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• New for 2010! 'Crimson Queen' Japanese Edition CD: Available from Eil, Ideal Copy & other Import CD stores •

Dreamscape Gallery: 2000 - 2009 Update 30 June, 2011
Another update to the Gallery. Around 60 photos added from various live appearances Toyah made between 2002 and 2005: Ronnie Scott's (2002), The Club Stoke (2002), Mean Fiddler (2003), Kremlin Belfast (2004), Best Of The 80's (2004), Flamingo's (2005), Hastings Festival (2005) and more. Visit the new 2000 - 2009 Gallery, which now has over 250 photos, here.

• Thanks to Paul Lomas, Michael O'Brien, Paul Cable, M Masser, Derek Williams, Damon King, Chris Limb, John Wain and Merx.

 
Dreamscape Gallery: Toyah @ Hastings 2005 30 June, 2011
Part of the latest Gallery update: A great collection of Toyah at 'Hastings Beer & Music Festival' 2005 photos. All by M Masser. Click below to view all 4 photos, and here for the Gallery Index.

 
Gaily Mail: Andi Fraggs Talks Toyah 30 June, 2011
The 'Gaily Mail' interviewed Andi Fraggs today, and asked him about touring with Toyah.

You’re supporting Toyah in the Autumn on her UK Tour. How did that all come about?

Well, a number of strange things happened. I have always admired Toyah and enjoyed her music and when I saw that she was doing the ‘From Sheep Farming To Anthem’ tour, I knew I had to support her on the tour. Quite a few Toyah fans had also contacted me and said how much they liked my music. With that in mind, I actually wrote down exactly what I wanted to happen and put it under my pillow. I asked ‘the angels’ to help make it happen and then approached Toyah’s management. Around that time, Toyah was asked about me in an interview and said that she liked my style and music. Over the following weeks, Toyah kept ‘appearing’ when I turned the radio on or read a magazine. If I went past a shop window, her book would be staring down at me or if I went into a record shop her CD would be the first thing I would see. After about three months, I was finally asked to support Toyah on seven dates of her tour. I’ve always felt that Toyah had a similar psychic quality as myself and I do think that other things were at work to make my support dates happen!

• Read the full interview at the 'Gaily Mail' website,
here.

• Andi was also interviewed on Rowetta & Friends on Gaydio last Saturday, talking more about the Toyah Tour, his new single, 'Reality', and more. Andi also gifted Toyah's brilliant 2008 'Good Morning Universe: The Very Best Of Toyah' CD to Gaydio for their birthday. Download the podcast of Saturday's show at iTunes.

 
Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces! 30 June, 2011
• Toyah has just recorded a new dance track, 'Fallen', with Paul Masterson. Paul and Toyah co-wrote the song. Toyah also tweeted this photo today.

• Toyah has just filmed a new documentary, about "weird funerals", in Seattle with Bill Rieflin for USA Discovery.

• The 'Musik Xchange: Obscure & Underrated Music' blog featured "The Best Of Toyah" last Monday. View it here.

• Toyah plays the 'Here and Now Post Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup' concert on Saturday 6th August. Check out the 'Ascot Insider' Spotlight on Toyah feature, here.

• 'RecordProduction.com' have an hour-long video interview with, legendary Toyah Safari-era producer, Nick Tauber. Unfortunately I can't get the video to play but maybe some of you will have more luck with it. Visit here.

• Demimonde, "the drag Depeche Mode", are supporting Toyah at her 'FSF-A' gig at The Classic Grand, Glasgow. View a recent news post about Demimode at the 'Menergy' website, here.

• Toyah is/was namechecked in a variety of online press articles over the last couple of weeks: Today's Daily Mail, Today's The Northern Line, Monday's GO Outdoors, a Daily Record interview with Richard Madden (who appeared with Toyah in Barmy Aunt Boomerang in the late 90's), Ripon Today on 24th June, a Daily Record Clare Grogan interview on 22nd June, the Mansfield Chad on 18th June and also at The Brook website.

 
Toyah 2011: Just For Fun! 30 June, 2011
Just For Fun! A 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' tour poster, and an 'Anthem' era Toyah doll on the cover of 'Rolling Stone' magazine. Please click on both for larger versions of these great images.

• Thanks to Damon King for his 'FSF-A' live @ London photo that I've created the tour "poster" with. Huge thanks also to Andi for the fantastic mock 'Rolling Stone' cover.

 
Toyah Opens GPN Exhibition: You Tube Video 30 June, 2011
Click on the caps below to view a video of the opening night of the 'Gay Photographers Network' Exhibition, including Toyah's opening speech. Visit the 'British Theatre' blog to view a related post.

 
Dreamscape Gallery: Revamped & Expanded 29 June, 2011
Dreamscape's Toyah Gallery has been revamped and expanded, with a huge update of over 350 'new' photos added. There are now new pages covering 1986 to 2010. These aren't as definitive as the earlier years pages but at least the Gallery now includes more than just the late 70's/early 80's.

• There are still many photos waiting to be added to the Gallery when I can find the time. Thanks to everyone who has sent photos over the years. Everyone is individually credited on the new pages.

 
Dreamscape Gallery: Toyah @ Wasted 2005 29 June, 2011
Part of the massive Gallery update: A great collection of Toyah at 'Wasted Festival' 2005 photos. All photos are by John Shepherd. Click below to view all 17 photos, and here for the Gallery Index.

 
Swindon Pride: A Message from Toyah Willcox 29 June, 2011
Last years headline act, Toyah Willcox has been kind enough to put together a few words for us;

"Swindon Pride has a unique atmosphere. As well as supporting and celebrating the diverse gay and lesbian scene in the region it also welcomes everyone to what is a wonderful family day..."

• Read the full message here.

 
FSF-A Headlining Harrogate Fringe Festival 29 June, 2011
Toyah headlines the Harrogate Fringe Festival on Friday 22nd July, with a gig that is also the sixth 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' show. View Kula Productions great "Toyah Willcox - Classics Revisited" splash pages by clicking below. Buy tickets for the gig here.

 
From Sheep Farming... London: Photos By Mark Evans 22 June, 2011
Three wonderful backstage photos, from last Friday's London show. Toyah is pictured with Mark Evans, Saffron (of recently reformed Republica) and Gemma Numan (wife of Gary). Please click on each photo for a larger version. These are also now at our FSF-A Gallery. (Thanks to Mark Evans)


 
From Sheep Farming... London: Video Stills By Damon King 22 June, 2011
A selection of great stills from video footage filmed at last Friday's 'FSF-A' Leicester Square Theatre concert. Please click on each for fantastic high quality versions. These, plus one more, have also been added to our new FSF-A Gallery. (Thanks to Damon King)



View some of Damon's great 'FSF-A' at Leicester Square Theatre footage, including 'Ieya', 'Danced', 'It's A Mystery' and 'Good Morning Universe', at his You Tube channel.

 
Boyz: 'More Guys Hanging' 22 June, 2011
'Boyz' magazine, issue 1034, 23rd June 2011, have already reported on the 'More Guys Hanging' exhibition, with a mini article in their 'TBB' section.

TBB and Chrissy Darling met up with 80s pop legend Toyah Willcox at the opening of the Gay Photographers Network's exhibition More Guys Hanging earlier this week.

The 'It's A Mystery' singer opened the show with a speech in which she said the vibrancy of the photographs on display 'mirrored this great city in which we live.'

And with snappers on display including our very own Dean Stockings and scene DJ Zach Burns, it's well worth a look!

• View the original article
here.

(Thanks to Dean Stockings)

 
Toyah Opens 'More Guys Hanging' @ The Strand 22 June, 2011
Toyah, with Dean Stockings and Chrissy Darling, at the 'More Guys Hanging' exhibition on Monday night at The Strand, London. Toyah also tweeted this photo and said: "Just opened GAY PHOTOGRAPHERS NETWORK exhibition in london. excellent stuff :-)" (Photo by Leigh Carter)

 
Dirty Sexy Funny: Olivia Lee: Screen Caps 22 June, 2011
Screen captures from Toyah's appearance on Dirty Sexy Funny: Olivia Lee. This aired last week on Comedy Central Extra. Please click on the caps for larger versions.

 
FSF-A: You Don't Always Need A Tardis To Time-Travel! 20 June, 2011
This is genius... possibly the best promo yet for the 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' Tour, a groovy collision between Toyah and Doctor Who. Andrew York has really excelled himself. Now... Why oh why oh why hasn't Toyah been in Who? Sir Steven of Moffat, you ought to be ashamed of yourself! Please click below for a larger version, and thanks again to Andrew for this.

 
From Sheep Farming To Anthem: Dreamscape Gallery 20 June, 2011
It's about time the Gallery had an update... Now Online! Dreamscape's 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' Gallery, with over 150 photos from the four dates of the tour so far, plus other related odds and ends.

A huge thank you to everyone who has sent photos, especially from the excellent Leicester Square Theatre show. If anyone has any tour pictures they would like added to the new page let me know.
 
From Sheep Farming... London: Photos By Damon King 20 June, 2011
Check out our massive update to the new 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' Gallery, it includes dozens of fantastic photos by Damon King, taken at last Friday's London gig. All of those in the thumbnails preview below plus many more! (A huge thank you to Damon)

 
Official Toyah: 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' Update 20 June, 2011
The Official 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' page at toyahwillcox.com has been updated with great new content: There's new banner logos and the amazing Dean Stockings' photographs taken backstage at last Friday's concert. Unmissable! Go straight there by clicking below.

 
The Sun: Toyah Is Too Good For Opera 20 June, 2011
Toyah's comments on Popstar To Operastar in her 'Sunday Mercury' interview were the subject of a mini article in 'The Sun' today.

Punk singer Toyah Willcox says she was turned down by ITV1's Popstar To Operastar show - because she was too good.

Eighties legend Toyah, 53, said she screen-tested for the series - which pits singers like Joe McElderry and Cheryl Baker of Bucks Fizz against each other to become opera singers.

The singer - who appeared on Let's Dance For Comic Relief - said: "I was trained in opera, so they thought I'd have an unfair advantage.

"I like the show and would love to be on it. But it's all about going on a journey, which doesn't work if you start off too good."

• Please click on the scan for a larger version. (Thanks to Alec Kelly)
 
Sunday Mercury: Toyah Reveals... Interview 20 June, 2011
An interesting new interview with Toyah, from the 'Sunday Mercury'.

Toyah Willcox reveals why she's too good for a reality TV show - and why she's acting for nothing

Singer Toyah Willcox has claimed she was turned down for hit TV show Popstar to Operastar – because she was too good!

The ITV reality show features the likes of X Factor winner Joe McElderry, Cheryl Baker – once of Bucks Fizz – and Claire Richards from Steps competing against one another as opera singers.

Birmingham-born musician and actress Toyah reveals she screen tested for the current series of Popstar To Operastar, but was rejected.

“I was trained in opera, so they thought I’d have an unfair advantage,” she confesses. “I like the show and would love to be on it. But it’s all about going on a journey, which doesn’t work if you start off being too good.

• Read the full interview at the 'Sunday Mercury' website,
here. (Thanks to Paul Lomas)

 
From Sheep Farming... London: Photos By Greg Fowler 20 June, 2011

A selection of great shots, from the Leicester Square Theatre gig, by Greg Fowler. View larger versions by clicking on them. These have also been added to the new 'FSF-A' Gallery.


 
Official Toyah: News & Images Update 20 June, 2011
Words are useless... Especially sentences... How can they explain how I feel... Team Toyah are truly spoiling us Toyah fans at the moment. Check out toyahwillcox.com for a great 'FSF-A' news update and beautiful new banner logos. Go straight there by clicking below.

 
From Sheep Farming... London: Review By Minna 19 June, 2011
Not only did Minna, of the Toyah Willcox Interview Archive, send us some truly scrumptious Leicester Square Theatre gig photos, but she has also given us a great review of the, fourth and so far most-attention-grabbing, 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' show.

An announcement: “Three minutes to go so please take your seats”.

The lights go down and we are transported back to 1981. The chirping jungle sounds of the beginning of “War Boys” fill the air. I feel like I’m in my teenage bedroom with my eyes closed and headphones on, listening to the B-side of “Four From Toyah”, so thin from the hundreds of times it’s been on the turntable it’s almost see-through. Volume turned up as high as it will go.

Back in London it's the summer of 2011 and the band start up. Toyah comes pounding on stage. “We’re the lords of the jungle!” She’s wearing the “Be Proud” tunic, the multi-coloured African bead necklace and a “Thunder” headpiece. She looks 20 years younger. “It’s just another day!” But not for us. We’ve been waiting for this concert tour for years. Usually it’s a hit after hit after hit, we’re getting a personal favourite after favourite after favourite. This is a dream come true.

• Read the full review
here. (Thanks also to Damon King for the photos used on the review page)
 
From Sheep Farming: Newsy Bits & Pieces! 19 June, 2011
• The Official 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' page has been updated with a collection of fantastic photos from Friday night's Leicester Square Theatre gig. The photos, by Chris Jepson, can be viewed here.

• Chris Jepson also has a 'flickr' page with even more great Toyah photos from Friday. View here. (Thanks to Andi)

• Minna has uploaded a great video clip, featuring 'Good Morning Universe' and 'Rebel Run', from Friday's gig to her Toyah Fan Videos channel at 'You Tube'. View
here.

• Thanks to yesterday's post-London-gig excitement and all the Toyah related activity online, Dreamscape had one of it's busiest days since Toyah's 50th birthday back in 2008. Thanks to everyone who took the time to visit and view the updates.

• Dean Stockings captured some fantastic images of Toyah backstage at the London gig, two of which are currently viewable on his 'Facebook' page. No doubt these photographs will be available at toyahwillcox.com at some point.

• View Samuel Moseley's Toyah related blog, here. An interesting read.

• Toyah's Official Facebook posted today: "Official video footage of Friday night's gig will be coming soon to www.toyahwillcox.com".

 
Toyah on TV: TV Scrabble 19 June, 2011
The celebrity edition of TV Scrabble which Toyah guested on ten years ago is being repeated by Challenge at the end of the week. This first aired on the channel in November 2001.

TV Scrabble : Challenge - Friday 24th June : 5.35am
TV Scrabble : Challenge +1 - Friday 24th June : 6.35am

Toby Anstis presents a celebrity edition of the world's most popular word game turned TV game show. The familiar faces include Toyah Willcox and Rick Wakeman.

 
From Sheep Farming... London: More Photos Soon! 18 June, 2011
Coming soon to Dreamscape: More utterly amazing photos from last night's gig, courtesy of Damon King and Greg Fowler. It's not an exaggeration to say that 'Facebook' has gone Toyah crazy today!

 
You Tubing With FSF-A London: Masai Boy/Demolition Men 18 June, 2011
A couple of great clips of Toyah, from last night's gig, at 'You Tube': The rarely played live, 'Masai Boy' and the never played live before, 'Demolition Men'. (Thanks to Damon King)

 
From Sheep Farming... London: More Incredible Photos 18 June, 2011
More of Minna's incredible 'FSF-A' London photos. Toyah tweeted two great photos, pre and post gig last night, and these messages: "The theatre is perfect, we love it! Just setting up....yippee :-)" ... "The show begins!" ... "Fabulous , hot, sweaty galore, face melting show!!!! Thank you ;-) xxx"



 
From Sheep Farming... London: More Amazing Photos 18 June, 2011
Wow! The other dates for this tour, including the o2 Academy, Islington, London are a must see!


 
From Sheep Farming... London: Set List 18 June, 2011
The set list, including 'Demolition Men', 'Masai Boy' and 'Rebel Run'. One song never previously performed live and two not heard for many, many years. (Thanks to Minna)

 
From Sheep Farming... London: More Photos 18 June, 2011
More great photos. Please click on each photo for a larger version. (Thanks again to Minna)


 
From Sheep Farming... London: First Photos 18 June, 2011
Fantastic photos from last night's London gig. Toyah wearing a classic Melissa Caplan outfit. Please click on each photo for a larger version. (Thanks again to Minna)


 
From Sheep Farming... London: Unmissable! 18 June, 2011
As everyone is more than aware, Toyah brought her 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' tour to London's Leicester Square Theatre last night. The date had been much anticipated since being announced a few months ago, and it's clear from these incredible photos that Toyah really gave her fans something they have wanted and waited on for over 30 years... a real acknowledgement of her early music and the wonderful visual imagery that often accompanied her singles and albums!

There was no other female artists like Toyah back then, she was always interesting, always unique and remains so. The reason why so many of us have stayed loyal. A huge thank you must also go to Sean Chapman who has worked night and day to create the great visuals used last night.

• Massive thank you to Minna, of the Toyah Willcox Interview Archive, for generously sending me a large selection of amazing photos from the gig. Glad you had a good time Min.

 
From Sheep Farming... London: Live! Tonight!! 17 June, 2011
This evening Toyah brings 'Sheep Farming To Anthem' to London. The most anticipated live Toyah gig since the Mean Fiddler 2003 show. She will rock the Leicester Square Theatre!

 
From Sheep Farming To Anthem: Dreamscape News 17 June, 2011
It's an exciting day in the life of the 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' tour, the live event of 2011 for Toyah fans. View Dreamscape's comprehensive News Archive, covering all things 'FSF-A', here. Visit the Official Toyah website's dedicated 'FSF-A' page, for dates, ticket info & much more, here.

 
Lady GaGa Unveils 'The Edge of Glory' Video 17 June, 2011
Lady Gaga seems to be changing her image as often as Toyah did in the Eighties... her new song Government Hooker begins with vocals sounding uncannily Like Toyah (Thanks John Shepherd), and now, promoting 'The Edge Of Glory', she's adopted one of Toyah's famous poses...

 
From Sheep Farming... London: One Day To Go 16 June, 2011
There's now just one day to go until 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' plays London, at the Leicester Square Theatre. Toyah has said the gig will be "A true celebration of 30 years of images!"

It's our final Melissa Caplan inspired update/countdown. Toyah
tweeted a great photo of some of her Melissa outfits yesterday (Thanks Michael). Tomorrow evening hundreds of Toyah fans will be treated to a gig of great music, awesome visuals and fantastic nostalgia. It's an early show, 8pm start at very latest! Doors open from 7pm. Have fun everyone and best wishes to Toyah and band for a rocking concert!

Official Toyah: Toyah Kicks Off Special Anniversary Tour 16 June, 2011
TOYAH KICKS OFF SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY TOUR FEATURING CULT CLASSICS, DARK ANTHEMS & HIT SINGLES

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of her breakthrough hit It's A Mystery and the platinum-selling album Anthem, Toyah has confirmed a special anniversary tour which kicks off on Friday 17 June at London’s Leicester Square Theatre. Tickets are on sale now. Visit gigs for full details & ticket links.

The “From Sheep Farming To Anthem” show includes selections drawn exclusively from Toyah's first three albums, Sheep Farming In Barnet, The Blue Meaning and Anthem. These unique readings and fresh, live interpretations of classic material have been praised highly with rave reviews for a preview concerts date at Liverpool's legendary Cavern Club.

The Leicester Square concert date will also see Toyah revisit the colourful and iconic imagery which became synonymous with her name, with original 1980s costumes. There will also be a 21st century re-working of the renowned hair and make-up which Toyah became recognized for and which helped define the look of the 1980s. The striking Toyah visuals which she created were an innovative forerunner of the styles and approaches adopted by the hitmakers of today including Lady GaGa and Gwen Stefani. Toyah has recently been cited as influencing or drawing comparisons with contemporary music acts Marina & The Diamonds, Andi Fraggs and Florence & The Machine.

• Read the full news update at Toyah's Official News page, here.

 
Rock Times: Toyah 16 June, 2011
A 1981 article on Toyah from 'Rock Times' magazine.

Talented actress, successful singer, forthright woman all rolled into one. Maggie Monks traces the rise and rise of Toyah Willcox.

Toyah Willcox has done what most of us dream about - and could do if we had the courage. 

She kicked away the traces of a well-off upbringing at a private school and left with only one "O" level - in music. She left her school in the Midlands "by mutual agreement" after failing the other nine "O" levels. 

She had a lisp and a stammer and had special speech therapy lessons to correct them, though the lisp is still faintly audible. She weighed in at around eleven stone, even though she's barely five foot tall. 

• Read the full article at our 'Press Archive' here.

 
Gaydar Radio Interview: Podcast/Transcript 16 June, 2011
Toyah's recent 'Gaydar Radio' interview is now available to download as a podcast, here. A full transcript of Phil Marriott's interview is also available at the 'Toyah Willcox Interview Archive', here.
 
From Sheep Farming... London: Two Days To Go 15 June, 2011
There's now just two days to go until 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' plays London, at the Leicester Square Theatre. Toyah has said the gig will be "A true celebration of 30 years of images!"

Melissa Caplan designed many of Toyah's iconic early costumes, and Toyah confirmed during her 'Gaydar Radio' interview last night that she will be wearing some of of them this Friday, saying there would be five costume changes!

Toyah Live 2011: Blackpool Pride: More Photos/Video 15 June, 2011
The 'Blackpool Pride' website has a gallery of great photos of Toyah. View here. (Thanks to Michael O'Brien). There are also brief clips at' You Tube' of Toyah's two weekend shows, here and here.

 
Time Out: Looking For Toyah 15 June, 2011
A very interesting article on, and interview with, Toyah, from 'Time Out' magazine in 1980.

Next Thursday Derek Jarman's film of 'The Tempest' opens. Toyah Willcox, late of 'Jubilee' and 'Quadrophenia' plays Miranda. Chris Auty went in search of Ms Willcox...

Last Easter weekend in Brighton, Scarborough and Southend, nearly 400 kids, mostly mods and skinheads, were arrested after violent clashes with bikers, holidaymakers and police. Said one mod, happily: 'The 60s were the great time.' In outraged newspaper editorials the next day you see one word: 'Quadrophenia'.

From peeling posters for that film Toyah Willcox's face stares out, a new Wave icon being used to paper over the punk-mod gap. Strange to think just how much the film originally relied on the life-blood of punk culture; Johnny Rotten was auditioned for the film's lead and Toyah came to the film after 'Jubilee'.

• Read the full article at our 'Press Archive'
here. (Thanks to Andi)
 
Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces! 15 June, 2011
• Phil Marriott's 'Gaydar Radio' interview with Toyah aired last night. It was a great show, with Toyah talking about her new dance project, this year's tour, making a banana candle on the Wide Awake Club in 1985 (yes, really) and much more. She also confirmed that she WILL be wearing some of her incredible Melissa Caplan outfits at the 'FSF-A' Leicester Sq. Theatre gig this Friday!

• Check out the Limahl/Kajagoogoo fansite
Kajafax for some photos of Toyah & Limahl at last Wednesday's "secret" gig - Comic Relief "Thank You" Party @ Fabric. Limahl told KajaFax, “There was an 80's poptastic moment when Toyah joined me onstage to perform the girl harmony part on ‘Neverending Story’ – the crowd loved it and lots of people were filming on their mobile phones”

• Robert Fripp's, always entertaining. online Diary has some great photos of Toyah and Robert during May's birthday/anniversary week. Visit
here. (Thanks to Minna)
 
From Sheep Farming... London: Three Days To Go 14 June, 2011
There's now just three days to go until 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' hits London, at the Leicester Square Theatre. Toyah has said the gig will be "A true celebration of 30 years of images!"

Melissa Caplan designed many of Toyah's iconic early costumes, some of which she will, hopefully, wear on Friday. Steve Strange, Spandau Ballet, Bucks Fizz and many others also wore clothes designed by Melissa.

Jackie: Dressed To Thrill: Melissa Caplan Interview 14 June, 2011
We talk to Melissa Caplan, one of Britain's top fashion designers.

Although she's only 22, Melissa Caplan's exotic and extravagantly designed clothes are frequently seen in magazines, fashion shows as far off as New York, and on television.

You might have seen dresses and suits designed by her without even knowing it, because among her devoted customers she can name Toyah Willcox, Steve Strange and most of the members of Spandau Ballet. We spoke to Melissa recently to find out more about the lady herself, and her clothes.

• View and read the full article
here.
 
Celebrity Ghost Stories UK: New Trailer Caps 13 June, 2011
Toyah guests on Bio's Celebrity Ghost Stories this Thursday at 9pm. Here's a few screen captures from the new trailer currently airing on the channel.

 
From Sheep Farming... London: Four Days To Go 13 June, 2011
There's just four days to go until 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' hits London, at the Leicester Square Theatre. Toyah has said the gig will be "A true celebration of 30 years of images!"

Melissa Caplan designed many of Toyah's iconic early costumes, some of which she will, hopefully, wear on Friday. Here's a few more Q&A's from Melissa's interview with 'Intergalactic Ranchouse' in 1982:

How did you first get into designing and when? Professionally it was about two years ago, but it's a very slow process because of contacts and things. The first order once I had left college was from Toyah, and the money that she gave me started the company. I plough all of my money into the business and keep expanding.

Are you friends with Toyah? Yes, we started off as friends.

Toyah describes you as a genius. How do you describe her? If I said she had good taste it would be biased because she buys my clothes, but she's developed her own image alongside the clothes and the image they give her.

Toyah Live 2011: Pride Afterparty: Photos/Set List 13 June, 2011
Toyah last night at the Blackpool Pride Afterparty at Ma Kellys. The set list was Schools Out, Rebel Yell, Echo Beach, Thunder In The Mountains, Sweet Child 'O Mine, It's A Mystery, I Love Rock N Roll and I Want To be Free. (Thanks to Michael O'Brien, pictured with Toyah below, for the photos and Paul Lomas for the set list info)

 
From Sheep Farming... London: Five Days To Go 12 June, 2011
There's just five days to go until 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' hits London, at the Leicester Square Theatre. Toyah has said the gig will be "A true celebration of 30 years of images!"

Many of Toyah's most memorable and iconic outfits were designed/co-designed by Melissa Caplan. It's anticipated that one, or more, of Melissa's designs will be worn by Toyah this Friday.

Melissa was interviewed by Toyah's Official Fanclub, 'Intergalactic Ranchouse', in 1982:

How did you and Toyah first get together? We met at a party. I asked her about the colour of her hair and she asked me about a skirt. We were the only two real freaks there.

Has Toyah ever said that she doesn't like a design? Not yet. There have had to be alterations. In Dublin a sleeve got ripped off. I was a bit upset. Another time she had a skirt ripped off... Toyah's clothes get ripped and battered so they get in a bad condition. I build them to last though.

Which of your designs do you like best? I did a royal blue suede tunic for Toyah but my favourite one changes as I progress.

Toyah Live 2011: Blackpool Pride: Photos/Set List 12 June, 2011
Toyah onstage last night, headlining Blackpool Pride with a fun, high-spirited performance. The set list, including a Lady Gaga cover, was: Ballroom Blitz, Echo Beach, It's A Mystery, Rebel Yell, These Boots Are Made For Walkin', Bad Romance and I Want To Be Free. Please click on each photo for larger versions. (Thanks to Glyn Whelan for the great photos and info)

 
You Tubing with Toyah: Toyah Fan Videos 12 June, 2011
Minna's ever growing Toyah Fan Videos channel at 'You Tube' has a plethora of new, and excellent, clips. These include songs by Sunday All Over The World, This Fragile Moment and, the 1987 'Desire' era 'Plenty' and 'Sun Up', utilising Andrew York's stunning Toyah artwork to great affect.

 
Somewhere In The Distance: Spiky Toyah 1981 12 June, 2011
Have always loved this photo session, it made a great fold-out poster in one of the Toyah Special magazines in early 1982. View, almost, all of the photos from this Autumn 1981 session here.

 
Toyah on TV: Celebrity Ghost Stories UK 12 June, 2011
Celebrity Ghost Stories UK : Bio - Thursday 16th June : 9.00pm
Celebrity Ghost Stories UK : Bio - Friday 17th June : 00.00am
Celebrity Ghost Stories UK : Bio - Friday 17th June : 10.00pm

Sue Cook reveals creepy encounters with a malevolent nutcracker and a UFO, Toyah Willcox speaks of a spooky apparation, and Alex Fearns discusses sinister sounds he once caught on tape.

 
WFMU: A Celebration of the Crimson Queen 12 June, 2011
The brilliant 'WFMU' Toyah Birthday Special is still available to listen to online here. Julie Bennack interviews Toyah (airs in four parts) and dedicates a full three hour show to Toyah, and Toyah related, music. Amazing!

The show is packed full of great music: The Helium Song, Come, Indecision, Ieya, It's A Mystery, Bird in Flight, Good Morning Universe, Symbiotic. Plus music by The Maneaters, Sunday All Over The World, The Humans, This Fragile Moment, Kiss of Reality, Kate Bush, David Bowie, Tori Amos, PJ Harvey, Goldfrapp...
 
Toyah on TV: TOTP: The Story Of 1976 12 June, 2011
Top Of The Pops: The Story Of 1976, first broadcast in April, airs again on BBC Four next week. Toyah reminisces about being a teenage Top Of The Pops viewer in the mid-70's. This also includes a very brief clip of BBC play Glitter, Toyah's very first tv appearance from 1976

Top Of The Pops: The Story Of 1976 : BBC Four - Sunday 19th June : 1.40am
The nation grew up with Top of the Pops and it was always a talking point, but 35 years ago a particular kind of Top of the Pops programme and tone held sway. This documentary explores Top of the Pops in 1976, as a barometer of the state of pop and light entertainment TV. It celebrates the power of the programme and observes British society of the mid 70s, British TV and the British pop scene. In 1976, glam was over and nothing had replaced it - the charts belonged to Showaddywaddy, Brotherhood of Man and the Wurzels, all to be found on Top of the Pops hosted by the Radio 1 DJs. If you wanted rock you looked to the Old Grey Whistle Test, while outside the charts a new scene was rumbling.

 
Toyah on TV: Shoestring 11 June, 2011
The classic episode of Shoestring, from 1979, "Find The Lady", featuring Toyah as Toola and the band playing a great version of 'Danced', airs again on Alibi later this month.

Shoestring : Alibi - Friday 24th June : 7.00am
Shoestring : Alibi - Saturday 25th June : 2.00am

Find the Lady. Our favourite crumpled private eye investigates the reported murder of a seaside beauty queen. More vintage crime cracking with Trevor Eve. Starring: Trevor Eve, Michael Medwin, Doran Godwin, Christopher Biggins, Toyah Willcox and Gary Holton. Also airing on Alibi +1

 
Gaydar Toyah Interview: New Airdate 11 June, 2011
Toyah's Gaydar Radio interview has a new airdate, it's been rescheduled from tomorrow to Tuesday. Toyah will talk 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' and much more with Phil Marriott on his show, airing 6 to 10pm. http://gaydarradio.com/
 
Toyah, Daleks & Blackpool 11 June, 2011
Toyah is in Blackpool this weekend, playing at Blackpool Pride today on the North Pier Main Stage and at Ma Kelly's Showbar for the Blackpool Pride Afterparty tomorrow night. There's a great view from her hotel... featuring various Daleks and a TARDIS or two! Toyah tweeted: Oh no! There are daleks outside my room.....wish it was cyber men! :-) • Follow Toyah @ Twitter here, and check out Toyah's Whovian view, here.
 
Somewhere In The Distance: NME 1979 11 June, 2011
It's back!! Somewhere In The Distance: Our (very) sporadic features highlighting random brilliance from Toyah's awesome past: Here's a very rare photo session from an NME article published in early 1979. Please click on each photo for full/larger versions. (Thanks to Andi)


 
Dreamscape Features: Toyah's Colourful & Exciting Past 11 June, 2011
Visit Dreamscape's Toyah Features section... More Toyah than you can shake a huge bangle @!!

 
The Independent: More Guys Hanging - Picture Preview 10 June, 2011
More Guys Hanging, the second annual exhibition by the Gay Photographers Network, opens in London in just over a week.

Today 'The Independent' has published a picture preview of the event and quoted Toyah in the article.

Actress and singer Toyah Willcox, who featured in Dean Stockings’ ‘Sofa So Naked’ series, will
open the exhibition which is also a fundraiser for the Disabled Photographer’s Society and London Friend.

“[The exhibition] is such a great mixture of talent and creativity in support of such worthy charities,” Wilcox said. “To see collective works such as these intensifies the individual visions of each photographer. It is inspiring.”

The show at the Strand Gallery opens on 21 June until 26 June.
 
FSF-A Official T-Shirt: Make Your Tribal Look 10 June, 2011
A brand new official Toyah t-shirt celebrating the "From Sheep Farming to Anthem Tour".... on sale at gigs soon!

 
Phil Marriott Show: Gaydar Radio: Toyah Interview 10 June, 2011
Toyah was interviewed earlier this week by Phil Marriott of Gaydar Radio for a Toyah Special airing this coming Sunday on Phil's show. She will be talking about her upcoming tour and imminent From Sheep Farming To Anthem: Classics Live @ Leicester Sq Theatre date. Listen to the broadcast this Sunday 6-10pm. http://gaydarradio.com/
 
From Sheep Farming To Anthem: 18 Dates On Sale 10 June, 2011
From Sheep Farming To Anthem: 18 UK dates on sale now, including London (Leicester Sq Theatre), Oxford, Harrogate, Bromsgrove, Blackpool, Isle of Man, Southampton, Surrey, Hertford, Wolverhampton, Hoylake, Glasgow, Bristol, Cardiff, Manchester, Leamington, Nottingham and London ( Islington o2 Academy).

 
Andi Fraggs Joins 'FSF-A' UK Tour 10 June, 2011
Andi Fraggs was recently announced as Toyah's opening act on seven of the 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' tour dates later this year.

Andi will be performing at The Classic Grand, Glasgow on 26th October right through to the o2 Academy, Islington on 5th November, visiting Bristol, Cardiff, Manchester, Leamington and Nottingham along the way. As Toyah is one of Andi's favourite musicians it makes this exciting news even more special.

• Andi Fraggs' new single, 'Reality', is available now. All profits fron the sale of the single will be donated to 'London Friend'. Visit Andi's Official Website,
here.
 
Toyah Live 2011: Two Blackpool PA's This Weekend 10 June, 2011
Toyah plays two PA's this weekend at Blackpool Pride.

Saturday 11 June 2011
North Pier Main Stage, Blackpool
Live PA at Blackpool Pride
www.blackpoolpride.com

Sunday 12 June 2011
Ma Kelly's Showbar
77 Talbot Road , Blackpool
Live PA Performance for Blackpool Pride Afterparty
Tickets/info: 01253 623249

• Visit the Official Blackpool Pride website, here, and www.makellys.com, here.

Thanks to Paul Lomas for the Ma Kelly's flyer. Please click on the photo for a larger version.

 
Power Of Three: Sneak Preview(s) 10 June, 2011
Sneak previews of Power Of Three took place in London, Bath and Birmingham this week. Toyah was in attendance last night at the Electric Cinema in Birmingham and participated in a Q&A session after the screening.

A feel good comedy filmed in London, The Power of Three stars Robin Craig, Toyah Willcox & Brumilda Van Rensburg. For one night only, the film has a special sneak preview screening on Thursday 9 June 2011 at Electric Cinema, 47-49 Station Street, Birmingham. The screening event will have Toyah present as a special guest and takes place from 6.00pm-8.00pm. There is also a Q&A directly after the screening

Lizzie, Michelle and Olivia were best friends at university. A team. But that was 30 years ago. Three friends re-unite to discover the women they once were and could be again. It’s never too late to follow your dream. The Power of Three test screened in Toronto: “A wonderful little film: the pace never slows, lots of laughs, a few tears, but has a point to make and makes it.
 
Ladybird Live: Trailer 10 June, 2011

 
Stratford Herald: Celebrity Reads Children's Book 10 June, 2011
Celebrity Reads Children's Book To Youngsters

Actress and singer Toyah Willcox is pictured with little ladybirds Jack Farquhar-Smith, Ellie Farquhar-Smith and Dorothy Homer at the Ladybird Live storytime event held at Stratford-upon-Avon Picturehouse on Tuesday.

The punk princess and voice of children television programmes Brum and Teletubbies read Little Red Riding Hood to the children. Ladybird Books and BBC radio’s performance poet Murray Lachlan Young have been hosting a series of live storytelling events at Picturehouse Cinemas in May and June. The events have been designed to encourage young children to love and embrace reading and books from the earliest age.
 
Toyah Reads 'Little Red Riding Hood' 10 June, 2011

Toyah is part of a special lineup of Ladybird Live storytimes for under-fives at Picturehouse Cinemas this May and June. Ladybird Books and BBC radio's favourite performance poet Murray Lachlan Young will host a series of live and hilarious storytelling extravaganzas at Picturehouse Cinemas from 31 May to 28 June. Watch a trailer for the events here.

Designed to encourage very young children to love and embrace reading and books from the earliest age, the show will encourage the audience to dance, get-up on stage, complete easy rhymes and join in the animal noises in an enlightening hour of merriment and mayhem. Tickets priced 3.00. For full event listings visit www.ladybirdlive.com

• View the full news update at Toyah's Official website,
here.

 
Boyz: Hanging With The Boys 10 June, 2011
TBB have discovered that punk icon and I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! contestant Toyah Willcox will be opening the Gay Photographer's Network's exhibition next month before digging out all her crazy 80s outfits when she performs at the Leicester Square Theatre and releasing her new album Sugar Rush.

Speaking of the exhibition, which will raise money for charities London Friend and Disabled Photographers, Toyah said, 'I am delighted to be invited to open the exhibition - it's such a great mixture of talent and creativity and in support of such worthy charities. To see collective works such as these itensifies the individual visions of each and every photographer. It is inspiring.'

• View a larger version
here. Thanks to Dean Stockings.
 
From Sheep Farming To Anthem: Leicester Sq Theatre 10 June, 2011

The fourth 'From Sheep Farming To Anthem' gig, at Leicester Sq Theatre, London, is now just a week away. Various snippets of info have been tweeted (by Toyah) and posted online in recent weeks, most notably:

Make-up artist booked for new surreal image at Leicester Square show. A true celebration of 30 years of images!

More 'FSF-A' London gig tweets: Just re-learning Masai Boy......so excited! "God's eye. Volcano Cry"... Up at 4.30 this morn learning 6 new songs plus revising 19 others for coming weeks.... there's suprises in store :-)... Some of my original costumes might make a surprise appearance at Leicester Square gig. Did i say might? ;-)... we're putting 3 surprise songs to the @lsqtheatre set list as most requested from fans....... ;-) are you coming?

 
Britain's Best Dish @ ITV Player 10 June, 2011
Toyah guested on Celebrity Britain's Best Dish on ITV1 last week. The full programme is available to watch, for the next three weeks, online at ITV Player. Go here to view.

 
Toyah on TV 10 June, 2011
Hole In The Wall : CBBC - Friday 10th June : 4.30pm
The celebrity contestants are TV chef Simon Rimmer, singer Toyah Willcox, actress Zaraah Abrahams and presenter Barney Harwood, captained by rugby legend Austin Healey and EastEnders' Joe Swash.

Dirty Sexy Funny: Olivia Lee : Comedy Central Extra - Monday 13th June : 11.20pm
Dirty Sexy Funny: Olivia Lee : Comedy Central Extra - Tuesday 14th June : 2.20am
Dirty Sexy Funny: Olivia Lee : Comedy Central Extra - Sunday 19th June : 3.45am

Olivia Lee stars in this hidden camera sketch show. New and made exclusively for Comedy Central. Deaf Bubba makes a mess of things at the marina and Elaine Caine meets Toyah Willcox.

Celebrity Ghost Stories UK : Bio - Thursday 16th June : 9.00pm
Celebrity Ghost Stories UK : Bio - Friday 17th June : 00.00am
Celebrity Ghost Stories UK : Bio - Friday 17th June : 10.00pm

Episode Six. Sue Cook reveals creepy encounters with a malevolent nutcracker and a UFO, Toyah Willcox speaks of a spooky apparation, and Alex Fearns discusses sinister sounds he once caught on tape.

TV Scrabble : Challenge - Friday 24th June : 5.35am
TV Scrabble : Challenge +1 - Friday 24th June : 6.35am

Toby Anstis presents a celebrity edition of the world's most popular word game turned TV game show. The familiar faces include Toyah Willcox and Rick Wakeman.

Shoestring : Alibi - Friday 24th June : 7.00am
Shoestring : Alibi - Saturday 25th June : 2.00am

Find the Lady. Our favourite crumpled private eye investigates the reported murder of a seaside beauty queen. More vintage crime cracking with Trevor Eve. Starring: Trevor Eve, Michael Medwin, Doran Godwin, Christopher Biggins, Toyah Willcox and Gary Holton. Also airing on Alibi +1

 
Dreamscape News Archive: April & May 2011 10 June, 2011
Dreamscape News for April and May 2011 has now been archived. Visit our News Archive below.

 
Official Toyah: June 2011 Blog 10 June, 2011
Toyah’s June 2011 Blog has been added to The Official Toyah website. Click below to go there.

 
Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces! 10 June, 2011
• Toyah has been confirmed for Manchester Pride. A PA will take place on Monday 29th August, beginning at 5pm.

• Toyah, along with Clare Grogan and Limahl, played a "secret gig" this week in aid of Comic Relief. Toyah tweeted: "I'm in secret venue with limahl, clare and comic relief team. About to go on stage..... Richard Curtis is in the house! So excited :-)"

• A new Toyah photo shoot will be published in the HOME section of a forthcoming issue of 'The Sunday Times', possibly around the end of this month.

• Toyah has recently been asked to appear on The Sooty Show, critique the "Slut Walk", participate in a US docu on funeral wishes and appear at a Freddie Mercury tribute concert. Variety is definitely the Willcox spice of life!!
 
Absolute Toyah: 21st Century Toyah by Sean Chapman 10 June, 2011
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