Tour line-up:

Mark Knopfler

Guitar, vocals
Guy Fletcher

Keyboards, vocals
Richard Bennett

Glenn Worf

Bass, vocals
Ian Thomas

Jim Cox

Piano, accordion
Mike McGoldrick

Flute, uilleann pipes, whistle
John McCusker

Fiddle, cittern, whistle
Nigel Hitchcock

Saxophone, clarinet


Mark Knopfler's seventh solo album Privateering was released on 31st August 2012. In April 2013, the band started their rehearsals followed by the production rehearsals in the impressive LH2 Studios in London. Professional photographer Guido Karp took some very nice photos of Mark during these rehearsals. The tour line-up is the same as 2012, Nigel Hitchcock joined the band on the UK concerts, the German concerts in July except for Lörrach and the five shows in the USA. Mark originally planned to play two shows in Russia. On 4th April 2013, the official Mark Knopfler site announced that Mark's shows in Moscow (7th June 2013) and St. Petersburg (8th June 2013) have been cancelled. Mark’s official statement: Given the crackdown by Russian authorities on groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, I have regretfully decided to cancel my upcoming concerts in Moscow and St. Petersburg in June. I have always loved playing in Russia and have great affection for the country and the people. I hope the current climate will change soon. MK  The cancelled date of 7th June in Russia was later filled with a second concert The Netherlands.

On the 23rd May 2013, Mark Knopfler and band (including Nigel Hitchcock) did a unique performance for a TV special in Maidstone Studios, Kent, UK. The show was filmed in front of an audience of just 200 people and was originally meant to be broadcasted at the end of 2013 on BBC television,
but that did not happen. Unsure if this recording will see the light of day in the future. Click here for more details.

On the tour, Mark Knopfler played six successive concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. Each of these six shows was in aid of a charity. The charities were: Elephant Family (27th May), The Royal National Institute for Blind People (28th May), The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (29th May), Tusk (30th May), The Teenage Cancer Trust (31st May) and Children North East (1st June). Ruth Moody was a special guest on all the shows at the Royal Albert Hall. She also appeared as a special guest on stage in Amsterdam, the five concerts in France (June 2013) and the last two shows of the tour in Oakland, USA.

All shows of the tour, except for the TV special in Kent, the last five shows at the Royal Albert Hall and Madrid (due to the high recording fees), were recorded by the German company Bleecker Street Entertainment by professional sound engineers using multi-track audio technology. The audio soundboard recordings could be bought in the on-line shop as a souvenir on an unique USB stick in the shape of a Fender Stratocaster guitar, complete with matching case. The stick contains the full concert from beginning to end including any announcements and encores. The European concerts came on a red guitar and the USA concerts were issued on a blue guitar. Same guitar case only with the addition "US tour" printed on the case.

Click here for a nice article of SW19, a company involved in the Privateering European tour 2013.

Advertisement poster for the tour: 



Official recordings made during this tour

Concert Bootleg release Official release
Lucca (19.07.2013)

Concert Bootleg release Official release
Kent (23.05.2013)


Concert Bootleg release Official release
Bleecker Street Entertainment recordings (69x)


Total concerts played: 76

April 2013

  25.04.2013    Sala Palatuli Bucharest Romania
  27.04.2013    Ülker Sports Arena Istanbul Turkey
  29.04.2013    National Palace of Culture Sofia Bulgaria
  30.04.2013    Kombank Arena Belgrade Serbia  

May 2013

  02.05.2013    Palasport Olimpico Turin Italy
  03.05.2013    Mediolanum Forum Milan Italy
  04.05.2013    Dvorana Stožice Ljubljana Slovenia 
  05.05.2013    Arena Zargreb Zagreb Croatia
  07.05.2013    O2 Arena Prague Czech Republic
  08.05.2013    Atlas Arena Lódz Poland
  10.05.2013    02 World Berlin Germany
  11.05.2013    ÖVB-Arena Bremen Germany
  12.05.2013    Sportpaleis Antwerp Belgium
  14.05.2013    Ziggo Dome Amsterdam The Netherlands 
  15.05.2013    Rockhal Luxembourg Luxembourg
  17.05.2013    SECC Glasgow Scotland
  18.05.2013    Metro Radio Arena Newcastle UK
  19.05.2013    Echo Arena Liverpool UK
  21.05.2013    BIC Bournemouth UK
  22.05.2013    Motorpoint Arena Cardiff Wales
  23.05.2013    Maidstone Studios Kent UK (recording TV special)
  24.05.2013    LG Arena Birmingham UK
  25.05.2013    Brighton Centre Brighton UK
  27.05.2013    Royal Albert Hall London UK
  28.05.2013    Royal Albert Hall London UK
  29.05.2013    Royal Albert Hall London UK
  30.05.2013    Royal Albert Hall London UK
  31.05.2013    Royal Albert Hall London UK

June 2013

  01.06.2013    Royal Albert Hall London UK
  07.06.2013    IJsselhallen Zwolle The Netherlands
  09.06.2013    Hartwall Arena Helsinki Finland
  11.06.2013    Vikingskipet Hamar Norway
  12.06.2013    Bergenhus Festning Bergen Norway
  13.06.2013    DNB Arena Stravanger Norway
  14.06.2013    Trädgĺrdsföreningen Gothenburg Sweden
  15.06.2013    Malmö Arena Malmö Sweden
  16.06.2013    Forum Copenhagen Denmark
  18.06.2013    Festhalle Frankfurt Germany
  19.06.2013    Donau-Arena Regensburg Germany
  20.06.2013    Stadthalle Vienna Austria
  22.06.2013    Budapest Sportarena Budapest Hungary
  23.06.2013    NTC Bratislava Slovakia
  24.06.2013    Salzburgarena Saltzburg Austria
Palais Omnisports de Bercy Paris France
  27.06.2013    Zénith Caen France
  28.06.2013    Le Liberté Rennes France
  29.06.2013    Zénith Clemont Ferrand France
  30.06.2013    Zénith Dijon France

July 2013

  02.07.2013    Lanxess Arena Köln Germany
  03.07.2013    Gerry Weber-Stadion Halle (Westfalen) Germany
  04.07.2013    Elbufer Dresden Germany
  05.07.2013    Schlosshof Bad Mergentheim Germany
  06.07.2013    Hans-Martin-Schleyer Halle Stuttgart Germany
  09.07.2013    Antic Arena Nîmes France
  11.07.2013    Moon & Stars Festival Piazza Grande Locarno Switzerland 
  12.07.2013    Anfiteatro Camerini (Villa Contarini) Padova Italy
  13.07.2013    Ippodromo delle Capannelle Rome Italy
Arena Flegrea Naples Italy
  16.07.2013    Teatro Antico Taormina Italy
  17.07.2013    Fosos (The Granaries) Floriana Malta
  19.07.2013    Piazza Napoleone (Lucca Summer Festival) Lucca Italy 
  20.07.2013    Live at Sunset Festival Zurich Switzerland
  21.07.2013    Stimmen-Festival Lörrach Germany
  22.07.2013    Guitar en Scéne Festival St Julien en Genovois France
  24.07.2013    Festival de Carcassonne Théâtre Jean Deschamps, Carcassonne France
  25.07.2013    Poble Espanyol  Barcelona Spain
  26.07.2013    Las Ventas Bullring Madrid Spain
  27.07.2013    Bullring Malaga Spain
  29.07.2013    La Plaza Universidad Gijon Spain
  30.07.2013    Illumbe Bullring San Sebastian Spain    
  31.07.2013    Cap Roig Festival Calella de Palafrugell Spain

October 2013

  23.10.2013    Terrace Theater Long Beach USA
  25.10.2013    Pearl Concert Theater Las Vegas USA
  26.10.2013    Wiltern Theater Los Angeles USA
  27.10.2013    Fox Theater Oakland USA
  28.10.2013    Fox Theater Oakland USA

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