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The Guardian: From The Cardiologist To The Baker

February 11th, 2019

guardian19aFrom the cardiologist to the baker: how busy people manage sleep

Today presenter Martha Kearney goes to bed at 8pm, while at 4am Toyah Willcox is going through her emails – 10 people with odd work patterns reveal their bedtime routines

Toyah Willcox, Singer and Actor

I have always had disrupted, broken sleep. Over a year, I could count on my fingers the times I have slept through the night. I don’t think my insomnia is fixable: I think it’s in my DNA. I cannot emphasise enough how important exercise is. I have to do at least a three-mile fast walk a day, usually in the afternoon. Movement is incredibly important in helping my body use up my energy. When I’m disciplined enough, detoxing of stimulants and exercising is also a conscious part of my day.

Routine: I take books on learning to bed – music theory, colour theory – and usually my brain thinks, “Um, I think I’d rather turn off,” than learn something. But my natural pattern is to sleep from 11pm-1am, then I’m awake till 7am and I only get into deep sleep at around 7-10am. Instead of lying there praying to go to sleep all night, I get up and work. At 4am you do feel a bit jet-lagged and brain-dead, but it’s a very practical time to go through my emails, pay the bills, get rid of the mundane tasks. And there’s times in the summer when I’m awake as the sun is rising and I think this is the best, this is absolutely wonderful. Of course, if you have a 9-5 job this is a real problem, but as a singer, it can work well for me.

• Continue reading at The Guardian.

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Leeds List: What’s On This Weekend in Yorkshire

February 11th, 2019

leedslist19aThere are loads of unmissable events in Yorkshire this weekend – Wondering what’s on in Yorkshire this weekend? We’ve rounded it up, all in one place…

There are plenty of things to get stuck into this weekend in Yorkshire. As legendary mod film Quadrophenia turns 40, Square Chapel in Halifax will not only screen the film but invite singer and actress Toyah Willcox to tell you about her experiences behind the scenes, with a live Q&A and music.

• Continue reading at Leeds List. (NB: Leeds List have the date for this as Friday 15th. The screening and Toyah’s gig take place on Saturday 16th!) Tickets for the gig are available here.

Henley Standard: Rewind Signs Up Pop ‘Legends’

February 7th, 2019

henleyst19aToyah will co-compère at Rewind South 2019 in August.

Michael Bolton, the Four Tops, Lulu and Grandmaster Flash are to perform at this summer’s Rewind South festival for the first time. The event, now in its 11th year, will take place on Temple Island Meadows in Remenham from Friday to Sunday, August 16 to 18 with a line-up described by organisers as the most diverse yet.

… It will be compered by Doctor and the Medics frontman Clive “The Doctor” Jackson and Eighties singer Toyah Willcox.

Other attractions will include comedy performers such as Milton Jones, DJ sets, family sports days, circus skills workshops and giant bubble parties with more to be confirmed over the coming months.

• Continue reading at the Henley Standard.

Kaleidoscope Man – Coming Soon!

February 3rd, 2019

kman16aIn Case You Missed The News…

If you haven’t already heard, I have some great news. After 7 years in production and nearly 10 years before that in development, our super ambitious sci-fi thriller, Kaleidoscope Man, is at last completed.

The last 3 months have been a true roller-coaster for me. It started back on the 18th Aug 2018, when we finally locked the picture. This had been after a good 6 months of working on the fine cut.

Next we got to work on the sound track. I did the foley recording (footsteps), Keith Tinman track laid the sound effects, Benjamin Symons fine-tuned the music score and Alan Snelling recorded the ADR, mixed the music and then did the full 5.1 surround sound mix.

On the picture side, the edit went to Narduzzo Too at Pinewood Studios, where it was fully colour graded by Harry Conquest and Vince Narduzzo, then it went to Out-Post Post production where the film was on-lined by Nigel Gorley and converted into various formats ready for delivery for cinema, TV, DVD and online.

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We were very VERY lucky in that one of our stars, the lovely Toyah Willcox recorded an amazing song for the end titles. It’s a powerful and inspiration song called, Step into the New World, and it really captures the heart and soul of what the film is about. It was written by Alan Snelling and myself and we hope to officially release it soon.

• Continue reading at the Kaleidoscope Man website. Browse Dreamscape’s Kaleidoscope Man news archive. (Photos/Images © kaleidoscopeman.com)

Toyah on TV: Paxman On The Queen’s Children

February 3rd, 2019

channel519aThis article, Royal bombshell: Why Prince Charles once asked ‘Shall I go gay?’, at today’s Sunday Express suggests Toyah will be appearing in a new Channel 5 documentary series which begins airing this Tuesday.

Prince Edward may also cringe at the sight of another re-run of his much-maligned It’s A Royal Knockout TV show. The one-off charity extravaganza saw members of the Royal Family compete alongside celebrities from the worlds of sport, music and TV in a series of wacky challenges and events. Toyah Willcox, who took part, reveals that the press took against the show because Edward forced them to stay inside a tent to report on the antics outside.

Paxman On The Queen’s Children: Channel 5: Tuesday 5th February: 9pm
Episode 1. Two part documentary series. Jeremy Paxman explores the lives of Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward, the first generation of royals to grow up as celebrities. Attempts to embrace the modern world instead eroded reputations and spoiled the fairytale, not least in It’s a Royal Knockout.

Inverness Gigs: Toyah For Inverness Gig

January 24th, 2019

invgigs19aToyah, 40th Anniversary Scottish Tour ‘Thunder in the Highlands’ Ironworks, Inverness.

Following “sparkling reviews and glowing audience feedback from her autumn tour” punk pop icon Toyah Willcox is set to take the Ironworks by storm as part of her 40th anniversary Scottish tour ‘Thunder in the Highlands’.

2019 marks 40 years in music for the Birmingham born beauty Toyah, as she invites fans old and new to join her in a retrospective celebratory performance of chart hits and fan favourites spanning 40 years of her career.

Toyah celebrated her 60th birthday last year with the release of her new digital EP ‘Four From Toyah: Birthday Edition’ featuring four new songs from the age defying artist including Telepathic Lover.

• Continue reading at Inverness Gigs.

BBC Scotland: The Golden Globe Winner

January 14th, 2019

barmy19aThe Golden Globe winner whose big break came from CBBC

Richard Madden winning a Golden Globe capped a stellar year for the actor.

He received glowing praise in the UK for his portrayal of Sergeant David Budd in BBC One’s Bodyguard, but winning a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama showed just how respected the actor has become in Hollywood.

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Like many actors, Richard’s first break came in Children’s TV, in a show produced in his native Scotland. 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. The role set Richard off on the path of full-time acting, a career which has seen him play a number of notable roles.

• Continue reading at BBC Scotland.

Coventry Comic Con 2019: Guest Announcement

January 10th, 2019

covcon19aGuest Announcement – Toyah Willcox!
Sports Connexion, Ryton, Coventry
Saturday 28th September 2019

Our next Quadrophenia guest is the amazing Toyah Willcox who played Monkey in the 1979 film. Toyah is also known for:

13 Top 40 singles (Her biggest hits include “It’s a Mystery”, “Thunder in the Mountains” and “I Want to Be Free”), 24 albums, Secret Diary of a Call Girl (2007) – Gail Baxter (Hannah’s mother), Teletubbies Narrator, Doctor Who: Thirty Years in the TARDIS and many, many more TV, film and theatre appearances!

Come and meet Toyah at Covcon! www.coventrycomiccon.uk

• Continue reading at Coventry Comic Con.

Irish Times: 18 Of The Best Shows On TV This Weekend

December 21st, 2018

fmamh18aFleetwood Mac: A Musical History
Friday, BBC4, 8pm

Telling the history of Fleetwood Mac in just an hour is something of a challenge, not least because the group evolved so much from its first incarnation as a 1960s blues-rock-influenced band led by guitarist and songwriter Peter Green to the softer 1970s sound of the all-conquering Rumours. Edith Bowman narrates a brief history of the group while celebrity fans KT Tunstall, Travis frontman Fran Healy, Toyah Willcox, Sian Pattenden and Emma Dabiri pay tribute and share their favourite tracks.

Halifax Courier: Toyah – Film, Q&A and Live Music

December 14th, 2018

halifaxcourier18aQuadrophenia plus a Q&A and live music with Toyah Willcox

Here’s a brilliant evening’s entertainment with not only an anniversary screening of iconic movie Quadrophenia, but a Q&A with one of its stars, the legendary Toyah Willcox and a live music set with her too. Toyah who went on to be a music, film and TV star and an author played the character Monkey in the 1979 Who album-inspired film which depicts the Mods and Rockers era of the late 1960s and which is celebrating its 40th year. The film will be screened before Toyah takes the stage to talk about the movie and her career at Square Chapel. The film stars Phil Daniels as Jimmy, a young 1960s London-based Mod who escapes from his dead-end job as a mailroom boy by dancing, partying, taking amphetamines, riding his scooter, and brawling with the motorcycle-riding Rockers. After he and his friends participate in a huge brawl with the Rockers by the seaside in Brighton, he is arrested and his life starts to spiral out of control. Toyah has had eight Top 40 singles and released over 20 albums, Her biggest hits were “It’s a Mystery”, “Thunder in the Mountains” and “I Want to Be Free”.  She has written two books, appeared in over forty stage plays and ten feature films.

• Continue reading at the Halifax Courier.

The Old Rep Theatre: Our Christmas Gift Guide

December 13th, 2018

bhamoldrep18bSanta and his Elves have been working very hard with The Old Rep team over the past few weeks spreading the Christmas cheer with Pinocchio. And with only two weeks to go until Christmas, we have some amazing gift ideas. There really is something for everyone!

Name a seat at The Old Rep
Naming a seat at The Old Rep is the perfect Christmas gift. For just £150 for 5 years you will play a role in securing the future of the theatre and help us continue creating opportunities for young people and emerging artists.

Each plaque featured in our auditorium is unique and inscribed with a personal message. Your plaque will be installed amongst our patrons Brian Cox, Brian Blessed, Toyah Willcox, June Brown and Albert Finney.

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

Essex Live: Brentwood Festival 2019 Acts Announced

December 12th, 2018

essexlive18qHere are the acts that have been announced so far

With preparations for next year’s Brentwood Festival well underway, a number of acts appearing in the line-up have been announced.

So far those that have been confirmed include the singer, songwriter and musician Paul Young, famous for his hit singles such as Love of the Common People, Wherever I Lay My Hat and Everytime You Go Away.

Toyah Willcox will also be taking to the stage. The singer, songwriter, musician, actress, producer and author, has accomplished a lot over her career including eight top 40 singles.

Another act will be Katrina Leskanich, the former lead singer of the pop rock band Katrina and the Waves, famous for the song Walking on Sunshine.

• Continue reading at Essex Live. Visit the Brentwood Festival 2019 website.

Theatre Royal Winchester: What’s On – Toyah Willcox

November 27th, 2018

trwinchester18aFrom punk princess to cult stage 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 the Theatre Royal Winchester.

Christmas TV: Fleetwood Mac – A Musical History

November 27th, 2018

bbc4aBBC Media Centre released details of the BBC’s Christmas 2018 TV schedule today – A bumper box of festive treats to enthrall and enchant audiences across the BBC this Christmas season.

Fleetwood Mac: A Musical History
Fellow musicians, journalists and fans celebrate Fleetwood Mac with a selection of their best loved songs.

Fleetwood Mac are the great survivors of British and American rock music. For more than fifty years they’ve overcome break-ups and breakdowns to become one of the most successful bands of all time. They have sold over 100 million records worldwide, with their 1977 smash Rumours accounting for nearly half of those sales.

They have endured, like all great bands, because of the complimentary talents of their members. From Peter Green to Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, the band has contained some extraordinary songwriters. With brilliant musicians on all instruments, they have been able to turn the songs into commercial gold. Above all, the tough determination of the two men who gave the band their name has seen Fleetwood Mac through thick and thin.

Celebrity fans paying tribute to the band in this hit-filled hour include KT Tunstall, Travis frontman Fran Healy, Edith Bowman, Toyah Willcox, Alan McGee, Sian Pattenden and Emma Dabiri.

• Continue reading at BBC Media Centre.

Edinburgh Evening News: Toyah at Liquid Room, Edinburgh

November 26th, 2018

edenews18aToyah Willcox to play first headline gig in Edinburgh for 25 years

From punk princess to cult stage and actress, Toyah Willcox has announced she will celebrate 40 years of music at the Liquid Room next year with her first headline concert in the Capital for more than 25 years.

Charismatic, outspoken and impossible to categorise, Toyah played her last full gig in the city in 1982 when she wowed The Playhouse, having previously built her Edinburgh fanbase with gigs in venues such as Tiffany’s and The Odeon in the late 70s and early 80s.

One of the UK’s most iconic household names and now also an award-winning rock legend and well loved stage/screen actress and composer, the concert will also celebrate another milestone in the singers’ life – Toyah turned 60 in May of this year.

• Continue reading at the Edinburgh Evening News.

Official Toyah: Toyah Confirms 2019 Gig Schedule

November 25th, 2018

live2019iFollowing sparkling reviews and glowing audience feedback from her autumn tour, Toyah has confirmed she will play over thirty live dates in 2019.

The concerts include a 40th anniversary tour of Scotland plus headline solo electric gigs and intimate acoustic shows across the UK. There are also summer festival dates and an appearance with her full band at Belgium’s W-Fest.

Visit the Gigs page at toyahwillcox.com for venue details and links to buy tickets. Further gig dates will be announced and added to the Gigs page in 2019 so stay tuned.

ELECTRIC: 1 Feb: Stockton Arc | 2 Feb: Doncaster Dome | 3 Feb: Cheltenham Tithe Barn | 22 Feb: Leeds Brudnell Social Club | 25 Apr: Edinburgh Liquid Rooms |26 Apr: Dundee Church | 27 Apr: Inverness Ironworks | 28 Apr: Glasgow Ivory Blacks | 26 May: Winchester Theatre Royal | 22 Jun: Newcastle Upon Tyne 02 Academy

ACOUSTIC: 15 Feb: Frome Memorial Theatre | 16 Feb: Halifax Square Chapel Arts Centre (+ Quadrophenia screening/Q&A) | 15 Mar: Aldershot West End Centre | 23 Mar: Otley Courthouse | 29 Mar: Nottingham Ravenshead Village Hall | 5 Apr: Bridgwater McMillian Theatre | 6 Apr: Northampton Roadmender | 10 May: Godalming  St. John’s Church | 24 May: Hornchurch Fairkytes Arts Centre | 27 Jun: Chester Alexander’s Live | 28 Jun: Cardiff Acapela Studio

FESTIVALS / MULTI-ARTIST SHOWS: 8 Mar: Minehead Butlins Alternative Music Festival | 27 May: Darwen Live 2019 | 1 Jun : Let’s Rock Wales Tredegar Park | 2 Jun: Cheltenham Wychwood Festival | 14 Jun: Bali Back To The 80s | 13 Jul: Newark Rock & Bike Fest | 20 Jul: Stockport  Smash Hits On The Pitch RUFC | 26 Jul: Norfolk Holt Festival | 16 Aug: Belgium W-Fest | 21 Sep: Dudley Himley Hall Party In The Park II

• Continue reading, for further info, at toyahwillcox.com. See also Toyah Announces Scottish 40th Anniversary Tour. (Photo © Ian Davis)

Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

November 9th, 2018

giraffe18dToyah’s Painted Giraffe: “Touch The Wishing Stars” raised £8000 for Toyah’s mother’s hospice and is now placed permanently in the memorial garden at St. Richards Worcester – News Source – Toyah’s Nov 2018 Blog…

Worcester Stands Tall: Browse all our past news on Toyah’s painted giraffe here… (Photo © Toyah Willcox)

Toyah at Twitter: Studio day with Simon Darlow for very important release in 2019See the tweet…

Toyah Releases 2019: Two new singles have been confirmed as being released by Toyah next year – News Source – Express & Star Interview…

Edinburgh Evening News/Liam Rudden: My right ankle and left knee told me it hadn’t been a good idea to ‘pogo’ at Manchester’s Ruby Lounge on Friday. The occasion was the first of Toyah’s 60th Birthday gigs, though she looks a fraction of her age. The same could not be said for the vintage teenagers who turned out to see her – Continue reading…

Acoustic, Up Close & Personal 2019: Toyah is playing the West End Centre, 48 Queens Road, Aldershot on 15th March 2019 – More info/Book tickets…

Toyah at Twitter: FABULOUS SOLD OUT GIG & FINALE to the Toyah60 Tour @O2Islington last night. Great vibe & wonderful friendsSee some backstage photos…

Toyah60 – Finale:  Be Proud Be Loud (Be Heard) – O2 Academy Islington – 4/11/18 – Watch/Listen…

BBC iPlayer Radio: There’s still a great selection of past Toyah at BBC Radio content currently available to listen to at BBC iPlayer Radio; Great Lives: Toyah Willcox on Katharine Hepburn (originally aired in September 2015), Ramblings: Toyah takes Clare Balding for a walk in Worcestershire (February 2013), Woman’s Hour: Toyah on being a punk (February 2012), A Good Read: Book reviews (March 1998), and Saturday Live: Toyah’s shares her secret life (August 2011), Inheritance Tracks: Two of Toyah’s favourite songs (April 2017), Woman’s Hour: Toyah talks punk classic Jubilee reimagined for the stage (February 2018), Ramblings: Toyah guest presents ‘The Same Walk 365 Times’ (October 2013), The Reunion: Women of Punk (April 2017), Sounds Of The 80s: Toyah on the 80s (February 2014).

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North Somerset Times: Review: Toyah

November 9th, 2018

nstimes18aReview: Toyah − the soundtrack to my life

The Birmingham-born star rarely tours but has just finished a sell-out four-gig run with full electric band to celebrate 40 years in the business after turning 60 earlier this year.

The agile singer-songwriter has always had boundless energy, her videos and lively performances on erstwhile TV music show Top Of The Pops will testify to this, and she shows no signs of slowing down at 60. She leapt around the stage, commanding it with her strong and quirky tribal dance moves and leaning out towards the audience astride stone pillars in the small, crammed venue.

Her voice is as powerful and moving as it always was, diving straight in with All In A Rage, she took us through the full back-catalogue including Danced, Good Morning Universe, Thunder In The Mountains, Be Proud Be Loud (Be Heard), Rebel Run, I Want To Be Free, Brave New World and ending with her best-known hit It’s A Mystery.

• Continue reading at the North Somerset Times. (Photos © Karen Richards/North Somerset Times)

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Express & Star: Toyah Wows Wolves Crowd

November 5th, 2018

exandstar16aToyah Willcox wows crowds in Wolverhampton with new show – in pictures

Toyah Willcox wowed crowds of fans with a Sensational performance at Wolverhampton’s Slade Rooms.

The singer, songwriter and actress proudly presented her show TOYAH, featuring a full electric band, to celebrate 40 years in the music business. Now aged 60, the solo artist – who is from Birmingham – delighted fans with hit tracks including I Want To Be Free and Be Proud Be Loud.

The event was held in the city on Friday evening.

• Continue reading, and view a gallery of photos, at the Express & Star. (Photo © Dave Cox/Express & Star)

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Express & Star: Toyah Talks Ahead of Wolverhampton Show

November 2nd, 2018

expstar18bBy her own admission, she’s not quite right.

Toyah Willcox lives in a perpetual state of confusion, imagining that she ought to be doing something else or working on something new.

She’s a little bit OCD – her words, not ours – and is never happier than when playing one thing off against the other.

And perhaps that’s no surprise. After all, the one-time High Priestess of Punk has carved out a remarkable career as musician, singer, songwriter, actress, producer and author. In a career spanning 40 years, she’s had eight Top 40 singles, released more than 20 albums, written two books and appeared in more than 40 stage plays and ten feature films.

She’s voiced and presented numerous TV shows and enjoyed such hits as It’s A Mystery, Thunder In The Mountains and I Want To Be Free. Now in her 60th year, it’s time to reflect. The entertainer who was born in King’s Heath, refused to move to London and now lives just up the road in Worcestershire, is back on the road with shows that double as a career retrospective.

She’ll headline Wolverhampton’s Slade Rooms on Friday as part of a whistlestop tour that celebrates both her 60th year and her 40th year in music.

“I’ve been in the business for 40 years so there’s a lot of music to cover. We cherry pick what we think will be a good fun high-energy night for the fans. Obviously we’ll do all the hits and I also have two singles scheduled for release next year, so they’re in the set.”

• Continue reading at the Express & Star.

Marie Claire: Crimson Queen Toyah

October 30th, 2018

marieclaire18aToyah is referenced in a make-up photo feature in the October 2018 issue of the Malaysian edition of Marie Claire magazine.

Blush it out like a crimson queen a la Toyah Willcox with this eye-popping colour on your cheeks. Spread the colour evenly over the apple of your cheeks for s flushed healthy look that is youthful and earm. Finish with a red tinted lip-balm on the lips.