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Official Toyah: Trick or Treat?

October 31st, 2018

Toyah has been trick or treating on social media today, sharing fab photos of herself from the Devil Queen days of Vampires Rock. Though this image was originally created in 2007 for the track Lesser God, from the album In The Court Of The Crimson Queen, and subsequently also performed in the aforementioned Vampires Rock. (Photos © Toyah Willcox)

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Halloween: Resurrecting Toyah’s Creepy Room

October 31st, 2018

It’s Halloween! Six years ago today Toyah’s Creepy Room played the Birmingham Ballroom – part of The Changeling Resurrection II Tour – and Dreamscape counted down to the gig with some suitably spooky images, incorporating the official promo… Click on those images below for further Halloween updates from previous years.

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Marie Claire: Crimson Queen Toyah

October 30th, 2018

marieclaire18aToyah is referenced in a make-up photo feature in the October 2018 issue of the Malaysian edition of Marie Claire magazine.

Blush it out like a crimson queen a la Toyah Willcox with this eye-popping colour on your cheeks. Spread the colour evenly over the apple of your cheeks for s flushed healthy look that is youthful and earm. Finish with a red tinted lip-balm on the lips.

Toyah Live 2018/19: Future Gigs

October 28th, 2018

Two future gigs – The SAS Band All Star Christmas Special, at GLive, Guildford on Saturday 1st December 2018 with Toyah as a special guest - Book tickets here - and Toyah at the O2 Academy, Newcastle on Saturday 22nd June 2019 – Book tickets here or by clicking below.

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Classic Pop Magazine: Poparazzi

October 27th, 2018

classicpop18cToyah is included in Classic Pop magazine’s Poparazzi feature in their latest issue  – No. 46 with Spandau Ballet on the cover.

READERS SHARE THEIR FAVOURITE PHOTOS AS THEY GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN PLANET POP

Toyah Willcox with Zak Jenkinson

“This photo of Toyah and myself was taken when my old band The Silent Age supported her at Corporation in Sheffield, in September 2012, on the Changeling Resurrection Tour.

“My first ever gig was seeing Toyah at Sheffield City Hall on the same album tour back in 1982 and I’ve been a massive fan ever since, so it was a dream come true to be supporting her 30 years later.

“She was so lovely to us all and came to chat with the band in our dressing room before the show, signed lots of vinyl and talked about how excited she was at the third album by The Humans that she was in the middle of writing, and then wished us good luck for the gig. It was such a fantastic night – I think this photo captures it perfectly.”

• Classic Pop magazine, Issue 46 is out now. See Dreamscape’s original post on The Silent Age supporting Toyah, back in 2012, here. (Thanks to Zak Jenkinson)

Punk Girl Diaries: Toyah Willcox

October 27th, 2018

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Since the day we set up this blog and Twitter account, Polly and I have sometimes encountered the view that such-and-such ‘isn’t really punk’. By which they mean 1st generation saw-the-Sex-Pistols and lived-in-a-London-squat sort of punk. Here at punkgirldiaries.com, we tend to think that punk’s a way of thinking that lives on, and what’s more, it probably existed under another name back in Ancient Greece.

But having seen the Sex Pistols and then forming a band doesn’t even guarantee you full punk kudos. Some people seem to be sniffy about Toyah and whether or not she counts as a ‘proper punk’. There’s a Daily Mail article which describes Toyah as ‘the acceptable face of punk’.

Toyah cites the reason that punk attracted her was that it allowed her to be herself. As a child, she had many operations and years of physiotherapy to overcome spinal and leg problems. She was bullied due to her speech impediment and didn’t fit into the 1970’s version of fixed gender identity and roles.

• Continue reading at Punk Girl Diaries. See also Quadrophenia – Punk in Parkas.

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60th Birthday Autumn Tour: Toyah @ Twitter

October 26th, 2018

Can’t wait for the show tonight @ The Ruby Lounge. On stage at 21:15. Xx #Toyah60” – Toyah at Twitter this evening before debuting the Toyah60 Anniversary gigs. (Photo © Toyah Willcox)

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60th Birthday Autumn Tour: Begins Tonight!

October 26th, 2018

Toyah’s 40th Year in Music/60th Birthday concerts launch this evening, with the first of four gigs, at Ruby Lounge in Manchester.

There’s an exciting new setlist to look forward to, and oodles of new official tour merchandise – Brave New World t-shirts, Brave New World mugs, Rebel Run/Love Is The Law tote bags, badges, stickers & more – will be on sale at the gig.

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Toyah will also play The Fleece, Bristol (Thursday 1st November), Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton (Friday 2nd November) and O2 Academy Islington, London (Sunday 4rh November)

These special concerts – with Toyah’s full electric band – will be a celebratory retrospective including hit singles, album classics and fan favourites. Throughout October The Official Toyah Willcox website has counted down to the beginning of the four-date anniversary tour, via social media, with a series of special updates.

The Pitch: Q&A with Toyah Willcox

October 26th, 2018

thepitch18aWhat do movies mean to you?
For me movies are vital escapism and deep expressionism. They also question everything in life. When you look at Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake, in comparison to John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place, the passion and belief behind these two extraordinary films runs equally deep. Film can be about truth as much as about speculation and metaphor.

What are three of your favourite films and why?
Oh boy! Where do I start? I have to relate to my most immediate experiences. A Quiet Place has recently blown me away. Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool has magnificent acting. Phantom Thread is my favourite Daniel Day-Lewis film, but I am a horror lover and I always return to Alien when I am relaxing! I can recite the script word for word!

• Continue reading at The Pitch.

Books: Quatermass by Toby Hadoke

October 26th, 2018

Toyah is contributing to a new book – Quatermass – by Toby Hadoke.

The Quatermass book grows by the day. It’s pretty much my sole focus between now and Christmas. These past few months have found my securing contributions form David Tennant, John Carpenter, Barbara Kellermann, Indira Varma and Toyah Willcox. So it’s going to be pretty detailed! More info soon…

• Info Source: Toby Hadoke – October Updates.

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Toyah Live 2019: W-Fest Belgium

October 25th, 2018

Toyah is included in the Line Up section of the official festival website for next year’s W-Fest which takes place in Belgium in mid-August. Toyah will play the Synth Scene stage on Friday 16th August 2019. Click below to visit the website, though, as always, it is advisable to wait until Toyah is officially confirmed before booking tickets. (Thanks to Johny Vermeiren)

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60th Birthday Autumn Tour: O2 Academy Islington, London

October 25th, 2018

Toyah’s upcoming Toyah60 anniversary gig on Sunday 4th November at O2 Academy Islington, London is close to selling out… Please click below if you still need a ticket!

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60th Birthday Autumn Tour: One Day To Go!

October 25th, 2018

There’s just a day until the first of Toyah’s four 40th Anniversary in Music/60th Birthday gigs – tomorrow’s tour opener is taking place at Ruby Lounge, Manchester. See official updates in the run up to the gigs at Instagram, Twitter and Facebook - Click below to get your ticket(s) for the concerts that haven’t sold out…

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Love Is The Law 35: Happy Birthday LITL!

October 25th, 2018

Love Is The Law was released exactly 35 years ago this week. It entered the UK Album Chart the first week in November, eventually peaking at number 28. The album was reissued, with bonus songs, on CD in 2005 and to mark 30 years a digital release, with even more bonus songs, was made available in 2013. Love Is The Law still sounds as vibrant and fresh today as it did, upon first listening, back in late October 1983…

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Somewhere In The Distance: Toyah’s Fantastic Past

October 25th, 2018

Years and years and, yes, years ago this website had a feature called “Somewhere In The Distance” – sporadic posts revisiting past Toyah events, releases and happenings. Now seems like a good time to resurrect it. Click below to browse all of Dreamscape’s Toyah news and updates from a busy February 2011. More “Somewhere In The Distance” soon.

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