Fab photos from Toyah’s Acoustic, Up Close & Personal date at Hailsham Pavilion last Saturday. This was the final live gig of the year for Toyah. It’s been an extremely busy year of concerts which Toyah acknowledged herself in her most recent blog. View larger versions of these photos at the Live 2015 page at Dreamscape’s Gallery. (Photos © Angus Turner)
UPDATED: The Live 2015 Gallery page updated with photos from a variety of Toyah’s gigs this year, as well as some of the festival appearances, including these great shots, by Brian Marsh, from the Eastbourne Bandstand concert in August. Thanks also to Angus Turner, Ian Davis, Layne Patterson and Chris Cox, as well as everyone else from earlier in the year who shared photos. Browse the gallery by clicking below.
Great photos of Toyah from Thursday’s Proud, Loud & Electric gig at The Fleece Bristol. The final Electric concert of 2015 takes place at The Garage, London tomorrow night. View larger versions of these photos at the Live 2015 page at Dreamscape’s Gallery. (Many thanks to Chris Cox for the photos)
Punk queen, actress, TV personality, music composer and wife of King Crimson’s Robert Fripp – Toyah Willcox wears many hats, but after a career spanning five decades and 20 albums, she’s not short of material for this solo show featuring classics and rarities from the early-80s hits like It’s A Mystery and I Want To Be Free, through to her latest work.
Toyah: 5th Nov, 7pm: The Fleece, 12 St Thomas Street, Bristol.
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The Acoustic, Up Close & Personal tour headlines, and closes, the Trowbridge Arts Festival 2015 tonight. Toyah plays at Trowbridge Civic Centre. Click below for further info.
Welcome to the 2015 Trowbridge Arts Festival: Friday 16th October to Sunday 1nd November.
Headliner for 2015 – Toyah Willcox: Acoustic, Up Close and Personal, 1 November 2015. The full programme can be viewed online or pop into the Town Hall, Trowbridge Library, TIC or Museum to pick up your copy.
Tonight Toyah plays a Proud, Loud & Electric gig at Homfirth Picturedome. The last time she played there was in February 2014, the first gig of the Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits… Live! tour. Click below for further info and ticket link for tonight’s concert.
Toyah has played dozens (and dozens) of gigs in 2015, one of the most prolific live years of her career – Acoustic, Up Close & Personal; Proud, Loud & Electric; The Humans’ Telling Strange Tales; as well as numerous festivals (New Mills, Cottingham, Bewdley, Lowdham, Soundstock, Cropredy, Glastonbudget…). There are still a handful + of forthcoming Acoustic and Electric gigs over the next few weeks. Click below for details.
The gig proved a unique opportunity for people to experience Toyah up close and personal.
The evening included Toyah performing an acoustic set of her hit singles and classic songs, alongside recalling stories from her colourful 35-year career.
Even Bridgwater Press photographer Jeff Searle could not resist from going along and grabbing a picture with Toyah.
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Bewdley Festival brought its traditional mix of local talent, regional celebrities and national and international stars of stage, screen and concert halls, all packed into an eventful ten days and all delivered entirely by volunteers. The event, which ran from Friday, October 9, to Sunday, October 18, is much anticipated by lovers of music, comedy, drama and the arts in Wyre Forest.
Other performances across the 10-day festival included Toyah Willcox, Lesley Smith, Andrew Downes, Dr Phil Hammond and Max Keen.
There’s a trio of Acoustic, Up Close & Personal dates for Toyah over the next few days; in Runcorn (22nd October at The Brindley). Oswaldtwistle (23rd October at Hyndburn Arts Centre) and Bridgwater (25th October at The McMillan Theatre), as well as an appearance at the Celebrity Autograph Convention, Viva Blackpool, with other cast members from Quadrophenia (24th October). Full details on all of these, and more, at toyahwillcox.com.
Half a dozen Acoustic, Up Close & Personal: The Brindley, Runcorn; Hyndburn Arts Centre, Lancashire; The McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater; The Cresset, Peterborough; Goole Junction, Goole and The Pavilion, Hailsham.
As well as a trio of Proud, Loud & Electric gigs: The Picturedome, Holmfirth; The Fleece, Bristol and The Garage, London.
• Check out the Official Toyah Gigs page for full details and ticket links.
• Echo Beach: Watch/Listen to Toyah’s 1987 single, with remastered audio by Toyah fan David Anning, at The Official Toyah You Tube channel - Desire, the album from which the single was taken, is available digitally now.
• Gazette & Herald: Arts festival starts: Our headline performer this year is Toyah, who will be appearing at the Civic Centre on Sunday, November 1. Musical icon of the 80s and star of screen, TV and stage, Toyah will be playing acoustic versions of her hits, discussing her life story, and meeting and greeting after the show – Continue reading…
• This is Wiltshire: Trowbridge comes alive with history and light for Arts Festival: Trowbridge Arts Festival, which runs until November 1, is heralded by a baronial event on Friday, one of many emphasising its status as a Baron Town in this 700-year celebration of the Magna Carta… The festival closes on November 1 at the town’s Civic Centre, where ’80s pop icon Toyah plays an acoustic, up close and personal set which wanders trough her musical life – Continue reading…
• EDP: Celebrities create puppets to help support Norwich theatre: About 25 quirky characters – made by a mix of celebrities and artists – have been sent to Norwich Puppet Theatre ready for a celebrity puppet auction on November 25… Who has provided a puppet for the auction so far? Actors and comedians: Tom Conti, Anita Dobson, Jenny Eclair, Neil Innes, Maureen Lipman, Gwen Taylor, Toyah Willcox – Continue reading…
• Toyah @ Twitter: Stay updated on Toyah, direct from… yes… Toyah herself at Twitter…
Singer, actress, TV personality, author – Toyah Willcox has gained fame from all of the above in a career spanning over 30 years. And, as she prepares to come to East Lancashire for a special show celebrating her music she reveals she’s probably having the best time of her whole career.
“I’m fortunate to have had such longevity,” she said. “But I really do think this is the best time for me.”
In her new show which comes to Oswaldtwistle Civic Arts Centre next Friday, Toyah will be performing many of her hits acoustically. For those familiar with her many chart successes including Thunder in the Mountains, Brave New World and Ieya, the idea of an acoustic show may, at first, be surprising.
But Toyah can put them at their ease. “It all works fabulously well,” said the star who had eight top 40 singles and has released over 20 albums. “I thought I’d give it a go so there’s me and two guitarists who can also both sing and that’s it. When you take away the drums and a lot of the volume the songs really prove themselves. You can hear the harmonies and people have been coming up after the show saying that they like many of the songs even more the acoustic way than the original.”
• Continue reading at the Lancashire Telegraph.
Toyah played an Acoustic, Up Close & Personal date at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton on Thursday. The venue is auctioning a huge, signed, banner from the gig… (Photo © Official Toyah)
Pop and 80s icon, Toyah Willcox will be performing a lively unplugged storytellers style gig at Bridgwater College’s The McMillan Theatre later this month.
This gig on Sunday, October 25, 2015, at 7.30pm will be a unique chance to experience Toyah up close and personal.COLLEGE NEWS: 80s cult pop star Toyah is coming to Bridgwater
The evening will include Toyah performing an acoustic set of her loved hit singles and classic songs, alongside recalling stories from her colourful 35-year career. Tickets cost just £18 and are available from www.mcmillantheatre.com or the Box Office in person or by phone, 01278-556677.
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