Archive for August, 2013

Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

August 31st, 2013


Four From Toyah (White Label): A rare ‘Four From Toyah’ promo 7″ is currently up for auction at Ebay – View here… (Thanks to Shaun)

Four From Toyah 30: Dreamscape’s 30th anniversary feature on Toyah’s legendary 1981 EP – View here…

Vintage TV: Toyah will film two specials at her home to air later in the year on UK music channel ‘Vintage TV’. The station has just celebrated its third birthday. View a photo of Toyah and the Head of Vintage (plus lashings of tasty looking treats!) at Toyah’s Instagram…

Toyah Live 2014?: It looks like there will be further live Toyah dates to look forward to very early next year. At least two new gigs have recently shown up in news feeds: Holmfirth Picturedome on Friday 21st February and Queens Hall, Nuneaton on Saturday 22nd February. Toyah has already said that the Love Is The Law & More Tour will the last “anniversary” dates for a while so it’s a mystery (doh) what these could be for!!

Upton Festival 2013: It’s A Mystery – Listen/Watch at You Tube…

Manchester Pride 2013: Echo Beach – Listen/Watch at You Tube…

Sky Tyne & Wear: Toyah Willcox Love Is The Law & More Tour: When & Where – Friday 18th October, Legends – View here…

Toyah on TV: Celebrity Ghost Stories UK

August 31st, 2013

Celebrity Ghost Stories UK: Bio
Thursday 12th Sep: 10pm / Saturday 14th Sep: 9pm

Sue Cook reveals creepy encounters with a malevolent nutcracker and a UFO, Toyah Willcox speaks of a spooky apparation, and Alex Fearns discusses sinister sounds he caught on tape.

Club to Catwalk: Newsy Bits!

August 29th, 2013


A few more recent online reports about the V&A ‘Club to Catwalk’ exhibition, including more great shots of Toyah’s Melissa Caplan outfit:

Hardzine: Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 80s – Review: Playing homage to the eccentricity of 80s fashion and the eclectic inspirations behind it, the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Club to Catwalk exhibition captured in essence the radical theatrics of 80s design – Continue reading…

Chinti & Parker: ‘Club to Catwalk’ at the V&A Museum: Chinti and Parker’s perpetual love of outlandish prints and zingy colour combinations has meant that we’ve been dying to get down to the V&A’s ‘Club to Catwalk’ exhibition since it opened in July.  A retrospective on how London’s vibrant Eighties club scene sparked a new wave of design inspiration – Continue reading…

House of Helen: V&A Club to Catwalk: 1980s Fashion Exhibition: Last month, the iconic V&A museum opened their Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s exhibition. The 1980s was a poignant era in fashion history. It saw the birth of London Fashion Week and institutes such as the British Fashion Council – Continue reading…

Club to Catwalk: In Conversation: Toyah is participating in a special event with Caryn Franklin and Brix Start-Smith on Friday 8th November. The details have yet to be added to the V&A event schedule but not doubt soon will be.

Dreamscaping @ Club to Catwalk: View all of our Club to Catwalk news updates here.

Toyah on TV: Saturday Cookbook

August 29th, 2013

This was only repeated a few weeks ago but it’s showing in the tv listings again for next week:

Saturday Cookbook: ITV1: Saturday 7th September: 9.25am
Nadia Sawalha and Mark Sargeant are joined by chef Phil Vickery and Toyah Willcox to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Nadia prepares a raspberry and hazelnut meringue, Toyah cooks baked fish with warm beetroot and new potato salad.

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Toyah Live 2013: A Busy Bank Holiday

August 28th, 2013

It was a busy Bank Holiday weekend for Toyah, with two live appearances: On Saturday she played a full band gig at the Upton Music Festival in Worcestershire, and on Sunday a PA at Manchester Pride. Watch Toyah perform Echo Beach at Upton and It’s A Mystery at Pride. (Thanks to Nick Houghton & Paul Lomas)


eFestivals: Jack Up The 80s 2013 Review

August 28th, 2013

jute13gA comprehensive review of the recent Jack Up The 80s festival, including kind words about Toyah, by

Jack Up The 80s hits all the right notes on the Isle of Wight

Toyah is an artist who is as well known for her TV work these days as she is for her music, however despite her other career, music is still her first love, something that she showed today, even though she was performing to a small crowd, you could see that the buzz she was getting. Her performance was still as vibrant as when she first started. This emotion spilled over to the crowd, who despite only being familiar with a few of her songs quickly warmed to the show.

• Read the full review at View the full version of their Toyah photo here. (Photo © eFestivals)

In The Fairground: Website Updated

August 27th, 2013

More of Andrew’s great Toyah art has just been added to his website, In The Fairground. There are eight new additions in total, in the Portraits, Changeling and Screenshots galleries. Check out the Updates page for the full details and click below to visit Andrew’s Arternative Toyah Universe!


Toyah’s Most Iconic Images?

August 27th, 2013

Over the last few months at Facebook I’ve been sporadically counting down the Top 5 Most Iconic Toyah Images – Of course this will differ for most of us and these are only my personal choices, but I’m sure at least a couple below are everyone’s favourites. Anyway, I’ll be posting my #1 very soon and I’m sure many of you will know already what it is.


Facebook Toyah fans “liked” these four in the following order: 1. Thunder In The Mountains, 2. Ieya/The Blue Meaning, 3. Sheep Farming In Barnet, 4. Anthem.

Ledbury Reporter: Music Fans Flock To Upton Festival

August 26th, 2013


Thousands of families, friends and even faithful pets danced the weekend away at the fourth Upton International Music Festival.

More than 4,000 people turned out for the three-day event, which kicked off on Friday in Fish Meadow and boasted something for all.

There was a real family atmosphere with young and old enjoying performances from stars including 80s soul favourite Alexander O’Neal, Chesney Hawkes and West Country legends the Wurzels.

Also on the bill was Pershore resident Toyah Willcox, Slade and the Official Bucks Fizz.

People even paid homage to some of the bands on stage by dressing in brightly coloured gear from the 1960s and 70s. Speaking to your Worcester News on Saturday, festival spokesman Steve High was in upbeat mood. “It’s a great atmosphere,”.

• Continue reading at the Ledbury Reporter. (Photo © Ledbury Reporter)

Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

August 26th, 2013

mancpride13jManchester Pride 2013: Toyah played a 30 minute set last night at the Pride event. She tweeted: “WOW! That was the most electrifying manchester pride ever! Massive jubilant crowd. Thank you“. A selection of video clips have been uploaded to You Tube – View here…

Demotix: Annual Pride festival culminates with the Big Weekend in Manchester: Some great photos of Toyah from last night’s Pride at the Network for Freelance Photojournalists – View here…

Reality Meltdown: As the saying goes – There’s no such thing as bad publicity – so the fact that two reality shows Toyah has appeared in make Buzz Feed’s “The 17 Most Forgettable Celebrity Reality Shows” anti-poll is vaguely impressive – Continue reading…

Upton Festival 2013: Toyah tweeted about playing the Upton Festival on Saturday: “Upton Festival thank u. Great weather, great audience, fab sound, band amaz.”

Pinterest: I Was An 80s Teenager – Includes some shots of Toyah – View here…

Quadrophenia: Calgary Cinematheque 2013/14

August 25th, 2013


Quadrophenia launches the 2013/14 Calgary Cinematheque season, showing this coming Wednesday. Here are a couple of reports. An Outdoor Screening: Quadrophenia: Join us for a one-time-only, outdoor screening of Franc Roddam’s 1979 film, Quadrophenia to launch the 2013/14 Calgary Cinematheque season. Prior to the screening, enjoy the Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market, and HSCA member and guest beer and wine garden. “Set against the soundtrack of The Who’s 1973 mighty concept album “Quadrophenia”, Phil Daniels plays working-class Jimmy, the drug-induced Mod, who hates his job and is misunderstood by his parents – Continue reading…

Calgary Herald: The Poseur’s Guide to Quadrophenia: Mods and rockers should hop on their scooters and motorcycles and get down to the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Centre Wednesday. Once there, the two camps need to put aside ancient enmities long enough (a little over two hours) to enjoy Calgary Cinematheque’s screening of Quadrophenia, the 1979 film based on The Who’s 1973 album of the same name. Poseurs, on the other hand, need to study up, then hop on the bus or their bicycles – Continue reading…

Toyah Revisits Glitter & Look! Hear!

August 25th, 2013

Toyah will revisit the very beginning of her career next month at the Kaleidoscope event: Made at the Mill: A Celebration of Pebble Mill taking place in Stourbridge. Look! Hear!, which Toyah co-presented between 1979 and 1981 and Glitter will both feature at the two day 25th anniversary event. Glitter, which Dreamscape has posted about numerous times over the last decade, aired in 1976 and was Toyah’s first professional acting role, first television appearance, first music performances – all included in a 30 minute drama from the BBC’s ‘Second City Firsts’. Also appearing was a young Phil Daniels in one of his first roles. Further info on Glitter here. (Thanks to Andi, who originally provided much of the info and imagery from Glitter)


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Love Is The Law & More: Merchandise

August 24th, 2013

Vote for your preference on merchandise for the forthcoming Love Is The Law & More Tour. Choose which option which would be your preference… and imagine they all feature brand new Toyah image/photo. 1: T-Shirt + Poster or 2: T-Shirt + Photo Booklet (Tour Programme). Click below to visit Toyah’s Official Facebook page and vote.


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Made At The Mill: A Celebration

August 24th, 2013

Toyah reunites with her co-presenters from Look! Hear! on Saturday 14 September in a special event organized by Kaleidoscope.

Made at the Mill: A Celebration of Pebble Mill and BBC Birmingham focuses on the golden years of BBC Birmingham, operating from the custom-built Pebble Mill studios. This event celebrates the place, its people and programmes in an affectionate tribute which sees screenings of specially selected programmes.

Toyah joins the event at 2pm when she reunites with Chris Phipps and John Holmes in a panel discussion which looks back at the Midlands music and arts show Look! Hear! which celebrated contemporary pop and rock culture plus a screening of an episode from 1978.

• View further info at the Toyah’s Official News page. The event is free admission and full details can be found here.


Manchester Pride 2013: Programme

August 24th, 2013

Toyah is included in the official Manchester Pride 2013 programme. She plays Sackville Gardens tomorrow night and it’s been confirmed stage time will be 9pm. (Thanks to Paul Lomas for the scan)


Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

August 21st, 2013

rebelrun13aRebel Run: We’re fast approaching the 30th anniversary of the release of Toyah’s first, and penultimate on Safari, single of 1983. Rebel Run was released in mid-September and entered the UK charts on the 24th. Over the years it’s become one of Toyah’s best loved singles. View Rebel Run’s Wikipedia page, Toyah’s charts stats at The Official Charts Company and Dreamscape’s Imaginary Love Is The Law Singles Collection.

Now and Then: Rare 30 minute Toyah special from Carlton TV in 1997, hosted by the late Jim ‘Bullseye’ Bowen – Watch at You Tube…

Toyah @ Twitter & Instagram: “In 1978 Derek Jarman gave me Complete Shakespeare when he offered me the film “The Tempest” & I’ve found it after 14yrs packed away” – View here…

Edinburgh Evening News: Hazel O’Connor talks Beyond Breaking Glass: A namecheck for Toyah in this new interview with Hazel – Continue reading…

Mirror: Cruise News: P&O Cruises has launched its biggest range of trips featuring stars, including Michael Ball, Paul Young and Toyah. David Essex will sing on a 15-night Caribbean transatlantic cruise on Azura, leaving Southampton on November 1. Prices from £999pp. Call: 0843 373 0111.

Live 2013: Upton Music Festival

August 21st, 2013

uptonfest13dToyah plays the Upton Music Festival 2013 this Bank Holiday weekend, alongside numerous other bands.

Line-Up: Main Stage: Saturday 24th August

12:00 China Crisis
13:30 Bucks Fizz
15:00 Toyah Willcox
16:30 Neville Staple
18:00 The Lambrettas
19:30 The Wurzels
21:00 Bad Manners
23:00 Take Fat

Upton Festival is back for its 4th year and we’re bigger and better than ever before. With a huge line-up now spread over THREE stages there’s truly something for everyone… from worldwide superstar artists to local up and coming acts Upton Music Festival is sure to be one of the greatest family festivals of 2013.

• Visit the Upton Music Festival website. View all of our Upton Festival news here.


Live 2013: Two New Club PAs

August 20th, 2013

kaosmar13aTwo new live PAs for Toyah later in the year, at KAOS, Blackpool in October and Marilyn’s, Evesham, Worcestershire in November.

Thursday 10th October 2013 – KAOS Bar
38-42 Queen Street, Blackpool FY1 2AY

Saturday 30th November 2013 – Marilyn’s Nightclub
Bridge Street, Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 4RY

• View Toyah’s Official Gigs page. (Slider photo © Ray Sears)

Remember 1983 with Dreamscape!

August 19th, 2013

All year we’ve been sporadically looking back to Toyah’s 1983: Trafford Tanzi, The Ebony Tower, Love Is The Law, The Saturday Show, Smash Hits, Rebel Run, Crackerjack, The Russell Harty Show and much more. Take a look back by clicking below.


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County Press Online: Back Into The Groove

August 18th, 2013

cpo13aHair was back-combed and fluorescent leg-warmers pulled up to celebrate 25 years of an Island charity which supports adults with learning and physical disabilities.

Osel Enterprises, a charity most famous for its Way Forward Programme and Island-sourced bottled water Wight Crystal, celebrated its quarter century at the weekend with a Jack Up the 80s party, sponsored by Jack FM.

Around 2,000 people dug out the shoulder pads and shell suits and headed to the Garlic Festival site in Newchurch to enjoy the festivities with live music from 80s legends, including Bad Manners, Katrina and the Waves, Toyah and Heaven 17 among many others.

• Continue reading at County Press. (Photo © Malcolm Harrison)

Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

August 18th, 2013

aberdeenru13bRe:Union: Toyah played the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen last night. She tweeted: “Thank U Aberdeen Students Union 1981, great nite” – View a photo from the gig here…

Daily Echo: Top Talent on Board: Southampton-based P&O Cruises is launching its biggest ever line-up of star-studded voyages this autumn with famous faces from the stage and screen. Michael Ball, David Essex, The West End Men featuring Lee Mead, and Here And Now – with live performances from six 80s legends including Paul Young, Toyah and many more – Continue reading…

County Press Online: Charity Parties 80s Style: Around 2,000 people dug out the shoulder pads and shell suits and headed to the Garlic Festival site in Newchurch to enjoy the festivities with live music from 80s legends including Bad Manners, Katrina and the Waves, Toyah and Heaven 17 among many others – Continue reading…

Official Instagram: Great live photo of Toyah, from ‘Jack Up The 80s’, with the latest confirmed live dates info: gigs confirmed: Manchester Pride: 25 Aug / P&O Here & Now Cruise: 29 Oct – View here… (Thanks to Michael Cooney)

Jack Up The 80s: A few more photos of Toyah from last weekend’s concert in the Isle of Wight at the ‘Talk Photography’ forum – View here…

Lady Gaga – Applause: Gaga’s new single sounding “inspired” by Eighties Toyah, Hazel O’Connor and Nina Hagen – The beginning has a “Minx” vibe, with a smidge of ‘I Want To Be Free’, if you ask me ;) – Listen here…