Toyah 60: Meanwhile… 10 Years Ago!

April 22nd, 2018

There is now less than one month to go until Toyah’s 60th Birthday. It’s a landmark event, just as her 50th was too. This site went cuurrazzzzy with content and birthday posts in the lead up to, and on, 18th May 08 - As did The Official Toyah Willcox Website – Actually they brought us a brand new, and quite stunning, website. Full of colour, info and Toyah goodies… Just sensational!

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Toyah 60: Everything You Always Wanted To Know…

April 22nd, 2018

About Toyah… Possibly! And only up to 1985!! Here’s a retro Toyah interview from the mid-80s, from The Beat magazine – Please click on it to read. We’re counting down to Toyah’s 60th…

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Daily Mail: The Hottest Festivals of Summer

April 22nd, 2018

live18eRita Ora will be sending temperatures soaring in Henley, Lionel Richie promises a mean time in Greenwich while Chris Evans revs up the crowds at Carfest. It’s Event’s guide to the HOTTEST festivals of summer – Rock & Pop

Audley End House and Gardens

The Heritage Live series at the Jacobean mansion in Essex hosts Jess Glynne, Toyah Willcox, 2Cellos, Ella Eyre, X Factor winner Louisa and more over three days.

Let the music wash over you as you take in the house’s handsome Capability Brown-designed gardens.

Day tickets from £39. Saffron Walden, Essex, Jul 13-15, ticketline.co.uk/heritage-live-concerts

• Continue reading at the Daily Mail. Browse our other Toyah at Here and Now Audley End 2018 news. (Photo © Toyah Willcox)

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Eighties Alternative Double-Vinyl: I Want To Be Free

April 20th, 2018

eightiesalt18aFollowing its inclusion on last year’s The 80s Pop Annual, Toyah’s classic 1981 pop anthem I Want To Be Free is featured on another double-vinyl compilation set to be released this Summer.

Eighties Alternative is released on Demon Records – the label who are also releasing Desire on red vinyl tomorrow – on 1st June 2018.

Available exclusively on vinyl – 4 Sides of Defining Eighties Hits.

The album also includes songs by Scritti Politti, Propoganda, Pixies, Dead or Alive, The Lotus Eaters, The Primitives, Adam & The Ants, Bow Wow Wow, Altered Images, John Foxx and numerous others, so Toyah is in great company.

• Further info on/Pre-order this release at Amazon.

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RSD2018: Toyah on Splash / Echo Beach Video

April 20th, 2018

desirered18bLess than one day to go until Desire is released on limited edition translucent red vinyl for RSD2018.

Here are another couple of Desire related posts to finish the countdown…

Splash: Toyah guesting on ITV’s, short-lived teatime pop show, Splash from 1987 – around the time of the release of Desire. Not great quality but worth a watch to see Toyah having some fun while discussing the album, Cabaret, her earlier career and more - Watch at You Tube… (NB: Not to be confused with this Splash!)

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• Echo Beach: Watch/Listen to Toyah’s 1987 single, with remastered audio, at The Official Toyah You Tube channel - Desire, the album from which the single was taken, is also available digitally.

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Top Of The Pops: 1983 – Rebel Run

April 20th, 2018

Top Of The Pops: BBC4: Wednesday 2nd May: 1am
22.09.1983. Simon Bates and Mike Read present the pop chart programme, first broadcast in September 1983. Featuring Toyah Willcox, David Bowie, Nick Heyward, The Alarm, Howard Jones and Hot Chocolate.

• Visit the BBC Top Of The Pops website. Click below for Dreamscape’s Rebel Run (and other Love Is The Law) lyrics.

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Desire: Get Your Stylus Ready

April 18th, 2018

Only 3 days to go till limited edition red vinyl release of DESIRE. get your stylus ready“, Toyah tweeted today. (All photos © Toyah Willcox/Official Toyah)

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RSD2018: Desire: Fan Art

April 18th, 2018

I know it’s out of fashion, and a trifle uncool, but I can’t help it…  – A couple of Dreamscape’s Desire designs from somewhere in the distance. There’s just three days until the album is released on red vinyl for RSD2018.

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Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

April 18th, 2018

rockrec18aRock The Rec: Toyah Willcox headlines, on Saturday 21st July, with her full live electric band. You can expect to hear hit singles: Good Morning Universe, It’s A Mystery, I Want To Be Free, Thunder In The Mountains, Brave New World and Rebel Run – Continue reading…

Derby City Council: Derby Film Festival 2018 – special guests, film previews and events in QUAD: Toyah Willcox will be in Conversation in QUAD on Saturday 5th May at 5:00pm. Both Jubilee (15) and The Tempest (15) will be screened as part of the festival on 8th & 9th and 9th & 10th May respectively – Continue reading…

Lively and Late: Toyah appearing at Thoresby Hall Hotel on Saturday 20 October 2018: 80s Festival with the fabulous Toyah, plus And Finally… Phil Collins, Jayne Middleton as Annie Lennox, Jasun Watkins is The Voice of Boy George and more, with a DJ both evenings – Continue reading…

Bristol 247: Queer icon David Hoyle discusses Blackpool, BHS and binaries: In those formative years, Hoyle says he was influenced by contemporary performers like Siouxsie Sioux, Toyah, and David Bowie as well as classic stars like Bette Davis and Liza Minelli. He rose to notoriety in London in the ‘80s but since then, what changes has Hoyle noticed? – Continue reading…

Visit Derby: DFF/Paracinema: Toyah Willcox In Conversation: It is hard to imagine a more perfect guest for the eclectic nature of Paracinema than Toyah Willcox – Continue reading…

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Belper News: Festival Features Feast for Film Fans

April 17th, 2018

belpernews16aDerby Film Festival returns from May 4-13 with a host of special guests, film previews and events, as well as over 50 feature films.

Guests include actress and singer Toyah Willcox, Sir John Hurt’s widow Anwen Hurt who will introduce a preview screening of That Good Night, Hurt’s final leading role and Mandie Fletcher, who will discuss her career in film and television, directing classics of British television, from Butterflies, to Blackadder, Only Fools And Horses, Desmond’s, Absolutely Fabulous and Miranda, and the big screen, with Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie in 2016.

• Continue reading at Belper News. Browse more Toyah at Derby Film Festival news.

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Desire: A New Style, A New Feel, A New Passion

April 17th, 2018

Counting down to the release of Desire on RSD2018 this Saturday – Here is the advert which promoted the album’s release in various UK magazines back in 1987.

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Gazette & Herald: Devizes Arts Festival 2018

April 17th, 2018

gazher16aTickets about to go on sale for Devizes Arts Festival

Tickets for this year’s Devizes Arts Festival go on sale on Monday (23) and chairman Margaret Bryant promise of something to suit everyone is likely to be kept.

The festival which runs from May 31 to June 17 is a unique mix of the sublime to the ridiculous with plenty in between.

The following couple of weeks will keep up the variety but many will be looking forward to welcoming Toyah to the Corn Exchange on the final Saturday (June 16) when the former punk princess will perform in the Corn Exchange from 8pm. In keeping with her punk roots this will be a standing only performance so people can sing and dance along to hits such as Good Morning Universe, Thunder In The Mountains and It’s A Mystery.

Tickets can be booked at devizesartsfestival.org.uk or at Devizes Books.

• Continue reading at the Gazette & Herald. (Photo © Nicola Salt/Gazette & Herald)

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RSD2018: Desire: Breakfast Time 1987

April 16th, 2018

We’re marking the release of Desire for RSD2018 with some content this week from that great Toyah era. Here’s a short interview with Toyah from BBC Breakfast Time on the very day Echo Beach was released as a single in 1987. Click on the screen caps below to watch the interview at You Tube and view larger versions of the screen caps here.

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RSD2018: Desire (30th Anniversary Edition Red Vinyl)

April 15th, 2018

desire18dExcitement is building as it’s now less than a week until Desire – Toyah’s wonderful 1987 studio album – is made available on limited edition translucent red vinyl.

The album is being released for a trio of reasons – as part of Record Store Day 2018, as well as in celebration of Toyah’s forthcoming 60th Birthday and also to help commemorate her incredible 40 years as a recording artist.

This new edition includes, for the first time, an inner sleeve which features Desire-era Toyah photos as well as the full album lyrics.

Of course the album is being listed at numerous online record stores in anticipation of going on sale next Saturday morning. Here are links to a few: Rough Trade, Crash Records, Lost in Vinyl, Banquet Records and Gray Whale.

Play Loud and Proud: Moonlight Dancing, Revive The World, The View, Moon Migration, Deadly As A Woman, Goodbye Baby, When A Woman Cries.

• Further info on Desire at toyahwillcox.com. (Photo below right © 101 Collectors Records)

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Derby QUAD: Derby Film Festival/Paracinema – Jubilee

April 15th, 2018

dffjubilee18aWhen Queen Elizabeth I (Jenny Runacre) asks her court alchemist John Dee (Richard O’Brien) to show her the future of England she is transported forward 400 years to 1978. She arrives to discover a post-apocalyptic society on the brink of collapse where girl gangs rove the streets indulging in casual murder, the police are openly fascistic, and public opinion is manipulated by all-powerful media moguls.

Forty years on from its first release Derek Jarman’s Jubilee remains the quintessential punk film, a daring and unique vision, featuring many icons of the punk era including festival guest Toyah Willcox, Little Nell, Wayne Country, Jordan, Adam Ant and many more.

You can attend the May 5th 7pm screening of Jubilee for free if purchasing a ticket for Toyah Willcox In Conversation at 5pm the same day. Call the box office on 01332 290606 to claim this offer.

• Continue reading at Derby QUAD. View the full programme at the Derby Film Festival website. Full info on/Book tickets for Toyah Willcox in Conversation taking place on Saturday 5th May at DFF.

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