Toyah Live 2018: Acoustic at Trading Boundaries

June 20th, 2018

acoustic18aA previously unpublished photo of Toyah is included on the new official promo image for the Acoustic, Up Close & Personal concerts.

The Acoustic… gigs are now in their fifth year of playing venues around the country, having debuted in February 2014, and show no sign of ending anytime soon!

Many thousands of people have enjoyed hearing Toyah talk about her career, and perform songs from her vast discography acoustically via these gigs.

An update today from Official Toyah on Toyah’s Acoustic… date(s) at Trading Boundaries in October:

Toyah will now be doing two nights at Trading Boundaries, in East Sussex, LIVE this October.

Both evenings will feature a three-piece acoustic band and feature unplugged version of Toyah classics including the recently added Angel & Me, Race Through Space and We Are.

Dining tickets have sold out for 13 October but are now available for 14 October.

• Further info/Book tickets at Trading Boundaries Music. (Photo © Toyah Willcox)

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North Wales Pioneer: Headliners Announced for L Fest

June 19th, 2018

lfest18aHeadliners announced as town prepares to host L Fest

The UK’s only lesbian festival has revealed its two headline acts for the event in Llandudno next month.

Katrina Leskanich and Toyah Willcox will headline a long list of performers at L Fest which will be held in Bodafon Fields between July 13 and 16.

Best known for signing in Katrina and the Waves, Katrina Leskanich won the 1997 Eurovision song contest with Love Shine a Light after rising to prominence with her 1985 hit Walking on Sunshine.

Willcox is an award-winning rock legend as well as a much-loved stage/screen actress and music composer. She has had 13 top 40 singles, recorded 24 albums, written two books, appeared in more than 40 stage plays, acted in 20 feature films and presented hundreds of TV programmes.

• Continue reading at the North Wales Pioneer. Visit the L Fest 2018 website.

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Dreamscape Gallery: Back Soon!

June 19th, 2018

Dreamscape’s Gallery section will be returning to the site in the not too distant future. There’s 1000s of photos of Toyah to browse and I’ve been asked numerous times when it will be available again. Click below for a look at just one of the many Gallery pages – Toyah Live 2015.

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Thanks to Brian Marsh, Official Toyah, Chesney Hawkes, Paul/P A C Photography, Damon King, Angus Turner, Ian Davis, Mark Evans and Rewind Scotland for the great shots above.

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Gazette & Herald: Sparkling Set From Toyah

June 18th, 2018

devizesfest18bSparkling set from Toyah closes Devizes Arts Festival

The stage of the Devizes’ Corn Exchange was set for a spectacular performance on Saturday night and Toyah didn’t disappoint. She took the audience, many of whom were lifelong fans, through her back catalogue of hits, including ‘It’s a Mystery’ and ‘I want to be free’. Toyah was 60 earlier this year but you wouldn’t have thought it as she danced and jumped around, wearing a gold dress which sparkled as she moved.

Her performance was even more impressive when she revealed that this was her second gig of the day!

Many of Toyah’s fans have a connection with her which goes back nearly 40 years and they loved every minute of the gig.

It was a night to remember and a fitting end to the main programme of this year’s Devizes Arts Festival.

• Continue reading at the Gazette & Herald.

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Toyah Live 2018: Devizes Arts Festival Photos

June 18th, 2018

Absolutely stunning photos of Toyah from her gig on Saturday at Devizes Arts Festival. Please click on them to view larger versions. (Thanks to Angus | Photos © Angus Turner)

• Take a look at just some of the great Toyah Live photos Angus has contributed to Dreamscape over the years… Amazing! Thanks again to Angus.

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Official Toyah: “4 Concerts in 3 Days…”

June 18th, 2018

A fab weekend of concerts for Toyah: “THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! to everyone who made Minehead, Lets Rock Leeds, Devizes and Bognor the best weekend ever! 4 concerts in 3 days…..bring it on xxx photos courtesy Gail Foster“. Click below to visit Toyah at Twitter.

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Toyah Live 2018: Let’s Rock Leeds/Devizes Arts Festival

June 17th, 2018

Two great photos of Toyah onstage at Let’s Rock Leeds yesterday afternoon (below right) and at Devizes Arts Festival (left) last night. (Photos © Devizes Arts Festival / Let’s Rock Leeds Official)

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The Old Rep Theatre: Toyah Visits The Old Rep

June 17th, 2018

bhamoldrep18bOur patron Toyah Willcox visits The Old Rep

A friend of The Old Rep and patron Toyah Willcox visited us on Friday 8 June to see her dedicated seat plaque in our auditorium.

Greeted at stage door by our Executive Director Michael Penn and General Manager Gary Stevens, Toyah was extremely excited as this was her first time back at the theatre in almost 30 years, back when she used to attend our Old Rep Drama School at the age of just 14.

Toyah’s dedicated seat plaque is located in our stalls, it reads:

‘a space where true happiness was found’

Willcox went on to thank The Old Rep for their hospitality, and said “This is where it all began for me, thank you”.

• Continue reading at The Old Rep Theatre. (Photo © Toyah Willcox)

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Toyah Live 2018: Devizes Arts Festival +

June 16th, 2018

devizesfest18aAnother busy weekend of concerts for Toyah, with a pair of 80s Weekender shows last night and on Sunday, a visit to Let’s Rock Leeds this afternoon and a band gig on the penultimate day of Devizes Arts Festival this evening. The festival runs from 31st May – 17th June. Toyah’s gig takes place at Devizes Corn Exchange.

Toyah & her Full Electric Band

Saturday 16th June: Corn Exchange: 8:00pm | £20 Standing only

From punk princess to cult stage actress and high priestess of TV, Toyah Willcox is a uniquely gifted performer and an inextinguishable flame. Charismatic, outspoken and impossible to categorise, she is one of Britain’s iconic household names – an award-winning rock legend as well as a much-loved stage/screen actress and music composer. In a career spanning over 35 years she has amassed 13 top 40 singles, recorded 24 albums and toured live across the world.

In this lively and energetic concert with her full live electric band you can expect to hear hit singles Good Morning Universe, Thunder In The Mountains and It’s A Mystery alongside classics Neon Womb, Danced and Ieya.

• Continue reading at the Devizes Arts Festival website.

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Daily Post: Headliners Announced For Lesbian Festival

June 14th, 2018

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L Fest takes place in Llandudno next month and two stars form the 80s are topping the bill

The headline acts for “L Fest” the world’s largest lesbian festival have been confirmed. Toyah Willcox and Katrina from Katrina and the Waves will top the bill at the concert which is being held at Bodafon Farm Park, Llandudno between Friday July 13 and Monday July 16.

With a month until the festival gets underway, the organisers have announced the two “global 80’s icons” who will take centre stage. Katrina will headline on the Saturday and Toyah Willcox will top the bill on Sunday.

• Continue reading at the North Wales Daily Post. (Photo from 1985 © Daily Record)

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Pink News: Toyah & Katrina to Headline Lesbian Festival

June 14th, 2018

pinknews18aToyah Willcox and Katrina from Katrina and the Waves to headline world’s biggest lesbian festival

Toyah Willcox and Katrina and the Waves will be headlining “the world’s biggest lesbian festival” in July. L Fest, which takes place in Llandudno, north Wales, is going back to the Eighties to provide entertainment for its queer female audience.

ONE MONTH TO GOOOOO and we have something to shout about, we are sooo excited at HQ. Here are our headliners for L Fest 2018 and as we know how so many of you love your 80’s, we have not one but two GLOBAL 80’s ICONS for you!” wrote L Fest on its Facebook page.

• Continue reading at Pink News.

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Toyah Visits Birmingham Old Rep

June 14th, 2018

Managed to visit the building where it all started for me. Birmingham Old Rep Theatre. It was wonderful to be back, thank u xxxx” – See the full photo at Twitter. (Photo © Toyah Willcox)

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Toyah on TV: Quadrophenia

June 14th, 2018

Quadrophenia: Film 4 HD: Monday 25th June: 1.35am
The Who wrote and produced this energetic story of a young man disillusioned with his life in 1960s London. Phil Daniels excels as the alienated anti-hero Jimmy Cooper. Director: Franc Roddam. Starring: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Toyah Willcox, Philip Davis, Mark Wingett, Sting, and Ray Winstone.

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Official Toyah: Toyah’s June 2018 Blog

June 12th, 2018

Toyah’s June 2018 blog is available to read at toyahwillcox.com – Click below to read.

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Northeast Music Guide: Toyah 02 Newcastle Review

June 11th, 2018

live18kA review of Toyah’s gig at The O2 Academy, Newcastle on Saturday, by Northeast Music Guide.

Toyah emerged covered in gold. Good Morning Universe was the opening number, an ageless classic. Toyah had a sparkle in her eye and energy that belies her 60 years. Next, from album Anthem: We Are. Toyah’s introduction suggested it should have been a single. Very in the vein of 8th Day, by Hazel O’Connor.

live18jHer cover of Echo Beach was, in our opinion, better than the Martha And The Muffins original.

Inroducing Thunder in the Mountains, Toyah mentions the mad 80s videos. This song got some early audience participation. Toyah told us about Neon Womb, which was written 40 years ago whilst filming with Katherine Hepburn. Being lonely in hotel rooms as a young woman inspired this claustrophobic track.

Next was Rebel Run and then a song for those who got into trouble with their mothers for dying their hair pink:  Be Proud Be Loud ( Be Heard). Toyah is wonderfully eccentric and loved by the appreciative audience as she twirls and takes a bow at the end.

• Continue reading at Northeast Music Guide. (Words and photos: Joanne Oliver for Jowheretogo and Carliol Photography)

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