Ham Yard Hotel - The Life and Times of Dire Straits: An Evening with John Illsley

An Evening of Memories and Music with John Illsley
in aid of charity Heritage of London Trust

Join us for ‘An Evening of Memories and Music’ with founding member and long-time bass player of Dire Straits, John Illsley. Old friend and Dire Straits co-manager Paul Cummins will be quizzing John on times past and John will also be playing many Dire Straits’ classics together with three members of his band.

John Illsley first took his ‘Life and Times of Dire Straits’ show on the road last year. It played across nationwide venues, even taking in Glastonbury Festival, and proved such a rip-roaring success that he’s doing it all again this spring. A major part of one of the biggest bands of all time, John Illsley is well placed to talk about life on the road and what it means to be in a band. He knows all about it, from humble beginnings to international travel, hectic schedules, massive arenas and exotic places to record.

Dire Straits sold well over 100 million albums, spent 1,100 weeks on the UK album charts alone and received countless awards including four Grammies and three Brits as well as an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Now he is sharing some of that history, a complete treat for anyone remotely interested in music. (And make no mistake it is history, the absolute stuff of legend!) The show is a fascinating eye-opener with some wonderful music thrown in - an utterly entertaining and unique night out. And a new album, ‘Coming up for Air’, featuring John’s trademark style and distinctive vocals, has just been released to compliment the tour.

£50 per person including a welcome glass of champagne*

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*All ticket proceeds will be donated to Heritage of London Trust

About Heritage of London Trust

Heritage of London Trust restores buildings and monuments of architectural or historical interest across all of Greater London. Projects range from secret 18th century grottos and Brixton’s Art Deco Arcade to the iconic Beckenham bandstand David Bowie performed on in 1969. The charity focuses its efforts on London’s hard-to-reach areas, restoring the places that give character and history to the city. Often its projects are sites at risk and young people are involved throughout, giving them a sense of place and inspiring them about where they live. www.heritageoflondon.org