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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.

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.

Idolator: The Best and Worst 80′s Hairstyles

September 18th, 2018

idolator18aThe Best and Worst Musician Hairstyles From The ’80s

It’s hard to pinpoint a decade that was gaudier than the ‘80s. What we do know is that hairspray manufacturers were probably thrilled. As for the rest of us? Not so much.

What Was Going On With Toyah Willcox’s Hair?

Toyah Willcox’s hair is that strange part of ‘80s fashion where no one knew exactly what was going and just went with it anyway. It’s like looking at your high school yearbook and wondering what the heck you were thinking.

Willcox kept a bold, Cyndi Lauper shade of orange, but made it 100 times bigger than Lauper could have dreamed. Beyond her intense, teased-out look, she loved to play around with blunt, choppy layers (you know, the kind your mom gives you when she cuts your hair with the kitchen singers, but Willcox’s were an intentional statement). Today, the star is still playing gigs, but she’s chilled out with the Manic Panic and hairspray. She looks even better at 60 than she did in her youth, but such is the power of abandoning a wild ‘80s cut.

• Continue reading at Idolator.

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The Telegraph: From New Orleans to Nashville

September 11th, 2018
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From New Orleans to Nashville, Toyah Willcox shares her solo travel experiences on a fascinating escorted tour of the US’s music cities

I have spent plenty of time on tour buses as a musician, but this was my first ever tour as a tourist: the Music Highway, 530 miles of road that stretches from New Orleans to Nashville via Memphis, and takes you through one of the greatest eras in modern music history. One glorious hot and sticky week of hearing authentic live music, eating local cuisine and absorbing the rich culture along the way – and I loved it.

I travelled solo to New Orleans, Louisiana. I love travelling alone, but I did appreciate being met at the airport by a smiling representative from Collette, the specialist escorted tour operator which has been hosting trips such as this for 100 years.

There was also a “tour manager”, who introduces you to your fellow travellers and new friends – in my case, around 30 New Yorkers and Australians who were as fascinating as the places we visited – and guides you through all the activities available (and there are a lot). They also make the week-long trip effortlessly fun and hugely informative.

• Continue reading at The Telegraph.

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.

Live 2019: Electric Toyah @ Stockton Arts Centre

September 7th, 2018

live2019aFrom punk princess to cult stage and screen actress, Toyah Willcox is a vibrant 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 40 years Toyah has amassed thirteen top 40 singles, recorded twenty-four albums, written two books, appeared in over forty stage plays, acted in twenty feature films and presented hundreds of television programmes.

The year 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of her music career as Toyah released her first ever single and album studio in 1979. This concert –with her full electric band– will be a celebratory retrospective including hit singles, album classics and fan favourites.

• Continue reading at Stockton Arts Centre.

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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The Guide Liverpool: New LIPA Companions

July 26th, 2018

theguide18aNile Rodgers among new LIPA Companions

Award winning musical pioneer Nile Rodgers is to be made a Companion of The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) on Friday, 27 July 2018.

The award-winning composer, producer and guitarist will be one of seven luminaries of the arts and entertainment world to receive the accolade from LIPA’s co-founder Sir Paul McCartney at the Institute’s annual graduation ceremony. Nile, who co-founded the ground-breaking disco band Chic in 1976, is one of the industry’s most sought-after producers and collaborators and was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame last year.

Toyah Willcox – who’s maintained a successful career as both a musician and an actor for over 40 years – will also be made a Companion. LIPA awards Companionships for two reasons: outstanding achievement and practical contribution to students’ learning.

lipa18aNile Rodgers and Toyah Willcox will be joined by Broadway and West End sound designer John Leonard, former CEO of Sony Music UK and Ireland Paul Burger, Ali Campbell – who’s a leading community arts practitioner and teacher, international lighting designer Felice Ross and dancer and choreographer Dean Lee.

• Continue reading at The Guide Liverpool. See further press reports on this at the Liverpool Echo and msn.com.

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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Daily Echo: Fab Fun ’80s Festival is Back Once Again

July 19th, 2018

wickham16cHold 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 once again gearing itself up for the ultimate feel-good festival!

Jack Up The 80s is a two-day retro pop festival which takes place on August 11 and 12, and provides a family weekend of musical entertainment from household chart names, food, attractions, kids arts and crafts and stalls.

jute18cThe 2018 artist line-up includes Grammy Award-winning and international chart-topping music legend Leo Sayer, British pop rock group T’Pau, punk princess Toyah Willcox, soul star Jaki Graham, Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp, the one and only Chesney Hawkes and many more.

Special guests from the noughties Phats & Small will be helping to mix things up a bit, along with boy band Five.

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.

• Continue reading at the Daily Echo. Browse our Jack Up The 80s news. Visit the festival’s Official Website.

Toyah Live 2018: The Havering Show/Fairkytes Live

July 18th, 2018

The Fairkytes Live stage will be back at The Havering Show again in August, and the headliner this year is none other than Toyah! As always, admission to the show is free, and the Fairktyes Live stage will be running from 11am to 5pm each day.

• See further info on The Havering Show here.

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