Official Toyah: Toyah’s August 2018 Blog

August 12th, 2018

Read Toyah’s Blog for August 2018 at toyahwillcox.com.

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Toyah on the Radio: BBC WM: The Other Side Of…

August 4th, 2018

bbcwm12aToyah guests on BBC Radio WM’s The Other Side Of… tomorrow at Midday, discussing her career, early years, the music of Kate Bush and more. The programme has a running time of 60 minutes.

Listen to a short excerpt from the show – “I was not scared of being disliked by men” says Toyah.

The Other Side Of…: BBC Radio WM: Sunday 5th August: 12pm
Celebrating 40 years in show business in her 60th year. She talks about growing up in Kings Heath, how Top Of The Pops helped her stay alive and the power of Kate Bush’s music.

• Listen to the interview live while it airs or post airing at BBC iPlayer Radio. (Photo © BBC)

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Video Killed The Radio Star: Sky Arts TONIGHT!!

August 3rd, 2018

A reminder that the Video Killed The Radio Star Toyah Special premieres tonight on Sky Arts at 8.30pm. There’s also a repeat next Tuesday.

Video Killed The Radio Star: Sky Arts: Friday 3rd August: 8.30pm
Video Killed The Radio Star: Sky Arts: Tuesday 7th August: 7.30pm
Toyah Willcox. (Series 7, Episode 6) A look back at the most memorable music videos of Toyah Willcox, who has had eight Top 40 singles over the last four decades.

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Eastern Daily Press: It’s No Mystery

August 1st, 2018

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Charismatic, outspoken and impossible to categorise, Toyah Willcox is both a boundary-smashing musical survivor from the punk era, much-loved actress and presenter of programmes as diverse as The Good Sex Guide and Songs of Praise.

In a career spanning 30 years, during which she has had 13 top 40 singles, recorded 20 albums, written books, acoustic18dappeared in over 40 stage plays, made 10 feature films and been a fixture on television, she has managed to balance a deeply rebellious streak with becoming something of national treasure.

Next month she will be visiting Diss as part of her Up Close & Personal tour that will include a chance to hear her perform an intimate acoustic set. A talented duo of guitarists, Chris Wong and Colin Hinds, will accompany Toyah on unplugged versions of the hits It’s A Mystery, Thunder In The Mountains, I Want To Be Free and Good Morning Universe.

“I love performing the songs acoustically,” she said. “They sound fresh and contemporary. The lyrics have more meaning and clarity in the sonic space of the two acoustic guitars.”

• Continue reading at the Eastern Daily Press.

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Diss Express: Toyah Heads to Diss

August 1st, 2018

acoustic16bA British musical icon will be taking to the stage at the Corn Hall in Diss later this year.

Toyah Willcox will be playing live at the recently-renovated venue on September 1 in an intimate gig.

The show, Toyah: Acoustic, Up Close and Personal, promises audiences acoustic covers of her well-known hits, alongside recalling stories from her colourful 35-year career. Guitarists duo Chris Wong and Colin Hinds will accompany Toyah on meticulous and melodic acoustic versions of It’s A Mystery, Thunder In The Mountains, I Want To Be Free, Good Morning Universe and Sensational.

• Continue reading at the Diss Express.

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Toyah on the Radio: BBC R4 Extra: The Older Woman (Ep6)

July 30th, 2018

tow15aThe first series of The Older Woman, the six-part radio drama which was originally broadcast in 1993, is currently airing again on BBC Radio 4 Extra. with the final episode on this week.

Toyah plays Elsa, alongside Martun Clunes and Zoë Wanamaker as Roy and Jane in this excellent, and slightly surreal, drama by Tony Bagley. Toyah also performs the theme song to The Older Woman.

The series, produced by Paul Schlesinger, also features David Troughton, Geoff McGivern, David Holt, Keith Drinkel and Melanie Hudson in a variety of roles.

The Older Woman: BBC Radio 4 Extra: Monday 30th July: 7am
The Older Woman: BBC Radio 4 Extra: Monday 30 July: 5pm
The Older Woman: BBC Radio 4 Extra: Tuesday 31st July: 5am
Episode 6 of 6. A letter and phone calls lift the lid on Jane’s chaotic love life. Stars Zoe Wanamaker, Martin Clunes and Toyah Willcox. From February 1993. Last in Series.

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The Bedford Clanger: Music Highlights

July 30th, 2018

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Saturday 15 September, Esquires

The iconic TOYAH will be gracing the main stage at Esquires on Saturday 15 September. This is a full band, non-acoustic show looking back over her full back catalogue.

Tickets are £20 advance, on sale now here: seetickets.com/event/toyah/bedford-esquires/1249241 and from Monday 23rd July from Slide Record Shop, Esquires and Mario’s Hair Design.

• Continue reading at The Bedford Clanger.

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Nottinghamshire Pride: Toyah Photos by Ray Sears

July 29th, 2018

Fantastic photos of Toyah at yesterday’s Nottinghamshire Pride. The set-list was: Good Morning Universe, Echo Beach, Thunder In The Mountains, Rebel Yell, It’s A Mystery, Sweet Child O’ Mine, I Want To Be Free. View larger versions of these photos at the, just resurrected, Dreamscape Gallery. (Thanks to Ray | Photos © Ray Sears)

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Site News: Dreamscape’s Gallery Back Online!

July 29th, 2018

Lay-oh lay-oh lay-oh layay man tey sa-ra-rai!!! After almost 18 months in the wilderness… this website’s Toyah Gallery is, at last, back online! Browse 1000′s of photos of Toyah, including numerous shots from many of the live concerts, festivals and anniversary tours from the past decade, by clicking below…

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There’s also a large collection of photos from the early years of Toyah’s career, right through the Safari Records late 1970s/early 1980s, the Minx/CBS era and into the late Eighties, the Nineties and, yep, the Noughties!! Click below for more photos of Toyah than you can shake a 7″ single at!

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NB: No infringement intended. All photos remain the copyright of their respective owners. Photos are mostly average quality scans from my magazine/fanclub collection of Toyah memorabilia and/or live gig photos generously gifted to Dreamscape by Toyah fans. This is a non-profit fansite, celebrating the 40 year career of Toyah Willcox.

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Nottinghamshire Pride: Be Proud Be Loud Be Heard!!!

July 28th, 2018

Toyah is playing Nottinghamshire Pride 2018 this afternoon. Here is a rundown of most of the day’s perfromers. Click here to visit the event’s Twitter and below for the official website. Yes, Be Proud Be Loud Be Heard!!! Don’t let the bigots, homophobes and liars win. Have a great Pride.

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LIPA: Toyah Awarded Companionship from Paul McCartney

July 27th, 2018

Toyah and Nile Rodgers, pictured at today’s Liverpool Instutute For Performing Arts ceremony, with Paul McCartney. Toyah and Nile received Companionships at the institutes annual graduation ceremony from The Beatles’ legend.

Others honoured as Companions were Broadway and West End sound designer John Leonard, former CEO of Sony Music UK and Ireland Paul Burger, Ali Campbell – who’s a leading community arts practitioner and teacher, international lighting designer Felice Ross and dancer and choreographer Dean Lee. (Photo © Peter Byrne/PA)

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The Guide Liverpool: New LIPA Companions

July 26th, 2018

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Award winning musical pioneer Nile Rodgers is to be made a Companion of The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) on Friday, 27 July 2018.

The award-winning composer, producer and guitarist will be one of seven luminaries of the arts and entertainment world to receive the accolade from LIPA’s co-founder Sir Paul McCartney at the Institute’s annual graduation ceremony. Nile, who co-founded the ground-breaking disco band Chic in 1976, is one of the industry’s most sought-after producers and collaborators and was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame last year.

Toyah Willcox – who’s maintained a successful career as both a musician and an actor for over 40 years – will also be made a Companion. LIPA awards Companionships for two reasons: outstanding achievement and practical contribution to students’ learning.

lipa18aNile Rodgers and Toyah Willcox will be joined by Broadway and West End sound designer John Leonard, former CEO of Sony Music UK and Ireland Paul Burger, Ali Campbell – who’s a leading community arts practitioner and teacher, international lighting designer Felice Ross and dancer and choreographer Dean Lee.

• Continue reading at The Guide Liverpool. See further press reports on this at the Liverpool Echo and msn.com.

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Toyah Live 2018: Weyfest Music Festival

July 26th, 2018

weyfest18cToyah is playing Weyfest Music Festival 2018 next month, as one of the special guest vocalists with The SAS Band. The festival takes place from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th August in Tilford, Surrey. The SAS Band headline the closing night of the festival.

Weyfest is a premium boutique-style festival which has been held in Tilford, Surrey in August each year since 2007. At Weyfest you will experience fine foods, wines, ales, ciders and lagers, cocktails and champagne bars – all at reasonable prices.  There are plenty of posh clean toilets that are topped up with supplies all weekend, a beautiful camp site with wonderful hot showers and great sound quality from the 4 stages, all set in 10 acres of stunning woodland of the Rural Life Centre museum – home to 40,000 fascinating artefacts of country life. There’s plenty to entertain all ages, quite apart from the fabulous music!

A music festival without mud. Weyfest is more like a mini-holiday than a music festival. It is a stress-free weekend in the country, with over 30 hours of the finest music… Where people open gates for you, say “excuse me” and move aside to let you to the bar. Where the tantalising aromas of great food mix with the nostalgic smell of steam from the resident railway, conjuring up memories of a bygone industrial age.

• Further info/Book tickets at the Weyfest Music Festival 2018 website.

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West Bridgford Wire: Nottinghamshire Pride 2018

July 26th, 2018

nottspride18aToyah is playing Nottinghamshire Pride 2018 on Saturday, with a stage time of 4pm. There are further details about the day’s events at the West Bridgford Wire.

Full details for Nottinghamshire Pride 2018 revealed

This year Nottinghamshire Pride will take place on 28th July in Nottingham City Centre. Nottingham City Centre will be awash with colour and wrapped in rainbow flags this Saturday as Nottinghamshire Pride takes place in the city.

• Continue reading at the West Bridgford Wire. Visit the Nottinghamshire Pride 2018 website here.

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Dreamscape Fanzine: Toyah 60 Issues & Flyers

July 26th, 2018

If anyone missed the latest fanzine(s) and flyers collection, or just wanted a single issue, there is a selection currently listed at ebay. Click below to view the flyer set.

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