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Nottingham Post: Nottinghamshire Pride 2018

July 16th, 2018

nottpost18aNottinghamshire Pride 2018 – when, where, tickets, times, prices, parade route, weather, stages, line-up and everything else you need to know

80s pop star Toyah will be entertaining the crowd along with a Britney tribute

An eighties pop star, an X Factor finalist and a Britney Spears tribute act are among the entertainers lining up for the city’s most fabulous festival, Nottinghamshire Pride.

Taking place on Saturday, July 28, this year’s annual LGBTQ+ celebration promises to be jam-packed with free comedy, live music and theatre shows from 11.30am until late, late, late.

So who can we expect to see on the main stage?

Performance Times: 12.15pm – Sheriff of Nottingham speech, 12.30pm – Michaela Weeks Britney Spears Tribute, 1pm – The Scream Queens, 1.30pm – Amrick Channa from The Voice and X Factor, 2pm – Tash Bird, 2.30pm – Nicki French, 3pm – Kitty Tray, 3.30pm – Intro from Charity Shop Sue, 4pm – Toyah Willcox, 4.30pm – Rob Green, 5pm – The Half Eight, 5.30pm – Titty Bon Bon, 6pm – Co-op Arts Theatre Group.

• Continue reading at Nottinghamshire Live at the Nottingham Post.

The Guardian: Can The NHS Top The Charts?

July 7th, 2018

guardian18cCan a team of pop stars, doctors and nurses help the NHS top the charts?

Toyah Willcox says she was lucky. Back in the day, they used to lop off dodgy legs like hers. But her mother – and the NHS – came to the rescue. The musician and actor was born with a twisted spine, no hip sockets, clawed feet, a clubbed right foot and one leg two inches shorter than the other. “It was a time when the way you dealt with a problem was to remove it, so my mother fought for my leg. My mother saved my leg.”

Twice a day, she was given intensive physio by her mother, and every six months she had corrective surgery. Willcox flexes her impressive biceps. “See, I hold myself through my own muscle strength. That is why I’m built like Arnold Schwarzenegger. I’m really muscular because my mother had to teach me how to straighten my own spine. It wasn’t good for my relationship with her because she was dictatorial about it, but in the end I was able to disguise what I had. I always wore boots and my raise was hidden in them.” At 51, she had an operation to make her legs the same length.

• Continue reading at The Guardian.

Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

July 4th, 2018

newsybits18aThe Big NHS Singalong Live: Toyah is taking part in this celebration of 70 years of the NHS! – On Wednesday 4th July we will celebrate 70 years of the NHS as talented ​NHS staff, famous faces and people right across the country come together to sing a special version of The Beatles classic ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ live on ITV’s one off televised event – The Big NHS Singalong Live – Continue reading…

Toyah @ Twitter: “Joining The Big NHS Singalong Live at Abbey Rd Studios tonight for ITV 9pm ….. let’s break that world record! Good Luck all” – Continue reading…

Vulture Hound: ‘As long as the music’s loud enough..’ – Jubilee (Film Review): Punk rebellion combined with the juxtaposition of royal mystical ambience is what makes this film rather strange yet special at the same time. Derek Jarman depicts a rather fantastical manic portrayal which harmoniously emphasises the dramatic change of youth movement within the 1970’s era of Britain – Continue reading…

Worcester News: One Week to go until Worcester Stands Tall Launch: Final preparations are under way for the launch of an art trail that will see 30 giraffes placed around Worcester – The large sculptures have been decorated by artists both from the local area and across the UK, while one is designed by singer and actress Toyah Willcox – Continue reading…

Wild In Art: Celebrated singer designs giraffe for trail: Artwork designed by celebrated singer and actress Toyah Willcox has been used to decorate a giraffe sculpture for the Worcester Stands Tall trail. The prolific performer, whose career has spanned more than 40 years, themed her design around the idea of ‘making a wish’ – with the Giraffe covered in stars, animals and children – (Photo © Worcester Stands Tall) Continue reading…

Beacon: Relive the Good Times – Jack Up The 80s: This year’s Jack Up The 80s takes place on August 11th and 12th at Smallbrook Stadium, Ryde. The stellar line up includes Grammy award-winning music legend Leo Sayer, soul sensations Shalamar, British pop rock group T’Pau, punk princess Toyah Willcox, Jaki Graham, an exclusive DJ set from Martin Kemp, the one and only Chesney Hawkes, Brother Beyond and many more – Continue reading…

The Fine Times Recorder: Up Close and Personal with Toyah

July 4th, 2018

finetimes18aPunk icon Toyah Willcox, wife of Robert Fripp and now long-time Wiltshire and Dorset resident, comes to Strode Theatre in Street on Friday 6th July for an intimate evening of music and memories.

Since the late 1970s, when she was the flame-haired idol of the pop punks, Toyah has expanded her repertoire, presenting on television and acting on stage and screen, including cult films Jubilee and Quadrophenia.

At Street she will be performing an unplugged set of her best-loved hits and classic songs, and recalling stories from her colourful 35-year career.

In this entertaining and revealing show, musicians Chris Wong and Colin Hinds accompany Toyah on melodic acoustic versions of hits like It’s A Mystery, Thunder In The Mountains, I Want To Be Free and Good Morning Universe; and with anecdotes about adventures like filming pop videos on horseback at 5am in the morning, or acting alongside Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier.

The show starts  at 7.30. For more details, telephone 01458 442846 or visit the website, www.strodetheatre.org.uk

• Continue reading at The Fine Times Recorder.

Visit South East England: Jack Up The 80′s – Vol 6

June 26th, 2018

jute18cThe biggest 80s festival to rock the Isle of Wight is back for a sixth year!

Hold on to your 80s ra-ra skirts for a little while longer and don’t chuck your roller boots away just yet, as the Isle of Wight is gearing itself up for the ultimate feel-good festival!

Jack Up The 80s is a three-day retro pop festival in its sixth year and provides a family weekend of musical entertainment from household chart names, food, attractions, kids arts and crafts and stalls.

The event is fast making a name for itself as the most fun festival on the South Coast. It offers an unbeatable atmosphere and is completely safe, inclusive and affordable for all. In excess of £20,000 has been raised in the past 2 years for local charities and good causes.

Pop punk princess, Toyah Willcox joins Jack Up The 80′s line up. Toyah is one of the most iconic artists of the decade with a career spanning over 35 years. She has had 13 top 40 singles, recorded 24 albums and toured live across the world.

• Continue reading at Visit South East England. Visit the Jack Up The 80s website. Browse our Jack Up the 80s news.

Filmwerk: Jubilee – Blu-ray Review

June 26th, 2018

jubilee18mIt’s hard to believe that Punk is well over 40 years old, largely heralded by the release of the Sex Pistols ‘Anarchy in the UK’, in the Britain at any rate. Punk meant different thing to different people: to the Sex Pistols and The Clash it was a working-class reaction or counter-reaction, to Malcolm McLaren it was a marketing ploy and to the likes of Vivienne Westwood it was a fashion statement. For art film director Derek Jarman it became an anarchic artistic statement.

Of course Jarman himself was not a punk, but he certainly tapped into the spirit of the age and was even able to insert his own brand of camp into the punk scene with his film Jubilee (1978). The BFI release of Jubilee is released in addition to the BFI’s recent 6 film box-set release, ‘Derek Jarman Volume One: 1972 – 1986’ to observe the films 40 year anniversary.

The narrative of the film is sometimes hard to follow, but makes more statements than having any narrative or even making much in the way of sense. It opens with Queen Elizabeth I (Jenny Runacre) being transported to 1970s London by her occultish aide, Dr. John Dee (Richard O’Brien) and find a place riven with political and social unrest. We are then introduced to some of the key figures in the film: punk girls Mad (Toyah Willcox) and Amyl-Nitrate (Jordan), along with Kid (Adam Ant, real name Stuart Goddard), Crabs (Nell Campbell), Chaos (Hermine Demoriane) and Bod (Runacre again in a dual role). They get up to all sorts in the flat and include killing a one-night stand in a asphyxiation game. All sorts of adventures take place including starting a punk band called Scum while revolt and social unrest, including police brutality increases.

• Continue reading at Filmwerk.

Toyah at The V&A Summer Party 2018

June 21st, 2018

Toyah was a guest at yesterday’s V&A Summer Party. The annual party took place last night at the famous museum itself in South West London. Here’s a couple of press reports featuring photos of Toyah. The Telegraph reported: Singer Toyah Willcox opted for a summer floral midi dress, which she paired with a cobalt clutch.

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North Wales Pioneer: Headliners Announced for L Fest

June 19th, 2018

lfest18aHeadliners announced as town prepares to host L Fest

The UK’s only lesbian festival has revealed its two headline acts for the event in Llandudno next month.

Katrina Leskanich and Toyah Willcox will headline a long list of performers at L Fest which will be held in Bodafon Fields between July 13 and 16.

Best known for signing in Katrina and the Waves, Katrina Leskanich won the 1997 Eurovision song contest with Love Shine a Light after rising to prominence with her 1985 hit Walking on Sunshine.

Willcox is an award-winning rock legend as well as a much-loved stage/screen actress and music composer. She has had 13 top 40 singles, recorded 24 albums, written two books, appeared in more than 40 stage plays, acted in 20 feature films and presented hundreds of TV programmes.

• Continue reading at the North Wales Pioneer. Visit the L Fest 2018 website.

Gazette & Herald: Sparkling Set From Toyah

June 18th, 2018

devizesfest18bSparkling set from Toyah closes Devizes Arts Festival

The stage of the Devizes’ Corn Exchange was set for a spectacular performance on Saturday night and Toyah didn’t disappoint. She took the audience, many of whom were lifelong fans, through her back catalogue of hits, including ‘It’s a Mystery’ and ‘I want to be free’. Toyah was 60 earlier this year but you wouldn’t have thought it as she danced and jumped around, wearing a gold dress which sparkled as she moved.

Her performance was even more impressive when she revealed that this was her second gig of the day!

Many of Toyah’s fans have a connection with her which goes back nearly 40 years and they loved every minute of the gig.

It was a night to remember and a fitting end to the main programme of this year’s Devizes Arts Festival.

• Continue reading at the Gazette & Herald.

The Old Rep Theatre: Toyah Visits The Old Rep

June 17th, 2018

bhamoldrep18bOur patron Toyah Willcox visits The Old Rep

A friend of The Old Rep and patron Toyah Willcox visited us on Friday 8 June to see her dedicated seat plaque in our auditorium.

Greeted at stage door by our Executive Director Michael Penn and General Manager Gary Stevens, Toyah was extremely excited as this was her first time back at the theatre in almost 30 years, back when she used to attend our Old Rep Drama School at the age of just 14.

Toyah’s dedicated seat plaque is located in our stalls, it reads:

‘a space where true happiness was found’

Willcox went on to thank The Old Rep for their hospitality, and said “This is where it all began for me, thank you”.

• Continue reading at The Old Rep Theatre. (Photo © Toyah Willcox)

Toyah Live 2018: Devizes Arts Festival +

June 16th, 2018

devizesfest18aAnother busy weekend of concerts for Toyah, with a pair of 80s Weekender shows last night and on Sunday, a visit to Let’s Rock Leeds this afternoon and a band gig on the penultimate day of Devizes Arts Festival this evening. The festival runs from 31st May – 17th June. Toyah’s gig takes place at Devizes Corn Exchange.

Toyah & her Full Electric Band

Saturday 16th June: Corn Exchange: 8:00pm | £20 Standing only

From punk princess to cult stage actress and high priestess of TV, Toyah Willcox is a uniquely gifted performer and an inextinguishable flame. 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/screen actress and music composer. In a career spanning over 35 years she has amassed 13 top 40 singles, recorded 24 albums and toured live across the world.

In this lively and energetic concert with her full live electric band you can expect to hear hit singles Good Morning Universe, Thunder In The Mountains and It’s A Mystery alongside classics Neon Womb, Danced and Ieya.

• Continue reading at the Devizes Arts Festival website.

Daily Post: Headliners Announced For Lesbian Festival

June 14th, 2018

walesdailypost16aHeadliners announced for world’s biggest lesbian festival

L Fest takes place in Llandudno next month and two stars form the 80s are topping the bill

The headline acts for “L Fest” the world’s largest lesbian festival have been confirmed. Toyah Willcox and Katrina from Katrina and the Waves will top the bill at the concert which is being held at Bodafon Farm Park, Llandudno between Friday July 13 and Monday July 16.

With a month until the festival gets underway, the organisers have announced the two “global 80’s icons” who will take centre stage. Katrina will headline on the Saturday and Toyah Willcox will top the bill on Sunday.

• Continue reading at the North Wales Daily Post. (Photo from 1985 © Daily Record)

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Pink News: Toyah & Katrina to Headline Lesbian Festival

June 14th, 2018

pinknews18aToyah Willcox and Katrina from Katrina and the Waves to headline world’s biggest lesbian festival

Toyah Willcox and Katrina and the Waves will be headlining “the world’s biggest lesbian festival” in July. L Fest, which takes place in Llandudno, north Wales, is going back to the Eighties to provide entertainment for its queer female audience.

ONE MONTH TO GOOOOO and we have something to shout about, we are sooo excited at HQ. Here are our headliners for L Fest 2018 and as we know how so many of you love your 80’s, we have not one but two GLOBAL 80’s ICONS for you!” wrote L Fest on its Facebook page.

• Continue reading at Pink News.

Northeast Music Guide: Toyah 02 Newcastle Review

June 11th, 2018

live18kA review of Toyah’s gig at The O2 Academy, Newcastle on Saturday, by Northeast Music Guide.

Toyah emerged covered in gold. Good Morning Universe was the opening number, an ageless classic. Toyah had a sparkle in her eye and energy that belies her 60 years. Next, from album Anthem: We Are. Toyah’s introduction suggested it should have been a single. Very in the vein of 8th Day, by Hazel O’Connor.

live18jHer cover of Echo Beach was, in our opinion, better than the Martha And The Muffins original.

Inroducing Thunder in the Mountains, Toyah mentions the mad 80s videos. This song got some early audience participation. Toyah told us about Neon Womb, which was written 40 years ago whilst filming with Katherine Hepburn. Being lonely in hotel rooms as a young woman inspired this claustrophobic track.

Next was Rebel Run and then a song for those who got into trouble with their mothers for dying their hair pink:  Be Proud Be Loud ( Be Heard). Toyah is wonderfully eccentric and loved by the appreciative audience as she twirls and takes a bow at the end.

• Continue reading at Northeast Music Guide. (Words and photos: Joanne Oliver for Jowheretogo and Carliol Photography)

News Guardian: 7 Shows To See in The Next 7 days

June 8th, 2018

live18jHere’s our 22nd round-up of 2018 of concerts, plays and other shows on in the north east over the next seven days, including gigs by the Wedding Present, a version of Yes, Public Image Limited and Belly.

Pop veteran Toyah Willcox is playing at Newcastle’s O2 Academy tomorrow, June 9. The West Midlands-born 60-year-old is best known for her 1981 EP, a No 4 hit featuring the track It’s a Mystery, and the single Thunder in the Mountains, also a No 4 that year.

Tickets to see the band, together from 1978 to 1992 and since 2009, cost £30.35. Stephanie Clift and Larry Love and Special Sorta Beat will be supporting. For details, go to academymusicgroup.com/o2academynewcastle.

• Continue reading at News Guardian. NB: Not quite sure about those band dates quoted above!!

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