Toyah’s Acoustic, Up Close & Personal tour is continuing in 2015, with a number of dates confirmed by the Breaking Through newsletter yesterday.
ACOUSTIC SET WITH CHRIS WONG & COLIN HINDS
17 JAN: BECCLES PUBLIC HALL | BECCLES
5 FEB: ROBIN 2 | WOLVERHAMPTON
12 FEB: SUB 89 / READING
13 FEB: CHEESE & GRAIN / FROME, SOMERSET
14 FEB: GLOBE | CARDIFF
26 MAR: THE MUSICIAN | LEICESTER
1 MAY: HAVERHILL ARTS CENTRE | SUFFOLK
2 MAY: SOUNDSTOCK FESTIVAL / CHELMSFORD
8 MAY: STAMFORD CORN EXCHANGE | STAMFORD
15 MAY: WATERSIDE ARTS CENTRE | SALE
5 JUN: BABBACOMBE THEATRE | TORQUAY
6 JUN: CARNGLAZE CAVERNS | CORNWALL
12 JUN: OAKENGATES THEATRE | TELFORD
19 JUN: LOWDHAM VILLAGE HALL | NOTTINGHAMSHIRE
27 JUN: LOWER HOLKER VILLAGE HALL | CUMBRIA
28 JUN: ACOUSTIC GUEST APPEARANCE TBA | LONDON (not full Toyah show)
6 NOV: THE CRESSET | PETERBOROUGH
• View more details on the Acoustic… dates and links to book tickets here.
Five live UK dates, the Telling Strange Tales tour, for The Humans in 2015 have been confirmed by toyahwillcox.com.
11 APRIL: UCKFIELD | TRADING BOUNDARIES
16 APRIL: SOUTHAMPTON | TALKING HEADS
17 APRIL: SWANSEA | THE GARAGE (WHITEZ)
18 APRIL: LONDON | 100 CLUB
19 APRIL: CHATTAM | BRITANNIA THEATRE
In 2015, The Humans will not only begin work recording their fourth album but embark on a UK tour of five confirmed dates. Telling Strange Tales will kick off on 11 April 2015 at Trading Boundaries, Uckfield and close at The Britannia Theatre, Chatham on 19 April.
• View more details on the tour and links to book tickets here. View the news announcement on the tour here. (A CD of the Strange Tales album will be available exclusively at the gigs).
Longtime Toyah fan David Morgan, also known as Digital Ghost, has just released his excellent debut five-song EP Supernova, via Reverbnation. Better still it’s available completely free.
Digital Ghost, a collaboration between David and Johnny Icon, draw inspiration from Toyah’s career and songwriting and fans will no doubt notice the references: Digital Ghost loves music. His songs stay with you. Uplifting, dark anthems that aim straight for the heart but move to the beat of the dancefloor; songs of love and loss, where vocal and melody are sovereign.
EP Tracklist: 1. Supernova; 2. Tattoo; 3. Nightmares; 4. This Universe; 5. In 2
• Further info can be found at the Digitial Ghost website and Facebook page. For specific details on Supernova please visit here, where you can also download the EP.
Fantastic photos of Toyah from Saturday’s final Songs From The Intergalactic Ranch House date at the O2 Academy, Islington. Click below to view larger versions at Dreamscape’s Gallery. (Thanks to Mark | Photos © Mark Evans)
Watch Mark’s video footage from Saturday’s gig at You Tube. Lärwi, of The Toyah Willcox Interview Archive, has also uploaded almost the entire concert too.
More upcoming air times/dates for Toyah’s Vintage TV festive specials.
Toyah’s Christmas At The Zoo: Vintage TV: Tuesday 25th November: 11.30pm
Toyah’s Christmas At The Zoo: Vintage TV: Thursday 27th November: 9pm
Toyah’s Christmas At The Zoo: Vintage TV: Wednesday 3rd December: 5pm
Cosy up with family and friends as Toyah Willcox brings you 30 of the finest Christmas songs and a sprinkling of festive stories, surrounded by an extraordinary variety of creatures great and small.
A Very Vintage Christmas: Vintage TV: Saturday 29th November: 11pm
Presenters Toyah Willcox and Wizzard’s Roy Wood are cosying up by the fireplace with two guest artists on our new show as they talk Christmas and sing favourite festive songs. (Part 1)
A Very Vintage Christmas: Vintage TV: Sunday 30th November: 11pm
Snuggling up by the fireside with Toyah Willcox and Roy Wood for some Christmas chat and festive songs are pop rock act The Feeling and Imagination’s Leee John. (Part 2)
Toyah’s Vintage Christmas: Vintage TV: Friday 5th December: 1pm
Snuggle down by the fire with the family as punk princess, Toyah Willcox, introduces some of the finest Christmas videos of the 20th Century, sprinkled with a generous handful of fun festive facts.
Dirty Sexy Funny: Olivia Lee: Comedy Central Extra: Saturday 29th November: 03.30am
Dirty Sexy Funny: Olivia Lee: Comedy Central Extra: Thursday 4th December: 03.30am
Olivia Lee stars in this hidden camera sketch show. Deaf Bubba makes a mess of things at the marina, Door Bitch takes a punt and Elaine Caine meets Toyah Willcox.
Browse Dreamscape’s dedicated news feeds on each of Toyah’s three 2014 UK Tours:
Acoustic, Up Close & Personal
Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live!
Songs From The Intergalactic Ranch House
• You can also view the entire Live 2014 archive, which includes news on all of the above as well as the other non-tour live gigs and appearances that took place this year.
The final date of the Songs From The Intergalactic Ranch House tour takes place tonight, at the O2 Academy, Islington. Indeed, it’s the final live concert of 2014 for Toyah – an exceptionally prolific year of dates, with three UK tours as well as festivals. PAs and more. Next year is looking busy too (expect an announcement on this via Breaking Through soon). Toyah has been tweeting about tonight’s gig over the past few days. A huge thanks to everyone who contributed photos to Dreamscape’s Toyah Live 2014 Gallery
Toyah Willcox and her band are set to perform at Yardbirds Rock Club in Grimsby
Princess of Punk Toyah Willcox is heading to Grimsby’s Yardbirds Rock Club next year. The star will perform at the Church Street venue on Friday, March 6.
Toyah and her band had a number of hits in the eighties including Four From Toyah, Thunder In The Mountain and I Want To Be Free before she embarked on a solo career. She has had thirteen top 40 singles, recorded twenty albums, written two books and has also presented TV programmes such as Watchdog and Songs Of Praise.
Toyah has also appeared in a number of stage productions including the rock musical Vampires Rock which was performed at Grimsby Auditorium in 2009.
Tickets for the gig – which is part of her band’s greatest hits tour – go on sale this weekend priced at £18.
• Continue reading at the Grimsby Telegraph.
AGMP presents TOYAH AND THE HUMANS
Sunday 19 April 2015
Toyah Willcox announces a rare club show with The Humans
New Wave Superstar Toyah announces a club show with her band The Humans who feature Bill Rieflin (drummer with R.E.M.) & Chris Wong at the Britannia in Chatham Dockyard.
The Humans are the brainchild of Toyah Willcox and were formed in 2007. The band’s first single was a version of Nancy Sinatra’s “These boots were made for Walkin”. They recently released their new album “Strange Tales” which was recorded in Seattle.
• Continue reading at The Britannia Kent. Further info at AGMP. This concert isn’t officially confirmed as yet. View all comfirmed dates for The Humans in 2015 at toyahwillcox.com.
Hazel O’Connor recalls the famous Rainbow Theatre gig with The Stranglers from 1980 in a new interview at The Birmingham Press.
You’re touring with Hugh Cornwell now; he’s seen as a distinguished elder statesman of the music business which is a long way removed from the time you played a gig for him when he was in prison for drug possession.
“That was a night. The Stranglers were due to play the Rainbow but with Hugh in prison a few of us replaced him as singer, or rather tried to, because Hugh’s irreplaceable. Myself an Toyah did couple of songs, that was when I did Hanging Around for the first time. We were singing backing vocals on Peaches with Ian Dury singing. Toyah was dancing round the stage as she always does while Ian was scrabbling around on the floor trying to pick his hat up which she’d knocked off. Robert Smith was playing guitar as well, in his pre-make up days. I wish someone could find footage of it.
“It wasn’t so good for Hugh though – he was in prison for something he might not have been charged for now. The authorities were making an example of someone famous.”
• Continue reading at The Birmingham Press.
Forever a member of the exclusive Mononymous Club, Toyah is perhaps best known to most today as a TV personality appearing on quiz shows and umpteen celebrity reality programmes.
To others she will always be remembered as the once wild woman of British mainstream pop who in the early Eighties broke the mould for female singers who previously only sang songs about unrequited love. Starring roles in iconic films Quadrophenia and Jubilee cemented Toyah’s reputation as being bold and rebellious further still.
Gigging consistently since the beginning of her career the interestingly titled latest tour, Songs From The Intergalactic Ranch House, named after her original fan club, is a retrospective celebration spanning the 1979 release of her debut album, Sheep Farming in Barnet through to her last solo studio album In The Court Of The Crimson Queen.
• Continue reading at the Bristol Post.
Great photos of Toyah, by longtime friend of this site Chris, from last night’s Songs From The Intergalactic Ranch House date at the The Fleece, Bristol. Click below to view larger versions of these, and more, at Dreamscape’s Gallery. (Thanks to Chris | Photos © Chris Cox)
Fab shots of Toyah from Friday’s Songs From The Intergalactic Ranch House date at The Brook, Southampton. Toyah is holding the full set of the fanzines which my good friend Merx presented her with at the gig. Click below to view larger versions at Dreamscape’s Gallery. (Thanks to Merx | Photos © Merx)
Choccywoccydoodah: Watch: Thursday 11th December: 8.30pm
Choccywoccydoodah: Watch: Sunday 14th December: 8pm
Series 5, Episode 13. Star-studded version of the show about the ultimate chocolate shop. (Thanks to Gina Glockler | Photo © Toyah Willcox)