Review: Level 42 at Ipswich Regent

IPSWICH: Originally formed by Mark King, one of the best bass guitarists around (although initially a drummer), and known for his slap bass technique, Level 42 started as a jazz funk outfit and gradually moved into more pop/R&B.

Always known for their remarkable musicianship, between 1980 and 1994 the band had a massive 30 singles in the UK charts – certainly a force to be reckoned with.

They split in 1994 to embark on solo careers but in 2001 Mark decided to revive the band with Mike Lindup, drummer Gary Husband, Mark’s brother Nathan and Sean Freeman on sax.

So this is the 30th anniversary tour – and the boys are obviously happy to be back together and playing the music.

Against a stunning backdrop and with an impressive lighting design this was a feel good set that took account of what the fans wanted to hear and did not disappoint.

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Covering most of the major hits including The Sun Goes Down (Living it up), Running in the Family, Its Over and of course Lessons in Love this was a masterclass in musicianship which was lapped up by a packed Regent.

You could not fault the energy, or the professionalism – this was 90 minutes of first-class entertainment and after two encores I am sure no one went away feeling short-changed.

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Suzanne Hawkes, Ipswich Regent, October 25, 2010.

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