A selection of colourful photos of Toyah from Saturday’s Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live! gig at the Jazz Cafe, Camden have just been added to Dreamscape Gallery. (Thanks to Mark | All photos © Mark Evans)
An update to In The Fairground: Andrew York’s Arternative Universe, with seven new photos. View Andrew’s most recent Toyah art by clicking below (full details on the Updates page)
The film Kaleidoscope Man, directed by Simon Cox, will star Toyah Willcox.
Tonight’s scene (Sunday 30th March) will be filmed in Cornwall Street, off Margaret Street and Edmund Street, between 7.30pm and 10.30pm. The film crew are hoping to capture crowd action and special effects scenes.
• Continue reading at the Tyburn Mail.
More photos, including this great shot below, of Toyah from the two most recent dates of the Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live! UK Tour have just been added to Dreamscape Gallery. These are from the Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne and, last night’s gig at, Jazz Cafe, Camden. (Thanks to Angus | All photos © Angus Turner)
Toyah onstage on Friday night at the Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, on another date of the Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live! UK Tour. This was a special concert for Toyah, her husband Robert, sister-in-law Patricia Fripp, and family and friends from Wimborne attended the gig. Click below to view the full versions of these photos, and more, at Dreamscape Gallery. (Thanks to Chris| All photos © Chris Cox)
A new interview with Toyah, published yesterday, by the Western Morning News.
Toyah aims to make a big impression at festival
Toyah Willcox thrives under the spotlight… and there have been all manner of such illuminations during her three-decade music-making and acting career. From Top of the Pops, films like Quadrophenia, via West End musicals, pantomime, countless TV and radio drama roles, reality shows like I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, to intimate West Coast USA club shows with side project The Humans, there are few performance opportunities the 55-year-old has not embraced.
She is the veritable queen of diversity and reinvention, with almost 20 albums, eight top 40 hits and a myriad acting parts behind her, as well as many honest revelations about her family, her marriage and her facelift.
Tomorrow she and her band will rock the stage at the Great British Alternative Music Festival in Minehead as part of a weekend feast of punk, new wave, mod and ska excellence from original late 1970s and early 80s artists. We’re talking names like the Damned, Buzzcocks, Bad Manners, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Cockney Rejects and The Blockheads.
Tapping into the contemporary thirst for nostalgia with quality credentials, it’s a Westcountry gathering that’s now in its third year. Not only does it attract stalwart original fans, there’s a whole new generation joining the party, fuelled by their parents’ record collections and the vast cultural library offered by Internet trawling.
It’s Slade: BBC 4: Saturday 12th April: 0.00am
Documentary, narrated by Radio One’s Mark Radcliffe, about one of Britain’s greatest and best-loved bands. Apart from Noddy and his bandmates – Dave Hill, Jim Lea and Don Powell – the cast here also includes Noel Gallagher of Oasis (who covered Cum On Feel the Noize), Status Quo, Toyah Willcox, Suzi Quatro and Ozzy Osbourne. (Also airing on BBC4 HD)
More photos from Toyah’s Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live! gig at Queens Hall, Nuneaton last month. Click below to view the full versions of these, and more, at Dreamscape Gallery. (Thanks to Richard | All photos © Richard Smith)
The Corn is Green: True Entertainment: Wednesday 9th April: 5.00pm
Academy Award winner Katharine Hepburn stars as a schoolteacher determined to help the people of a turn-of-the-century Welsh mining town. With Ian Saynor, Bill Fraser, Patricia Hayes, Anna Massey, Artro Morris, Dorothea Phillips, Toyah Willcox, Huw Richards, Bryn Fon, Dyfan Roberts and Robin John. Directed by: George Cukor (1979).
• Live 2014: It’s a busy weekend of gigs for Toyah. Tonight she plays the Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne and tomorrow night the Jazz Cafe, Camden. Both of these are Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live! dates. On Sunday Toyah plays The Great British Alternative Music Festival in Minehead. Further info on that here.
• Plymouth Herald: Here’s Johnny!: Razorlight, The Feeling, Boomtown Rats, Toyah, Heaven 17, The Real Thing and Hayseed Dixie are set to make this year’s Volksfest the biggest and best yet – Continue reading…
• Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live! – Neon Womb, at The Apex on Saturday – View at You Tube.
• 11 Polaroids: Derek Jarman: 21 photographs: It’s 20 years since Derek Jarman‘s (1942-1994) death, but his films continue to inspire audiences with his romantic and subversive imagery – Continue reading…
• Rock Choir: Rock Choir Live at the Birmingham Symphony Hall: Over 1,000 Rock Choir members from across The Midlands present two unique performances of uplifting, feel-good songs, featuring special guests Toyah Willcox and Caroline Redman Lusher – Continue reading…
• Electric Sheep Magazine: Jubilee: To mark the BFI’s two-month season on the work of Derek Jarman, which runs until the end of March at BFI Southbank, Lee Christien takes an illustrated look at one of Jarman’s best and most original films, Jubilee – Continue reading…
The Official Toyah Willcox Website have a special offer for this Saturday’s Toyah gig at Jazz Cafe Camden. A concession ticket offer of just £10 per ticket! Anyone interesting please send an e-mail to email@example.com and names will be added to list for payment on the door in cash.
The Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits concert takes place on Saturday 29th March at 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7PG
Email before 1pm on Friday 28th March. First come, first served until the concession offer allocation runs out.
FRI 28 MAR: TIVOLI THEATRE, WIMBORNE
SAT 29 MAR: JAZZ CAFE, CAMDEN
SUN 30 MAR: ALTERNATE FESTIVAL, SKEGNESS
SAT 5 APR: ST. MARY IN THE CASTLE, HASTINGS
SAT 19 APR: THE GRAND, CLITHEROE
FRI 25 APR: WHITBY GOTH WEEKEND
SAT 26 APR: WAREHOUSE 23, WAKEFIELD
FRI 2 MAY: ERIC’S, LIVERPOOL
SAT 3 MAY:AQUARIUM, LOWESTOFT
FRI 9 MAY: ULTIMATE 80S, BOGNOR
SAT 10 MAY: PHOENIX THEATRE, BLYTH
SUN 11 MAY: ULTIMATE 80S, SKEGNESS
SAT 24 MAY: CRICK BOAT SHOW, NORTHAMPTON
SUN 25 MAY: VOLKFEST, PLYMOUTH
A great review, of Toyah’s Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live! gig at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds, by In Suffolk.
Toyah – In Suffolk Review
I expected a build-up, a fanfare, some dry ice at least. Suddenly, I blinked, and there she was : coming straight at me at 100 miles an hour.
There are some people who are just not quite of this world. All you can do is stand back and watch. Toyah leaps. Toyah dances. Toyah sings note perfect. Toyah doesn’t seem to even break into a sweat. Toyah does not stop for an hour and a half. In the middle ages you’d get burned for less.
Toyah doesn’t mean to intimidate me. She is warm and funny. She asks the audience if they “want to hear some 80′s rock and roll”. We all cry out: “YES!” Toyah dedicates It’s A Mystery to pensioner at the back of the hall. She tells self- depreciating stories about playing holiday camps and how her song Spectacular, that was intended for the 2012 Paralympics, ended up being used in Patsy Kensit’s Weight Watchers commercial. She laughs with us. She makes us feel she doesn’t want to be anywhere but here. Toyah is truly in the moment.
Toyah was interviewed on myPod with Dom Chambers on ‘Somer Valley 97.5 FM’ yesterday. The interview is available at the station’s Listen Again page (at 37 minutes in).
The show was based around this weekend’s upcoming Great British Alternative Music Festival 2014. Toyah plays this on Sunday and she talks about what music she will be playing at the gig, her vinyl collection, Dexter Brown and his Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! painting, how younger generations perceive the original punk/new wave eras, the process of her songwriting in the present day for The Humans and solo, her television work including Shoestring, memories of the early music career and how punk changed things, and the line-up for this weekend’s festival.
There was also a play of ‘It’s A Mystery’ – The interview lasts for approximately 17 minutes. Listen to it here. There’s also a brief trailer for the station, recorded by Toyah, at Soundcloud. “Get ready to pogo!!“
Toyah Willcox and her band
St Mary in the Castle, Hastings
Saturday April 5 at 7.30pm
Toyah’s career has been diverse with hit records and prestigious acting roles to her credit, and she is also an author, TV celebrity, and vocalist with her husband Robert Fripp new band The Humans.
But it is her own band that she brings to St Mary in the Castle, and you can expect a dynamic performance from this charismatic survivor.
The show is a celebration of her thirty year songbook with well-loved songs that include such massive hits as It’s a Mystery and I Wanna Be Free and cult classic tracks from those early albums Sheep Farming In Barnet and The Blue Meaning through to the Platinum-selling Anthem and the critically acclaimed The Changeling.
• Continue reading at the Bexhill-On-Sea Observer.