Live 2019: Quadrophenia + Q&A + Toyah Acoustic @ SCAC

December 4th, 2018

scac18aSaturday 16th February 2019 will be a busy day for Toyah – She plays an Acoustic, Up Close & Personal date at Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax and participates in a Q&A after a 40th Anniversary screening of Quadrophenia prior to her concert, at the same venue.

Square Chapel Arts Centre presents
Quadrophenia + Q&A with Toyah Willcox
Sat 16 Feb, 6:00pm at Red Brick

Join us for an exclusive 40th anniversary screening of the mod classic Quadrophenia. Loosely based on The Who’s 1973 rock opera of the same name, the film has become a cult classic and we are delighted to be joined by one of the stars of the film. Toyah Willcox, who plays Monkey will be here to talk about the film and her career. Toyah Willcox is an icon of stage and screen and will also perform a live acoustic gig with her band to celebrate 40 years of her music career!

To book for the Film Q&A AND the live gig please book a ticket for this event and also for the live gig here. Booking both events saves you 40% with the whole evening just £22.50.

Toyah Willcox Acoustic Gig | Sat 16 Feb, 9:00pm at Red Brick Auditorium

After our exclusive 40th anniversary screening of the mod classic Quadrophenia we are delighted to be hosting a gig by one of the stars of the film, Toyah Willcox. 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of her music career as Toyah released her first ever single and studio album in 1979. This acoustic concert includes hit singles, album classics and fan favourites.

• See further info on both events and book tickets at squarechapel.co.uk.

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Dreamscape Advent Calendar 2018: Day 4

December 4th, 2018

christmas2018dChristmas 2016, Toyah attended a ceremony to be inducted into the Birmingham Walk Of Stars.

Toyah said: I am thrilled to be receiving a star on the Birmingham Walk of Stars. Having spent my childhood and teenage years in this great city, I developed my love of music and theatre here, thanks to all the great music venues and theatres available within the one city.

• See news on Toyah attending the Birmingham Walk Of Stars event here and here. (Photo © Birmingham Mail)

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Dreamscape Advent Calendar 2018: Day 3

December 3rd, 2018

christmas2018aChristmas Eve 1981, Toyah played the final date of the Good Morning Universe European Tour, at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. This was Toyah’s third tour of the year, following the College Tour at the beginning of 1981 and the Anthem Tour in the middle of the year.

The gig was broadcast live on BBC2 on The Old Grey Whistle Test as their annual Christmas Eve concert for 1981. Others who were gifted the festive accolade over the years included Elton John (1974), Queen (1975), Rod Stewart (1976), The Kinks (1977), 10CC (1978), Ian Dury & The Blockheads (1980), Elton John (1982), Paul Young (1983).

Toyah would later recall:I spent one Christmas in complete euphoria after doing the Drury Lane Whistle Test. I can remember driving home to Birmingham that night and it was snowing. Everything was just wonderful and I remained on a high after doing that show for about ten days.

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Dreamscape News Archive: 2018 Toyah News

December 3rd, 2018

Dreamscape’s Toyah news for the last 12 months has now been added to our News Archive. It’s been quite a year for Toyah, with a landmark birthday, numerous gigs, TV appearances, press, film roles, an anniversary tour and much more. Revisit at least some of it by clicking below.

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Dreamscape Advent Calendar 2018: Day 2

December 2nd, 2018

christmas2018dChristmas 2018. Photos of Toyah onstage at last night’s All Star Christmas Special, with The SAS Band, at GLive in Guildford, including a fantastic shot of Toyah and the band in festive headgear to get Christmas 2018 off to a great start!

Toyah performed Suffragette City, It’s A Mystery and Sweet Child O’ Mine, as well as I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday in the medley at the end of the concert.

Click below to see larger versions of both of these photos, and more, at Dreamscape’s Toyah Gallery. (Thanks to Angus | Photos © Angus Turner)

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Official Twitter: Rocking Out The Storm at Fistral Bay

December 2nd, 2018

Rocking out the storm at Fistral Bay” Great photo tweeted this afternoon by Toyah, taken at Fistral Bay in Newquay. (Photo © Toyah Willcox)

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Live 2018: The SAS Band All-Star Christmas Special

December 1st, 2018

Toyah’s third gig of the week with The SAS Band is the 6th annual All Star Christmas Special, taking place tonight at GLive in Guildford.

Fabbagirls have shined their boots and Princess of Punk Toyah, Justin Hawkins of The Darkness and rock powerhouses Patti Russo, Chris Thompson and Tony Vincent are ready to blow the roof off of GLive Guildford TONIGHT! Last tickets available – click below to book.

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Returning to G Live for their 6th annual Christmas Special, Queen’s MD and keyboardist Spike Edeny has invited some of his rockstar and musician friends to join him and his All-Star Band to help launch the festive season!  Performing their biggest hits and many more… this year’s line-up will include:

Charismatic frontman of The Darkness, Justin Hawkins – hits include I Believe In A Thing Called Love and Christmas Time, TOYAH – It’s A Mystery, Thunder In The Mountains and I Want To Be Free, Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band) – Blinded By The Light and returning by popular demand, Rock powerhouse Patti Russo (Meatloaf/Cher) and Tony Vincent (of We Will Rock You!).

The Fabbagirls, Susie Webb and Zoe Nicholas, will be opening the show for at 7.45pm. They were the original singers of Bjorn Again and are truly considered one of the best Abba Tribute acts. Even Abba has said they like them!

This is a night for real music lovers and it’s advised to book early, as this show always sells out!

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Dreamscape Advent Calendar 2018: Day 1

December 1st, 2018

christmas2018fWelcome to December, and to Dreamscape’s 19th consecutive year of celebrating Christmas, and Toyah at Christmas, online.

We will be adding a festive update each day in the count down/run up to Christmas, right through until Christmas Eve.

As well as news on any TV appearances for Toyah during December.

It had become something of a tradition to see Toyah on Vintage TV each December, spreading Yuletide cheer and festive tunes, but unfortunately the music channel is currently not included in the television schedules but could be returning soon according to their website.

Christmas 2014, and Dreamscape’s Toyah fanzine produced a couple of festive issues, including a mini-issue dedicated to Toyah’s appearance on ITV’s Pop Goes Christmas back in 1982, when I Believe In Father Christmas was performed by Toyah, Joel Bogen and Keith Hale.

Of course the song – Toyah’s cover of Greg Lake’s classic Christmas single originally released in 1975 – would go on to be included on the Mayhem compilation album, released by, Toyah’s former record label, Safari Records in 1985 and also made available as a digital single in December 2012.  Toyah’s rendition of I Believe In Father Christmas is now as much a part of a Toyah fan’s Christmas as the tree and fairy lights!

Below is the cover and a selection of pages from the aforementioned Christmas 2014 fanzine.

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Toyah on TV: Fleetwood Mac – A Musical History

November 30th, 2018

bbc4aConfirmation of the day and time the documentary Fleetwood Mac: A Musical History airs on BBC4.

Toyah is one of a number of celebrity fans – along with Fran Healy, Alan McGee, KT Tunstall and Sian Pattenden – contributing to this 60-minute look at the career of one of music’s most enduring bands. Airing twice in the days just before Christmas.

A Musical History: BBC4: Friday 21st December: 8pm
A Musical History: BBC4: Saturday 22nd December: 1.25am
Fleetwood Mac. Fleetwood Mac fan Edith Bowman provides a narrative overview alongside other celebrity fans who all pay tribute to the band in this hit-filled hour. Contributors include KT Tunstall, Travis’ frontman Fran Healy, Toyah Willcox, Sian Pattenden and Emma Dabiri.

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Official BBC Archive: On This Day in 1980

November 28th, 2018

On This Day, via the Official Twitter presence of the BBC Archive – 1980: Toyah Willcox introduced Steve Strange, Vivian Stanshall, Derek Jarman and Christopher Biggins to Space Invaders. Nothing about this clip makes any sense…

As well as interviewing a handful of guests she herself chose on the above programme – Saturday Night, Sunday Morning (Series Three, Episode 10) – Toyah, Joel and band also performed two songs. Incredible live versions of Mummies and this…

Friday Night, Saturday Morning was a television chat show with a revolving guest host. It ran on BBC2 from 28 September 1979 to 2 April 1982, broadcast live from the Greenwood Theatre. The programme was the idea of Iain Johnstone and Will Wyatt, who insisted on a changing presenter every fortnight. Another innovation was that the presenters chose the guests they were to interview. (Info Source: Wikipedia)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Toyah on TV: Who’s Doing The Dishes?

November 26th, 2018

Who’s Doing The Dishes?: Virgin Media One: Sunday 9th December: 6.40am
Brian McFadden presents the dining challenge. Will it remain a mystery that Toyah Willcox is the celebrity host when she throws a dinner party for four complete strangers?

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Toyah on TV: Most Shocking Christmas TV Moments

November 26th, 2018

Most Shocking Christmas TV Moments: 5Star: Sunday 2nd December: 11.30pm
A merry romp through the most inappropriate, outrageous and appallingly atrocious Christmas television turkeys of all time. These are the kind of disastrous, ill-conceived and downright cringe-inducing moments that it’s a wonder ever made it to air. Among contributors ready to dissect the disasters – many of which they were involved in themselves – are Eamonn Holmes, Toyah Willcox, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Anne Diamond, Steve Punt and Mike Read.

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