Dramatic lighting cast a cool silhouette of a seven-piece band. This was the perfect backdrop for award-winning jazz vocalist, Caro Emerald, to confidently stroll on - baby bump first.

She launched into the ska-like debut single Back It Up from her multi-platinum first record Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor. Although this is her most extensive UK tour, she showed no signs of flagging as she danced her way through other lively tracks from the same album, such as Absolutely Me and Dr Wanna Do.

Each of these flowed seamlessly into each other, driven by a heavy percussion section and some outstanding saxophone playing by David Temple. Several glamorous costume changes later, Caro introduced Quicksand and Never Ever from her new EP, the tropical-themed Emerald Island.

The laidback reggae feel along with the backdrop of the set - that was reminiscent of the film South Pacific - transported the crowd to a sweltering sun-soaked island. Towards the end of the set, Caro became more determined that the dancing should not be left up to her alone.

As if released from some spell, the Brighton Centre erupted with movement during the popular retro jazz hits That Man and Liquid Lunch.