I LEVEL 42 are not just a successful band from the 1980s, they are much more than that: they are an inimitable sound, characterised by the bass playing of Mark KingThey are a reference point for that strand that has learned to write chart-topping hits, putting technique first.

A real tour of the band in Italy has been awaited since the 1990s: in 2011, thirty years after their birth, Mark King, together with the band's other leader, the keyboardist and vocalist Mike Lindupannounce three dates in our country at the end of April. From 28 to 30 they will be on stage at Alcatraz in Milan, Estragon in Bologna and, finally, Atlantico Live in Rome.. The line-up also features Nathan King on guitar, the young and sensational Pete Ray Biggin on drums and Sean Freeman on sax. The funky sound that has characterised the great hits of the English band (Mark is originally from the Isle of Wight), such as "Lessons in love", "Hot water", "Something about you" or "Overtime".It is based on the 'slapped' bass of leader Mark King, who has always been considered a master of this particular technique.

2010 saw the release of 'Living it up', a monumental collection commemorating the band's 30 years of activity,

It traces their beginnings in the early 1980s, their mid-decade successes, and their most difficult interludes, linked to line-up problems in the 1990s (Allan Murphy, guitarist who took over from co-founder Boon Gould in 1988, died of AIDS).

Level 42 have sold forty million copies worldwide, often reaching the top of the charts throughout Europe with their albums. Their return live in Italy is one of the most important musical events of 2011. Here are the details of the three dates:

THURSDAY 28 APRIL 2011 - MILAN - ALCATRAZ - Entrance 26 Euro + prev.

FRIDAY 29 APRIL - BOLOGNA - ESTRAGON - Entrance 20 Euro + prev.

SATURDAY 30 APRIL - ROME - ATLANTICO LIVE - Admission 26 Euro + prev.

Tickets are already on sale at www.ticketone.it and later in the usual presale outlets.