As well a performing her hits, and other classic songs, all unplugged, Toyah will recall stories from her colourful and varied career, which spans 35 years. Toyah: Up Close and Personal will come to the Evesham Arts Centre on Saturday, February 11, from 7.30pm.
Toyah takes Acoustic, Up Close & Personal into a fourth year with more live dates, through 2017, confirmed recently by the Breaking Through newsletter.
11 Feb: Evesham Arts Centre
1 Apr: Acapela Studio, Cardiff
26 May: Fairytykes Arts Centre, Hornchurch
23 Jun: Redditch Palace Theatre, Worcestershire
21 Oct: St. Edwards Church, Stow on the Wold
Toyah’s acoustic show has entertained numerous audiences with a mixture of songs and conversation from her varied career since premiering in 2014. Receiving great reviews and taking Toyah to hundreds of venues over the past four years.
• View more details on Acoustic, Up Close & Personal including dates, venues and links to book tickets, and browse all of Toyah’s confirmed live dates for 2017, at The Official Gigs page.
The Lee Mack Show: BBC Radio 4 Extra
Monday 30th January: 10.30pm
Episode 6 of 6. Toyah Willcox joins the sharp comedian for stand-up, sketches and music. With Angela McHale and Steve Brown. From April 2005. Includes a great performance of Guns N’ Roses ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ by Toyah.
Toyah will guest at another Our Disappearing Planet event later this year – Taking place at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre on Saturday 20th May 2017.
The latest 10th Planet autograph event includes dozens of guests from sci-fi and film.
Our Disappearing Planet, Autograph Show 2, Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre,
Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ | Doors Open 10am – 5pm
• Further info at tenthplanetevents.co.uk.
Certainly personifying and symbolizing the face of “Punk” from a female point of view, “Jordan” caused a sophisticated anarchy that revolutionized equality in music for women at a time when it pretended to be a male profession. Beyond that she was, and still is a, heroine who dares to evoke the threat of imagination. Jordan defied sensibility and at the same time defined it.
Celebrated for her audacious fashion sense, her musical abilities, and her courageous and tantalizing artistic view, Jordan was privy to the most sacred Punk bands to ever emerge, including a close relationship with “The Sex Pistols”. She was also the very first manager of “Adam and the Ants”. She had a supreme role in Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s SEX boutique, and starred as the lead in one of the most impacting films of the time, Derek Jarman’s ” Jubilee”.
Fri 24 Mar – 7.30pm JUBILEE (18)
Derek Jarman, 1978, 100mins, UK. Plus Q&A hosted by Ted Polhemus with Jordan aka Pamela Rooke.
Queen Elizabeth I is transported through time from 1578 to 1978, where she sees what has become of her once glorious kingdom: law and order have broken down, punks roam the streets, decay eats away at the fabric of society. With a cast featuring Adam Ant and Toyah Willcox in a vivid postapocalyptic urban landscape, this is the ultimate punk movie. Bar serving special seasonal drinks after the screening. All tickets £10.
Jubilee is a 1978 cult film directed by Derek Jarman. It stars Jenny Runacre, Ian Charleson and a host of punk rockers, including Adam Ant and Toyah. The title refers to the Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II in 1977.
The film is heavily influenced by the 1970s punk aesthetic in its style and presentation. Shot in grainy colour, it is largely plotless and episodic. Location filming took advantage of London neighbourhoods that were economically depressed and/or still contained large amounts of rubble from the London Blitz.
• More info on this event at Visit Blackburn.
Festival season will soon be upon us and if you haven’t decided on which music gigs you want to go to this year – then here is a little help. Once again there are plenty of festivals to choose from in and around Exeter for 2017, with big named artists that are guaranteed not to disappoint.
Let’s Rock, Powderham Castle: 80′s festival Let’s Rock is back again this year bringing with it Tony Hadley, Howard Jones and Jason Donovan. The festival will once again take place at Powderham Castle on Saturday, July 1, and the acts that will be heading to Exeter this year include, Belinda Carlisle, Chesney Hawkes, Imagination, Big Country, From the Jam, Hazel O’Connor, Katrina, Jaki Graham and Toyah.
How do I get tickets and how much are they?: Tickets are now on sale here. General tickets cost £47.30. VIP tickets are also available priced £132.
• Continue reading at the Exeter Express & Echo. Visit the Let’s Rock Exeter website (Toyah is also playing Let’s Rock London this year). See the dedicated pages for both Let’s Rock festivals at toyahwillcox.com here and here.
The tour, with Paul Young, Martika, Toyah and China Crisis plays 15 dates all over the UK: Rhyl, Leicester, Stoke, Edinburgh, Shrewsbury, Chatham, Malvern, Basingstoke, Birmingham, Guildford, Aylesbury, London, Huddersfield, Newcastle and Liverpool.
Taking place from Friday 2 June to Sunday 4 June, Headline acts include Jason Donovan, Alexander O’Neal and Odyssey. The weekend will consist of ‘Legends Friday’, ‘Soulfest Saturday’, and ‘Retro Sunday’ with up to 5,000 visitors per day finishing at 9pm each night.
Toyah Willcox is set to perform and Bob Marley’s Wailers will also be flying in from Jamaica!
There’s a great selection of past Toyah at BBC Radio 4 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).
Quadrophenia: Sky Select HD: Sunday 29th January: 2.15am
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. (Sky Select HD is on Sky Channel 312)
• Punx: Rebellion Festival: Great to have Toyah back again. And great that a famous ‘name’ bothers to put a piece on her website! So many bands play the festival, but not all of them update their websites to say so! Respect to those that do – thank you! – Continue reading…
• Rebellion Festival 2017: Toyah returns to Blackpool’s punk festival later this year. Visit the page “Punx” are referring to above at toyahwillcox.com…
• Concert Posters 2011 – 2017: See two new promotional posters for Toyah’s forthcoming live dates this year, plus others dating back to 2011…
• Warrington Worldwide: Meet Kim Smith the new face of the WI: The last thing you would expect from your local WI Chairman to be involved in would be promoting a pop concert featuring 80′s icon Toyah! – Continue reading…
• The Sun: Granarchy in the UK: We hear from the pioneers of punk 40 years after they unleashed havoc on polite society. (Not strictly Toyah related but includes an interview with the wonderful and inspiring Jordan/Pamela Rooke) – Continue reading…
• The Shields Gazette: When South Shields man had stars in his eyes: It was a quirky bonus to have a Toyah impersonator in my group as the real Toyah and I were good friends – Continue reading…
Check out a new collection of scans of Toyah in Smash Hits - “the 80s Pop Bible” – All of the magazine’s Toyah features, songwords and clippings published between 1979 and 1985 – brought together by The Toyah Willcox Interview Archive.
Toyah plays the Upton House Music Festival 2017 this Summer, as part of an 80s Extravaganza with Kim Wilde and Billy Ocean. The time schedule for the concert - taking place on Friday 9th June – has now been announced:
Event Timings for the 80′s Extravaganza
• 5.00pm – Hospitality gates open
• 5.30pm – Public gates open
• 7.30pm – Concert commences – Toyah on stage
• 8.00pm – 8.15pm – Interval
• 8.15pm – 9.00pm – Kim Wilde on stage
• 9.20pm to 10.30pm – Billy Ocean
• 10:30pm – Depart
Toyah Willcox: From punk princess to cult stage actress and high priestess of TV, Toyah is a uniquely gifted performer and an inextinguishable flame. In a career spanning over 35 years she has amassed 13 top 40 singles, recorded 29 albums and toured live across the world. Expect to hear hit singles,”Thunder In The Mountains”, “It’s A Mystery”, “I Want To Be Free”, ”Echo Beach”, and many more!