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Diss Express: Toyah Willcox Says Thanks to Diss

September 21st, 2018

dissexpress18aIt is official – Toyah Willcox loved the Corn Hall in Diss. Pop star Toyah sent her personal thanks to the St Nicholas Street venue for what she described as a “fantastic experience” following her concert, with particular thanks to Yoshi Shinagawa.

Yoshi, 49, who trained as an architect in Japan before moving to Diss in 2006, was a technical volunteer at the St Nicholas Street venue since 2013, and was offered the job as venue technician in April. He said: “I love my job and to receive personal thanks from such an incredible and down to earth performer made my day.”

Tickets for the Toyah show on September 1 sold out months beforehand, with a huge waiting list. Toyah had a string of hits in the 80s, including It’s a Mystery, and I Want To Be Free.

• Continue reading at the Diss Express. Read a review of Toyah’s Acoustic, Up Close & Personal gig at the Diss Corn Hall here.

Live 2018: Toyah Electric @ Esquires Bedford

September 20th, 2018

Photos from last Saturday night’s Electric Toyah gig at Esquires in Bedford. A full capacity crowd of over 200 rocked the night away to a great Toyah set-list. Click below to view larger versions of the photos at Dreamscape’s Toyah Gallery. (Thanks to Angus | Photos © Angus Turner)

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Worcester News: Toyah’s Talent is Surely No Mystery

September 18th, 2018

worcsnews13bFrom punk princess, to cult stage actress, to high priestess of TV, Toyah Willcox has enjoyed a varied and exciting career.

And now she has a date at the Evesham Arts Centre, which is great news for her local fans.

A spokesman said: Toyah is a uniquely gifted performer. Charismatic, outspoken and impossible to categorise, she is one of Britain’s iconic household names – an award-winning rock legend as well as a much-loved stage and screen actress and music composer.

Toyah will perform an unplugged set of her well-loved hits and classic songs – and recalls stories from her colourful career.

• Continue reading at Worcester News.

Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

September 7th, 2018

1985thefilmaAmerica For Beginners 2018: Toyah tweeted: “Just heard 1st mix for AMERICA FOR BEGINNERS for the soundtrack album of @1985thefilm ….WOW! It’s totally different and very 1985!” – Continue reading…

BBC Scotland: Barmy Aunt Boomerang: Richard Madden is currently earning fulsome praise for his portrayal of Sergeant David Budd in BBC Oneʼs Bodyguard, but itʼs far from the first time heʼs been on our screens. Back in 1999, 13-year-old Richard starred in Barmy Aunt Boomerang as Sebastian, a boy whose life is thrown into chaos by the arrival of his ghostly aunt, played by Toyah Willcox – Continue reading at BBC Scotland…

Live 2018: Toyah still has Acoustic, Up Close & Personal gigs in Huddersfield, Evesham and two nights at Trading Boundaries in Sheffield Green, an Electric gig in Bedford PLUS those four #Toyah60/40 Years of Music concerts – More info/Ticket links here…

Outside Org: Thousands of party goers join Rewind Festival’s sold out 10th Birthday celebrations in Henley-On-Thames: The blissful weekend was compered by Toyah Willcox and The Doctor of Doctor & The Medics with DJ Massaoke keeping the tunes and sing-alongs going strong between the main stage performances, getting everyone hyped with some of the biggest 80s hits – Continue reading…

God’s Jukebox: Brave New World: Can’t have #HairWeek without Toyah. This was the lead single from her 4th album, The Changeling. The video was directed by David Mallet, who directed the Ashes to Ashes video for Bowie – Continue reading/watching…

Live 2018: Acoustic at Diss Corn Hall – Review

September 7th, 2018

live18oPerhaps the first British singer to be known only by her first name, Toyah entertained the Corn Hall with a string of post punk hits from the early 80s, and while for those of us of a certain age it was a treat to revisit them, it was also a revelation to hear them reinvented for acoustic guitar and vocals.

Flanked by two superb guitarists, and backed by video and still images, Toyah Ann Willcox proved to be a slick and accomplished performer. Opening on Good Morning Universe, she mixed lesser known gems with some cosy chit chat as well as big hitters like Thunder in the Mountains. These stripped down versions of her extensive back catalogue revealed not only how good these songs are, but what a fine voice she has.

• Continue reading at The Corn Hall.

Women Power in Finland: Gig Postponed

August 27th, 2018

Unfortunately the Women Power concert, featuring Toyah, has been postponed by the promoters. See the official Facebook post regarding this by clicking below.

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Eastern Daily Press: It’s No Mystery

August 1st, 2018

acoustic18cToyah brings acoustic show to Diss

Charismatic, outspoken and impossible to categorise, Toyah Willcox is both a boundary-smashing musical survivor from the punk era, much-loved actress and presenter of programmes as diverse as The Good Sex Guide and Songs of Praise.

In a career spanning 30 years, during which she has had 13 top 40 singles, recorded 20 albums, written books, acoustic18dappeared in over 40 stage plays, made 10 feature films and been a fixture on television, she has managed to balance a deeply rebellious streak with becoming something of national treasure.

Next month she will be visiting Diss as part of her Up Close & Personal tour that will include a chance to hear her perform an intimate acoustic set. A talented duo of guitarists, Chris Wong and Colin Hinds, will accompany Toyah on unplugged versions of the hits It’s A Mystery, Thunder In The Mountains, I Want To Be Free and Good Morning Universe.

“I love performing the songs acoustically,” she said. “They sound fresh and contemporary. The lyrics have more meaning and clarity in the sonic space of the two acoustic guitars.”

• Continue reading at the Eastern Daily Press.

Diss Express: Toyah Heads to Diss

August 1st, 2018

acoustic16bA British musical icon will be taking to the stage at the Corn Hall in Diss later this year.

Toyah Willcox will be playing live at the recently-renovated venue on September 1 in an intimate gig.

The show, Toyah: Acoustic, Up Close and Personal, promises audiences acoustic covers of her well-known hits, alongside recalling stories from her colourful 35-year career. Guitarists duo Chris Wong and Colin Hinds will accompany Toyah on meticulous and melodic acoustic versions of It’s A Mystery, Thunder In The Mountains, I Want To Be Free, Good Morning Universe and Sensational.

• Continue reading at the Diss Express.

The Bedford Clanger: Music Highlights

July 30th, 2018

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Saturday 15 September, Esquires

The iconic TOYAH will be gracing the main stage at Esquires on Saturday 15 September. This is a full band, non-acoustic show looking back over her full back catalogue.

Tickets are £20 advance, on sale now here: seetickets.com/event/toyah/bedford-esquires/1249241 and from Monday 23rd July from Slide Record Shop, Esquires and Mario’s Hair Design.

• Continue reading at The Bedford Clanger.

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Nottinghamshire Pride: Toyah Photos by Ray Sears

July 29th, 2018

Fantastic photos of Toyah at yesterday’s Nottinghamshire Pride. The set-list was: Good Morning Universe, Echo Beach, Thunder In The Mountains, Rebel Yell, It’s A Mystery, Sweet Child O’ Mine, I Want To Be Free. View larger versions of these photos at the, just resurrected, Dreamscape Gallery. (Thanks to Ray | Photos © Ray Sears)

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Nottinghamshire Pride: Be Proud Be Loud Be Heard!!!

July 28th, 2018

Toyah is playing Nottinghamshire Pride 2018 this afternoon. Here is a rundown of most of the day’s perfromers. Click here to visit the event’s Twitter and below for the official website. Yes, Be Proud Be Loud Be Heard!!! Don’t let the bigots, homophobes and liars win. Have a great Pride.

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Toyah Live 2018: Weyfest Music Festival

July 26th, 2018

weyfest18cToyah is playing Weyfest Music Festival 2018 next month, as one of the special guest vocalists with The SAS Band. The festival takes place from Friday 17th to Sunday 19th August in Tilford, Surrey. The SAS Band headline the closing night of the festival.

Weyfest is a premium boutique-style festival which has been held in Tilford, Surrey in August each year since 2007. At Weyfest you will experience fine foods, wines, ales, ciders and lagers, cocktails and champagne bars – all at reasonable prices.  There are plenty of posh clean toilets that are topped up with supplies all weekend, a beautiful camp site with wonderful hot showers and great sound quality from the 4 stages, all set in 10 acres of stunning woodland of the Rural Life Centre museum – home to 40,000 fascinating artefacts of country life. There’s plenty to entertain all ages, quite apart from the fabulous music!

A music festival without mud. Weyfest is more like a mini-holiday than a music festival. It is a stress-free weekend in the country, with over 30 hours of the finest music… Where people open gates for you, say “excuse me” and move aside to let you to the bar. Where the tantalising aromas of great food mix with the nostalgic smell of steam from the resident railway, conjuring up memories of a bygone industrial age.

• Further info/Book tickets at the Weyfest Music Festival 2018 website.

West Bridgford Wire: Nottinghamshire Pride 2018

July 26th, 2018

nottspride18aToyah is playing Nottinghamshire Pride 2018 on Saturday, with a stage time of 4pm. There are further details about the day’s events at the West Bridgford Wire.

Full details for Nottinghamshire Pride 2018 revealed

This year Nottinghamshire Pride will take place on 28th July in Nottingham City Centre. Nottingham City Centre will be awash with colour and wrapped in rainbow flags this Saturday as Nottinghamshire Pride takes place in the city.

• Continue reading at the West Bridgford Wire. Visit the Nottinghamshire Pride 2018 website here.

Diva: Take Me Back To L Fest

July 24th, 2018

lfest18bEmma Goswell remembers the weekend that was

Similarly, punk priestess Toyah was in her element and thrilled to be at L Fest. Before she went on stage, I asked her if she thought there was a need for lesbian festivals and she really did. “I think its really important,” she told me. “I think it’s community. People who live in a hostile environment need to know there is somewhere they can go and be safe and included and they can express themselves. It’s so important that things like this exist!”

As well as her hits, Toyah treated the crowd to singalong versions of rock classics like Sweet Child Of Mine, Rebel Yell and I Love Rock N Roll. It’s so wonderful, having seen her at Pride events too, to know that someone I was a fan of when I was in the closet is now such a supporter of the LGBT community. Jumping up and down singing Toyah songs with hundreds of other sleep-deprived lesbians filled my little-exhausted heart with glee and it was hard not to feel – at least for a moment – that everything was right with the world.

• Continue reading at Diva.

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County Press: In The Court Of The Crimson Queen

July 22nd, 2018

jute18fThere’s only a few weeks until Toyah plays the Jack Up The 80s Festival and the Isle Of Wight County Press have made her the cover star of their Weekender supplement (Friday July 20, 2018 issue), with a one page interview feature inside.

In the court of the crimson queen
Eighties music remains popular because it tells relevant and grounded stories everyone can associate with.

That’s according to Toyah, one of the decade’s most iconic stars, who is returning to Jack Up The 80s this Summer.

The 80s revival started in around 2000 and has kept a lot os artists busy ever since, such is the appeal of the 80s sound, which arks back to a time before grunge, rave and grime.

Toyah does four shows a week, all year round, and this will be the second time she has been at the island’s most fluorescent summer event. “Jack Up The 80s has grown since I was last there and I’m looking forward to coming back,” she told the County Press.

• Continue reading here. Many thanks to Official Jack Up The 80s. Browse our Jack Up The 80s news. Visit the festival’s Official Website.

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