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Level 42 prepare to headline 80s night at Rochester Castle

By Nicola Jordan

One of the biggest acts of the 1980s will kickstart this year’s Castle Concerts in Rochester.

Level 42 will open the gigs on Wednesday, July 16, and join Westlife star Shane Filan and reggae legends UB40 in the summer line-up.

Level 42 wowed Rochester Castle crowd
Level 42 wowed Rochester Castle crowd

Their jazz-funk sound spawned million-selling hits including Lessons In Love, Something About You and Leaving Me Now.

Lead singer Mark King’s unique slap-bass technique is probably most easily recognised on the global smash hit Running in the Family.

After breaking up in 1994, the band got back together in 2004 with original member Mike
Lindup joining Mark King again.

The 80s-themed night will be completed with special guests Shakatak, whose hits include Night Birds and Streetwalkin’, taking to the stage.

Shakatak will be supporting Level 42 at the Castle Concerts
Shakatak will be supporting Level 42 at the Castle Concerts

Cllr Howard Doe said: “We’re thrilled Level 42 will be opening this year’s Castle Concerts, with special guests Shakatak. It is going to be an 80s night to remember.

“Last year our 80s concert, which had acts like Tony Hadley
and Go West, went down a storm, and we’re certain Level 42 will be equally loved.”

Westlife star Shane Filan will play the castle on Thursday, July 17, with Gillingham’s The Voice finalist Jamie Johnson as support. Tickets went on sale on Wednesday.

That will be followed by the sold-out show from UB40 on Friday, July 18, and the traditional Castle Proms on Saturday, July 19.

Tickets for Level 42 go on general sale at 10am today (Friday).

To buy tickets visit www.thecastleconcerts.co.uk, call 01634 338338 or visit the Central Theatre box office, The Brook Theatre box office or Medway Visitor Information Centre in Rochester High Street.

Visit www.thecastleconcerts.co.uk for the latest on this year’s line-up, including ticket prices.

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