Toyah & Hazel Live 2020: Electric Ladies Of The 80s

August 25th, 2019

A seed was sown many moons ago, as early as the mid-1990s and finally……. Toyah & Hazel O’ Connor unite for a special tour in 2020.

Post Punk and New Wave artists Toyah and Hazel O’Connor join forces to bring you their exciting new tour, Electric Ladies of the 80s.

Toyah is one of the most recognisable faces in UK pop culture, clocking up an impressive 10 hit singles and 8 hit albums including the gold selling Anthem. Also an acclaimed actress, Toyah his performed on film and stages the world over including a role in the legendary Who film, Quadrophenia.

Hazel O’Connor set the benchmark high with her starring role in the legendary British film Breaking Glass for which she won the Variety Club Award and it’s accompanying soundtrack which saw her nominated for a BAFTA. Ever the prolific artist, Hazel continues to make new music and tour the world with her strong ethical message.

Performing alongside their full electric band, each artist will perform their own set alongside some duets and surprises.

This hit packed retro fest will include such classics as Thunder In The Mountains, Eighth Day, It’s A Mystery, Will You, I Want To Be Free, D-Days and many more.

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W-Fest 2019 Photos: Toyah Live in Belgium

August 25th, 2019

Great shots of Toyah onstage at W-Fest 2019 in Belgium on Friday 16th August. Thanks to Johny for these amazing photos of Toyah’s live Belgian debut. (Photos © Johny Vermeiren)

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Toyah on TV: Quadrophenia Our Generation

August 25th, 2019

Quadrophenia Our Generation: Sky Arts: Saturday 21st September: Time TBC
A new documentary, marking the 40th anniversary of Quadrophenia. Includes a recording of the live read through with the cast in which Toyah participated.

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Toyah on the Radio: 6 Music Live Hour

August 25th, 2019

Another chance to hear highlights from Toyah’s 1981 Christmas Eve Drury Lane concert, originally broadcast on The Old Grey Whistle Test on BBC2 on Christmas Eve 1981, at the beginning of next month on BBC 6 Music’s Live Hour.

6 Music Live Hour: BBC 6 Music
Tuesday 3rd September: 2.30am
Toyah, Gossip and 77:78. Toyah in concert at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London in 1981, plus a session recorded by Gossip on this date (3rd September) in 2003 and one by 77:78 (1/7/2018). Available at BBC Sounds after airing.

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Toyah on TV: Celebrity Eggheads

August 25th, 2019

Celebrity Eggheads: BBC2: Wednesday 28th August: 6pm
Series 8, Episode 15. Jeremy Vine hosts a special celebrity edition of the show where every day, a new team of challengers take on arguably the greatest quiz team in Britain – the Eggheads. Can a team from the world of arts and entertainment, featuring actor Simon Greenall, singer Toyah Willcox, arts correspondent Nick Higham, award-winning saxophonist YolanDa Brown and Proms presenter Katie Derham, triumph over the general knowledge goliaths and win the cash prize for their charity? Visit the BBC web page for this programme by clicking below.

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Official Toyah: August 2019 Blog

August 25th, 2019

Toyah’s blog for August 2019 is available to read at toyahwillcox.com – Click below to go there.

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Toyah on TV: The Chase – Celebrity Special

August 25th, 2019

There’s another chance to catch Toyah’s 2016 guest appearance on ITV’s The Chase, the celebrity special which also featured Germaine Greer. (Photo © ITV)

The Chase: Celebrity Special: ITV:
Sunday 1st September 6pm
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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Toyah on TV: Toyah’s Sack The Stylist?! Top 30

August 25th, 2019

Toyah’s Sack The Stylist?! Top 30: NOW 80s: Monday 26th August: 9pm
Pop legend Toyah brings 30 memorable videos featuring a cavalcade of clothing calamities from superstars including Bowie, Madonna, Adam Ant and many more in this crazy countdown!

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You Magazine: Where Were You When

July 16th, 2019

Where Were You When: Ziggy Stardust made his TV debut

David Bowie’s performance of ‘Starman’ was out of this world, recalls singer Toyah Willcox.

I was born in Birmingham in 1958. My life was quite conventional by today’s standards: I went to an all-girls school, ate with my family twice a day at a dining table and wasn’t allowed to speak unless spoken to. Men led the households and were affectionately known as ‘blokes’.

Then the singer Marc Bolan came along with T Rex in 1970, strutting his stuff to ‘Ride a White Swan’. He was clearly in touch with his feminine side but was very palatable to look at. While my brother scoffed at Bolan’s satin trousers, I sneaked off from school to see him on stage – and fell in love with rock ’n’ roll.

My adolescence was completely normal until an afternoon in June 1972, when I was 14. After coming back from school, I turned on the TV to see who was singing on Lift Off With Ayshea, a music show on ITV. I was expecting Slade, Bolan, Dana, maybe Val Doonican – but instead, there was David Bowie singing ‘Starman’, in his television debut as Ziggy Stardust. It derailed me completely.

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Metro: Quadrophenia Cast Spill BTS Antics

July 16th, 2019

Quadrophenia cast spill BTS antics as they reunite to celebrate 40 years of cult film

The cast of Quadrophenia have reunited to celebrate 40 years since the cult movie was released. And what an evening it was.

Returning to Shepherds Bush, where the much-loved classic was filmed, the likes of Leslie Ash (Steph), Garry Cooper (Peter), Phil Daniels (Jimmy) and Toyah Willcox (Monkey) joined Lauren Laverne to talk all things mod. Phil Davis (Chalky), Trevor Laird (Ferdy), Gary Shail (Spider) and Mark Winget (Dave) were also in attendance to discuss the key themes of the plot, as well as spilling a number of backstage antics.

• Continue reading at the Metro. (Photo © Metro/Joe Newman/PinPep)

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Live 2019: Morecambe Carnival Festival Weekend

July 16th, 2019

Toyah will play Morecambe Carnival Festival Weekend 2019 on Sunday 11th August. Click below for more info.

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C86 Show – Indie Pop: Toyah Willcox Special

July 16th, 2019

Toyah Special – talking about her life in music and much much more

Toyah musician, singer, songwriter, actress, producer and author. In a career spanning more than 40 years, Willcox has had 8 Top 40 singles, released over 20 albums, written two books, appeared in over 40 stage plays and 10 feature films, and voiced and presented numerous television shows.

Between 1977 and 1983 she fronted the band Toyah, before embarking on a solo career in the mid-1980s. At the 1982 BPI/Brit Awards Toyah was nominated for British Breakthrough Act, which The Human League won and Best Female Solo Artist which Randy Crawford won.

Toyah was nominated a further two times in this category in 1983, which Kim Wilde won and in 1984, which Annie Lennox won. Her biggest hits include “It’s a Mystery”, “Thunder in the Mountains” and “I Want to Be Free”.

Toyah continues to tour both with her full band and also with an acoustic line-up for her “Up Close And Personal” shows. In 2018 Toyah toured her #Toyah60 show, which marked her sixtieth birthday and fortieth year in music. This was accompanied by the release of her Four From Toyah- Birthday Edition EP of new material, which charted highly in the digital charts.

In 2019 Toyah charted at #74 in the UK album charts with a re-issue of her 2008 album In The Court Of The Crimson Queen. It also peaked at #22 on the Official Charts Company’s sales chart and #7 in the independent chart. This was Toyah’s first appearance in the British album charts since ‘Minx’ in 1985.

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Dance In The Hurricane: Radio Mix

July 16th, 2019

A brand new Radio Mix of Dance In The Hurricane is out now digitally. Toyah said of DITH: “This is my favourite song which I want to be remembered by“. Click below for links.

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Official Toyah: July 2019 Blog

July 16th, 2019

Toyah’s blog for July 2019 is available to read at toyahwillcox.com – Click below to go there.

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Films: Give The Wings Seeks Crowdfunding

July 16th, 2019

Toyah will be appearing in the film Give Them Wings directed by Sean Cronin. The film is raising funds to complete production. Find out how to donate and about the film including Toyah talking on camera about her role in the video above.

Give Them Wings will follow in the footsteps and the success of the incredible biopic true story of Christy Brown, My Left Foot which in 1989 at a budget of $600,000 grossed $15m at the box office, Billy Elliot at a budget of $5m grossed $99m at the box office and The Full Monty at a budget of $3.5m grossed $257m at the box office. Untouchable, with a very similar narrative to Give Them Wings at a budget of $10.5m and grossed $366m.

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Toyah on TV: Pointless Celebrities

July 16th, 2019

A repeat airing for last year’s Pointless Celebrities, with Toyah and Sonique, on BBC1 this weekend. (Photo © BBC)

Pointless Celebrities: BBC1: Sunday 21st July: 5.15pm
Music (Series 11, Episode 14). 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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Toyah 2019: Quadrophenia / Festivals +

July 8th, 2019

Sold out concerts, festival appearances, radio interviews, Quadrophenia rehearsals and much more. Check out Toyah’s recent happenings direct from her at Twitter! There’s a busy rest of July ahead, with four festivals, the Quadrophenia 40th Anniversary reunion and an Acoustic gig!

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Toyah on TV: Minder (All Mod Cons)

July 8th, 2019

Minder: ITV4: Tuesday 16th July: 3.40am
Minder: ITV4: Thursday 25th July: 0.55am
All Mod Cons. Arthur decides to sell Terry’s flat without his permission. Meanwhile, Terry gets a job minding at a local club and ends up getting into more trouble than he had planned for when he realises the club’s manager is on the fiddle. Starring: George Cole, Dennis Waterman, Toyah Willcox, Simon Cadell, James Ottaway, and Tony Osaba. (Series 2, Episode 8, 1980). Also showing on ITV4 HD and ITV4 +1.

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Toyah on TV: Celebrity Ghost Stories

July 8th, 2019

Celebrity Ghost Stories: Lifetime: Saturday 20th July: 10.45pm
Series 1, Episode 6. Sue Cook reveals creepy encounters with a malevolent nutcracker and a UFO, Toyah Willcox speaks of a spooky apparation, and Alex Fearns discusses sinister sounds he caught on tape.

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Toyah on TV: Toyah’s Sack The Stylist?! Top 30

July 8th, 2019

Toyah’s Sack The Stylist?! Top 30: NOW 80s: Wednesday 10th July: 6pm
Pop legend Toyah brings 30 memorable videos featuring a cavalcade of clothing calamities from superstars including Bowie, Madonna, Adam Ant and many more in this crazy countdown!

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Irish Examiner: Toyah on 40 Years in Showbusiness

June 28th, 2019

The High Priestess of Punk on 40 years in showbusiness ahead of Irish gig

Always the high priestess of punk Toyah Willcox has achieved a lot in four decades. Now at the age of 60 she still enjoys ‘living out loud’ — and makes no apologies for it, writes Lorraine Wylie

In four decades, she’s released more than 20 albums, written two books, appeared in 10 feature films and over 40 stage plays. She’s also presented a number of TV shows.

But to die-hard music fans, Toyah Willcox will always be ‘The High priestess of punk.’ Between 1979 and 1981, she released three albums, Sheep Farming in Barnet The Blue Meaning and Anthem.

The latter hit the musical jackpot and as well as spawning hits such as ‘I Want to Be Free’ and ‘It’s A Mystery,’ went on to earn her a gold disc. Now, she’s ready to showcase her latest collection, ‘In the Court of the Crimson Queen,’ described as ‘a rally cry to forever living out loud.’ Ahead of her performance at the Forever Young Festival in Naas, I caught up with Toyah who told me why, at 60, she still enjoys ‘living out loud’ “I think 60 is a great age,” she tells me.

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