Level 42

01 October
One of the most successful British bands of the 1980s, Level 42 have released 14 studio albums, 7 live albums and 6 compilation albums and sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. The band's 18 top 40 singles include the classics, Lessons in Love, Something About You, Leaving Me Now, Running in the Family, and Hot Water.

Having completed a 36 date sold out UK and European tour in October and November 2014, Level 42 could be forgiven for wanting to take things a little easier after 34 years in the saddle.

They have proven to be one of the most successful British bands of the 1980's, and with the recent re-issues of the bands vast catalogue on Universal Music and inclusion on BBC Radio 2's Sounds of the Eighties compilation album, currently in the charts, it is clear they continue to be a benchmark for British Jazz Funk at the highest level.

At the beginning of their career, Level 42 was squarely a jazz-funk fusion band, contemporaries of fellow Brit funk groups like Atmosfear, Light of the World, Incognito, and Beggar & Co. By the end of the '80s, however, the band had crossed over to the point where they were often classified as sophisti-pop and dance-rock, equally likely to be placed in the context of Sade and the Style Council as any group that made polished, upbeat, danceable pop/rock.

The band's commercial peak came with 1985's World Machine, but they continued to record and tour sporadically throughout the '90s and 2000s.

Featuring Mark King (bass, vocals), Phil Gould (drums), Boon Gould (guitar), and Mike Lindup (keyboards), the band formed in 1979. Both of the Gould brothers left the band in late 1987; they were replaced by guitarist Alan Murphy and drummer Gary Husband. Murphy died in 1989 and was replaced by the renowned fusion guitarist Alan Holdsworth for 1991's Guaranteed.

Throughout the remainder of the 90s and the 2000s, the bands lineup fluctuated, with King the lone constant and his brother, guitarist Nathan King, on-board since 2001. Level 42 released a studio album, Retroglide, in 2006. Four years later, the band celebrated its 30th anniversary with a special tour, as well as a box set, Living It Up, which included a disc of fresh acoustic versions recorded by Mark King and Lindup.

2015 saw Level 42 kicking off the year with a tour of Japan, then into the festival season across the UK and Europe. The tour continues in the UK and Ireland for 2016.

Time: Doors Open, 7.30pm | Show Starts, 8pm

£33 / £30
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£33 / £30

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