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A Very Merry Christmas from Dreamscape

December 24th, 2016

It’s Christmas Eve! Wishing everyone who has taken the time to visit Dreamscape this year a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2017 – This year has been yet another incredibly busy one for Toyah, and for me, attempting to keep up with her on this news page these past 12 months ;) See Toyah and Robert’s festive greeting for Christmas 2016 by clicking on our “card” below.

Okay, it’s time to get rocking (and eating) around that Christmas tree – Have a good one!

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Blast From A Christmas Past: Once Upon A Christmas

December 24th, 2016

ouac11aChristmas 1996, Toyah contributed a thoughtful recollection of childhood Christmasses to the charity publication ‘Once Upon A Christmas’. This book is now out of print.

In this delightful Christmas book, a host of our most popular and well-known celebrities from all walks of life have contributed stories, memories, recipes and thoughts about Christmas to make this the most irresistible festive anthology there is… Once Upon A Christmas will help to put – and keep – you in the Christmas spirit.

Toyah Willcox: Broadcaster and Singer

Childhood Christmasses were the most magical - It was the appearance of the Christmas tree that cued two weeks of sheer all-encompassing joy. I’m talking about being four years old. Just able to talk but unable to comprehend the hidden meanings of the words of wisdom from the giants, the adults… My family home, although modest, was a castle to me and everything in it was rare and precious. But the Christmas tree was proof that Narnia, fairies, hobgoblins and fauns truly did exist. For the tree miraculously appeared overnight and it shed such light and a divine perfume. Being small, I could sit under it all evening with the glass baubles dangling in my face.

• Continue reading at Dreamscape’s Press Archive.

80s Invasion Tour 2017: Perfect Christmas Gift!

December 23rd, 2016

80sinvasion16eGetting into the festive spirit – The 80s Invasion Tour 2017 – with a Christmas stocking promo sent out by email to subscribers.

Perfect last minute gift… 2017′s 80s Invasion show with Paul Young, Martika, Toyah and China Crisis.

80s Invasion Tour 2017: Paul Young + Martika + Toyah Willcox + China Crisis

Due to overwhelming public demand after this year’s hugely successful run, the ‘80’s Invasion’ tour is back in 2017 with four iconic artists from the decade performing on the same bill.

The new line-up features Paul Young – one of the most popular solo artists from the era, legendary pop punk princess Toyah, Liverpool’s finest guitar duo China Crisis and for the first time performing in the UK in over 25 years, flying in especially from the USA the gorgeous Martika!

The tour will take in 15 dates and starts on 2nd March at Rhyl’s Pavillion, culminating on 19th March at Liverpool’s Philharmonic, with London’s Indigo2 on 16th March.

• See www.tdpromo.com for more details. View a larger version of the 80′s Invasion Tour 2017 Christmas stocking here. Browse all of Dreamscape’s news on the forthcoming tour here.

Blast From A Christmas Past: Toyah Festive 50

December 23rd, 2016

Many years ago Dreamscape compiled the Toyah Festive 50. A tinseltastic half-hundred of Yuletide related Toyah facts, information, figures and trivia.

Why was Toyah Scarlett at Christmas 1990? … Who would be her dream dining companion? … Just how many town’s festive light displays did Toyah switch on at Christmas 2003?…

What were Toyah and Tony Robinson doing at Christmas 1988? … Which other programmes were aired the Christmas Eve night that Toyah’s legendary Theatre Royal, Drury Lane concert was watched by millions on BBC2?

Discover the answer to these and much more in our Toyah Festive 50 information overload! Completely unnecessary but a lot of fun nonetheless!

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Blast From A Christmas Past: Crimbo @ Smash Hits

December 22nd, 2016

Neil Tennant’s Smash Hits Christmas aired on ‘BBC Radio 2′ in December 2012. An interesting look back at the golden years of the magazine, including contributions from Toyah, talking about ‘Smash Hits’ in general as well as her iconic Brave New World cover from 1982. The programme isn’t currently available at BBC iPlayer and isn’t being repeated any time soon. Click below to listen to a recording of the programme at You Tube.

Blast From A Christmas Past: Believe|Winter|Dream

December 21st, 2016

Only 4 days until Christmas, why not download some, Christmas related, Toyah music…

1. I Believe In Father ChristmasToyah’s version of the Greg Lake 70s festive classic (which was voted one of the greatest ever Christmas songs in a 2012 poll) has gathered quite a history over the years: It was originally recorded for ITV’s Pop Goes Christmas in 1982, Safari then included it on the Mayhem compilation album in 1985, and later it was also made available on the CD Live & More. Four years ago, at Christmas 2012, it was released as a standalone digital single. Download at iTunes. 2.Winter In WonderlandOne year on and at Christmas 2013 there was another new digital single, make that an EP, for Christmas – Winter in Wonderland… Download at iTunes3. Has God Ceased To Dream You; Toyah released this four-song EP in December 2014 as a companion piece to the recently digitally released Take The Leap! album… Download at iTunes.

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Blast From A Christmas Past!: Musical Milestones

December 20th, 2016

Christmas Eve 2012, Toyah guested on Marlow FM’s “Musical Milestones” on The Eclectic Light Show. She discussed her life and career and chose six songs along the way. As this aired on Christmas Eve and the station didn’t have a Listen Again function I recorded it and uploaded to Dreamscape a low quality mp3 of the 30-minute special. Click below to listen/download.

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Toyah on Christmas TV 2016

December 14th, 2016

xmas16aLots of Toyah TV appearances again this Christmas, with repeats from past Christmasses and new programmes too.

There’s already been an airing of Toyah and Roy Wood’s A Very Vintage Christmas, with more Toyah to come on the music channel over the next few weeks. There are other shows on the festive schedules, including the revived Pop Quiz on BBC4.

Most Shocking Christmas TV Moments
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Thu 15th Dec: 10pm/Sat 17th Dec: 2am

A merry romp through the most inappropriate, outrageous and appallingly atrocious Christmas television turkeys of all time. These are the kind of disastrous, ill-conceived and downright cringe-inducing moments that it’s a wonder ever made it to air. Among contributors ready to dissect the disasters – many of which they were involved in themselves – are Eamon Holmes, Toyah Willcox, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Anne Diamond, Steve Punt and Mike Read. (My5 is the Channel 5 app available at iTunes etc.)

Toyah’s Christmas At The Zoo: Vintage TV: Thursday 15th December: 11.30pm
Toyah’s Christmas At The Zoo: Vintage TV: Boxing Day: 10am
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 (Pt2): Vintage TV: Sunday 18th December: 8pm
A Very Vintage Christmas (Pt2): Vintage TV: Thursday 22nd December: 11.30pm
Presenters Toyah Willcox and Wizzard’s Roy Wood are cosying up by the fireplace with two guest artists as they talk Christmas and sing favourite festive songs.

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Celebrity Ghost Stories UK: CI: Wednesday 21st December: 2am
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.

Toyah’s Vintage Christmas: Vintage TV: Friday 23rd December: 10am
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.

Most Shocking Christmas TV Moments: 5Star: Christmas Eve: 1.40am
A merry romp through the most inappropriate, outrageous and appallingly atrocious Christmas television turkeys of all time. These are the kind of disastrous, ill-conceived and downright cringe-inducing moments that it’s a wonder ever made it to air. Among contributors ready to dissect the disasters – many of which they were involved in themselves – are Eamon Holmes, Toyah Willcox, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Anne Diamond, Steve Punt and Mike Read. 

100 Greatest Toys with Jonathan Ross: More 4: Christmas Day: 3.45pm
A countdown of the nation’s favourite games, gadgets and playthings, as decided by a Channel 4 online poll. Inventors and toymakers tell the inside stories of their creations and successes. (Toyah appears briefly, via 1981 “Rubik Cube” footage)

Pop Quiz: The Comeback: BBC4: Wednesday 28th December: 9.30pm
Pop Quiz: The Comeback: BBC4: New Year’s Eve/Hogmanay: 1.05am
Guests include Toyah Willcox, Tom Bailey (Thompson Twins), Andy McCluskey (OMD), Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet), Mari Wilson and Leee John (Imagination).

Celebrity Fantasy Homes: Really: New Year’s Eve: 5pm
Celebrities hunt for a new home. Gaby Roslin helps punk-pop princess Toyah Willcox search for a second home, in Richmond upon Thames, with a budget of £650,000.

A Merry Toyah Christmas at Dreamscape!

December 7th, 2016

DefaultThe bumper double Christmas issue of Radio Times has just been published, the BBC Christmas idents are here, I’ve just finished writing my Christmas cards, and you can’t move for crazy people in the supermarket – this can all only mean one thing – Christmas is officially… here!!!

Here’s a round up of all things festive related to Toyah:

Toyah on Christmas TV: Vintage TV are repeating festive Toyah specials from previous Christmas times, including A Very Vintage Christmas and Toyah’s Christmas At The Zoo. There’s also a repeat of Most Shocking Christmas TV Moments on Channel 5.

Toyah Willcox & The Great British Panto: A festive special at the V&A, London: Toyah will be in conversation with Senior Curator and Pantomime Editor of the British Theatre Guide, Simon Sladen on Tuesday 13th December.

  Home For Christmas:Robert is home any min after 4 months touring and being teetotal….his request… giant margarita“.

Pop Quizzing at Christmas: The original BBC Pop Quiz returns for two Christmas specials to air on BBC4. Toyah is guesting in one of these, both of which are being recorded at Media City, Salford on Thursday 15th December.

Christmas at Fripp/Cox: Yuletide 2016 arrived at Robert and Toyah’s place mid November. See the lights.

Christmas Live 2016: Toyah played a festive gig with The SAS Band at the weekend – There’s also the Birmingham Walk of Stars event, which is sure to have a festive feel, being so close to Christmas.

 A Dreamscape Crimbo: Drop by next week for some more Toyah festiveness at Dreamscape. Yes, December Will Be Magic… Again!