Four More From Toyah: Anniversary + Fanzine Preview

November 11th, 2019

Next week marks the 38th Anniversary of the release of the Four More From Toyah EP. Four great songs (as well as a bonus fifth song on the flexi!!) and utterly incredible imagery. Here is a mini preview of the FMFT page from the forthcoming Issue 38 of our fanzine, along with the original EP front sleeve in the UK. The fanzines will be posted out at the beginning of December!

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Brighton & Hove News: Crimson Queen Tour Review

November 6th, 2019

We danced in the hurricane at Toyah’s Brighton concert.

TOYAH + THE LAST CRY – CHALK, BRIGHTON 02.11.19

There certainly was ‘Thunder in the Mountains’ in Brighton on this wet and windy Saturday night. The wind was strong on the seafront and almost blew the bristles clean off my head. Even Toyah said onstage, that upon arriving in her chariot (car) she got blown off her feet. However, the weather wasn’t going to keep her fans from watching her perform tonight at new Brighton venue ‘Chalk‘, that’s for sure.

Anyone that was around in the 80’s will need no Toyah introduction as she was permanently on our TV screens and fully ingrained in our pop culture. She’s enjoyed a career that spans over forty years and she’s still going strong. She’s been nominated for four Brit awards, been involved in over twenty albums, written books, acted in stage-plays and appeared in TV shows and films, including of course, the legendary ‘Quadrophenia’. For the younger readers benefit, she has also provided voices for Teletubbies characters. You could say that she’s been busy.

• Continue reading at Brighton and Hove News.

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Official Toyah: November 2019 Blog

November 6th, 2019

Toyah’s blog for November 2019 is available to read at toyahwillcox.com – Click below to view.

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Hazel & Toyah: Electric Ladies in Rehearsals

November 5th, 2019

The Toyah and Hazel O’Connor rehearsals are fab“. Click here to see the tweet and on the photo below for tour info and ticket links for Electric Ladies Of The 80s. (Photo © Toyah Willcox)

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Toyah On TV: Quadrophenia – Our Generation

November 4th, 2019

Quadrophenia – Our Generation: Sky Arts: Friday 15th November: 10.15pm
Quadrophenia – Our Generation: Sky Arts: Sunday 17th November: 11.45pm
Celebrity fans and cast members come together to shed light on the making of Quadrophenia and explore the legacy that the cult film has left behind, 40 years after its release. (Photo © Sky Arts)

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Step Into The New World: Digital Artwork

November 3rd, 2019

The artwork for the digital release of Step Into The New World.

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Crimson Queen Tour: Nigel Glockler at Brighton Gig!

November 3rd, 2019

Nigel Glockler – drummer on Anthem, College Tour/At The Rainbow, Four From Toyah, Anthem Tour, I Want To Be Free, Sphinx/For You, Thunder In The Mountains (yeah, like I needed to detail that but he is a legend!) – was in attendance at Toyah’s final 2019 Crimson Queen Tour date at Brighton Chalk last night. (Photo © Toyah Willcox)

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Invasion Planet Earth: Movie Poster/Artwork

November 3rd, 2019

The poster/artwork for, the forthcoming, Invasion Planet Earth.

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Releases: Step Into The New World

November 2nd, 2019

Toyah performs the end title song for what’s been described as the biggest indie sci-fi movie of all time, Invasion Planet Earth. Toyah also acts in the film. Step Into the New World is released digitally on 8th November. Invasion Planet Earth is in selected UK cinemas for one day on 5th December 2019.

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Toyah Live 2019: Crimson Queen Tour @ Brighton

November 2nd, 2019

Toyah plays the final band gig of the year tonight. It’s also a Crimson Queen Tour date. There are two further tour dates in January. Toyah said: “What a brilliant year. Thank u everyone xxx“.

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Quadrophenia 40: Toyah at Skamouth – Q&A + PA

October 29th, 2019

The Quadrophenia celebrations continue! Toyah will take part in the Skamouth Weekender Event on Saturday 23rd November doing a Q&A and a few songs (playback). On stage at 10am. Tickets are available by clicking below. See the official tweet about this here.

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Post Punk Monk: Record Review – Sheep Farming in Barnet UK 7″

October 29th, 2019

I was barely familiar with Toyah from seeing a review of “Anthem” in the pages of “Dogfood,” our local New Wave newspaper that was published by Record Mart chain in Orlando in the late 70s/early 80s. The positive review piqued by interest as it was written by Robin Shurtz; a guy I knew from teaching English at my junior high school. Robin had interesting music tastes.

Then, in 1981, I bought an issue of Flexipop that had an ad for Toyah’s “Thunder In The Mountains” single. The extreme styling and pose of the photo was sort of like a femme take on “Aladdin Sane” but the eerie calmness of the singer’s pose looked interesting.

• Continue reading at Post Punk Monk.

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Crimson Queen Tour: Photos: Southampton & Bristol

October 27th, 2019

Toyah played two further dates of the Crimson Queen Tour this weekend, in Manchester on Friday and Nottingham last night. There’s just one more Crimson Queen gig this year, in Brighton on Saturday 2nd November, with two final dates in January.

Here’s a selection of shots from last weekend’s Southampton and Bristol gigs. The set list includes songs from Sheep Farming in Barnet, in celebration of it’s 40th Anniversary this year. Click below to view more photos at Dreamscape’s Toyah Gallery. (Photos © Ian Davis)

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Official Toyah: Take The Leap 1993

October 27th, 2019

A great photo of Toyah – an outtake from Take The Leap 1993 – posted at Instagram this week. (Photo © Official Toyah)

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Toyah on TV: Celebrity Mastermind

October 27th, 2019

Apparently this didn’t air a couple of Saturday’s ago. It was pulled last minute from the schedules for some reason. There’s a repeat showing next weekend.

Celebrity Mastermind: BBC1: Sat 2nd Nov: 5.20pm
Series 13, Episode 2. John Humphrys ushers comedian Joe Pasquale, Newsround presenter Ricky Boleto, singer Toyah Willcox and Olympic sprinter Jeanette Kwakye to the black chair to be put to the test on their chosen specialist subjects, which are werewolf films, number one singles of the 1990s, Boudica, and Disney animation respectively. The second round sees them tackling general knowledge questions in a bid to carry off the commemorative trophy.

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Toyah Live 2019: Crimson Queen Tour – We Are

October 23rd, 2019

Toyah performing, the awesome, We Are – from Anthem – on the Crimson Queen Tour at The Fleece in Bristol on Saturday night. Thanks to John.

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Films: Quadrophenia at Sherbourne Cinema, Gloucester

October 23rd, 2019

Quadrophenia is showing at the Sherbourne Cinema, Gloucester with four chances to catch the all time classic on the big screen. Airings begin this Saturday (26th October).

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Shropshire Star: Toyah Demolishes Birmingham Symphony Hall

October 19th, 2019

Birmingham music icon Toyah has a hand in Symphony Hall redevelopment

“I want the caption to be: I demolished it,” said Birmingham punk star Toyah Willcox, as she was photographed alongside local musician Rosie Tee outside the redevelopment of Symphony Hall’s foyer this week.

The Birmingham musicians were at the world-renowned music venue in the city centre to witness progress on the Making an Entrance redevelopment, which will create a performance space for talented local artists as part of a daily programme with free and affordable performances.

After the viewing of the Symphony Hall foyer redevelopment, Toyah met Town Hall Symphony Hall members and patrons to answer questions about her career, her current activities – including a performance as part of Electric Ladies of the 80s with Hazel O’Connor at Town Hall on April 25 – and her ambitions for the future.

Kings Heath musician Toyah has amassed 13 top 40 singles, recorded 25 albums, written two books, appeared in over forty stage plays, acted in more than 20 feature films and presented hundreds of television programmes.

• Continue reading at the Shropshire Star. (Photo © Shropshire Star)

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Toyah Fanzine 38: Anthem – The A to Z of… Preview

October 19th, 2019

Toyah Fanzine 38 – New two-page preview of a four-page feature – Anthem – The A to Z of… #toyahfanzine #toyah #toyah1981 #anthem #81 #toyahwillcox

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The Argus: Punk Or Dinosaur? Toyah Willcox Is Still A Rebel

October 18th, 2019

Toyah Willcox, the high priestess of punk, is looking forward to returning to the “hot steamy” gigs of her youth.

She is playing a gig at Brighton’s Chalk Live – formerly The Haunt – on November 2 and thinks it will be a blast. “I’m very fond of Brighton,” she said. “When I came here in the Sixties it was a quiet sleepy seaside town, slightly invaded by hippy culture.

“What I like about the venue we’re playing is it goes right back to the punk days, it’s a hot, steamy, stand-up venue, it goes back to the punk ethos.”

Toyah, actress, author and rebel, was a key part of the Seventies/Eighties’ punk scene and starred in cult films Quadrophenia and seminal punk epic Jubilee. Now 61, she was born in Birmingham to a family she describes as remarkable and recalls the potential privilege of her childhood – her grandfather built many of the city’s landmarks.

Despite that, she calls herself the “child from hell” and says she had a violent relationship with her mother.

• Continue reading at The Argus.

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Toyah Live 2019: Crimson Queen Tour

October 18th, 2019

Toyah’s Crimson Queen Tour officially premieres this weekend, with two dates. The first is at The Brook, Southampton tomorrow night and the second at The Fleece, Bristol on Sunday. The tour continues next weekend, with dates at Night People, Manchester on Friday 25th and Rescue Rooms, Nottingham on Saturday 26th October.

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