Archive for March, 2014

Live 2014: CQ/GH…Live!: Jazz Cafe Camden

March 31st, 2014

A selection of colourful photos of Toyah from Saturday’s Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live! gig at the Jazz Cafe, Camden have just been added to Dreamscape Gallery. (Thanks to Mark | All photos © Mark Evans)


In The Fairground: Website Updated

March 31st, 2014

An update to In The Fairground: Andrew York’s Arternative Universe, with seven new photos. View Andrew’s most recent Toyah art by clicking below (full details on the Updates page)


Tyburn Mail: ‘Extras’ Needed For Birmingham Sci-Fi Film

March 30th, 2014

tybmail14aAround 100 ‘extras’ will be needed in Birmingham tonight for a scene in a science fiction film.

The film Kaleidoscope Man, directed by Simon Cox, will star Toyah Willcox.

Tonight’s scene (Sunday 30th March) will be filmed in Cornwall Street, off Margaret Street and Edmund Street, between 7.30pm and 10.30pm. The film crew are hoping to capture crowd action and special effects scenes.

• Continue reading at the Tyburn Mail.

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Live 2014: CQ/GH…Live!: Wimborne & Jazz Cafe Camden

March 30th, 2014

More photos, including this great shot below, of Toyah from the two most recent dates of the Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live! UK Tour have just been added to Dreamscape Gallery. These are from the Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne and, last night’s gig at, Jazz Cafe, Camden. (Thanks to Angus | All photos © Angus Turner)


Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live! – Good Morning Universe and It’s A Mystery, at Jazz Cafe, Camden on Saturday.

Live 2014: CQ/GH…Live!: Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne

March 30th, 2014

Toyah onstage on Friday night at the Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, on another date of the Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live! UK Tour. This was a special concert for Toyah, her husband Robert, sister-in-law Patricia Fripp, and family and friends from Wimborne attended the gig. Click below to view the full versions of these photos, and more, at Dreamscape Gallery. (Thanks to Chris| All photos © Chris Cox)


Western Morning News: Toyah Aims To Make A Big Impression

March 30th, 2014

wmnews14aA new interview with Toyah, published yesterday, by the Western Morning News.

Toyah aims to make a big impression at festival

Toyah Willcox thrives under the spotlight… and there have been all manner of such illuminations during her three-decade music-making and acting career. From Top of the Pops, films like Quadrophenia, via West End musicals, pantomime, countless TV and radio drama roles, reality shows like I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, to intimate West Coast USA club shows with side project The Humans, there are few performance opportunities the 55-year-old has not embraced.

She is the veritable queen of diversity and reinvention, with almost 20 albums, eight top 40 hits and a myriad acting parts behind her, as well as many honest revelations about her family, her marriage and her facelift.

Tomorrow she and her band will rock the stage at the Great British Alternative Music Festival in Minehead as part of a weekend feast of punk, new wave, mod and ska excellence from original late 1970s and early 80s artists. We’re talking names like the Damned, Buzzcocks, Bad Manners, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Cockney Rejects and The Blockheads.

Tapping into the contemporary thirst for nostalgia with quality credentials, it’s a Westcountry gathering that’s now in its third year. Not only does it attract stalwart original fans, there’s a whole new generation joining the party, fuelled by their parents’ record collections and the vast cultural library offered by Internet trawling.

• Continue reading at the Western Morning News. It’s also been published under the title: No mystery about Toyah’s multi-talented career.

Toyah on TV: It’s Slade

March 30th, 2014

itssladeIt’s Slade: BBC 4: Saturday 12th April: 0.00am
Documentary, narrated by Radio One’s Mark Radcliffe, about one of Britain’s greatest and best-loved bands. Apart from Noddy and his bandmates – Dave Hill, Jim Lea and Don Powell – the cast here also includes Noel Gallagher of Oasis (who covered Cum On Feel the Noize), Status Quo, Toyah Willcox, Suzi Quatro and Ozzy Osbourne. (Also airing on BBC4 HD)

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Live 2014: CQ/GH…Live!: Queens Hall, Nuneaton

March 30th, 2014

More photos from Toyah’s Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live! gig at Queens Hall, Nuneaton last month. Click below to view the full versions of these, and more, at Dreamscape Gallery. (Thanks to Richard | All photos © Richard Smith)


Toyah on TV: The Corn Is Green

March 30th, 2014

The Corn is Green: True Entertainment: Wednesday 9th April: 5.00pm
Academy Award winner Katharine Hepburn stars as a schoolteacher determined to help the people of a turn-of-the-century Welsh mining town. With Ian Saynor, Bill Fraser, Patricia Hayes, Anna Massey, Artro Morris, Dorothea Phillips, Toyah Willcox, Huw Richards, Bryn Fon, Dyfan Roberts and Robin John. Directed by: George Cukor (1979).

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Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

March 28th, 2014

cqtour14fLive 2014: It’s a busy weekend of gigs for Toyah. Tonight she plays the Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne and tomorrow night the Jazz Cafe, Camden. Both of these are Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live! dates. On Sunday Toyah plays The Great British Alternative Music Festival in Minehead. Further info on that here.

Plymouth Herald: Here’s Johnny!: Razorlight, The Feeling, Boomtown Rats, Toyah, Heaven 17, The Real Thing and Hayseed Dixie are set to make this year’s Volksfest the biggest and best yet – Continue reading…

Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live! – Neon Womb, at The Apex on Saturday – View at You Tube.

11 Polaroids: Derek Jarman: 21 photographs: It’s 20 years since Derek Jarman‘s (1942-1994) death, but his films continue to inspire audiences with his romantic and subversive imagery – Continue reading…

Rock Choir: Rock Choir Live at the Birmingham Symphony Hall: Over 1,000 Rock Choir members from across The Midlands present two unique performances of uplifting, feel-good songs, featuring special guests Toyah Willcox and Caroline Redman Lusher – Continue reading…

Electric Sheep Magazine: Jubilee: To mark the BFI’s two-month season on the work of Derek Jarman, which runs until the end of March at BFI Southbank, Lee Christien takes an illustrated look at one of Jarman’s best and most original films, Jubilee – Continue reading…

Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live!: Jazz Cafe Camden

March 26th, 2014


The Official Toyah Willcox Website have a special offer for this Saturday’s Toyah gig at Jazz Cafe Camden. A concession ticket offer of just £10 per ticket! Anyone interesting please send an e-mail to and names will be added to list for payment on the door in cash.

The Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits concert takes place on Saturday 29th March at 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7PG

Email before 1pm on Friday 28th March. First come, first served until the concession offer allocation runs out.

• Info Source: Breaking Through: The Official Toyah Newsletter. View the complete Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live! tour schedule.

Live 2014: Upcoming Toyah Gigs, March – May

March 26th, 2014

live2014b2014 is a very busy year of concerts for Toyah, with three UK tours, gigs, festival appearances and PAs.


• Info Source: Breaking Through. View all of Toyah’s confirmed live dates for 2014 at The Official Gigs page.

In Suffolk: Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live! Review

March 25th, 2014

insuffolk14aA great review, of Toyah’s Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live! gig at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds, by In Suffolk.

Toyah – In Suffolk Review

I expected a build-up, a fanfare, some dry ice at least. Suddenly, I blinked, and there she was : coming straight at me at 100 miles an hour.

There are some people who are just not quite of this world. All you can do is stand back and watch. Toyah leaps. Toyah dances. Toyah sings note perfect. Toyah doesn’t seem to even break into a sweat. Toyah does not stop for an hour and a half. In the middle ages you’d get burned for less.

Toyah doesn’t mean to intimidate me. She is warm and funny. She asks the audience if they “want to hear some 80′s rock and roll”. We all cry out: “YES!” Toyah dedicates It’s A Mystery to pensioner at the back of the hall. She tells self- depreciating stories about playing holiday camps and how her song Spectacular, that was intended for the 2012 Paralympics, ended up being used in Patsy Kensit’s Weight Watchers commercial. She laughs with us. She makes us feel she doesn’t want to be anywhere but here. Toyah is truly in the moment.

• Continue reading at In Suffolk. Browse all of Dreamscape news on the Crimson Queen tour here. View photos from The Apex and other dates at Dreamscape Gallery.

Toyah on the Radio: Somer Valley 97.5 FM

March 25th, 2014

somervalley14aToyah was interviewed on myPod with Dom Chambers on ‘Somer Valley 97.5 FM’ yesterday. The interview is available at the station’s Listen Again page (at 37 minutes in).

The show was based around this weekend’s upcoming Great British Alternative Music Festival 2014. Toyah plays this on Sunday and she talks about what music she gbamf14awill be playing at the gig, her vinyl collection, Dexter Brown and his Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! painting, how younger generations perceive the original punk/new wave eras, the process of her songwriting in the present day for The Humans and solo, her television work including Shoestring, memories of the early music career and how punk changed things, and the line-up for this weekend’s festival.

There was also a play of ‘It’s A Mystery’ – The interview lasts for approximately 17 minutes. Listen to it here. There’s also a brief trailer for the station, recorded by Toyah, at Soundcloud. “Get ready to pogo!!

Bexhill-On-Sea Observer: Punk Princess Who Continues To Amaze

March 25th, 2014

bexob14aA new article, on Toyah’s forthcoming Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live! date in Hastings, by the Bexhill-On-Sea Observer.

Toyah Willcox and her band
St Mary in the Castle, Hastings
Saturday April 5 at 7.30pm

Toyah’s career has been diverse with hit records and prestigious acting roles to her credit, and she is also an author, TV celebrity, and vocalist with her husband Robert Fripp new band The Humans.

But it is her own band that she brings to St Mary in the Castle, and you can expect a dynamic performance from this charismatic survivor.

The show is a celebration of her thirty year songbook with well-loved songs that include such massive hits as It’s a Mystery and I Wanna Be Free and cult classic tracks from those early albums Sheep Farming In Barnet and The Blue Meaning through to the Platinum-selling Anthem and the critically acclaimed The Changeling.

• Continue reading at the Bexhill-On-Sea Observer.

Live 2014: CQ/GH…Live!: The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

March 24th, 2014

Photos from Saturday night’s Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live! gig at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds. Click below to view the full versions of these, and more, at Dreamscape Gallery. (Thanks again to Angus | All photos © Angus Turner)


Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live! – Ieya, at The Apex on Saturday – View at You Tube.

Live 2014: CQ/GH…Live!: The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

March 23rd, 2014

Toyah onstage last night at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds for the third Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live! tour date. The fantastic set list was: Thunder In The Mountains, Be Proud Be Loud (Be Heard), Broken Diamonds, Brave New World, Rebel Run, Good Morning Universe, Sensational, Latex Messiah (Viva La Rebel In You), Jungles of Jupiter, Neon Womb, Bird in Flight, It’s A Mystery, Lesser God, Come, Danced, I Want To Be Free. Encore: Dawn Chorus, Ieya. More photos will be added to Dreamscape’s Gallery later. (Thanks to Angus Turner for the photo & set list info)


Daventry Express: ’80s Star Joins Boat Festival

March 23rd, 2014

davexpress14aPop singer and ’80s icon Toyah Willcox will be the headline act at the Crick Boat Show.

The annual show will be held at Crick Marina from Saturday, May 24 to Monday, May 26 with more than 250 exhibitors at the event.

Toyah will be performing her acoustic, up close and personal set during the Saturday evening entertainment. Her gig will include renditions of her most well-known singles, such as It’s A Mystery, Thunder in the Mountains and I Want to Be Free and she will tell stories from her colourful 35-year career.

• Continue reading at the Daventry Express.

Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

March 22nd, 2014

cqtour14aLive 2014: Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live! plays The Apex, Bury St Edmunds tonight, the third date of the UK Tour. Full details on this and the rest of the tour at…

Crimson Queen/Greatest Hits…Live!: View all of Dreamscape’s news on the tour, so far, here…

Dreamscape Gallery: Browse photos from the first two dates of the Crimson Queen Tour, and more live 2014 shots, here…

SohoCreate: Toyah Willcox and Helen David (English Eccentrics) discuss the ‘creative spark’ in an event for the inaugural SohoCreate festival in early June – Further info here…

The Organ: Organ Thing Of The Day: Robert Fripp has unveiled a new incarnation of King Crimson: Speaking to Uncut, Fripp said: “King Crimson is returning to active service. We are on-call to be ready for a live performance on September 1, 2014. Seven members. Four English, three American. Three drummers. It’s a different configuration of King Crimson than before. Some are familiar names, maybe more than others.” – Continue reading…

BFI: Toyah Willcox on The Tempest

March 22nd, 2014

Toyah, at the BFI’s Derek Jarman Retrospective last month, discusses working with Jarman on The Tempest, in which she plays Miranda, and considers the director’s legacy. Click below to watch the video at the BFI website.


Toyah was also interviewed at the BFI about Jarman’s Jubilee. More info on that here.

Toyah on TV: Minder (All Mod Cons)

March 22nd, 2014

minder12cMinder: ITV4: Thursday 3rd April: 5.55pm
Minder: ITV4: Friday 4th April: 11.45am
All Mod Cons. Arthur decides to sell Terry’s flat without his permission. Meanwhile, Terry gets a job minding at a local club and ends up getting into more trouble than he had planned for when he realises the club’s manager is on the fiddle. Starring: George Cole, Dennis Waterman, Toyah Willcox, Simon Cadell, James Ottaway, and Tony Osaba. (Series 2, Episode 8, 1980). Also showing on ITV4 +1.

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