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The Dire Straits Experience

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The Dire Straits Experience concert postponed

Phoenix Entertainment, the Dire Straits Experience and Harpa Hall would like to thank all fans for their enthusiasm expressed for the concert scheduled in Reykjavik on 10.09.2017, and to apologize for its postponement.

Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our reach, we are unfortunately forced to postpone the concert. The new date will be announced as soon as possible. Please continue to hold on to your tickets as tickets purchased for the September concert will be honored on the new date – no exchange necessary. Tickets can also be returned to box office for refund. Please contact midasala@harpa.is or by phone +354 5285050

We deeply regret the inconveniences caused by this postponement.


After the monumental success of “The Straits” concert which sold outin 30 minutes in 2013, former Dire Straits members Chris White and Chris Whitten together with five world class musicians are bringing “The Dire Straits Experience” to Harpa!

It has been more than 35 years since the opening line of Sultans Of Swing was first heard being broadcast around the world.

Over 20 years have passed since Dire Straits disbanded, leaving a catalogue of some of the finest compositions and musical performances that the heyday of rock ever produced. If anything, their reputation has only grown with time. Record sales of more than one hundred and twenty million albums continue to increase as new young fans discover the music and join the band’s massive worldwide following.

It was against the backdrop of this two-decade break – and an increasing demand to hear one of the most dramatic songbooks in rock history played live again – that members of Dire Straits, Alan Clark, Chris White and Phil Palmer formed The Straits for a charity show at The Royal Albert Hall in 2011.

With Knopfler enjoying a successful solo career, Alan Clark called upon the singer songwriter, Terence Reis to front the band in his absence. By the time The Straits ended, three and a half years later, the band had played more than 150 shows in 25 countries around the world.

The universe of Dire Straits is kept alive by The Dire Straits Experience which includes Chris White and Chris Whitten as original Dire Straits band members.

Joining them is a stellar band of some of the finest professional musicians the UK has to offer. Between them they have worked with an enviable list of rock royalty that includes, amongst others, Mark Knopfler, David Gilmour, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Elton John, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Van Morrison, Tom Jones and Sheryl Crow.

Chris White worked already in the 80’s, together with Mark Knopfler on film music, after which he joined in 1985 Dire Straits record breaking benefiting from ‘Brothers In Arms’ tour.

“When I was first approached to put together a band to play the Dire Straits songs at the Albert Hall, I didn’t believe it would be possible to find someone who would be able to stand in Mark’s shoes without sounding like an imposter. I was wrong. In Terence Reis, I think we may have found the only person on the planet that is able to play and sing like Mark, but maintain his own integrity and identity. I think this is the very essence of why the fans have been so accepting of what we do. This is exactly what allows the performances to feel alive and fresh. “ -Chris White