Edinburgh Scotland Tiffany's
21 June 1978 Dundee Technical College
23 June 1978 Burton upon Trent England 76 Club
24 June 1978 Nottingham Boat Hall
25 June 1978 Newbridge Wales Workingman's Institute and Memorial Hall
27 June 1978 Manchester England Rafters
28 June 1978 Lowestoft Talk of the East
29 June 1978 Bristol Granary
30 June 1978 Plymouth Metro Club
1 July 1978 Oxford Oxford Polytechnic
2 July 1978 London Albany Theatre
4 July 1978 Birmingham Barbarella's[Note 1] Setlist 1
5 July 1978 London Marquee Club
6 July 1978
8 July 1978 St Albans Alban Arena
9 July 1978 Birmingham ATV
19 July 1978 London Paris Theatre
Second leg: October–November 1978
11 October 1978 Herenthout Belgium Zaal Lux
12 October 1978 Mechelen Stadschouwburg
13 October 1978 Beringen Casino
14 October 1978 Paris France Empire
15 October 1978 Zedelgem Belgium Groene Meersen
16 October 1978 Leuven Louvain University
18 October 1978 Groningen Netherlands Huize Maas
19 October 1978 Rotterdam Stadschouwburg Setlist 2
20 October 1978 Eindhoven Stadschouwburg
21 October 1978 Nijmegen Vereeniging
22 October 1978 Sittart Stadschouwburg
23 October 1978 Amsterdam Paradiso
25 October 1978 Brussels Belgium Bursschouwburg
28 October 1978 Hamburg Germany Musikhalle Setlist 3
29 October 1978 Berlin Neue Welt
1 November 1978 Bradford England University of Bradford
2 November 1978 Nottingham Nottingham Polytechnic
3 November 1978 Newcastle Newcastle Polytechnic
4 November 1978 Durham Durham University
5 November 1978 Dunstable Civic Hall
7 November 1978 Colchester Colchester Institute (Poster)
8 November 1978 Keele Keele University
9 November 1978 Hull University of Hull
10 November 1978 York University of York
11 November 1978 Sheffield University of Sheffield
13 November 1978 Birmingham Town Hall
14 November 1978 Leicester University of Leicester
15 November 1978 Manchester University of Manchester
16 November 1978 Leeds Leeds Polytechnic
17 November 1978 Bristol Bristol Polytechnic
18 November 1978 Hitchin College of Education

Tour locations[edit]

Map of United Kingdom with Dire Straits tour points, June 1978: 1-Wolverhampton.
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Dire Straits tour dates of June (Red): 6-Wolverhampton, 10-Dudley, 13-Sheffield, 14-Huddersfield, 15-Leicester, 16-Kirklevington, 17-Middlesbrough, 18-Leeds, 20-Edinburgh, 21-Dundee, 23-Burton-on-Trent, 24-Nottingham, 25-Newbridge, 27-Manchester, 28-Lowestoft, 29-Bristol, 30-Plymouth
Dire Straits tour dates of July (Blue): 1-Oxford 2-Deptford, London, 4-Birmingham, 5, 6&19-Soho, London
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Dire Straits tour dates of July: 2-Deptford, 5&6-Soho, 19-Soho

Setlists[edit]

  • Setlist 1 (4 July 1978): "Down to the Waterline", "Six Blade Knife", "In the Gallery", "Eastbound Train",[Note 2] "Water of Love", "Portobello Belle", "Wild West End", "Lions", "What's the Matter Baby", "Me and My Friends", "Sultans of Swing", "Real Girl", "Nadine", "Southbound Again"
  • Setlist 2 (19 October 1978): "Down to the Waterline", "Six Blade Knife", "Water of Love", "Once Upon a Time in the West", "Lady Writer", "In the Gallery", "Wild West End", "What's the Matter Baby", "Lions", "Sultans of Swing", "Wild West End", "Eastbound Train", "Southbound Again"
  • Setlist 3 (28 October 1978): "Down to the Waterline", "Six Blade Knife", "Once Upon a Time in the West", "Lady Writer", "Single Handed Sailor", "Water of Love", "In the Gallery", "Follow Me Home", "News", "What's the Matter Baby", "Lions", "Sultans of Swing"

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ The show at Barbarella's on 4 July 1978 was recorded and has been in circulation as a bootleg album titled, Birmingham at Barbarella.
  2. ^ The song "Eastbound Train" did not appear on the album Dire Sraits, although a live version was released as the B-side to "Sultans Of Swing" the same year.
Citations
  1. ^ a b c "Dire Straits tour 1978". Mark Knopfler Info. Retrieved 1 December 2012. 

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