IN a fair world where talent was king, The Blow Monkeys would be headlining Wembley Stadium so to see them here at the Pavilion was a real treat.

Dr Robert looks as cool as ever and the band delivered a wonderful set of songs that spanned their entire career. It’s a shame that as the support band they were limited to a portion of the stage and lights but they still delivered one of the best support gigs you will see all year.

On to the main act and it’s safe to say that you could put your house on Level 42 delivering a show that will lift the roof off just about any venue they play.

Mark King, Mike Lindup and the rest of the seven-piece band put every second of their thirty-nine years of experience into making sure everyone leaves the venue having had every penny's worth of their ticket in pure entertainment.

Whenever I have seen Level 42 on tour they deliver the whole package putting on an excellent stage set up and light show with this evening being no different. The volume was set at a level normally reserved for rock bands visiting the BIC just up the road but that did not seem to deter many people.

A set list that includes some of the most popular jazz/funk pop songs ever written including The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up) and Leaving Me Now meant the crowd were never going to remain in their seats for long and by the time we got to Chinese Way the whole venue was on its feet and remained there for the rest of the show.

It was great to hear a name check for Phil Gould before one of my favourite songs from the band The Chant Has Begun and what a great version it was with a thunderous bass line and the crowd singing along.

Something About You followed on with the main set ending with an explosive version of Fashion Fever. They were not gone for long which was just as well as the crowd were not going anywhere. The three-song encore included Lessons In Love and Sons and Daughters leaving the crowd on a high and looking forward to next year when they will hopefully return for a 40th anniversary tour.