UK Music Reviews: Interview: Toyah Willcox

August 2nd, 2015

ukmr15aA new interview with Toyah, published today, by UK Music Reviews.

Toyah Willcox, singer–songwriter chats with Kevin Cooper about her first appearance on Top Of The Pops, touring with The Humans, the release of her new film AHHHHH!, and performing at The Flashback Festival in Clumber Park.

Toyah Willcox is an English singer-songwriter and actress. In a career spanning more than thirty years, she has had fifteen Top 40 singles, released over 20 albums, written two books, appeared in over forty stage plays and ten feature films, and voiced and presented numerous television shows.

More recently she has formed a band called The Humans, which she fronts. She also tours with her own acoustic set and is heavily involved with The Flashback and Rewind Festivals. An incredibly busy lady, it was a privilege for Kevin Cooper to have the opportunity to catch up with her for a chat and this is what she had to say.

Hi Toyah how are you?
Hello Kevin I’m good thanks for asking.

So tell me, just how is life treating Toyah at this moment in time?
It’s very good Kevin, I am so busy that I am either spending twenty hours per day in my office or I am travelling to a show. Honestly, I have never been busier but don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining, I am incredibly grateful. It is fabulous and everything is so interesting. I don’t like doing just one thing, I like to have a lot of variety and at the moment I have got that. I am currently filming a drama for the BBC; I am promoting a new movie, and I have another movie being released over in Berlin in November, and so it is just very, very busy. And thankfully the shows are going wonderfully well too.

• Continue reading at UK Music Reviews.

Toyah Pays Tribute To Cilla Black

August 2nd, 2015

Toyah has paid tribute to showbiz legend Cilla Black who died today: “Dearest Cilla, You taught me so much. Be strong, be kind, be proud and shine! shine! shine! with love + respect toyah“.

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BBC Doctors: Star of Stage, Screen and Music Toyah Willcox

August 1st, 2015

As tweeted by Toyah this week – the programme she filmed is the BBC’s daytime drama Doctors.

We have had the pleasure of being joined on set by the incredible Toyah Willcox. Toyah has returned to her midlands roots to film scenes for a fanatastic episode that will be aired in November. Keep your eyes on the website for an interview with the lady herself.

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NB: Toyah has previously had a role in Doctors. She played “Marcy Preston” in an episode in April 2000.

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Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

August 1st, 2015

minx15aSmash Hits: July 31 – August 13: Uploaded yesterday to Like Punk Never Happened: Smash Hits Archive – The “latest” issue of Smash Hits, 30 years on from the original day it was published – Read the issue…

Minx at 30: The issue of Smash Hits includes the full-page advert for Minx. Toyah’s first solo album entered the UK Album Chart this very week (03.08.1985) 30 years ago. Browse all of Dreamscape’s recent Minx related posts here…

Toyah @ Twitter: Toyah is filming a daytime drama for the BBC: “Up at 5am today filming in Birmingham BBC. daytime drama, lots of dialogue…..great character” – Follow Toyah @ Twitter…

Derbyshire Times: Flashback fun at Clumber Park: Clumber Park hosts the sixth annual Flashback Festival next month. Saturday sees the return of all things 80s, with a line-up that will take you back to the coolest decade in pop. Sheffield band The Human League are set to headline the festival playing 80s hits such as Don’t you want me, Human and Together in Electric Dreams. Joining The Human League will be Tainted Love singer Marc Almond, Jason Donovan, 5 Star, Toyah and Flashback’s favourite compere The Doctor of Doctor & The Medics – Continue reading…

Eastbourne Herald: August in Eastbourne: Eastbourne’s iconic Bandstand reaches peak season in August with events taking place every day. Another highlight of Airbourne weekend, ‘Toyah in Concert’ on August 14 promises a dynamic concert from the punk princess, Toyah Willcox – Continue reading…

• Minx at 30: This very weekend in 1985 Minx first entered the UK Album Chart…

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BBC Radio Derby: Toyah Interview @ BBC iPlayer

July 31st, 2015

bbcderby15aToyah guested on Andy Potter’s BBC Radio Derby show this afternoon.

Toyah and hedgehog mapping: We hear from People’s Trust for Endangered Species which wants to map sightings of hedgehogs across the country.

Toyah’s interview ran for approximately six minutes and she chatted about playing at the forthcoming Flashback Festival in Worksop, Notts, as well as the difference in set list choices for such a concert and the diversity of her live audience in 2015. There was also some Teletubbies talk.

• Listen to Toyah’s interview via iPlayer at BBC Radio Derby. The full show is also available here.

The Arts Desk: DVD Review: Quatermass

July 31st, 2015

theartsdesk15aThe earnest 1979 TV series where Nigel Kneale’s Professor Bernard Quatermass bowed out

Urban streets are littered with bodies. Barricades constructed from cars are ablaze. The national broadcaster works behind security suitable for a prison camp, Fearful old people live communally in underground warrens. Gangs roam cities while in the countryside, the hippy like Planet People chant and wander, looking for sites from where they can ascend to salvation on another, mythical planet.

Professor Bernard Quatermass arrives in this chaos from his Scottish retirement retreat to take part in a TV show marking the moment when Russian and American space projects become one, linking with each other in quatermass15corbit above the Earth. He sees the programme as a platform to help in the quest for his missing granddaughter, who he thinks has had her head turned by the Planet People. Over its four episodes, the 1979 TV series Quatermass portrayed a world gone to pot.

This important release, a two-disc set out on Blu-ray and DVD, collects the 1979 TV series and its spin-off film. Quatermass is played by a magnificently sideburned, yet often wooden, John Mills. As Quatermass‘s foil Kapp, Simon MacCorkindale overeggs the theatricals but is nonetheless robust. Watch out for Toyah Willcox amongst the Planet People.

• Continue reading at The Arts Desk. View further info on the recent Quatermass DVD/Blu-ray Box Set here.

New Mills Festival: Win Tickets For Toyah

July 31st, 2015

newmills15aSetting this year’s New Mills Festival off with an enormous bang, and following on from last year’s hugely successful fundraiser, this year sees the colourful, dynamic and unique Toyah Willcox and her band take to the stage at New Mills Art Theatre on Saturday 12 Sept 2015. Toyah will be belting out all her old hits including the iconic hit singles – It’s A Mystery, I Want To Be Free and Thunder In The Mountains, as well as newer material, in her famous high-energy style.

New Mills Art Theatre, Derbyshire
On Saturday 12 September 2015
Doors Open at 7:00pm | Starts at 8:00pm
Ticket Price: £15.00 – £90.00*

• Visit the New Mills Festival Website / Twitter / Facebook. Buy tickets here.

Ransom Note: Aaaaaaaah!

July 31st, 2015

aaaaaaaah15sNews on Aaaaaaaah!, from Ransom Note, which also includes some info on where you’ll be able to see the film, over the next couple of months, after it premieres at FrightFest 2015..

Aaaaaaaah! is Steve Oram’s directional debut starring Julian Barrett, Toyah Wilcox, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Steve Oram, Lucy Honigman, Tom Meeton, Noel Fielding and Sean Reynard. Aaaaaaaah! (think this is the right amount of A’s, I’m not entirely sure, my glasses aren’t quite the right prescription… Sorry…) is a story about two men, primal and caveman-ish, who plan on taking over a local community. They hook up with restless female, Denise, which brings boiling emotion in the sense of fueds and grudges to take the high ground. The film raises the question: are we men or beasts? The entire cast speaks not in prose but in grunts and jibberish – just because we have a language, does that mean we have discarded or ancestial traits? Well Aaaaaaaah! attempts to cross the barrier and make us think about human life and evolution all at the same time.

Aaaaaaaah! will be touring around the country, the world premiere is at FrightFest on the 28th of August, Picture House Central on 4th September where it will have a residency and the film will call on to End of the Road Festival from the 4th to the 6th of September and Mayhem, Nottingham from the 15th to the 18th of October. More dates will be announced soon.

• Continue reading at Ransom Note.

Telford Live: Acoustic Up Close & Personal

July 31st, 2015

aucao14bHousehold name, pop icon, TV presenter and actress Toyah is coming to the Engine Shop at Enginuity on Friday evening, 2 October. ‘Acoustic, Up Close & Personal with Toyah’ is a wonderful chance to experience the 1980s pop superstar up close and personal at a lively song and storytelling style gig.

Toyah will be entertaining the audience with a selection of her much loved hit singles. Supported by musicians Chris Wong and Colin Hinds, her performance will include It’s a Mystery, Thunder in the Mountains, I Want to be Free and Good Morning Universe.

Tickets to ‘Acoustic, Up Close & Personal with Toyah’, which are priced at £20 per person, are available in advance only. They can be purchased online or from the Ironbridge Visitor Information Centre and any of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum shops. Tickets include admission into Enginuity from 5pm, the auditorium opens at 7pm and the performance starts at 8pm.

• Continue reading at Telford Live.

Blackmore Vale Magazine: Toyah Willcox in Sturminster Newton

July 31st, 2015

There’s a chance to experience Toyah Willcox up close and personal at the Exchange Sturminster Newton in what promises to be a lively unplugged/storyteller’s style gig, which will include Toyah performing an acoustic set of her loved hit singles and classic songs, alongside recalling stories from her colourful, thirty-five year career.

Toyah will be at the Exchange on Thursday 15th October 7.30pm. Tickets: £18. Contact the box office 01258 475137.

Toyah Live 2015: Festivals, Tours & More

July 30th, 2015

Toyah’s Gig Diary for the remainder of 2015 is packed full of concerts, including a variety of Summer festivals; Fairport’s Cropredy Convention (15th August), Flashback Festival (22nd August), Cottingham Folk Festival (6th September). There’s also the Acoustic, Up Close & Personal UK Tour, numerous Proud, Loud & Electric gigs and a number of one off appearances.

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Toyah makes her debut at Eastbourne Bandstand next month (14th August), and plays the New Mills Festival, Derbyshire (12th September). There’s also a return to Bristol for a Proud, Loud & Electric gig at The Fleece (5th November).

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• Click on any of the promo images above for the full list of upcoming gigs, plus links to buy tickets, at The Official Toyah website. (Thanks to Andrew Payne for the Eastbourne photo)

Toyah @ Rewind Scotland @ You Tube

July 29th, 2015

rewind15gThere’s been a fair amount of press and photos from last weekend’s Rewind Scotland festival – browse all our news here – and following that comes…

Toyah’s full set – Good Morning Universe, Thunder In The Mountains, It’s A Mystery, I Want To Be Free – at Rewind Scotland 2015 has been uploaded to You Tube. Toyah really gets the crowd going, after being introduced by Nik Kershaw. Toyah also presented/hosted the two day event. (Thanks to Nosh MacQuinn)

Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

July 29th, 2015

rewind15fRewind Scotland 2015: There’s a good selection of festival photos at Contact Music, including 12 of Toyah performing, from last weekend’s 80′s gathering… (Photo © Contact Music | Thanks to William Gray for the link)

Eastbourne BC: August Welcomes Busiest Month of Eastbourne Bandstand Season!: Another highlight of Airbourne weekend, ‘Toyah in Concert’ on 14 August promises a dynamic concert from the punk princess, Toyah Willcox – Continue reading…

Love Horror: Film4 FrightFest 2015 Announces Guest Line Up: Barbara Crampton, Rick Wakeman, James Cosmo, Toyah Willcox, Neil Marshall and Bernard Rose amongst dazzling array of guests set to re-animate FrightFest – Continue reading…

Flexipop! at Tumblr: Lifelines (Toyah Willcox) from Flexipop (Issue #5, 1981) – Continue to Tumblr…

Frome Standard: Club Tropicana comes to the Cornerhouse in Frome for a night of hits: While the bar serves pina coladas and mojotis all night, DJ Fordy will have you danzing to the best (and worst) of the 80s with smash hits from the likes of Wham!, Kajagoogoo, Bananarana, Adam Ant, Rick Astley, Toyah, Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, Kim Wilde, Cyndi Lauper – Continue reading…

The Courier: Rewind Scotland Picture Gallery

July 28th, 2015

Picture gallery: Thousands enjoy flashback to the 80s at Rewind Festival – Toyah Willcox introduces the bands. View the gallery… (Photo © Dundee Courier)

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Dundee Evening Telegraph: Rewind Scotland

July 28th, 2015

rewind15dA decade of music and four seasons of weather were rolled into one at Rewind Festival at the weekend.

But neither the hail, rain nor wind could dampen the spirits of the 35,000 crowd, who were determined to have a blast at the fifth 80s festival at Scone Palace. And every now and then, just to brighten the mood even more, the sun shone.

However, as the hail and rain battered down, the bands played on and the enthusiastic, mostly middle-aged, crowd sang and danced their way through what were near monsoon conditions at times. Old favourites such as Kid Creole, Howard Jones, Hue and Cry, Dave Edmunds, Nik Kershaw, Belinda Carlisle and Kim Wilde were among those getting everyone rocking to the classic sounds of the 80s.

(Caption: Toyah (top) was one of the hosts who introduced, among others, Kid Creole and Clare Grogan.)

• Continue reading here. (Thanks to Sharon Dickson for the scan)