Archive for May, 2012

Bucks Free Press: Record 6,000 Crowd Pack Out Cookham Festival

May 15th, 2012

A record crowd of 6,000 packed into the heart of Cookham for an eighties rock festival.

Let’s Rock the Moor, which took place on Saturday, was sold out.

The event, which began in 2009, attracted its biggest crowd yet with headliners Billy Ocean, Heaven 17, Toyah and Go West singing to 6,500 people on a brand new site at Marsh Meadow. Organiser Nick Billinghurst said: “The crowds were fantastic, full of energy. It was mostly local people from Cookham, Maidenhead, Marlow, Wycombe, so everyone was very well behaved. Toyah actually called them a posh crowd.”

• Continue reading at Bucks Free Press. (Photos © Bucks Free Press)

Meet Me By The Blue Box!

May 14th, 2012

Not a “campaign”, just something fun and lighthearted…

Maidenhead Advertiser: Sun Shines For Let’s Rock The Moor!

May 14th, 2012

Singing legend Billy Ocean serenaded nearly 7,000 people in Cookham on Saturday at the biggest Let’s Rock the Moor! festival to date.

The sell-out event attracted its largest crowd ever, with 6,500 tickets snapped up and a brand new site set up on Marsh Meadow to fit everyone in.

It was headlined by Eighties icon Ocean, who performed hits including Caribbean Queen and Love Really Hurts Without You to a crowd of all ages.

Children’s TV favourites Pat Sharp and Dave Benson Phillips shared presenting duties at the event, introducing acts such as Toyah, Boney M and Heaven 17.

Rain stayed away from the festival, which is now in its fourth year, and families enjoyed a range of food and drink as well as plenty of attractions for children.

Proceeds are expected to exceed £20,000; the majority of which will be split between two main charities which fit in with its family feel.

(All photos © Maidenhead Advertiser)

Brave New World: Live @ Let’s Rock The Moor!

May 14th, 2012

In it’s 30th birthday week… and the “album version” too. Take a bow ‘Brave New World’, and Toyah, live at Let’s Rock The Moor 2012 in Cookham.

Maidenhead Advertiser: Let’s Rock The Moor 2012, Cookham

May 14th, 2012

Thousands of Eighties music fans descended on Cookham on Saturday to see the likes of Billy Ocean and Toyah play Let’s Rock The Moor.  The event, now in its fourth year, was held on Marsh Meadow and all 6,500 tickets sold out.

• Continue reading, and view their gallery, here. Read a review of the concert here.

Toyah for Doctor Who (US Docu)?

May 14th, 2012

Toyah tweeted today: “Ooooh! Just been asked to do a Dr. Who documentary for America! I’m such a fan! Tee hee“.

Anything that links Doctor Who and Toyah is fine by me. This gives me yet another chance to ask the question that has swirled through the time vortex and all of space… for centuries and evermore… it has sometimes been whispered, and other times roared… they ask: Why oh why oh why oh why oh why oh why… hasn’t Toyah been in Doctor Who? Sort it out Mr Moffat (or maybe even RTD ;))

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Brave New World: Happy 30th Birthday

May 14th, 2012

30 years ago this very week Toyah’s 10th single ‘Brave New World’ was released. It entered the UK charts the following week (on 22nd May 1982), ultimately reaching number 21 and spending eight weeks on the chart. The song is held in high regard by many of Toyah’s fans and the unique accompanying imagery, created without the use of digital trickery or airbrushing, on the single sleeve and in the fantastic promo video has, thirty years later, never been surpassed by any other artist. Happy Birthday ‘Brave New World’!

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Let’s Rock The Moor 2012: Photos

May 13th, 2012

More photos from ‘Let’s Rock The Moor’. These, and more, have been added to Dreamscape’s 2010 – gallery. (Thanks, once again, to Angus Turner for his excellent photos)

Let’s Rock The Moor 2012: Photo’s/Set List

May 13th, 2012

A couple of photos, and that set list again, from yesterday’s concert. (Thanks again to Angus)

Let’s Rock The Moor 2012: Set List

May 13th, 2012

Yesterday’s ‘Let’s Rock The Moor 2012’ one-day festival was a roaring success, with a crowd of almost 7000 attending. Toyah’s great set list was: Good Morning Universe, Thunder In The Mountains, Brave New World, Echo Beach, It’s A Mystery, Rebel Run, I Want To Be Free (Thanks to Angus Turner). Photos soon. View all of our ‘LRTM’ news here.

Toyah News Briefs

May 13th, 2012

• Sanctuary Music Presents: Toyah: The Changeling Resurrection II: Sanctuary’s promotional poster/flyer for the dates they are promoting during the Autumn tour. View a larger version here.

• Toyah at BBC iPlayer: Episode two of J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, (In The Mermaid’s Lagoon), is now available to listen to. It airs again today at 4.30pm and tomorrow at 5am on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Toyah Collectables: A new photo page at flickr, with lots of goodies already! This week’s birthdays: FRIDAY: Toyah Willcox, singer and TV presenter, is 54.

Let’s Rock The Moor 2012: Check back soon for photos of Toyah, courtesy of Angus Turner, from yesterday’s concert.

Toyah Timeline | 1979: Sheep Farming In Barnet (EP/AP)

May 13th, 2012

Toyah’s second single, the ‘Sheep Farming In Barnet’ (EP/AP), was released in July 1979. The traditional EP contained four songs, Safari Records wanted to differentiate from that format and decided to release SIX songs on one single (a mini album really). This was the first, and last, AP release. Tracks were: A. Neon Womb, Indecision, Waiting; B. Our Movie, Danced, Last Goodbye. The band members were Pete Bush: Keyboards, Mark Henry: Bass, Joel Bogen: Guitar, Steve Bray: Drums, Toyah Willcox: Verbals. As with the debut single, this was a huge hit on the UK indie chart, and also increase the band’s, already growing, popularity in other parts of Europe. The, now iconic, cover shot for the single was taken at the RAF Fylingdales radar station near Whitby in Yorkshire. Unfortunately, the “golf balls” were demolished in the mid 1980’s. (Thanks to Asher for the Fylingdales photo)

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TCR @ London & Wolverhampton: More Photos

May 12th, 2012

Coming Soon: More fantastic photos from ‘The Changeling Resurrection 2012’ tour, courtesy of Mark Evans and Kevin McNamara. Great shots of Toyah onstage in London and Wolves.

FTE (& A Dash Of Dreamscape) @ Facebook

May 12th, 2012

We are, yet again, back at, what I call, Facebook… Such fun! Please join us for lots of Toyah.

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The Humans/Toyah News Briefs

May 12th, 2012

• Sanctuary Music Presents: The Humans: Live, Up Close & Personal: Sanctuary’s promotional poster/flyer for The Humans’ July 2012 dates. View a larger version here.

The Press Association: BBC Celebrates Birth Of Punk: Never mind the Jubilee, here’s a punk season … the BBC is to celebrate the birth of a musical revolution with a series of programmes on radio and TV.

• There’s less than a week to go until Toyah’s birthday. In the past Dreamscape always celebrated Toyah’s special day by bringing you a rarity or three from the archives, and why break a tradition? Please do look! back hear! on May 18th for something just a little bit groovy :)

• Thanks to some amazingly loyal Toyah fans, who have stuck by Dreamscape since the very beginning, for the lovely messages over the last week or so. Despite having a degree in Marketing (yuk!) I never really thought, or think, in the terms of “Brand Dreamscape”, as someone suggested I should. I do agree, though, that it’s not a great idea that everything should revolve around Facebook or social networks in general. It is a fantastic way to communicate news immediately but great bands and artists should always be represented by at least a couple of independent/non official websites… FTE will stay, as I think it works well having a seperate site/url for a news (yes, and trivia/occasional nonsense) resource, but there may be a sporadic update or two to Dreamscape’s Gallery (one possibly quite soon!). In archive status the site is still as busy as it was when “active”.

• Toyah plays Let’s Rock The Moor 2012 this afternoon. It’s been officially confirmed Toyah is onstage at 4pm. Great weather up here today, here’s hoping it’s the same for Toyah and all the other bands in Cookham, Berkshire…

Toyah On The Radio: J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan (Episode 3)

May 12th, 2012

The complete four-part radio version of J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, with Toyah in the title role, is re-airing on ‘BBC Radio 4 Extra’ this month. This was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1995.

A BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of J. M. Barrie’s tale of childhood adventure starring Toyah Willcox as Peter Pan and Ron Moody as Captain Hook. These audio editions, especially dramatised for BBC Radio, are of timeless stories that have enchanted generations of readers both young and old.

Also starring Roy Hudd as Smee and June Whitfield as Mrs Darling, this sparkling production is directed by award-winning producer Dirk Maggs, with an original music score and stunning sound effects.

J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan: BBC Radio 4 Extra: Sunday 20th May: 9.00am/4.30pm
J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan: BBC Radio 4 Extra: Monday 21st May: 5.00am
An Awfully Big Adventure. Captain Hook turns the tables, as the battle between the Lost Boys and the pirates begins. Stars Toyah Willcox and Ron Moody. Episode 3 of 4.

• Episode One (Away To Neverland) is still available to listen to at BBC iPlayer, until early AM this Monday. Episode Two (In The Mermaid’s Lagoon) airs on ‘BBC Radio 4 Extra’ tomorrow and Monday. Full details here.

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Toyah on TV: Tales Of The Unexpected

May 12th, 2012

Tales Of The Unexpected: Sky Arts 2: Friday 25th May: 3.30pm
Blue Marigold. Series 5, Episode 1. Dropped by her agency for her diva-like behaviour, supermodel Marigold’s mental health deteriorates. Years later, she plots a comeback. Director: Giles Foster. Starring: Toyah Willcox, Ralph Bates, Sharon Duce, Helen Fraser, Billy Hamon, Edward Jewesbury. Also airing on Sky Arts 2 HD.

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Toyah on TV: Rajan And His Evil Hypnotists

May 12th, 2012

Rajan And His Evil Hypnotists: 4Music: Wednesday 23rd May: 11.35pm
Rajan And His Evil Hypnotists: 4Music: Wednesday 30th May: 11.10pm
Rajan and his evil team make a grown man petrified of Santa Claus, while 80s pop star Toyah has a most unusual chat show experience – with no idea that her host is a hypnotised member of the public.

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FTE Stuff: Toyah 1980/DW: Elusive Strangers

May 11th, 2012

Good old Photoshop. A great way to pass the time… The famous Dexter Brown Triptych painting of Toyah, used on ‘Toyah! Toyah! Toyah!’ and sold as a fan club poster in 1981. I turned a third of it into “TOYAH 1980” :) Plus some basic artwork for my short Toyah/Doctor Who “crossover” story ‘Elusive Strangers’. Please click on each to view a larger version.

Toyah @ Twitter: Albums, Guitars & Rebel Running!

May 11th, 2012

Interesting tweets from Toyah over the last couple of days. Aside from the tantalising (sorry, I hate that word too lol) “Crimson Queen 2” one earlier, last night Toyah tweeted a fantastic photo along with the message: “Just picked my guitar up 4 first time in 20 yrs! Bit rusty, but written UP 4 the Humans“.

Today, via another tweet, Toyah revealed ‘Rebel Run’ will be part of the Let’s Rock The Moor 2012 set tomorrow: “”its just a power game” Just rehearsing Rebel Run 4 Let’s Rock The Moor“.

Toyah/The Humans: Ticket News

May 11th, 2012

Early bird price tickets for ‘The Changeling Resurrection II’ at Sheffield Corporation (29th September) now on sale!

Early bird tickets for ‘The Changeling Resurrection: Rewound & Extended’ final gig (3rd November) at Concorde2, Brighton – SOLD OUT! :)

• Raw Promo Derby: A return visit to the Flowerpot Derby is now confirmed for Sat 28th July for THE HUMANS featuring Toyah Willcox. Check out for info and tickets.

• View the RAW Promo ‘Live At The Flowerpot’ The Humans flyer here.

• The Humans: Live, Up Close & Personal: Direct ticket links: Birmingham, Derby, Manchester.