Level 42 triumph at the Regent

LEVEL 42 made a triumphant appearance in Suffolk last night, and it was clear they remain a popular choice among serious music fans.With crowd-pleasing renditions of old favourites and material from their new album, the masters of 80s funk dazzled fans at the Ipswich Regent.

LEVEL 42 made a triumphant appearance in Suffolk last night, and it was clear they remain a popular choice among serious music fans.

With crowd-pleasing renditions of old favourites and material from their new album, the masters of 80s funk dazzled fans at the Ipswich Regent.

Their enduring popularity is largely a result of the talents of their showman and chief songwriter Mark King, who ruled the stage with his illuminated bass guitar.

Chart hits from back in the day, such as Hot Water and Running in the Family, still pack a punch and sit comfortably alongside new tracks, including set-opener Dive into the Sun and Rooted.

As a renowned slap-bass pioneer, front-man King is one of a six-strong band who led the eager crowd through a 90-minute set that barely paused for breath.

The 1,500 audience were treated to classic versions of Kansas City Milkman, Leaving me Now and a medley featuring old favourites The Sun Goes Down (Living it up), Lessons in Love and Something About You.

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The band is currently on a British and European tour to launch new album Retroglide and performed numerous songs from the new collection, including the title track itself.

Elliot Furniss

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