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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 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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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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