Toyah Live 2019: Acoustic, Up Close & Personal + Live in Concert

November 13th, 2018

live2019cNext year is already shaping up to be a busy 12 months of live gigs for Toyah.

The Official Gigs page at toyahwillcox has confirmed 10 new concerts, both acoustic and electric, for 2019. Tickets for many of the dates are on sale now.

There are six Acoustic, Up Close & Personal dates, at Memorial Theatre, Frome, Somerset (15th February); West End Centre, Aldershot (15th March); The McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater (5th April); Roadmender, Northampton (6th April); St. John’s Church, Godalming, Surrey (10th May); and Fairkytes Arts Centre, Hornchurch (24th May).

There is also four Live in Concert 2019 gigs, at Arc, Stockton on Tees (1st February); Doncaster Dome (2nd February); Brudnell Social Club, Leeds (22nd February), and O2 Academy Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne (22nd June).

Toyah’s four recent Birthday gigs, in Manchester, Bristol, Wolverhampton and London received great reviews and feedback. A ticket to see Toyah onstage truly is a perfect Christmas gift!

• Further info and ticket booking links at toyahwillcox.com.

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Toyah on TV: Pointless Celebrities

November 13th, 2018

pointless14aToyah makes her fourth guest appearance on BBC1′s Pointless Celebrities later this month, teaming up this time with Sonique.

She was previously been on the quiz show with Cheryl Baker (of Bucks Fizz) in December 2012, Mark King (of Level 42) in August 2014 and Nick Heyward in September 2016.

• Visit the BBC Pointless Celebrities website here.

Pointless Celebrities: BBC1: Saturday 24th November: 6pm
Music (Series 11, Episode 6). A special celebrity edition of the general knowledge quiz in which four teams try to come up with the answers that no-one else could think of. Presented by Alexander Armstrong and co-host Richard Osman. Featuring Glen Matlock, Slim Jim, Barbara Dickson, Ralph McTell, Keith Duffy, Brian McFadden, Sonique and Toyah Willcox.

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Love Is The Law 35: Happy 35th The Vow

November 12th, 2018

thevow18a35 years ago today, 12th November 1983, Toyah’s 14th single, The Vow, entered the UK Singles chart. The single was released on 7″ and 12″ vinyl and was backed with I Explode (by Willcox/Bogen) and extra song Haunted (by Willcox/Simon Darlow).

The Vow, written by Toyah Willcox, Joel Bogen and Phil Spalding, was the final single release by the early 80s Toyah band and final physical single release on Safari Records.

Toyah worked her Love Is The Law/Rebel Run baseball shoulder pads off promoting The Vow everywhere – TV show appearances included Pebble Mill, Did You See?, Pop Watch, Saturday Superstore, Breakfast Time, Razzmatazz, The Saturday Show, Harty, Crackerjack, Judgendbund, TVAM: Good Morning Britain and 60 Minutes.

No official promo video was filmed for the single so ITV’s The Saturday Show and Toyah filmed one. As with every single release during the 80s Toyah had a unique image for The Vow, strikingly different to her recent Rebel Run look.

The Vow was produced by, longtime Toyah producer, Nick Tauber. It peaked at No. 50 and spent seven weeks on the chart.

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Somewhere In The Distance: BBC Radio London (2003)

November 12th, 2018

Somewhere in the Distance, and uploaded to Dreamscape… a really interesting interview with Toyah from BBC Radio London around 15 years ago. This aired just before Toyah appeared on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! She discusses that, religion, Velvet Lined Shell and much more. Click below to listen.

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Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

November 9th, 2018

giraffe18dToyah’s Painted Giraffe: “Touch The Wishing Stars” raised £8000 for Toyah’s mother’s hospice and is now placed permanently in the memorial garden at St. Richards Worcester – News Source – Toyah’s Nov 2018 Blog…

Worcester Stands Tall: Browse all our past news on Toyah’s painted giraffe here… (Photo © Toyah Willcox)

Toyah at Twitter: Studio day with Simon Darlow for very important release in 2019See the tweet…

Toyah Releases 2019: Two new singles have been confirmed as being released by Toyah next year – News Source – Express & Star Interview…

Edinburgh Evening News/Liam Rudden: My right ankle and left knee told me it hadn’t been a good idea to ‘pogo’ at Manchester’s Ruby Lounge on Friday. The occasion was the first of Toyah’s 60th Birthday gigs, though she looks a fraction of her age. The same could not be said for the vintage teenagers who turned out to see her – Continue reading…

Acoustic, Up Close & Personal 2019: Toyah is playing the West End Centre, 48 Queens Road, Aldershot on 15th March 2019 – More info/Book tickets…

Toyah at Twitter: FABULOUS SOLD OUT GIG & FINALE to the Toyah60 Tour @O2Islington last night. Great vibe & wonderful friendsSee some backstage photos…

Toyah60 - Finale:  Be Proud Be Loud (Be Heard) – O2 Academy Islington – 4/11/18 – Watch/Listen…

BBC iPlayer Radio: There’s still a great selection of past Toyah at BBC Radio content currently available to listen to at BBC iPlayer Radio; Great Lives: Toyah Willcox on Katharine Hepburn (originally aired in September 2015), Ramblings: Toyah takes Clare Balding for a walk in Worcestershire (February 2013), Woman’s Hour: Toyah on being a punk (February 2012), A Good Read: Book reviews (March 1998), and Saturday Live: Toyah’s shares her secret life (August 2011), Inheritance Tracks: Two of Toyah’s favourite songs (April 2017), Woman’s Hour: Toyah talks punk classic Jubilee reimagined for the stage (February 2018), Ramblings: Toyah guest presents ‘The Same Walk 365 Times’ (October 2013), The Reunion: Women of Punk (April 2017), Sounds Of The 80s: Toyah on the 80s (February 2014).

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North Somerset Times: Review: Toyah

November 9th, 2018

nstimes18aReview: Toyah − the soundtrack to my life

The Birmingham-born star rarely tours but has just finished a sell-out four-gig run with full electric band to celebrate 40 years in the business after turning 60 earlier this year.

The agile singer-songwriter has always had boundless energy, her videos and lively performances on erstwhile TV music show Top Of The Pops will testify to this, and she shows no signs of slowing down at 60. She leapt around the stage, commanding it with her strong and quirky tribal dance moves and leaning out towards the audience astride stone pillars in the small, crammed venue.

Her voice is as powerful and moving as it always was, diving straight in with All In A Rage, she took us through the full back-catalogue including Danced, Good Morning Universe, Thunder In The Mountains, Be Proud Be Loud (Be Heard), Rebel Run, I Want To Be Free, Brave New World and ending with her best-known hit It’s A Mystery.

• Continue reading at the North Somerset Times. (Photos © Karen Richards/North Somerset Times)

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Toyah on Christmas TV: Celebrity Mastermind

November 9th, 2018

Toyah will guest in one of the Christmas episodes of Celebrity Mastermind this forthcoming festive season on BBC1. She previously appeared on the long running quiz show in December 2009 – Screen caps from that guest appearance below.

• News Source – Toyah’s November 2018 Blog – Click on the caps to read.

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Official Toyah: November 2018 Blog

November 7th, 2018

Toyah’s blog for November 2018 is available to read at toyahwillcox.com.

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Toyah on TV: Celebrity Fantasy Homes

November 7th, 2018

Celebrity Fantasy Homes: Home: Wednesday 14th November: 1.50am
Toyah (Series 2, Episode 2). Celebrities hunt for a new home. Gaby Roslin helps the original punk-pop princess Toyah Willcox search for a second home, in Richmond upon Thames, with a budget of £650,000.

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Toyah on TV: Trailblazers: New Romantics

November 7th, 2018

Trailblazers: Sky Arts: Monday 12th November: 5pm
Trailblazers: Sky Arts: Tuesday 13th November: 3am/12pm
Trailblazers: Sky Arts: Saturday 17th November: 11am
New Romantics. Toyah Willcox and Billy Bragg are among those examining the New Romantic movement, from The Human League and Adam Ant, to David Bowie and Ultravox. (Series 1, Episode 16)

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Express & Star: Toyah Wows Wolves Crowd

November 5th, 2018

exandstar16aToyah Willcox wows crowds in Wolverhampton with new show – in pictures

Toyah Willcox wowed crowds of fans with a Sensational performance at Wolverhampton’s Slade Rooms.

The singer, songwriter and actress proudly presented her show TOYAH, featuring a full electric band, to celebrate 40 years in the music business. Now aged 60, the solo artist – who is from Birmingham – delighted fans with hit tracks including I Want To Be Free and Be Proud Be Loud.

The event was held in the city on Friday evening.

• Continue reading, and view a gallery of photos, at the Express & Star. (Photo © Dave Cox/Express & Star)

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Toyah on TV: The Chase – Celebrity Special

November 5th, 2018

thechase16aA chance for viewers in Ireland to catch Toyah’s 2016 guest appearance on ITV’s The Chase, the celebrity special which also featured Germaine Greer.

The Chase: Celebrity Special: Virgin Media One:
Sunday 11th November: 6.55pm

Bradley Walsh hosts the quiz show as four celebrities take on the Chaser. Singer Toyah Willcox, ex-footballer John Barnes, writer Germaine Greer and heavyweight boxer Audley Harrison pit their wits against one of the country’s finest quiz brains in the hope of winning thousands of pounds for their chosen charities.

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60th Birthday Autumn Tour: O2 Academy Islington

November 4th, 2018

The fourth, and final, gig of Toyah’s Anniversary Tour is tonight at the O2 Academy Islington, London. The finale will see Toyah perform classics, favourites, hits and new material! There are still a limited number of tickets available, click on either of the pictures below to buy!

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London is a city Toyah has played live in many times through her 40 year music career. From The Nashville to The Rainbow, from Hammersmith Odeon to the ICA, from The 100 Club to The Marquee, from Drury Lane’s Theatre Royal to The Borderline, and more…

Tonight’s support bands are Blue Zoo and Cauda Pavonis. The concert is the final Toyah band gig of 2018 – A year which saw Toyah, and fans, celebrating her 60th Birthday and the 40th Anniversary of her fantastic music career.

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The SAS Band: Extra Date 28th November

November 4th, 2018

sasband18cToyah is now playing a third show with The SAS Band, following the 29th November show at The Brook, Southampton selling out. A new date has been added at the same venue on Wednesday 28th November.

These two dates are as well as The SAS Band All Star Christmas Show on Saturday 1st December at GLive, Guildford.

THE SAS BAND – Experience The Ultimate Rock Party The Ultimate All-Star Band!

Returning to The Brook for their annual pre-Christmas bash to launch the festive season, this evening will feature a line-up of some of the music industries greatest Rock, Pop and Soul performers, performing their biggest hits from across the decades.

This is a night for REAL music lovers and it’s advised to book early, as this show always sells out!

• Book tickets via links at toyahwillcox.com.

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Toyah Live 2018: The Fleece, Bristol – Photos

November 2nd, 2018

A selection of shots from last night’s sold out concert at Bristol Fleece, the second of Toyah’s four anniversary gigs – Celebrating 40 Years of Music in her 60th Year –  for Autumn 2018.

Please click on the photos below to view larger versions of all nine at Dreamscape’s Toyah Gallery. (Thanks to Ian | Photos © Ian Davis)

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