Archive for March, 2015

UK Music Reviews: Interview: Toyah Willcox

March 31st, 2015

ukmusicrev15aA great new interview with Toyah, published yesterday, by UK Music Reviews.

Toyah Willcox, singer, songwriter and lead vocalist with The Humans chats with Kevin Cooper about how The Humans got together, acting in Quadrophenia, her solo acoustic tour and the tour of the UK with The Humans.

Toyah Willcox, singer, songwriter from the 1980’s and actor, formed The Humans in 2007 after her husband, Robert Fripp was too busy to perform at the birthday party of the President of Estonia. Having written a forty minute set, and toured Estonia with it in 2007, The Humans have since released three albums.

We Are The Humans was released in 2009, with the follow-up Sugar Rush being released in 2009. The latest album, Strange Tales was released in March 2014. As they prepare for a six date tour of the UK to promote The Humans, Toyah is also busy with her own acoustic tour, she is heavily involved with The Flashback and Rewind Festivals, as well as working on a new Toyah Willcox album together with her successful acting career.

Taking time out from her busy life, she had a chat with Kevin Cooper, and this is what she had to say.

• Continue reading at UK Music Reviews.

Acoustic, Up Close: The Musician, Leicester: Photos

March 31st, 2015

Photos from Toyah’s Acoustic, Up Close & Personal gig at The Musician, Leicester, which took place last Thursday. View larger versions of these photos, and more, at the Live 2015 page at Dreamscape’s Gallery. (Thanks to Ray | Photos © Ray Sears)


Films: Toyah Shoots ‘Extremis’

March 31st, 2015

hudex15aToyah recently tweeted about filming a new horror film, Extremis. Here is a little further info on the film, and a recent press report on the production…

Extremis, a GSP Studios feature production currently shooting in South Yorkshire and starring David O’Hara (The Departed, Braveheart), Isabelle Allen (Lés Miserables), Lisa Gormley (Home and Away) and Toyah Willcox. (Thanks to Paul Stephenson)

Huddersfield Examiner: Film crews back in Huddersfield to shoot thriller Extremis

A film company has returned to Huddersfield to shoot another thriller. Julian and Lionel Hicks worked with North Light Studios in 2012 on their feature film Scintilla and are now back in town for a second time.

They have teamed up with York-based GSP Studios to produce award winning director, Steve Stone’s second feature Extremis, which is shooting partly on location in Huddersfield.

The new psychological thriller, Extremis, centres on a business executive who returns home to his family for the weekend. Within hours of his return a cataclysmic ‘event’ takes place and the world they inhabit becomes deserted and toxic.

• Continue reading at The Huddersfield Examiner.

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Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

March 31st, 2015

blackpool2015aLive 2015: Toyah is playing in Blackpool a couple of times over the next few months: A PA on 3rd May, and a full band concert at the North Pier on 12th July. More details on that and a larger version of the promo image at…

Here and Now – Party At The Gardens: Win a meet and greet with the stars of Party At The Gardens – Thanks to Here and Now and Tony Denton Promotions, you could be in with the chance of meeting the stars of Party at the Gardens, sponsored by Somersby! – More details here…

Lowdham Book Festival 2015: Toyah plays this festival on 19th June. Join the festival mailing list to get the 2015 programme at the beginning of May for the festival – More info here…

Toyah in Norwich: A great evening of live music with 80’s legend, Toyah Willcox at Epic Studios in Norwich – Great collection of live shots by Neil Fellowes at flickr…

Birmingham Post: Gallery: BBC shows from yesteryear produced in Birmingham: Toyah Willcox and Chris Phipps, presenters of Look! Hear! in the early 1980s – A retro photo of Toyah is included in this new article…

Rock Regeneration: Toyah & The Humans

March 30th, 2015

humans15lA comprehensive article on Toyah & The Humans, and the forthcoming Telling Strange Tales UK Tour, at Rock Regeneration.

News: Toyah & The Humans Hit The Road On UK Tour New album, “Strange Tales” available on CD on tour

The Humans is of the transatlantic contemporary three-piece rock band comprising Toyah Willcox, Bill Rieflin and Chris Wong. Toyah & The Humans embark on a UK tour of six intimate concert dates this April taking in Uckfield, Gloucester, London, Southampton, Swansea & Chatham.

The Humans’ third album “Strange Tales”, recorded in Pearl Jam’s studio, is available digitally now and will be available exclusively on CD at the six UK tour dates.

The band is the brainchild of renowned singer, actress and household name Toyah Willcox and brings together three lifetimes of musical experience, experimentation and craftsmanship.

• Continue reading at Rock Regeneration.

Live 2015: Epic Studios, Norwich: Photos

March 30th, 2015

Photos of Toyah onstage at Epic Studios, Norwich on Saturday night. View larger versions of these, and more, at the new Toyah Live 2015 page at Dreamscape’s Gallery. Toyah tweeted about the gig: “2nite i play gig in @EPICNorwich studio where i filmed Tales Of The Unexpected in 34yrs ago” (Thanks to John | Photos © John Weston)


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Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

March 28th, 2015

brfm15aBRFM: Bill Rieflin Interview: Monday at 10am we chat to Bill Rieflin in advance of Toyah and The Humans show in Swansea, The Garage Blues Club April 17th – Visit their website…

‘Dear Mr. Le Bon’ – A Pensioner Writes: Letters to pop stars regarding their work from a retired member of the public with genuine replies from the artists themselves – There’s a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to publish a book related to “The Letters of Wilf Turnbull and Derek Philpott” – View the campaign…

The Letters of Wilf Turnbull and Derek Philpott: Dear Toyah, Re: I Want To Be Free – Read their letter to Toyah…

This Is Not Retro: Toyah To Tour With The Humans in April: Toyah has announced a short UK tour with her project The Humans starting at Uckfield’s Trading Boundaries on April 11th – Continue reading…

DGM Live: Robert Fripp has updated his online diary today and reveals the titles of three new tracks currently under construction at this week’s King Crimson rehearsals – Continue reading…

Western Gazette: Your Stage Round Up: Toyah Willcox, Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, 7.30pm: Toyah will be performing a full set with her band, featuring songs from In The Court Of The Crimson Queen along with classic hits and fan favourites. There is a special local link as Toyah has been married to local musician, founding member of King Crimson and highly acclaimed guitarist and musician Robert Fripp, for the past 28 years – Continue reading… (this gig took place last night)

Toyah on TV: Secret Diary Of A Call Girl

March 28th, 2015

Secret Diary Of A Call Girl: Sony TV: Wednesday 1st April: 10pm
Secret Diary Of A Call Girl: Sony TV: Thursday 2nd April: 1.05am
Secret Diary Of A Call Girl: Sony TV: Saturday 4th April: 3.25am
Series One. Episode Two. Belle finds herself in a difficult situation when she meets an attractive author at a sex party. He is not the man she came with – should she ditch the client who brought her, or remain professional? Starring: Billie Piper, Toyah Willcox, Aleksandar Mikic, Jamie Sives, Aislinn Sands and Scarlette O’Harlette.


The Humans: Strange Tales… on CD!

March 25th, 2015

Get your hands on Strange Tales on CD at the Telling Strange Tales UK tour.


Breaking Through: The Humans

March 25th, 2015

humans15jThe latest issue of Breaking Through, Toyah’s Official newsletter, was emailed to subscribers earlier this week, and it was dedicated to news and info on The Humans.

Telling Strange Tales tour info, dates and ticket links, as well as details on the Strange Tales CD.

Subscribe: Sign up to ‘Breaking Through’, to receive regular newsletter updates, here.

Toyah Records Tracks Of My Years, BBC R2

March 24th, 2015

bbcr215aToyah confirmed via Twitter that she was recording “Tracks Of My Years” yesterday for future broadcast on The Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2.

Ken Bruce presents Tracks Of My Years: Each week a different artist joins Ken Bruce to pick 10 of the songs that have meant the most to them (two songs per day, Monday to Friday).

• Browse previous participants at the BBC Radio 2 website.

Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

March 24th, 2015

tftr15aThe Fine Times Recorder: Toyah returns to the Tivoli: Toyah Willcox is back at the Tivoli in her husband Robert Fripp’s home town of Wimborne, on Friday 27th March – Continue reading…

Big Foot Events: Popwork 80s: Look at this gorgeous couple… it’s none other than Joe from Popwork with 80’s Legend Toyah Willcox! Toyah was super impressed with Popwork 80’s performance and said they have a brilliant career ahead of them! We know that already of course…! – Continue readingView the photo directly…

The Library Time Machine: Royal Court Posters: Sugar and Spice by Nigel Williams (1980) featuring the young Toyah Willcox and just over her shoulder a just as young Caroline Quentin – Continue reading…

Fandor: Watch A Time Less Golden: This is a limited-time screening of The Criterion Picks. Actors Jenny Runacre and Toyah Willcox along with film historian Tony Rayns, production designer Christopher Hobbs and filmmakers John Maybury and Lee Drysdale discuss Derek Jarman’s JUBILEE (with rare Super-8 clips and memorabilia from the film). Edited by Susan Arosteguy and Chris Ramey – Watch here…

Spalding Guardian: Start Planning for Summer Nights: With the clocks going forward this weekend, those long summer nights can’t be too far away! on Sunday, June 7, the 80s Greatest Hits Show brings some of the decade’s biggest acts to Burghley. The impressive line-up includes: Bananarama, Midge Ure, Toyah, Odyssey and Curiosity Killed the Cat, who will all be playing their defining hits from the era – Continue reading…

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Live 2015: Queen’s Hall, Nuneaton: Photos

March 24th, 2015

Sensational photos of Toyah onstage at Queen’s Hall, Nuneaton on Saturday night. View larger versions of these, and more, at the new Toyah Live 2015 page at Dreamscape’s Gallery. Toyah tweeted on Sunday about the gig: “Last night’s show was awesome. Incredible feedback. Thank u. Cant wait 2 hit the stage again. Film to fit in first!” (Thanks to Mark | Photos © Mark Evans)


• Watch/Listen to three songs from the gig at You Tube: Toyah Willcox and her band performing @ The Queen’s Hall Nuneaton, 21st March 2015. Songs performed are All In A Rage | Obsolete | Little Tears Of Love. Filmed in HD by Mark Evans.

Trey Gunn: Trading Boundaries/The Humans

March 21st, 2015

humans15iTrey Gunn recently played at Trading Boundaries, Uckfield. The venue The Humans open their tour at next month (11th April – three weeks today). He also recently posted about the venue at his website, and also mentioned The Humans, Toyah and Robert…

March 1, 2015 Uckfield, UK – Trading Boundaries

Great venue. Very similar to some of the Swiss shows and the the French show. More like a theater scene where there is a built in, season-ticket-holding audience who comes particularly to this venue to see what they are putting on. At least that what it felt like to me. Could be that this was a really a room full of Eigenharp fanatics who were suffering Gabriel tunes in order to feed their Eigen-Fevers.

The folks running this are super fans. I saw a poster for Toyah and The Humans for upcoming gig (with fresh Crimsonoid, William Rieflin). When I met Tracy, one of the owners, she said that Robert and Toyah had come in for tea before.

• Continue reading at The Official Trey Gunn website.

Toyah Talks The Humans/Telling Strange Tales

March 21st, 2015

Toyah talks Bill Rieflin, Chris Wong… The Humans… and the upcoming UK Tour.

Radio Interviews: Transcripts @ TW Interview Archive

March 21st, 2015

More of the recent radio interviews with Toyah have been converted to text articles over at The Toyah Willcox Interview Archive. Click below visit the website.

Uckfield FM: Toyah & The Humans

March 19th, 2015

uckfieldfm15aToyah was interviewed earlier today on Uckfield FM, discussing the forthcoming Toyah & The Humans UK Tour and much more.

Toyah Willcox needs little introduction having been a household name since the early 80s with platinum selling-albums, a string of top 40 UK hit singles and scores of prestigious screen and stage roles alongside Katharine Hepburn and Laurence Olivier.

The Humans is, of course, the transatlantic contemporary three-piece rock band comprising Toyah Willcox, Bill Rieflin and Chris Wong. Toyah & The Humans embark on a UK tour of six intimate concert dates this April starting in Uckfield on 11th April, 2015 at Trading Boundaries.

• Continue reading/listen to the interview at Uckfield FM.

The Breeze: Win Tickets To Toyah

March 19th, 2015

breeze15aWin tickets to Toyah at The Talking Heads, Southampton

The 80s legend Toyah Willcox is bringing her latest band The Humans to Southampton for one night only and you could be there, thanks to The Breeze.

Toyah and the Humans will be on at The Talking Heads, Southampton on Thursday the 16th April (starts 7.30pm). And we have 5 pairs of tickets to give away!

To be in with a chance of winning, just enter your details below to enter the draw for the tickets- it’s that simple. The competition closes on 10th April at midnight.

• Continue reading/enter the competition at The Breeze. You can also enter at Jack FM.

Toyah & The Humans: Newsy Bits & Pieces!

March 19th, 2015

humans15cToyah & The Humans on Tour: Less than a month until Toyah & The Humans kick off their UK Tour Telling Strange Tales. Taking in Uckfield, Swansea, Gloucester, Southampton, London and Chatham. It’s your first chance to hear material from the album Strange Tales live in concert and to get the album on an official newly pressed hard copy CD at the gigs. (Source: Official Toyah Facebook)

The Humans Tickets: Details and ticket links for all six concerts available here…

Toyah Talks Telling Strange Tales: A couple of videos, with Toyah talking about the forthcoming tour, have been uploaded to Toyah’s You Tube channel – Visit the channel here…

Social Media: There’s a new way to browse all the official news on Toyah, and Toyah & The Humans – The Official Website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram – via the new “social media” page – Visit at…

Here and Now Carlisle: Tickets On Sale

March 14th, 2015

hancarlisle15bTickets for the Here and Now concert at Carlisle Racecourse are now on sale.

Ultimate Ladies Night returns to Carlisle Racecourse for 2015, presenting Here And Now – bringing you the best of the 80s with Belinda Carlisle, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Toyah, Altered Images and Sonia.

Evening entertainment will be provided by Here And Now – the most successful high profile 80’s live show, having launched in 2001 and become a runaway success ever since. Here and Now shows have entertained audiences with live shows in UK arenas and international tours of Australia, The Far East, Japan and across Europe.

Carlisle Racecourse has world-class customer facilities, featuring an array of restaurants that cater for all tastes, be it fine dining through to delicious bistro food. Tickets will be on general sale at 9am 13th March via and 0844 5793002. Tickets are priced starting at £25.

• Purchase tickets at Carlise Tickets. View a larger version of the promo image.

The Velvet Onion: Joey Page & Toyah On 6Music’s Roundtable

March 14th, 2015

velvetonion15bWe love to see an unexpected mash-up of TVO-connected folk – and yesterday saw one such combo: comedian Joey Page and iconic actress/singer, Toyah Willcox!

We’ve been showcasing Joey’s comedic output on these pages for some time, but if you’re wondering what links Toyah to TVO, for those of you not currently in the know she features in Steve Oram‘s new film, Aaaaaaaah! alongside a bevy of ‘our lot’ (Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding, Shelley Longworth, Alice Lowe, Tom Meeten, Sean Reynard, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Waen Shepherd, Tony Way and Steve himself ).

Joey and Toyah joined 6 Music presenter, Steve Lamacq and fellow guest, Gideon Coe, for this week’s Roundtable, where they reviewed new releases by Mumford and Sons, Mini Mansions featuring Alex Turner, Sharon Van Etten, Streets of Leredo, Johnny Marr, Pins and Gang Of Four.

• Continue reading at The Velvet Onion. Listen to last Thursday’s Steve Lamacq’s Roundtable at BBC iPlayer.