Posts Tagged ‘Live At Drury Lane’

Toyah on the Radio: 6 Music Live Hour

August 27th, 2016

bbcr6cAnother chance to hear Toyah’s 1981 Christmas Eve Drury Lane concert early next month on BBC 6 Music.

6 Music Live Hour: BBC 6 Music
Monday 5th September: 3am

Chris Hawkins presents Toyah at the Theatre Royal, London, in 1981, plus BBC sessions from Kinky Machine and Stars of Heaven. (Available at BBC iPlayer after airing)

Christmas Countdown: GMU @ Drury Lane, 1981

December 24th, 2015

It’s the final day of the Dreamscape Christmas Countdown… I hope you’ve enjoyed the Christmas Toyahfest over the last 24 days.

On Christmas Eve 1981, exactly 34 years ago tonight, Toyah played the final date of the Good Morning Universe European Tour, at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. This was, famously, broadcast live on BBC2 on The Old Grey Whistle Test. Toyah later recalled: 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.


Christmas Countdown: Christmas Eve, 1981

December 4th, 2015

christmas14bWe’re counting down to Christmas at Dreamscape…

Christmas Eve, 1981. Toyah play to millions (figures mentioned sometimes suggest over 10 million viewers) on The Old Grey Whistle Test on BBC2, beamed live from the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Toyah was in top form this night and no wonder as it was the end to a hugely successful year: hit singles, an album that reached number 2 and stayed on the chart for the rest of the year, three sell out tours, topping year-end music polls, magazine covers, numerous television appearances… Here are screen caps from the original BBC2 Christmas trail for their 1981 Christmas Eve schedule.


BBC Radio 6 Music: Live At Drury Lane

September 11th, 2014

Six songs from Toyah’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane gig, and the final of the Good Morning Universe European Tour, from Christmas Eve 1981 have been aired by BBC 6 Music for the first time in over three decades. Listen for the next week at BBC iPlayer.


Toyah and The Moondogs: Chris Hawkins presents recordings from the BBC’s archive of live music. Tonight including Toyah recorded at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London in 1981, plus The Moondogs in session.

Classic Toyah: At The Rainbow/GMU At Drury Lane

September 16th, 2012

If anything should definitely be considered “Classic Toyah” then surely it’s these two 1981 concerts? At The Rainbow, from February 1981, and Good Morning Universe – Live at The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, from December 1981. Both were broadcast by the BBC and subsequently released on “BBC Home Video”. Here are a couple of Dreamscape tributes to two amazing gigs… Such a shame that The Changeling Tour the following year wasn’t similarly preserved! Please click on each to view larger versions. View another Rainbow mini feature here.

Classic Toyah: More 1981, ’82 and ’83!

July 14th, 2012

Three more photos of Toyah from the archives (and the 80s!!). 1. The final date of the ‘Good Morning Universe’ European Tour 1981 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane; 2. A rare shot of Toyah during ‘The Changeling Tour’ 1982; 3. A serene looking Toyah during the hectic days of Trafford Tanzi at the Mermaid Theatre, 1983. Click on each to zoom. (Thanks to Andi & Lärwi)