PRE-ALBUM CONCERTS 1977 - 1978

 

Tour line-up:

Mark Knopfler

Guitar, vocals
David Knopfler

Guitar, vocals

John Illsley

Bass, vocals

Pick Withers

Drums

 

Before the release of their first album, Dire Straits already played quite a lot of shows. On some shows, they were the support act for Talking Heads, Squeeze, Climax Blues Band and Styx. On 5th June 1978, Dire Straits were special guests on a concert of Gerry Rafferty. Colin Bodiam (who used to design and silkscreen posters for the Albany Empire and showing a poster for the concert of 2nd July 1978 on the photo) said that Dire Straits also played at a club in Deptford called "Broadway Queen Club" to an audience of just to 18 people, 9 of them were guests. The date of this show is unknown, 1977.

In 2009, Mark Knopfler and John Illsley attended a short ceremony in Deptford to unveil a plaque on the site of the first Dire Straits performance. The award, presented by the PRS (Performing Right Society) for music, is part of a national campaign to highlight areas where significant musical events have taken place. The special plaque has been mounted outside the ground floor of Farrer House, Church Street, Deptford where the original group once shared a council flat and performed their first ever gig in 1977. In fact, this very first concert was as under the name "Cafe Racers". When a friend saw the bands dire financial circumstances, he suggested to call themselves Dire Straits. That was the name the band used from then on and the rest is history. There is a bit of a mystery when it comes to the exact date of this first gig though. The Brothers in arms tour book says it is 9th of July 1977, but that is in fact incorrect. It was actually the day of the very first Crossfields Festival, 26th June 1977. Squeeze was the closing act of the festival and this old flyer is the proof for the exact date.

 

Official recordings made during this tour

Concert Bootleg release Official release
Leeds (30.01.1978)
Chester (19.04.1978)



Total concerts played: 63


1977

  26.06.1977     Farrer House Deptford (London) UK
  28.07.1977     Albany Deptford (London) UK
  02.08.1977     Tramshed Woolwich UK
  10.09.1977     Albany Empire Deptford (London) UK
  11.09.1977    
Clapham Common London UK (free concert, afternoon)
  12.10.1977     Rock Garden, Covent Garden (London) UK
  15.10.1977     Dingwalls Chalk Farm (London) UK
  20.10.1977     Rock Garden Covent Garden (London) UK
  01.11.1977     Dingwalls Chalk Farm (London) UK
  04.11.1977     Rock Garden Covent Garden (London) UK
  08.11.1977     Rock Garden Covent Garden (London) UK
  11.11.1977     Hope And Anchor Islington (London) UK
  16.11.1977     Rock Garden Covent Garden (London) UK
  18.11.1977     Hope And Anchor Islington (London) UK
  09.12.1977     Front Row Festival, Hope And Anchor Islington (London) UK
  13.12.1977     Dingwalls Chalf Farm (London) UK
  15.12.1977     Rock Garden Covent Garden (London) UK
  17.12.1977     Champers Wine Bar London UK
  19.12.1977     Loughton College Essex UK


  ??.??.1977     Broadway Queen Club Deptford (London) UK



1978

  10.01.1978     Dingwalls Chalf Farm (London) UK
  13.01.1978     Rock Garden Covent Garden (London) UK
  17.01.1978     Nashville Kensington (London) UK
  20.01.1978     University Sheffield UK
  21.01.1978     University Manchester UK
  22.01.1978     Eric's Liverpool UK
  23.01.1978     Outlook Doncaster UK
  24.01.1978     Friars Aylesbury UK
  25.01.1978     University Southampton UK
  26.01.1978     University Leicester UK
  27.01.1978     Polytechnic Newcastle UK
  28.01.1978     Polytechnic Huddersfield UK
  29.01.1978     Roundhouse London UK
  30.01.1978     Polytechnic Leeds UK
  01.02.1978     Top Rank Brighton UK
  02.02.1978     Barbarella's Birmingham UK
  03.02.1978     Civic Hall St.Albans UK
  04.02.1978     Oasis Swindon UK
  05.02.1978     Greyhound Croydon UK 
  14.03.1978     Marquee London UK
  21.03.1978     Marquee London UK
  28.03.1978     Marquee London UK
  01.04.1978     Hope And Anchor Islington (London) UK
  05.04.1978     Honky Tonk Wimbledon (London) UK
  11.04.1978     Marquee London UK
  19.04.1978     Quaintway's Club Chester UK
  03.05.1978     Lyceum London UK
  04.05.1978     Hippodrome Birmingham UK
  05.05.1978     University Lancaster UK
  06.05.1978     University Glasgow Scotland
  07.05.1978     Apollo Manchester UK
  08.05.1978     City Hall Sheffield UK
  09.05.1978     Top Rank Cardiff UK
  10.05.1978     Castaways Plymouth UK
  11.05.1978     Arts Centre Poole UK
  12.05.1978     Town Hall Torquay UK
  13.05.1978     Polytechnic Leicester UK
  14.05.1978     Hippodrome Bristol UK
  22.05.1978     Theatre Mogador Paris France
  23.05.1978     Congresgebouw Den Haag The Netherlands
  24.05.1978     Musikhalle Hamburg Germany
  25.05.1978     Neue Welt Berlin Germany
(cancelled due to illness Styx band member)
  28.05.1978     Circus Krone Munich Germany
(cancelled due to illness Styx band member)
  29.05.1978     Erlangen Stadthalle Nuremberg Germany
(cancelled due to illness Styx band member)
  30.05.1978     Stadthalle Offenbach Germany
(cancelled due to illness Styx band member)
  31.05.1978     Rhein-Neckar Halle Heidelberg (cancelled due to illness Styx band member)
  01.06.1978     Volkshaus Zurich Switserland (cancelled due to illness Styx band member)
  05.06.1978     Odeon Theatre Edinburgh UK 


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