Sounds of the sultans of swing coming to iconic New Plymouth concert venue this summer

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The music of British rock legends Dire Straits will rock NPDC’s Bowl of Brooklands on 3 January next year.


Dire Straits Legacy, featuring original keyboardist Alan Clark alongside musicians who have either toured or played on some of the band’s albums and most famous songs, will headline the concert alongside Scottish rock act Nazareth.


Nazareth is performing in New Zealand for the first time and bring with them a repertoire of global hits spanning five decades.


Support act for the four-venue series which includes Whangarei, Tauranga and Matakana, are Kiwi music legends Hello Sailor with a not-to-be-missed acoustic set. The New Plymouth show will also feature Darkwater.


“This is the third big announcement for the Bowl which will be the place to be for music lovers this summer,” says NPDC Head of Major Events Neil Fenwick.


“There is no better venue that to sit back and take in some classic rock tunes from some of the best in the business and I am sure will appeal to a wide range of people from across Taranaki and beyond.”  


While missing probably its most famous member in the form of lead singer and guitarist Mark Knopfler, fans can expect an authentic Dire Straits experience with a set list including some of the band’s most famous songs such as Money for Nothing’, ‘Sultans of Swing’, ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Walk of Life’, ‘Brothers in Arms’, ‘Tunnel of Love’ and many more.


Also part of Dire Straits Legacy are Trevor Horn on bass and vocals – widely regarded as one of world’s top record producers, having produced some of the biggest songs of the eighties including ABC’s Lexicon of Love, Yes’s Owner of a Lonely Heart, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s number one hits Relax, Two Tribes and The Power of Love. 

Phil Palmer on guitar and vocals was in the band 1991-1995, playing on the On Every Street record and world tour and the On the Night Live album.


Nazareth have been creating new music since the early 70s and recently released its 25th studio album Surviving the Law.  Their songs include the smash hit ‘Love Hurts’; as well as ‘Broken Down Angel’ and ‘Bad Bad Boy’, ‘Dream On’, ‘This Flight Tonight’ and ‘Hair of The Dog’.


Previous A Summer’s Day Live concert series have seen TOTO, Bryan Adams, UB40, Jefferson Starship and Dragon performing. 


A Summer's Day Live 2023/2024 is presented by Trademark Group, The Sound and The Breeze.


Early access tickets available for New Plymouth Event Venues subscribers available between 11am and midday on Wednesday 13 September for $119, plus fees.  Sign up here for pre-sale access.


General tickets via Ticketek from midday Wednesday 13 September.