Formed by original members of Dire Straits, Alan Clark and Chris White, THE STRAITS will support Jools Holland & His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra on the Main Stage on Friday 13th July.
Alan Clark joined Dire Straits in 1980 as their first keyboard player and played a significant part thereafter in their transformation into one of the world's biggest bands. Acknowledged by his fellow band members as Dire Straits' unofficial musical director - he co-produced their last studio album ‘On Every Street’ - he has also played and recorded with many other artists including a four year stint in Eric Clapton's band, two Bob Dylan albums, Tina Turner's ‘Private Dancer’ record (and her musical director), and the Bee Gees’ hugely successful ‘Still Water’ album.
Chris White is best known for his saxophone work with Dire Straits including the ‘Brothers in Arms’ and ‘On Every Street’ World Tours, the ‘On Every Street’ and ‘On The Night’ albums, and the legendary ‘Live Aid’ and ‘Mandela’ concerts. More recently, Chris has performed on two of Mark Knopfler's solo albums. Outside of this association, he has also performed and recorded with a long list of other artists, which includes Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Joe Cocker and Robbie Williams.
The band will be performing Dire Straits greatest hits and are the only way to authentically hear the bands’ much loved catalogue of great songs live. Dire Straits were undoubtedly one of the world’s most successful groups, with album sales of over 120 million, numerous awards including three Brit Awards and two MTV Video Music Awards; and were responsible for such incredibly popular classics such as “Sultans of Swing”, “Money for Nothing”, “Walk of Life”, “So Far Away”, and 30 million selling album title track “Brothers In Arms”.