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Sheep Farming In Barnet: Wallpaper 15 March, 2011
Counting down to the first "From Sheep Farming To Anthem" gig this Sunday... Here is a rare 'Sheep Farming In Barnet' era photo of Toyah from 1979. Please click on it if you'd like to download a larger wallpaper version, without the FSF-A logo. (Thanks to Andi for this great picture)

 
Official Toyah: Toyah Kicks Off Concert Dates 15 March, 2011
TOYAH KICKS OFF CONCERT DATES AT LEGENDARY CAVERN CLUB

Hot on the heels of her performance in the final of Let’s Dance For Comic Relief, Toyah kicks off a series of hotly-awaited, special live concerts this coming Sunday, 20 March at the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of her hit single It’s A Mystery and the platinum-certified album, Anthem, the concerts will see Toyah perform her greatest hits and a cherry-picked selection of songs from her first three albums and early singles – many of which haven’t been performed live since the early Eighties.

The
From Sheep Farming To Anthem – Classics Revisited Live dates continue throughout 2011 and take in Liverpool, Birmingham, Oxford, Wolverhampton, Wirral, Isle of Man & a set at Blackpool’s Rebellion Punk Festival.

In addition, Toyah will perform alongside Nik Kershaw, Jimmy Somerville, Hazel O’ Connor & Rick Astley at the special Mencap charity concert, Our Friends Acoustic, at London’s The Grand on 12 May. To see Toyah’s full gig diary for 2011 with links to buy tickets click
here.
 
Dreamscape News Archive: February 2011 15 March, 2011
Our Toyah news for a, very busy, February 2011 has now been archived: From Sheep Farming To Anthem, Rewind: The 80s Festival, The Tempest, Let's Dance For Comic Relief, Rock & Bike Festival 2011, The Magical Faerie Festival, Dreamscape TV (erm...), Toyah on BBC2's Daily Politics and the coverage it received, a rare tv interview from 1985, Marigolds/'Quicksilver', Toyah on STV's The Hour, At The Rainbow, '100 Hits: 80s Rewind' CD, live at Kings Place with Weekend Guitar Trio, Dreamscape marking 30 Years of 'Four From Toyah'... and more!

 
From Sheep Farming To Anthem: Counting Down #2 15 March, 2011
We're counting down to Sunday's premiere "From Sheep Farming To Anthem" gig at The Cavern, Liverpool.

Over the next week we are going to dedicate a page a day to a classic Toyah song that should, though not necessarily will, be included in the FSF-A set list. Though, every song from the first three albums are classic Toyah.

LOVE ME: Has always been one of my favourites; incredible vocals, incredible band, awesome production from Steve James & Toyah. View the second countdown page here.

DID YOU KNOW: The house on the cover of 'The Blue Meaning' is Wykehurst Manor/Place situated in Wykehurst Park in Bolney, West Sussex? It was famously used for location filming in the 1973 horror movie The Legend Of Hell House as well as a number of other films (The Eagle Has Landed, Oh! What A Lovely War), including a few Hammer Horror's. Built between 1871 - 74, it was most recenty used as a hotel.

 
TV Times 1980: Toyah - Rebel Without A Pause 14 March, 2011
Counting down to the first "From Sheep Farming To Anthem" gig this Sunday... Here's an interview with Toyah from 'TV Times' in October 1980.

She's been a Hell's Angel, a waitress and a go-go dancer. She used to sleep in a coffin and believes the next Antichrist is due in 1982. She is now, aged 22, a post-punk singer and actress who has played the National Theatre. On Thursday, in a Minder episode, All Mod Cons, she plays Kate, a girl about to be married, whose future home, a gify from a relation, contains squatters. Her name is Toyah Willcox, and her hair is bright red (it's been through about 30 colour changes so far), her clothes (tights, top and tiny cloak) are black, and among her jewellery are bird-claw ear-rings and a false eye made into a ring.

• Read the interview via full scan here. (Thanks to Andi)

 
Hawkinge Gazette: Toyah Flying Visit To Faerie Festival 14 March, 2011
Toyah Willcox is a special guest at this year's Canterbury Magical Faerie Festival in April.

Toyah first became well-known during the punk rock era, with her appearances in Derek Jarman's 1977 film Jubilee and the 1979's Who album-inspired Quadrophenia.

Fronting a band known as Toyah, they hit the charts in 1981, with "It's a Mystery" followed by several other huge hits including "Thunder In The Mountains" and "I Want to Be Free". In 1982, she was voted Best Female Singer at the British Rock and Pop Awards.

Over the past 5 years The Magical Faerie Festival has continued to steadily grow and now welcomes over 2,000 people during the 3 day celebration.

There are many special guest artists, performers and workshops attending the festival from all over the world.
 
From Sheep Farming To Anthem: Counting Down #1 14 March, 2011
The countdown has begun! The 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' *Premiere* gig takes place on Sunday, 20th March at The Cavern, Liverpool.

Anticipation for Toyah's "Classics Revisited Live 2011" dates has been growing and now the first gig is almost here.

The set list is, of course, being kept secret, only helping to build even more excitement, but over the next seven days we are going to dedicate a page a day to a classic Toyah song that should, though not necessarily will, be included. Every song from the first three albums is a classic.

COMPUTER: A song written over 30 years ago and yet far more lyrically relevant than much of the music clogging up the charts in 2011! View the first countdown page
here.

DID YOU KNOW: The iconic cover shot of Toyah on 'Sheep Farming In Barnet' was taken at Fylingdales Radar Base in Yorkshire? It almost didn't happen as security guards chased Toyah and photography crew from the high security site. The three "golf balls" no longer exist, they were removed in the early 90's.

• View more details and book tickets for The Cavern gig, here. Visit The Official 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' page, here.

 
Let's Dance For Comic Relief: The Final 13 March, 2011
Ok, come on now, who thought they would ever see Toyah with pink hair (ok, pink wig!) again? Let alone sporting it while on prime time BBC One dancing with Chesney Hawkes to 'Grease Lightning', while Louis Spence recovers from being snogged by the aformentioned Mr Hawkes? You couldn't make it up!!

Toyah came over all Frenchy (I had to Google that ;)) on last night's Let's Dance For Comic Relief final. It was a fun evening and congratulations to, winners, James Thornton and Charlie Baker, but also to everyone who took part and have, so far, raised over 1 million for Comic Relief. Please click on the caps for larger versions.

 
You Tube: Let's Dance For Comic Relief: 80s Final 13 March, 2011
The standalone "80s Supergroup" Grease Lightning final performance at 'YouTube'. Watch the complete clip below or double click to view at 'YouTube'. Video courtesy of RedNoseDay.

 
Celebrity Naked Ambition: The Ebony Tower 13 March, 2011
A short clip of The Ebony Tower was shown after all on last night's, two hour plus, Celebrity Naked Ambition. Greta Scacchi figured highly in the countdown and she reminisced about baring all with Toyah while making the drama in France in 1983. View larger versions of the caps by clicking below.

 
Let's Dance For Comic Relief: Final @ 'BBC iPlayer' 13 March, 2011
Watch last night's complete Let's Dance For Comic Relief final at BBC iPlayer, here. It's available until next Saturday evening, and can also be viewed in HD at BBC iPlayer, here.

 
Let's Dance For Comic Relief: Final Tonight BBC1 12 March, 2011
 
Toyah @ iTunes: Top 10/Anchoress/New Compilations 12 March, 2011
The current iTunes Top 10 Toyah downloads, with seven songs from 'Anthem' included, is:

1. It's A Mystery, 2. I Want To Be Free, 3. Thunder In The Mountains, 4. Latex Messiah (Viva La Rebel In You), 5. Jungles Of Jupiter, 6. Pop Star, 7. I Am, 8. Masai Boy, 9. Demolition Men, 10. War Boys

Toyah's 1993 film Anchoress, finally released on region 2 DVD in 2009, is now available to
buy or rent at iTunes.

Toyah is included on two recent exclusive iTunes compilations. All songs included on both are the rerecorded versions from the 'Looking Back' album:
Punk Power features 'Obsolete', and also includes songs by Hazel O'Connor. The New Wave Mix features 'Thunder In The Mountains, 'I Wanna Be Free' and 'Danced', and also includes Theatre of Hate, Iggy Pop, Sex Pistols and Bad Manners.
 
Let's Dance: Backstage/Results Screen Captures 12 March, 2011
It's the final batch of our Let's Dance For Comic Relief screen captures. Toyah and co backstage (in a BBC corridor!) and then the elimination and results at the end of last week's show.

 
Killing Made Easy: 10 Years... 12 March, 2011
Exactly 10 years ago Toyah made her first musical recording of the 21st century with vocals on a track, 'Lime in the Coconut', with the band Chester in March 2001. This later evolved into the brilliant 'Killing Made Easy' by Family Of Noise, available for download at Amazon and iTunes.

 
Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces! 12 March, 2011
• There's lots of excellent online promotion for Toyah's 2011 live gigs, in particular the "From Sheep Farming To Anthem" dates. There's a great page at The Cavern's website, where the "From Sheep Farming..." premiere gig takes place a week tomorrow. View the page here, and book tickets for The Cavern gig, here.

• 'Atrix' have also just added a new page at their website on the, just announced, "From Sheep Farming..." gig taking place there in July. View their page
here.

Chesney Talks Toyah, and much more, in a new interview with 'Digital Spy'.

• Thanks to everyone for their 11th Birthday messages. Very much appreciated, as always!

 
Daily Record: 80s 'Supergroup' To Record Charity Single 11 March, 2011
A new interview with Clare Grogan in today's 'Daily Record'. She talks behind the scenes at Let's Dance For Comic Relief, being friends with Toyah, maybe a slight change to this week's 'Grease Lightning' routine, and possible plans next year for the quartet to record a Comic Relief single.

Clare Grogan and 80s 'super group' set to record charity single after fun for Comic Relief

Last night, Clare revealed: "We are thinking of joining forces and doing a Comic Relief song for next year. We get on so well and I think it's a really lovely, funny idea. She said: I've had such a giggle with them. Toyah and I are the bossy ones. All you can hear is Toyah and I shouting, 'Move, move quicker, hurry up, hit the spot', and they say, 'Stop shouting at us'."

• Read the full interview at the 'Daily Record' website,
here.
 
The Telegraph: Let's Dance For Comic Relief: Preview 11 March, 2011
Michael Hogan explains why the latest series of the celebrity talent contest, which ends tomorrow, has been the most entertaining so far.

The third series of this charity celebrity prance-off has been the best yet: daftly entertaining, pulling in decent ratings of over 7million and full of ramshackle, raiding-the-dressing-up-box charm. Tomorrow comes the live grand final, with the six remaining acts squeezing into their Lycra and storming the dancefloor one last time to recreate an iconic routine.

• Read the full preview at 'The Telegraph' website,
here.
 
Toyah on TV: Let's Dance/Casualty/Celebrity Attic 11 March, 2011
Let's Dance For Comic Relief : BBC1 - Sat 12th March : 7.10pm Steve Jones and Alex Jones host the nail-biting finale of the series which has seen some of Britain's best-loved comedians and television personalities step into their dancing shoes to raise money for Comic Relief. Finalists include Russell Kane performing as Beyonce, Katie Price Breaking Free with a vacuum cleaner, Noel Fielding with his uncanny Kate Bush impression and Charlie Baker and his best mate James Thornton tapping into the viewers' hearts. With Miranda Hart, Louie Spence and Rufus Hound, and a performance from Plan B.

Celebrity Naked Ambition : Ch4 - Saturday 12th March : 9.00pm
Celebrity Naked Ambition : Ch4 +1 - Saturday 12th March : 10.00pm

British bombshell Kelly Brook hosts this countdown of the A-list stars who have dared to bare in the movies. Incudes Greta Scacchi talking about Laurence Olivier, Toyah and The Ebony Tower, so there may be a clip. Also airing on Ch4 HD.

Casualty : Watch - Thursday 17th March : 8.00am
Casualty : Watch +1 - Thursday 17th March : 9.00am

Comfort Zone. Ruth's pregnancy fears are confirmed, leaving her torn between her ambition to be a surgeon and strengthening feelings for Jay. Toyah Willcox guest stars as a woman who accidentally injures her baby son.

Cash In The Celebrity Attic : Watch - Saturday 19th March : 12.00pm
Cash In The Celebrity Attic : Watch - Sunday 20th March : 6.15am
Cash In The Celebrity Attic : Watch - Sunday 20th March : 10.00am

80s pop icon and actress Toyah Willcox invites the team into her home to raise money for MacMillan nurses. She even gets on the podium herself to sell some items. Also on Watch +1.

 
We Are... 11 10 March, 2011
I wasn't going to bother making a fuss about it but I've marked every site 'birthday' one way or another so... We are 11 years online today and, like Toyah herself, we have gone through many, many changes!!

To the left: Some of our many site logos from over the years (click for a larger version), and below: Screen shots of the various versions of Dreamscape. I can still remember putting together that first version all those years ago.

I'm hoping to keep this site going for at least another year, so here's to our 12th year of Toyah news and stuff, and thanks, once again, to everyone who has sent news, photos, comments and friendship over the last 4015 days - The horns of elfin land are (still) calling you :)

 
Let's Dance: Performance/Judges Screen Captures 10 March, 2011
Screen captures from the "80s Supergroup" Let's Dance For Comic Relief performance (just a few - most of it was too fuzzy!) and judge's comments. Please click on the caps for larger versions.

Coming Soon: (Yep, more!) The final batch of caps: Backstage and the results/vote off.

 
The Official Toyah Facebook: FSF-A 10 March, 2011
A couple of "From Sheep Farming To Anthem" related updates at The Official Toyah Facebook yesterday:

• the better the currently announced FROM SHEEP FARMING TO ANTHEM dates sell, the better chance there is of more being added incl. London; time for the faithful to show the sign of the Voor & extra support :)

• 1 song not heard live since 1980. 1 song not heard live since 1981. 1 song not heard live since 1982. These & more will be on the SHEEP-ANTHEM set list folks..
 
Let's Dance For Comic Relief: VT Screen Captures 9 March, 2011
Screen captures from the "80s Supergroup" Let's Dance For Comic Relief short comedy film. This was shown immediately before their performance. Please click on the caps for larger versions.

 
Daily Mail: Greta's Celebrity Naked Ambition 9 March, 2011
Actress Greta Scacchi, 51, says in Celebrity Naked Ambition, a C4 documentary on March 12, that one of her fondest memories is of stripping off and giving Sir Laurence Olivier ‘a little thrill’ when she was 22 and he 78.

Toyah was mentioned in Tuesday's 'Daily Mail' (page 19) in a small article concerning Greta Scacchi and The Ebony Tower. This is related to a programme entitled Celebrity Naked Ambition airing on Channel 4 this Saturday at 9pm.

It looks like there could possibly be a brief clip of The Ebony Tower shown. The article is also available to view at the 'Daily Mail' website,
here. (Thanks to Penny Andrew)

 
Weekend Guitar Trio @ Kings Place: Photos @ Flickr 9 March, 2011
View a selection of Weekend Guitar Trio with Toyah and Jan Bang photos, from their Kings Place appearance on Saturday 26th February, at 'Flickr', here.
 
From Sheep Farming To Anthem: Two More Dates 8 March, 2011
Two more 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' dates have been confirmed for July and September.

There are now nine confirmed dates in total. Although these dates, obviously, aren't being promoted as a "tour" I know from speaking to people that many are thinking of the gigs as a tour of sorts!

Saturday 23 July 2011: Artrix, School Drive, Bromsgrove:
www.artrix.co.uk [Tickets on sale soon]
Friday 30 September 2011: Villa Marina Promenade Suite, Isle Of Man [
Tickets ]

With just 12 days until the first concert, at The Cavern in Liverpool on Sunday 20th March, rehearsals are in full swing. Tickets for The Cavern are available here.

 
Rewind: Toyah Chats To STV's The Hour 8 March, 2011
Some of you may have caught Toyah Willcox on Wednesday's episode of STV's The Hour, performing an acoustic version of her classic track "It's A Mystery" and chatting about Rewind Scotland.

If you missed her fantastic performance and interview you can check it out here (go to part 4).

Toyah will be performing at Rewind on Sunday 31st July.

 
Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces! 8 March, 2011
Andi Fraggs was interviewed on The Rowetta & Nick Show on Gaydio last Saturday, during which he talked about Toyah, her influence on music, and how she sometimes deserves more recognition than she receives. Listen to the interview, via podcast, at Rowetta's website, here.

Red Nose Night - What A Line Up!: View full details, at 'RedNoseDay'
here, of Comic Relief - Funny For Money, airing on Friday 18th March, 7pm - 1.30am on BBC One.

• If I can find time I'm hoping to add more screen caps from last Saturday's Let's Dance For Comic Relief in the run up to this weekend's final.

• Check out Toyah's page at 'DCM International', if only to
view two completely iconic photos, taken 25 years apart!
 
Let's Dance For Comic Relief: Rehearsal Screen Captures 6 March, 2011
Screen captures from the Let's Dance For Comic Relief rehearsals. Click on them for larger versions.

 
You Tubing With Let's Dance For Comic Relief 6 March, 2011
The standalone "80s Supergroup" Grease Lightning performance at 'YouTube'. Watch the complete Seventiestastic clip below or double click to view at 'YouTube'. Video courtesy of RedNoseDay.

 
Let's Dance For Comic Relief: Intro Screen Captures 6 March, 2011
Screen captures from the Let's Dance For Comic Relief intro. Click on them for larger versions.

 
Let's Dance For Comic Relief @ 'BBC iPlayer' 6 March, 2011
Congratulations to Toyah, Clare, Chesney and Limahl, as well as Ade Edmondson, all through to next week's Let's Dance For Comic Relief final. View last night's full show now at BBC iPlayer, available until just before next week's live final on BBC1. Please click below to head to iPlayer.

 
Red Nose Day: The 80s Meets The 70s 6 March, 2011
80s Super Group: Chesney Hawkes, Toyah Willcox, Clare Grogan and Limahl, re-enact all-time 70s favourite Grease Lightning and boogy their way through to the final.

Toyah, Clare, Chesney and Limahl's "80s Supergroup" Grease Lightning performance is available to view at the 'Red Nose Day' website.

• View the clip at the 'RedNoseDay' website, here.

 
Red Nose Day: Last Let's Dance Finalists Chosen 6 March, 2011
It was Ade Edmondson who won the all important public vote with his cracking ballet performance of 'The Dying Swan' - dressed, of course, in a shiny pink leotard and huge fluffy tutu.

Next in line were TV presenters Caroline Flack and Joe Swash who performed a dazzling routine to the Black Eyed Peas hit 'My Humps', and the 1980's super group consisting of Toyah Willcox, Limahl, Clare Grogan and Chesney Hawkes, who danced their socks off to 'Grease Lightning'.

It was left to the celebrity panel to decide who would get the last remaining spot, and celebrity panellist Felix Dexter made the casting vote, awarding the '80s super group the much coveted place in the final.

Next Saturday night will see the ultimate dance-off between all six finalists as they each try to win over the public and get crowned the Let's Dance for Comic Relief 2011 champion. Proceeds from the public vote will go to Comic Relief to help transform lives across the UK and Africa. Make sure you don't miss the final showdown next Saturday night.

• View the full report at the 'RedNoseDay' website, here.

 
Magnus Opus Music: 'The Best Of Toyah' CD Offer 6 March, 2011
... And the marketing opportunity award of the weekend goes to... But seriously, this is a great offer (via Twitter last night) from 'Magnus Opus Music', not sure how long it runs for.

Toyah The Best of CD for only 2.50. Enter the code TOYAH at the checkout. Toyah - The Best of CD: All the hits and more including "It's a Mystery", "I Want To Be Free" and many more on one fabulous CD. Deleted Title - Limited Stock!

Track Listing:
1. Be Proud, Be Loud, Be Heard
2. It's A Mystery
3. I Want To Be Free
4. Neon Womb
5. Ieya
6. War Boys
7. Angels And Demons
8. Thunder In The Mountains
9. Good Morning Universe
10. Rebel Run
11. Furious Futures
12. Run Wild, Run Free
13. Brave New World
14. The Vow
15. I Explode
16. Sphinx
17. Stand Proud
18. Dance(d) (Live)
 
Access All Areas: Our Friends Acoustic 6 March, 2011
Our Friends Acoustic The 80s Extravaganza Is Back In Aid Of Mencap

A NIGHT OF THE BEST STRIPPED-BACK HITS FROM THIS ICONIC DECADE
@ THE GRAND IN CLAPHAM THURSDAY 12 MAY


The 80s may be gone but are by no means forgotten, as ‘Our Friends Acoustic’ returns for a one off show in aid of learning disability charity Mencap. On Thursday 12 May at The Grand in Clapham, Nik Kershaw hosts a night which will feature performances from; Rick Astley, Toyah, T’Pau, Cutting Crew, Hazel O’Connor, Katrina (former Katrina and the Waves), Jimmy Sommerville (Bronski Beat and The Communards) and Nik Kershaw himself. This spectacular event promises a night to remember, as each era defining artist performs unique, acoustic versions of their greatest hits. Tickets go on sale Wednesday 2 March priced at just 25, with all proceeds going to learning disability charity Mencap www.ticketmaster.co.uk – don’t miss out on a chance to re-visit the 80s in all their glory! Round up your friends for a night of fun, 80s classics and dancing!!

• View the full article at the 'Access All Areas Music' website,
here.
 
Let's Dance: Newsy Bits & Pieces 6 March, 2011
• Further to yesterday's report on Toyah topping Yahoo's "Trending Now" list, she stayed in the Top 10 for all of yesterday and returned to number one search as Let's Dance For Comic Relief aired on BBC1 last night.

• Ade Edmondson uploaded a
photo of himself and Chesney Hawkes yesterday.

BT Life: Finally, eighties singers Toyah Willcox (It’s a Mystery), Clare Grogan (Happy Birthday, Don’t Talk To Me About Love) and Limahl (Too Shy), formed an unlikely super group with early nineties sensation Chesney Hawkes (The One and Only). Performing to Greased Lightning, they seemed to enjoy themselves more than any other act.

Daily Mail: Retro Heroes: 'Eighties Supergroup' Toyah Willcox, Limahl, Chesney Hawkes, and Clare Grogan were runners up and will take their place in next week's grand final. Limahl, Chesney Hawkes, Clare Grogan and Toyah proved they had the moves when it came to taking on younger upstarts on the dancefloor tonight.

• Keep an eye on the Comic Relief
RedNoseDay website for updates on Let's Dance For Comic Relief, as well as details on how to donate and raise money for this incredibly worthy cause.

What's On TV: The 80s supergroup - consisting of Limahl, Clare Grogan, Toyah and Chesney Hawkes - who took part despite having had his biggest hit in the early 90s - won the judges vote with their tribute to Greased Lightning from Grease.

Digital Spy: The '80s supergroup - consisting of Chesney Hawkes, Toyah Willcox, Limahl and Clare Grogan - finished in the top three with their homage to classic musical Grease and faced off against I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here Now! hosts Caroline Flack and Joe Swash.

The Press Association: An 80s 'supergroup' consisting of Limahl, Toyah Willcox, Clare Grogan and 90s pop star Chesney Hawkes wore leather jackets and overalls for a high energy routine to Grease Lightning. The foursome won the second finalist's place after being voted through by Bishop and Dexter.

 
Twitter Goes Toyah Crazy 5 March, 2011
Twitter went Toyah crazy post-performance on Let's Dance For Comic Relief earlier tonight. Here are just a few tweets:

Is that Toyah Wilcox?! I heart Toyah. Now I'm rooting for the 80s... Uhoh. Two things that get a huge amount of my time + cash. Toyah & The Boosh. Torn final votes indeed... I spent a lot of time in 80's trying to get my hair like Toyah unsuccessfully... Congratulations to Toyah and the 80s Super Group for being voted into the final next week of Let's Dance for Comic Relief... Toyah and Claire Grogan.. Two of my eighties lusts... In fairness, Toyah & Claire Grogan are wearing well... Toyah AND Claire Grogan? Pretty sure I had a fantasy about that at school... Robert Fripp is on BBC1. Wearing a spangled name badge with 'Toyah's husband' written large... Toyah and Clare do it for me too :)... Robert Fripp spotted in the background of Let's Dance for Comic Relief supporting Toyah. Now *that* is love... I am going to watch Comic Reliefs dance thing in a minute on iplayer purely cause Robert Fripp was on there supporting Toyah.
 
Let's Dance For Comic Relief: Vote Now 5 March, 2011
 
Toyah Tops Yahoo UK Trending Now/Search 5 March, 2011
Around Midday today Toyah was number one on the 'Yahoo UK' "Trending Now" Top 10. This is the first time I can ever recall seeing Toyah's name in there, and it means there must be a LOT of people searching for her via Yahoo today.

As of this update, @ 1.50pm, she was still trending at number four. (Thanks to Greg Fowler for the news flash)
 
Official Toyah: March 2011 Blog/Let's Dance BBC1 Tonight! 5 March, 2011
Toyah's March blog is now at www.toyahwillcox.com. Don't forget that Toyah dances for Comic Relief live this evening on BBC1. Let's Dance For Comic Relief airs at 6.40pm. There are hundreds of Let's Dance related internet news stories and tweets namechecking Toyah at the moment!

 
Photo(s) Of The Week: So Far 5 March, 2011
Someone asked about previous "Photo(s) Of The Week". There's only been 10 but here they are...

 
Northern Echo: Toyah at Newcastle Eighties Night Gig 5 March, 2011
Punk princess Toyah Willcox will perform at an Eighties night in aid of the NSPCC on Saturday, March 26.

The Retro Ball at Life Conference and Banqueting takes place at the Centre for Life, in Newcastle.
As well as live music from Toyah, the event will include a drinks reception, three-course dinner and more entertainment including: break dancers, charity auction, and retro games including KerPlunk and Space Invaders.

Danny Mitchell, corporate fundraising manager for the NSPCC, says: “We thought a fun retro theme would connect many people to a time when they were younger and remind them of the daft things they used to do. Our Retro Ball will be a really fun event but it’s important to remember why we’re doing this."

• View the full story at 'The Northern Echo' website,
here. NB: This Toyah appearance has not been officially confirmed as yet!
 
Daily Record: Toyah Willcox On The 80s Revival 3 March, 2011
A new interview, published today by the 'Daily Record'.

Toyah Willcox on the 80s revival, plastic surgery and the scary thought of dancing for Comic Relief

Singer Toyah Willcox has admitted her "knees are knocking" at the prospect of performing on Saturday's Let's Dance For Comic Relief. The 52-year-old is part of a group, also made up of Chesney Hawkes, Altered Images' Clare Grogan and Kajagoogoo's Limahl, who hope to make it through to the final on March 12.

The 80s icon leaned forward with the smile of a cougar and said: "We all want to get our hands on Chesney. "He doesn't have a chance. All three of us are after him."  

• View the full interview at the 'Daily Record' website, here.

 
Daily Record: Exclusive: Toyah Willcox 'It's A Mystery' 3 March, 2011
With a career spanning over 30 years, Toyah Willcox performs a special acoustic version of her hit 'It's a Mystery' exclusively for dailyrecord.co.uk. Toyah heads to Scotland this summer as part of the Rewind Scotland Festival at Scone Castle.

• Click below to view this at the 'Daily Record' website.

 
BBC iPlayer: Coming Soon: Let's Dance For Comic Relief 3 March, 2011
BBC iPlayer is already gearing up for Episode 3 of Let's Dance For Comic Relief. The show will be available at iPlayer almost immediately after it airs this Saturday evening on BBC1 at 6.40pm.

 
The Magical Faerie Festival 2011 3 March, 2011
Visit the updated website for The Magical Faerie Festival. This looks like it will be a wonderfully colourful festival. Toyah plays a PA at The Canterbury City Faerie Ball on Friday 22nd April.

 
Crave Metal: Toyah Returns To The Neon Womb 3 March, 2011
She was one of the original pioneers in the punk rock movement, but with a prolific career spanning over 30 years, 2011 welcomes Toyah Willcox back onstage in an audience approved trip back in time, and return to her outrageous roots. With a number of special gigs throughout the up and coming year, including a one off home-coming show in Birmingham, Toyah will be performing hits from her popular and iconic early albums ‘Sheep Farming In Barnet’, ‘The Blue Meaning’, ‘Toyah! Toyah! Toyah!’ and ‘Anthem’. Her stamp in the world of music sets her firmly into the immortal realm of rock legends, with 13 top 40 singles, and 20 albums since her breakthrough single “It’s A Mystery” first hit the charts back in 1981.

Toyah is also currently working on new material with writing partner Bill Rieflin, (who was a member of Ministry and Nine Inch Nails), and so eclectic as her full house audiences are, from our perspective it’s great to see her embrace the alternative scene again, which saw what many would say, her most favored and ground breaking releases to date.

Toyah’s Birmingham show is at The HMV Institute on 16th April 2011, and features her full live band, plus support from special guest goth/rock outfit, Deadfilmstar.
 
This Fragile Moment on Radio 3/Weekend Guitar Trio Filmed 3 March, 2011
'Fragile' by This Fragile Moment was played on BBC Radio 3's In Tune programme on 23rd February.

Toyah — Fragile
Performer: Toyah Willcox, Performer: Chris Wong (bass), Performer: Markus Reuter (guitar), Performer: Fragile (Estonian duo: Arvo Urb, Robert Jurjendal).
Unsung Records UR012CD, T6

• Some of the concert by Weekend Guitar Trio with Toyah and Jan Bang was recorded for future broadcast on Estonian TV. So, if you are in Estonia look out for it. (Thanks to Michael)
 
Daybreak: Interview: Screen Captures 2 March, 2011
Screen caps from Toyah and Chesney Hawke's great interview on Daybreak this morning. Chesney seemed suitably impressed by Toyah's 'I Want To Be Free' video and Toyah swayed along to Chesney's acoustic 'The One And Only'. Please click on the caps for larger versions. Apologies that these are such low quality, my capturing software is, a bit like myself, past its sell by date!

 
Daybreak: Newsy Bits & Pieces! 2 March, 2011
• Chesney Hawkes uploaded a great photo of himself and Toyah to twitpic earlier today, along with a sweet caption: "My lovely dance partner for Let's dance...x #Toyah Willcox." View here.

• Watch, the main part of, Toyah and Chesney's guest appearance at ITV.com's Daybreak website, here. Chesney Hawkes serenades Christine with his biggest hit, plus find out why he's joining Toyah Willcox to raise cash for Comic Relief.

• View a slew of (small, unless you are registered) photos from today's Daybreak at 'Rex Features' here.

• Visit the Official Daybreak Facebook here.

 
Daybreak: Coming Soon: Screen Captures 2 March, 2011
Screen captures from Daybreak's three Toyah and Chesney "Coming Soon" teasers, dotted through this morning's programme. Please click on the captures for larger versions.

 
Toyah Joins 'Our Friends Acoustic' Concert Line-Up 2 March, 2011
Toyah has been confirmed as one of the special guests at a very special night, Our Friends Acoustic - the best stripped-back hits from an iconic decade in aid of Mencap.

TICKETS ON SALE WEDNESDAY 2nd MARCH

The 80s may be gone but are by no means forgotten, as ‘Our Friends Acoustic’ returns for a one off show in aid of learning disability charity Mencap. On Thursday 12th May at The Grand in Clapham, Nik Kershaw hosts a night which will feature performances from; Rick Astley, Toyah, T’Pau, Cutting Crew, Hazel O’Connor, Katrina (former Katrina and the Waves), Jimmy Sommerville (Bronski Beat /The Communards) and Nik Kershaw himself.

This spectacular event promises a night to remember, as each era defining artist performs unique, unplugged versions of their greatest hits. Tickets go on sale Wednesday 2nd March priced just 25, with all proceeds going to learning disability charity Mencap from www.ticketmaster.co.uk - don’t miss out on a chance to re-visit the 80s acoustically. [ News Source: Official Toyah website ]

 
Daybreak: Screen Caps... Soon! 2 March, 2011
Please check back later to view screen caps from Toyah's Daybreak appearance this morning.

 
Daybreak: Toyah Guesting This Morning! 2 March, 2011
Toyah & Chesney Hawkes will be promoting their imminent 'Let's Dance for Comic Relief' appearance at 07:40am, Wednesday 2 March on ITV1's Daybreak. [ News Source: The Official Toyah Facebook ]
 
Flashback Festival 2011 1 March, 2011
The 'Flashback Festival' website has just been updated with new flyers/posters promoting this year's festival at Clumber Park in August.

Toyah played this last year and is included in the line up again, though some of the bands advertised are still unconfirmed:

The Human League, Level 42, Heaven 17, Nik Kershaw, Toyah, with more to be announced.

Flashback Festival: Saturday 20th Aug 2011

Come and join us flashback to the coolest decade in pop music, bring your picnic with you and enjoy our fabulous line up of 80s sensations.

• For further details, ticket info etc, please click below to visit the 'Flashback Festival' website.

 
The Tempest 1 March, 2011
With the release of a new film version of Shakespeare's The Tempest, comes interest in previous versions.

Derek Jarman's version, with Toyah as Miranda, is mentioned in Shadowlocked's feature; The Tempest: The Road To A Female Prospero. "A highly sexualised Tempest courtesy of Derek Jarman appeared in 1979 with Toyah Willcox as Miranda and Heathcote Williams as Prospero". The Arts Desk does similar; "Derek Jarman understood this precisely in his 1979 chuntering Heathcote Williams-sexy Toyah Willcox film. It was dark, dressy, deeply strange - and set, claustrophobically, poetically, inside. Here, the play’s been taken outside and kind of left there."

 
Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces! 1 March, 2011
Retro You Tubing #1: The original announcer intro to the ATV docu TOYAH from December 1980: Speaking of Wonder Woman, here's quite a lady... View here.

Retro You Tubing #2: Strange but sort of interesting, the adverts between TOYAH: View
here.

Current You Tubing #1: Toyah's interview on The Hour last week is now at 'YouTube'. View here.

Current You Tubing #2: As is the full show. View
here.

• Toyah, via Melissa Caplan, is namechecked in the second part of a recent 'The Swelle Life' article on designer Judith Frankland. View that
here.

• Toyah was, once again, included on the "Playlist for Dark Night of the Soul with Julie" last night on 'WFMU'. They played 'I Want To Be Free'. View
here.

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