This weekend is Proud, Loud & Electric for Toyah, with two full band gigs being played. At The Spa Bridlington on Saturday, and Longlands Club, Middlesborough on Sunday. Click below to browse Toyah’s Official Gig page for further info and ticket links.
As well as Issue 25, there are three extra fanzines for this Autumn, making the final mail-out a bumper bundle! These will focus on eras of Toyah’s music career that readers felt weren’t adequately covered in other issues – Celebrating IEYA, The Changeling Tour 1982, Love Is The Law – These can be ordered with or without Issue 25.
The final issue(s) of our fanzine are coming this Autumn. It’ll be sad to see them end but the last three years have been ridiculously hectic and busy, resulting in 25 issues (plus a few bonus), full of original Toyah features and content. It’s not over yet, though. Issue 25 will be similarly full, including stunning new “Crimson Queen” art by Mark Satchwill. Click below for more info.
Fanzine Info: Non profit, all payments go towards producing good quality digital print fanzines plus numerous extras – postcards, flyers, cards etc. – with each three-monthly fanzine mail-out. There is no intention to profit from these, but to celebrate Toyah’s eclectic career via colourful unofficial print fanzines.
If you are a huge fan of 1980’s music then I would highly recommend the Rewind Scotland Festival. I, along with thousands of other Eighties music fans, headed along to Scone Palace in Perth at the weekend with my camping chair under my arm and wellies on.
This was my first time at the annual event and I have to say I was not disappointed. The rain stayed off on the Saturday but unfortunately we were not so lucky with the weather on the Sunday. It poured from the beginning until the end with only a short dry spell in the early evening. Although it didn’t seem to dampen spirits with revellers enjoying all the acts.
Sets by China Crisis, Toyah, ABC, Big Country and the British Electric Foundation were all real crowd-pleasers…
• Read the full review, by Debbie Clarke, at Fife Today.
London’s Free Open-Air Theatre Season is back as part of the London Bridge City Summer Festival, offering 40,000 free tickets for great theatre within the heart of London. Running since 2003, this is still London’s only ‘free to all’ annual festival of theatre. There’s no need to book so just turn up and take a seat.
This year, Gods and Monsters Theatre are shaking things up with a new rock musical of Crime and Punishment, with songs by the legendary Toyah Willcox. This newly revamped production of this 19th century masterpiece marks the increasingly important role Russia plays in London’s economy and the way our work, social and cultural life is enriched by a strong Eastern European presence in our capital.
Toyah was the Punk Princess of the 1980s with a song-writing career that has spanned thirty years and includes eight Top 40 singles and over 20 albums keeping her at the cutting edge of counter-culture.
• Continue reading at Frost Magazine.
Wickham Festival - This relaxed, family-friendly, festival returns with a Live UK Music Business award under its belt for ‘Best Festival (Under 15,000) 2015’. The historic village of Wickham will welcome Spandau Ballet frontman, Tony Hadley, The Stranglers, Lindisfarne and SAS Band (aka Spike’s All Stars) which features Fish, Toyah and Roger Taylor of Queen.
• When? Thursday 4 August – Sunday 7 August
• How much? Adults, £160, Under 16s, £80 for the whole weekend. Or £60 for the day, £30 for under 16s. Evening only tickets are priced at £40 for adults and £20 for under 16s. Under 10s go free. www.wickhamfestival.co.uk
• Continue reading at Hampshire-Life. Visit the Wickham Festival 2016 website by clicking below. Toyah is guest vocalist at the festival with The SAS Band on Saturday 6th August.
The costumes were out in force at the ’80s-themed event – held at Scone Palace in Perthshire – from Dennis The Menace to The Flintsones. As stars like Marc Almond, Leo Sayer, Go West and Average White Band took to the stage, a sea of neon shook their deely boppers.
The festival continues today with Adam Ant, ABC, Big Country, Midge Ure, Toyah and more.
• Continue reading at The Sunday Post.
Check out toyahwillcox.com for further info on Crime and Punishment…
Music fans heading to Scone Palace for this year’s Rewind ’80s festival began arriving in the early hours the day before a note was played. “People were queuing at 4.30am, they are more enthusiastic than ever,” said Meg Jenkins of Rewind on Friday.
Although the festival proper doesn’t start until Saturday thousands of the 30,000 revellers decided to arrive the night before with traffic stretching back miles from the Scone site in all directions throughout the day. Rewind Scotland line up, running order will be announced on the day.
Saturday – Rick Astley, Holly Johnson, Tony Hadley, Marc Almond, Leo Sayer, Go West, Living in a Box, Average White Band, The Beat, The Bluebells, Hazell Dean, Snap.
Sunday – ABC, Adam Ant, Big Country, Midge Ure, Slim Jim Phantom from Stray Cats, Roland Gift, China Crisis, Toyah, Annabella of Bow Wow Wow, Thomas Dolby, The Lotus Eaters, Heaven 17’s Glen Gregory.
• Continue reading at The Dundee Courier.
Toyah plays Chelmsford City Racecourse this evening, with Rick Astley and Paul Young. Three iconic 80’s acts guaranteed to get you singing and dancing the night away. Click below for info.
Er. Well look, if a musical version of Dostoyevsky’s 1866 masterpiece about a student who wrestles with his guilt after killing a moneylender – with songs by Toyah Willcox no less – were announced for the West End we’d probably break out into cold sweats pretty sharpish. But it’s a pretty impressive proposition as a bit of free outdoor theatre. It’s also a welcome change of pace for Gods and Monsters Theatre, whose annual shows at The Scoop had fallen into a bit of a predictable pattern of adaptations of Greek tragedies in the last few years. If you want to see the show, just turn up.
• Continue reading at Time Out.
Hot on the heels of the news that a new Willcox/Darlow song, Our Hearts Still Beat, has been recorded for inclusion in the forthcoming new film Extremis – to play over the film’s end titles – Toyah has tweeted that another new song – Fire Escape – again by Willcox/Darlow, has also been recorded for the, soon to open in London, rock musical Crime and Punishment.
Quadrophenia: Sky Select HD: Monday 1st August: 11.35am
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. (Sky Select HD is on Sky Channel 312)
The Scottish stop for Rewind – the world’s biggest 80s music festival – boasts a who’s who of the decade’s top names from local heroes the Average White Band to Toyah.
Campers who intend to take in the full event begin arriving on Friday with the musical attractions spread out over Saturday and Sunday. The finishing touches are currently being made to the Scone site overlooking the river Tay.
• Continue reading at The Dundee Courier.