• Four From Toyah (White Label): A rare ‘Four From Toyah’ promo 7″ is currently up for auction at Ebay – View here… (Thanks to Shaun)
• Four From Toyah 30: Dreamscape’s 30th anniversary feature on Toyah’s legendary 1981 EP – View here…
• Vintage TV: Toyah will film two specials at her home to air later in the year on UK music channel ‘Vintage TV’. The station has just celebrated its third birthday. View a photo of Toyah and the Head of Vintage (plus lashings of tasty looking treats!) at Toyah’s Instagram…
• Toyah Live 2014?: It looks like there will be further live Toyah dates to look forward to very early next year. At least two new gigs have recently shown up in news feeds: Holmfirth Picturedome on Friday 21st February and Queens Hall, Nuneaton on Saturday 22nd February. Toyah has already said that the Love Is The Law & More Tour will the last “anniversary” dates for a while so it’s a mystery (doh) what these could be for!!
• Upton Festival 2013: It’s A Mystery - Listen/Watch at You Tube…
• Manchester Pride 2013: Echo Beach - Listen/Watch at You Tube…
• Sky Tyne & Wear: Toyah Willcox Love Is The Law & More Tour: When & Where – Friday 18th October, Legends – View here…
Celebrity Ghost Stories UK: Bio
Thursday 12th Sep: 10pm / Saturday 14th Sep: 9pm
Sue Cook reveals creepy encounters with a malevolent nutcracker and a UFO, Toyah Willcox speaks of a spooky apparation, and Alex Fearns discusses sinister sounds he caught on tape.
A few more recent online reports about the V&A ‘Club to Catwalk’ exhibition, including more great shots of Toyah’s Melissa Caplan outfit:
• Hardzine: Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 80s – Review: Playing homage to the eccentricity of 80s fashion and the eclectic inspirations behind it, the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Club to Catwalk exhibition captured in essence the radical theatrics of 80s design – Continue reading…
• Chinti & Parker: ‘Club to Catwalk’ at the V&A Museum: Chinti and Parker’s perpetual love of outlandish prints and zingy colour combinations has meant that we’ve been dying to get down to the V&A’s ‘Club to Catwalk’ exhibition since it opened in July. A retrospective on how London’s vibrant Eighties club scene sparked a new wave of design inspiration – Continue reading…
• House of Helen: V&A Club to Catwalk: 1980s Fashion Exhibition: Last month, the iconic V&A museum opened their Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s exhibition. The 1980s was a poignant era in fashion history. It saw the birth of London Fashion Week and institutes such as the British Fashion Council – Continue reading…
• Club to Catwalk: In Conversation: Toyah is participating in a special event with Caryn Franklin and Brix Start-Smith on Friday 8th November. The details have yet to be added to the V&A event schedule but not doubt soon will be.
• Dreamscaping @ Club to Catwalk: View all of our Club to Catwalk news updates here.
This was only repeated a few weeks ago but it’s showing in the tv listings again for next week:
Saturday Cookbook: ITV1: Saturday 7th September: 9.25am
Nadia Sawalha and Mark Sargeant are joined by chef Phil Vickery and Toyah Willcox to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Nadia prepares a raspberry and hazelnut meringue, Toyah cooks baked fish with warm beetroot and new potato salad.
It was a busy Bank Holiday weekend for Toyah, with two live appearances: On Saturday she played a full band gig at the Upton Music Festival in Worcestershire, and on Sunday a PA at Manchester Pride. Watch Toyah perform Echo Beach at Upton and It’s A Mystery at Pride. (Thanks to Nick Houghton & Paul Lomas)
A comprehensive review of the recent Jack Up The 80s festival, including kind words about Toyah, by eFestivals.co.uk.
Jack Up The 80s hits all the right notes on the Isle of Wight
Toyah is an artist who is as well known for her TV work these days as she is for her music, however despite her other career, music is still her first love, something that she showed today, even though she was performing to a small crowd, you could see that the buzz she was getting. Her performance was still as vibrant as when she first started. This emotion spilled over to the crowd, who despite only being familiar with a few of her songs quickly warmed to the show.
• Read the full review at eFestivals.co.uk. View the full version of their Toyah photo here. (Photo © eFestivals)
More of Andrew’s great Toyah art has just been added to his website, In The Fairground. There are eight new additions in total, in the Portraits, Changeling and Screenshots galleries. Check out the Updates page for the full details and click below to visit Andrew’s Arternative Toyah Universe!
Over the last few months at Facebook I’ve been sporadically counting down the Top 5 Most Iconic Toyah Images – Of course this will differ for most of us and these are only my personal choices, but I’m sure at least a couple below are everyone’s favourites. Anyway, I’ll be posting my #1 very soon and I’m sure many of you will know already what it is.
Facebook Toyah fans “liked” these four in the following order: 1. Thunder In The Mountains, 2. Ieya/The Blue Meaning, 3. Sheep Farming In Barnet, 4. Anthem.
Thousands of families, friends and even faithful pets danced the weekend away at the fourth Upton International Music Festival.
More than 4,000 people turned out for the three-day event, which kicked off on Friday in Fish Meadow and boasted something for all.
There was a real family atmosphere with young and old enjoying performances from stars including 80s soul favourite Alexander O’Neal, Chesney Hawkes and West Country legends the Wurzels.
Also on the bill was Pershore resident Toyah Willcox, Slade and the Official Bucks Fizz.
People even paid homage to some of the bands on stage by dressing in brightly coloured gear from the 1960s and 70s. Speaking to your Worcester News on Saturday, festival spokesman Steve High was in upbeat mood. “It’s a great atmosphere,”.
• Continue reading at the Ledbury Reporter. (Photo © Ledbury Reporter)
• Manchester Pride 2013: Toyah played a 30 minute set last night at the Pride event. She tweeted: “WOW! That was the most electrifying manchester pride ever! Massive jubilant crowd. Thank you“. A selection of video clips have been uploaded to You Tube – View here…
• Demotix: Annual Pride festival culminates with the Big Weekend in Manchester: Some great photos of Toyah from last night’s Pride at the Network for Freelance Photojournalists – View here…
• Reality Meltdown: As the saying goes – There’s no such thing as bad publicity – so the fact that two reality shows Toyah has appeared in make Buzz Feed’s “The 17 Most Forgettable Celebrity Reality Shows” anti-poll is vaguely impressive – Continue reading…
• Upton Festival 2013: Toyah tweeted about playing the Upton Festival on Saturday: “Upton Festival thank u. Great weather, great audience, fab sound, band amaz.”
• Pinterest: I Was An 80s Teenager – Includes some shots of Toyah – View here…
Quadrophenia launches the 2013/14 Calgary Cinematheque season, showing this coming Wednesday. Here are a couple of reports.
• CJSW.com: An Outdoor Screening: Quadrophenia: Join us for a one-time-only, outdoor screening of Franc Roddam’s 1979 film, Quadrophenia to launch the 2013/14 Calgary Cinematheque season. Prior to the screening, enjoy the Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market, and HSCA member and guest beer and wine garden. “Set against the soundtrack of The Who’s 1973 mighty concept album “Quadrophenia”, Phil Daniels plays working-class Jimmy, the drug-induced Mod, who hates his job and is misunderstood by his parents – Continue reading…
• Calgary Herald: The Poseur’s Guide to Quadrophenia: Mods and rockers should hop on their scooters and motorcycles and get down to the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Centre Wednesday. Once there, the two camps need to put aside ancient enmities long enough (a little over two hours) to enjoy Calgary Cinematheque’s screening of Quadrophenia, the 1979 film based on The Who’s 1973 album of the same name. Poseurs, on the other hand, need to study up, then hop on the bus or their bicycles – Continue reading…
Toyah will revisit the very beginning of her career next month at the Kaleidoscope event: Made at the Mill: A Celebration of Pebble Mill taking place in Stourbridge. Look! Hear!, which Toyah co-presented between 1979 and 1981 and Glitter will both feature at the two day 25th anniversary event. Glitter, which Dreamscape has posted about numerous times over the last decade, aired in 1976 and was Toyah’s first professional acting role, first television appearance, first music performances – all included in a 30 minute drama from the BBC’s ‘Second City Firsts’. Also appearing was a young Phil Daniels in one of his first roles. Further info on Glitter here. (Thanks to Andi, who originally provided much of the info and imagery from Glitter)
Vote for your preference on merchandise for the forthcoming Love Is The Law & More Tour. Choose which option which would be your preference… and imagine they all feature brand new Toyah image/photo. 1: T-Shirt + Poster or 2: T-Shirt + Photo Booklet (Tour Programme). Click below to visit Toyah’s Official Facebook page and vote.
Toyah reunites with her co-presenters from Look! Hear! on Saturday 14 September in a special event organized by Kaleidoscope.
Made at the Mill: A Celebration of Pebble Mill and BBC Birmingham focuses on the golden years of BBC Birmingham, operating from the custom-built Pebble Mill studios. This event celebrates the place, its people and programmes in an affectionate tribute which sees screenings of specially selected programmes.
Toyah joins the event at 2pm when she reunites with Chris Phipps and John Holmes in a panel discussion which looks back at the Midlands music and arts show Look! Hear! which celebrated contemporary pop and rock culture plus a screening of an episode from 1978.
• View further info at the Toyah’s Official News page. The event is free admission and full details can be found here.
Toyah is included in the official Manchester Pride 2013 programme. She plays Sackville Gardens tomorrow night and it’s been confirmed stage time will be 9pm. (Thanks to Paul Lomas for the scan)