Rewind Festival: Live From the Drive In – Concerts Update

July 15th, 2020

An update from Rewind Festival regarding next month’s Live From the Drive In dates.

The Live From The Drive In concert series will no longer proceed as planned this summer.

We received huge support from artists, the live music production contractors, our headline sponsor Utilita along with our other partners, and of course you, the fans.

However the latest developments regarding localised lockdowns mean it has become impossible for us to continue with the series with any confidence.

We thank everyone for their support and eagerly await a time when we can watch live music together again.

Full refunds will be issued directly to all ticket holders within the next 7 days.

Official Charts: Crimson Queen/Solo/Noise In Your Head

July 12th, 2020

Over the past year or so all of Toyah’s (and Toyah & The Humans’) releases: In The Court Of The Crimson Queen, Solo and Noise In Your Head have entered various charts – Top 100, Midweeks, Sales, Rock & Metal, Independent – compiled by The Official UK Charts Company, aka Official Charts. Click below to browse our “Toyah on the charts” news archive!

Toyah & Robert Fripp – Sunday All Over The World…

July 12th, 2020

All over the world it’s Sunday,⁣ temperatures are soaring,⁣ runners run in the park, it all goes too fast, except for those who find life boring…⁣ Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch this week is perhaps the one many of you from ‘all over the world’ have been waiting for the most…

Toyah At Home: Episode #4

July 12th, 2020

Echo Beach was song of the week on the fourth episode of Toyah At Home, which aired at Toyah’s official You Tube channel yesterday. Toyah and the band performed the 1987 single and Toyah discussed the song and the album it is included on, Desire.

Toyah also talked about the acting roles she rejected and others she has screen-tested for; the film she wished she had starred in; who would play her in a drama of her life; all things Sunday All Over The World; visiting America in 1985; duetting with other singers; Slave To The Rhythm; and the song that is closest to her heart. Click below to watch Toyah At Home: Episode #4, which closes with an archive live performance of, the awesome, Little Tears Of Love

Video Gift: Order A Personalized Message From Toyah

July 12th, 2020

Order a customized, personalized and unique video message from Toyah. For yourself or great as gifts for birthdays, weddings, personal connections and much more. You can watch, download, share and keep the video message forever once it is received. Click below for the order page.

Noise In Your Head: Official Charts: Top 100 Sales/Top 50 Indie

July 11th, 2020

Great News! The Noise In Your Head box set by Toyah & The Humans, released on 3rd July, has entered the Sales Top 100 at number 29 and the Independent Top 50 at number 6 on The Official Charts, published yesterday. Click below to see Toyah’s tweet. (Photo © Toyah Willcox)

• Browse our recent, Toyah related, Official Charts news posts.

Official Toyah: Coming Up This Weekend

July 11th, 2020

Coming up this weekend: Toyah At Home, Saturday at 11am BST / Robert Fripp & Toyah – Sunday All Over The World, Sunday at 12 noon BST.  (Photo © Sunday All Over The World)

Worcester Observer: Woo Fest Streams in £13,000

July 11th, 2020

Free-to-view Woo Fest streams in £13,000 for hospice

An award-winning county music festival which switched to an online format because of social distancing measures has been hailed a huge success after it raised more than £13,000 for a Worcestershire-based hospice.

Woo Fest was streamed live to homes and gardens around Worcestershire and beyond on Saturday (July 4) and featured a mix of live and pre-recorded sets from big-name performers including Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Grant Nicholas, from Feeder, and Toyah Willcox as well as local acts.

• Continue reading at the Worcester Observer. Browse our Woo Fest news.

Rewind Festival 2020: Tickets Pre-Sale

July 9th, 2020

Click below for the Pre-Sale ticket links for next month’s three Rewind Festival – Live From The Drive In dates. Heaven 17, Toyah and Altered Images play all three, taking place in Bolton (Friday 28th August), Newmarket (Saturday 29th August) and London (Sunday 30th August). General Sale tickets are available from tomorrow morning.

Loving 80s Music: New Toyah Interview

July 9th, 2020

Toyah chats to Helen of Loving 80s Music about lockdown, Rewind drive-ins, next year’s tour… and much more!

The Hunts Post: Rewind Festival Date At Newmarket

July 8th, 2020

Rewind Festival set for drive-in concert date at Newmarket Racecourse

Entertainment company Live Nation presents Utilita Live From the Drive-In at Newmarket Racecourse this summer.

Rewind Festival will come to The July Course on Saturday, August 29.

The live line-up will feature Sheffield synth-pop stars Heaven 17, singer Toyah and Altered Images. The drive-in concert will be hosted by The Doctor.

Fronted by singer Glenn Gregory, Heaven 17 are best known for number two hit Temptation from the album The Luxury Gap. The group’s other hits include Come Live With Me, Crushed By The Wheels of Industry and Sunset Now.

Toyah had top 10 hits in the 80s with singles It’s A Mystery, Thunder In The Mountains and I Want To Be Free.

Scottish group Altered Images are fronted by Clare Grogan, who also appeared in the hit film Gregory’s Girl. Their hits include Happy Birthday, I Could Be Happy and Don’t Talk To Me About Love.

Gig-goers attending the Rewind show will have a designated area for their car that includes space for everyone to get out and have a dance.

As well as Newmarket, Rewind Festival will also visit Bolton and Colesdale Farm in Northaw, Hertfordshire, which is described as Utilita Live From the Drive-In’s London venue. Tickets for Rewind go on general sale on Friday, July 10.

• Continue reading at The Hunts Post. See also the Royston Crow.

Toyah Live 2020: Rewind Festival

July 8th, 2020

Rewind Festival is back! Live from the Drive-In.

Toyah was, this morning, announced as playing three dates, along with Heaven 17 and Altered Images as part of Rewind 2020. Concerts will be hosted by The Doctor (from Dr & The Medics).

These three Rewind shows form part of the Utilita Live from the Drive-In series this summer! These are very exclusive evenings as there are only 300 cars at each show.

28.08.2020: University Of Bolton Stadium, Bolton
29.08.2020: Newmarket Racecourse
30.08.2020: Colesdale Farm, Northaw, London

A pre-sale of tickets takes place from 10am tomorrow, with general sales from 10am on Friday.

Come together and experience safely from your own designated area.

• Further information on Rewind Festival 2020 at Live Nation. Watch the Utlita Live From The Drive-In video at You Tube.

Virtual Woo Fest 2020: Watch/Re-Watch Online

July 8th, 2020

The entire, almost 8hr, Virtual Woo Fest 2020 is now available online to watch again, or watch for the first time if you missed it on Saturday. Toyah contributed a performance of It’s A Mystery to the festival, which raised £13,000 for St. Richard’s Hospice. Donations are still welcome, with details of how to do so at the website. Click on the screen shots of Toyah below to go to the festival page. Toyah’s performance is at approximately 4hrs 16m in! (Screenshots from a video that is © Toyah Willcox)

Radio Times: Strictly – All The Rumours And Potential Contestants

July 8th, 2020

Strictly Come Dancing 2020 line-up: All the rumours and potential contestants

Here are our predictions for series 18…

The BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing is officially coming back, with the 2020 series now confirmed although for a much shorter run.

Strictly will reportedly begin in October, which means this year’s event could be nine weeks instead of the usual 13. With many shows having to cancel production, due to the coronavirus, we couldn’t be happier that Strictly is still going ahead.

Toyah Willcox: Toyah has been using the lockdown time as a chance to practice her dancing skills.

The musician and her husband pranced around their kitchen to Bill Haley’s Rock Around the Clock, and while they certainly cheered everyone up, many thought she should consider a stint on Strictly Come Dancing.

One fan shared: “Next stop Strictly Come Dancing 2020!” Another added: “I hope Strictly haven’t finalised their line-up for this year…”

• Continue reading at the Radio Times. Read an earlier RT “Toyah for Strictly 2020!here.

Toyah on TV: Celebrity Money For Nothing

July 8th, 2020

Celebrity Money For Nothing: HGTV: Monday 20th July: 5pm
Series 1, Episode 1. Sarah Moore and Jay Blades search the homes of celebrities to uncover unloved and unused gems for charity. Sarah and Jay look through the homes of 1980s pop stars Sinitta and Toyah Willcox in the hope of uncovering four pieces of junk to transform and sell on for a profit. Woodworking wizard Norman Wilkinson is tasked with taking on Toyah’s tired chairs, while robot-mad Mark Haig gives Sinitta’s broken fan a steampunk-inspired makeover. But will Sarah and Jay find new homes for their revamped items? (Photo © BBC)

Lechlade Festival: Live at Lechlade Playlist

July 7th, 2020

Toyah’s performance of It’s A Mystery from Lechlade Festival 2014 is included in their new classic moments playlist.

Inspired by this weekend’s Glasthomebury we’ve put together classic live moments from previous years at Lechlade.

Including Status Quo, That 80s Rock Show, Scouting For Girls, The Proclaimers, Toyah, Doctor and the Medics, Tasha Leaper as Madonna, Light Zeppelin, The Inflatables, Frankenstein’s Lobster, Sam Draisey, Genevieve Miles Music, Hellsinki v, Benji & Hibbz, Voodoo Vegas…

We can’t wait to create more momentous moments in 2021! Early Bird Tickets are on sale now for a limited time only.

• See the full playlist at You Tube. Browse our Lechlade Festival 2014 news.

St Richard’s Hospice: Virtual Woo Fest Raises More Than £13,000

July 7th, 2020

An award-winning county music festival which switched to an online format because of social distancing measures has been hailed a huge success after it raised more than £13,000 for a Worcestershire-based hospice.

Woo Fest, which was streamed live to homes and gardens around Worcestershire and beyond on Saturday (4th July), featured a mix of live and pre-recorded sets from big-name performers including Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Grant Nicholas, from Feeder, and Toyah Willcox as well as local acts.

Hosted by Richard ‘Hursty’ Hurst and BBC Hereford & Worcester’s Nina Das Gupta, the free-to-view festival has raised £13,245.57 so far with music-lovers donating as they watched.

Luke Simons, festival organiser, said: “We’ve been blown away by everyone’s response to a virtual festival here in Worcestershire. We had 92 individual musicians in 24 sets – across a range of genres – keen to give our wonderful county a brilliant day and support the care St Richard’s provides locally at the same time”.

• Continue reading at strichards.org.uk.

Toyah & The Humans: Live At Scala London Vinyl

July 6th, 2020

Toyah reveals the final vinyl by Toyah & The Humans, Live At Scala London. The album features Robert Fripp as guest human with Toyah, Bill Rieflin and Chris Wong. It’s out now on translucent purple vinyl (as are We Are The Humans (orange vinyl), Sugar Rush (olive vinyl) and Strange Tales (red vinyl). Click below to watch. (Screenshots from a video that is © Toyah Willcox)

Toyah At Home #3: Newsy Bits

July 6th, 2020

Info from Saturday’s third instalment of Toyah At Home, which aired at Toyah’s official You Tube channel.

It’s A Mystery: from Toyah’s second EP was the song of the morning. She talked about her reaction when first hearing the song, written by Keith Hale of Blood Donor, and how it ultimately changed her life.

The Humans: “It’s Humans day!!” said Toyah, and a very quick look at all of the Toyah & The Humans releases – Four vinyls and a great box set. Toyah mentioned Bill Rieflin wanted to call it “The Humans’ Greatest Hits”.

Derek Jarman: Toyah talked about her experiences working with the late writer/director on the films from her early career; Jubilee and The Tempest.

The Tempest: Detailed discussion on working on this film. Lots of memories from Toyah, including two wonderful keepsakes Derek Jarman gave her at the end of filming, and playing Miranda as a wild child. Toyah said: “The Tempest for me was one of the most important films of my career“, and her introduction to Shakespeare.

Making Movies in Los Angeles: Toyah talked about relocating, or more to the point not relocating, to the USA for acting work, and whether her younger self would have done so now if she had the opportunity.

Glastonbury: The experience of playing the legendary festival (in 2016) but never attending it as a festival-goer!

Most Haunted: Toyah chatted about the various haunted homes she has stayed in, and the activity generated within them.

In The Fairground: Interesting chat about the song from the 1981 EP Four More From Toyah; its origins, what the lyric is about, and how it relates to today.

In The Fairground: Toyah said: “I listened to that and thought, wow this track, it’s really nice. I could probably sing it a lot better now than I did back then. Back then we were on tour, we had to deliver for Christmas. It was 1981 and was pretty much made in between live shows, and I think I could develop that now much better for the acoustic show“.

New Studio Album: by the Toyah band of now? There are a number of obstacles, including geography, finances, the ongoing pandemic, but “It’s a possibility” Toyah said.

Telepathic Lover: Live archive footage of this great song from Four From Toyah: Birthday Edition EP and 2019’s In The Court Of The Crimson Queen album. Toyah said: “One of my favourite songs live. I just love the groove and when we’re on stage, this is the Toyah band at their best. It’s absolutely fabulous“.

Ask Toyah: Toyah said “Please keep those questions rolling in. It’s really good to do this. I love, I love It, I love it! They are wonderful!“.

Toyah at Home: This week’s show was promoted on Toyah’s official Instagram with a rare Four From Toyah era photo (directly above).

• See you next week for Toyah At Home #4.

Toyah & Robert Fripp: When It’s A Mystery Meets King Crimson

July 6th, 2020

A number of people have asked what would it sound like if Toyah and King Crimson’s music came together. In this week’s sunday lunch, it’s no longer a mystery.

Virtual Woo Fest 2020: And That’s A Wrap!

July 6th, 2020

And that’s a wrap! A massive thanks to everyone involved in today’s Virtual Woo Fest. An incredible day of music only possible through an incredible human effort at the current time. And supported by our incredible Worcestershire community raising £12,896. Thank you from us all.

NB. Since this post the total was updated again.

Your Virtual Woo Fest donations continued into the small hours taking us to an incredible. £13,245.57!

• Continue reading at St Richard’s Hospice at Twitter.