Prolific singer songwriter and former mainstay of Dire Straits Mark Knopfler is gearing for his first gig at The O2 arena.

And while he'll be playing material from his solo career at the gig on Friday, May 22, older fans will be delighted that he'll also be digging into his back catalogue.

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Knopfler said: “The thing about the old Straits songs is that these things are signposts for people’s lives.

"Obviously I’ll play things differently here and there to keep it alive and meaningful to me, and away from a cabaret thing.

"But there are things, like the twiddly bits at the end of Sultans Of Swing if you don’t do your twiddly bits, the world’s not right for people.

"I like playing the old songs, I wrote them and people like to hear them, it’s as simple as that."

Sultans Of Swing is especially appropriate for this gig as its lyrics were written after Knopfler witnessed a jazz band playing an almost deserted pub in Deptford, a little way around the Thames in south-east London from The O2.

Also on the menu will be music from his most recent album Tracker, released earlier this year.

He will be joined on stage by Guy Fletcher (keyboards), Richard Bennett (guitar), Jim Cox (piano), Mike McGoldrick (whistle and flute), John McCusker (fiddle and cittern), Glenn Worf (bass), and Ian Thomas (drums).

The gig starts at 6pm – tickets, from £53 can be bought here.

To get you in the mood, here are those twiddly bits.