Archive for April, 2015

Bucks Herald: Toyah Tops Bill At Music In The Park

April 28th, 2015

bucksherald15a• Toyah Willcox is topping the bill for this year’s Music in the Park

• The 56-year-old is headlining the annual event in Vale Park

• Toyah is best known for her 80s solo hits including It’s a Mystery

Popstar, author and presenter Toyah Willcox has been announced as the headline act for this year’s Music in the Park. The 56-year-old is top of the bill for the free outdoor music event in Vale Park, Aylesbury on Saturday August 29.

I am thrilled to be playing Live in the ParkToyah Willcox

Toyah will be on stage at 8.30pm and she said she is very excited to be performing in the town.

Toyah said: “I am thrilled to be playing ‘Live in the Park’ in Aylesbury! “It will be a wonderful, fun day with great music.”

• Continue reading at the Bucks Herald.

Mix 96: 80s Star To Headline Aylesbury Music Event

April 28th, 2015

mix9680’s pop star Toyah will be headlining Aylesbury Town Council’s ‘Live in the Park’ music festival in August in Vale Park.

The event on Saturday 29th is an entire day of music for free, Toyah Willcox will be on stage at 8:30pm and is very excited to be performing at this free outdoor event.

“I am thrilled to be playing ‘Live in the Park’ in Aylesbury! It will be a wonderful, fun day with great music. It’s only 34 years since I received the FA Cup (Friars Aylesbury Cup) for selling out Friars faster than any other artist in the history of Friars….. so it’s about time I came back”.

Toyah will be performing on stage following eight and a half hours of continuous live music, featuring many local bands and musicians, including Platform Soul, the ultimate soul, disco and dance band.

Rob Casey, Platform Soul lead guitarist says, “We are very excited that Toyah will be headlining ‘Live in the Park’. It’s an honour to share the large outdoor stage with such a popular national star as well as a wide range of talented local artists.

• Continue reading at Mix 96. Browse Toyah’s complete 2015 gig guide, with new dates being added all the time, at

Brrrrave New World

April 28th, 2015

The continuing adventures of the Brave New World doll. (Thanks to Andy | Photos © A Westhorpe)


Rip It Up: Team Mighty Boosh Are Back With Aaaaaaaah!

April 28th, 2015

aaaaaaaah15oPray to the Mighty Boosh above! Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding are back. The comedy duo will be taking to the screen in a new feature film, Aaaaaaaah!, written and directed by Steve Oram. The first trailer for the film has been released, and it’s a strobing dash through the mad tumble of the film.

What is Aaaaaaaah!?

There’s no hint yet what the plot might be, but it’s listed as a “thriller” on IMDB.

There also seems to be a Spaced feeling in the setting and tone. This may be due in part to the Blood & Ice Cream pedigree in the cast and crew. The director, Steve Oram, appeared in the most recent Simon Pegg/Nick Frost/Edgar Wright collaboration, The World’s End. Alice Lowe, playing an unnamed role in Aaaaaaaah!, appeared in The World’s End and Hot Fuzz.

The cast is a ripper, with Barratt and Fielding joined by Julian Rhind-Tutt (The Hour, Green Wing), Tony Way (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and more. Tom Meeten, of Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy, will be in the film, though fellow luxe comic Mike Fielding won’t.

Pop-culture cred is right up there, with Toyah Willcox having once been a punk-rock superstar / the narrator of children’s show Brum.

• Continue reading at Rip It Up.

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Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

April 28th, 2015

changeling15aAngel and Me: Tears Of An Angel: A couple of lines of lyrics from Toyah’s iconic Angel and Me, from the 1982 album The Changeling, have been used in this Harry Potter fan story at – See here…

The Letters of Derek Philpott (and Wilf Turnbull): The Crowd Fund Kickstarter Campaign For The Book has succeeded!! The deadline to secure a copy is Sunday May 3rd at 3.40pm. I am only printing sufficient copies to provide for everyone that has pledged because I am one ordinary fellow who will be sending these out from where they are being delivered to .. my front room! The book will not be in the shops or available anywhere else – Continue reading…

Get it On… With Bryan Burnett: It’s A Mystery, from The Safari Records Singles Collection Part 1: 1979 – 1981, was included in Bryan’s BBC Radio Scotland show playlist yesterday evening. I only mention it because I was listening at the time, and coincidentally I’ve also been playing both the Safari Collection CDs this week! #stillgetexcitedwhentoyahgetsplayedontheradio – Visit Bryan’s page…

Kiss & Make Up – Carl Stanley: Yesterday I posted about Carl’s forthcoming book. Today I received an email from him saying thank you. A rare occurrence. Thanks Carl, wishing you every success with your book.

FlexiPop! The Book: There’s still time to pledge and help get this fantastic book published – Further info here…

Dreamscape: A Brief History Of The Site

April 27th, 2015

Now and then (!!), someone asks about the history of this website – So here, with no expense spared and in association with Blowing Yer Own Trumpet Productions, it is…


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Books: Kiss & Make Up – Carl Stanley

April 27th, 2015

kamu15aCarl Stanley’s debut novel, Kiss & Make Up, has been rightly praised and is eagerly anticipated.

By many, including 80s icons Toyah and Marc Almond.

It will be published by Ignite Books next month, and can be pre-ordered via Paypal now to be posted out as soon as it’s available.

Carl’s eloquent, witty, and wicked writing is a wonderful statement to the glory of the ’80s.”, Toyah Willcox.

Carl sets his own soundtrack to this vivid and colourful book about a sexually confused teenager growing up in the `80s. I’m thrilled to have been a part of that soundtrack and an inspiration for this wonderful book…”, Marc Almond.

Hilarious and heartening, you may need to retouch your mascara after reading”, Damian Barr.

• Further details on Kiss & Make Up at Ignite Books. Or visit the Facebook page.

Toyah Live 2015: Soundstock Festival

April 27th, 2015

Soundstock Festival 2015 takes place this coming weekend in Chelmsford, Essex and Toyah is playing an Acoustic, Up Close & Personal gig at it, on Saturday 2nd May. Keep an eye on Soundstock’s Twitter for regular news and updates in the lead up to the festival opening. View our recent news on Soundstock 2015 here.


Don’t Fall in Love (I Said) @ 30

April 26th, 2015

Incredible but true. Don’t Fall in Love (I Said), Toyah’s first bona fide solo single, entered the UK singles chart exactly 30 years ago tomorrow! Written by Toyah and Simon Darlow, and backed by, if truth be told, the far superior, Snow Covers The Kiss, it was taken from the album Minx, which would go on to be released in late July of 1985. Don’t Fall in Love (I Said) – A great pop single that brings back memories of happy times.

• Visit the DFIL page at Toyah’s official website, view an iconic appearance by Toyah on Formel Eins, listen to/watch Toyah performing the song live in 2014 at You Tube, view the single’s chart info at The Official Charts Company, browse some of Dreamscape’s previous posts relating to the song, and view photos from that era at our Gallery.


Ironbridge: An Audience With Toyah

April 24th, 2015

acoustic15mHousehold name, pop icon, TV presenter, and stage and screen actress Toyah is coming to Ironbridge for a special ‘Audience with’ evening.

This fantastic evening will see Toyah entertain the audience with a mixture of songs, conversation and video footage from her varied career.

An Audience with Toyah will take place in the Engine Shop, Enginuity from 7pm with an interval. Refreshments and a bar will be availiable.

Admission to Enginuity is included in the ticket price from 5pm. Tickets are £20 per person and are availaible in advance only – click here to buy now or from any of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Shops.

• Continue reading at Ironbridge.

Make Art Not War: Meet The Artists: Alyn Waterman

April 24th, 2015

manw15aA new interview with make-up artist Alyn Waterman at Make Art Not War, in their regular “Meet The Artists” series, in which he mentions Toyah and her former make-up artist Richard Sharah.

MANW: All artists have ‘the wish list’; a face they would love to work on or a show or film they would have loved to have worked on. I’ve been obsessed with The Rocky Horror Show makeup since I was 3 and my current obsession is Nashville and getting hold of Connie Britton’s hair. Who or what are yours?

AW: Toyah Willcox, and Richard Sharah’s makeup designs on her, were a huge inspiration at the start of my career, I would still love to do her makeup. I love Kevyn Aucoin’s work, to work on the Supermodels would have been amazing. Audrey Hepburn’s hair in My Fair Lady was beautiful and inspiring and I also love all the Bond Girl styles, especially from the 1960s.

• Continue reading at Make Art Not War.

Bernard (The Polar Bear)

April 24th, 2015

bernard15aHardly earth-shattering “breaking news”, but I’ve never heard of Bernard! Maybe you have.

Bernard, known as Backkom in South Korea, is an Spanish-South Korean-French 3-minute CGI-animated children’s comedy television series.

Starring: Tim Whintall, Toyah Willcox.

The show centers on a curious polar bear named Bernard, whose bumbling slapstick antics typically result in the bear being knocked unconscious or being severely injured by the end of an episode. Bernard doesn’t speak, but he does communicate through guttural sounds. Bernard is accompanied by penguins Lloyd and Eva, Zack the lizard, Goliath the chihuahua, Sam the baby, Pilot the dog, Pokey the porcupine and Santa Claus.

The programme ran for five series/seasons/60 episodes between 2007 and 2012.

• Continue reading at Wikipedia.

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Telling Strange Tales @ The 100 Club: Further Photos

April 23rd, 2015

A final selection of photos from Toyah & The Humans’ Telling Strange Tales tour. These are from The 100 Club, London last Saturday. Click below to view larger versions of these, and many more, at Dreamscape’s Gallery – scroll down to the fourth set of photos. (Thanks to Mark | Photos © Mark Evans)


Forces Of Geek: Punk Rock Grrrlz

April 23rd, 2015

fog15aPUNK ROCK GRRRLZ: 5 Great Films That’ll Put The “Riot” In Your Grrrl

3. Jubilee (1978)

Okay, you might want to brace yourselves for this one.

Queen Elizabeth I time travels to 1970s England where nihilism and anarchy rule and witnesses the collapse of civilization. She also joins a punk band.

Weird? Absolutely. But where else will you see a bunch of iconic punk people like Jordan, Toyah Willcox, Nell Campbell, Adam Ant, Demoriane, Wayne County, The Slits and Siouxsie and the Banshees?


• Continue reading at Forces of Geek.

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Telling Strange Tales @ The Britannia: More Photos

April 22nd, 2015

More photos from Sunday’s final Telling Strange Tales gig at The Britannia. Toyah & The Humans – They came, they saw, they conquered! Click below to view larger versions of these, and many more, at Dreamscape’s Gallery. (Thanks to Brian | Photos © Brian Marsh)


Leicester Mercury: Toyah To Headline Glastonbudget 2015

April 22nd, 2015

leicsmerc15aEighties star Toyah Willcox to headline at Glastonbudget 2015

Eighties singer Toyah Willcox has been announced as the special guest at a Leicestershire music festival to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Tribute festival Glastonbudget started in 2005 and is held annually in Wymeswold, Leicestershire.

Toyah Willcox will perform a variety of her biggest hits at the festival including It’s a Mystery, Thunder in the Mountains and I Want to be Free, along with songs from her most recent album, Has God Ceased to Dream You. (Dreamscape: Has God… is a Digital EP, Toyah’s most recent album was In The Court Of The Crimson Queen)

• Continue reading at the Leicester Mercury.

Telling Strange Tales @ The Britannia, Chatham: Photos

April 22nd, 2015

Photos from Sunday’s Toyah & The Humans gig at The Britannia in Chatham, Kent. Click below to view larger versions of these, and more, at Dreamscape’s Gallery. ( Thanks to Ian [1-5] and Asher [6] | Photos © Ian Davis [1-5] & Asher Meekins [6] )


Toyah Live 2015: Glastonbudget 2015

April 22nd, 2015

glaston15aGlastonbudget 2015 original star act is no longer a mystery as Punk Princess to Cult Film Star to High Priestess of TV Toyah Willcox is confirmed for Saturday 23 May. Toyah perform on Ladies Day, Glastonbudget’s special Saturday theme that also includes, Atomic Blondie, Lisa Gaga & Totally Tina.

This year the festival opens its doors on Thursday 21 May. The extra night will play host to a new stage within the beer tent with acoustic sets by fantastic acts. In addition there will be the first ever Glastonbudget Silent Disco. Hosted within the Big Top the event will feature live DJ’s playing across 2 channels. Headphones will be available (small deposit required).

• Continue reading at Glastonbudget 2015.

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Telling Strange Tales @ The 100 Club: More Photos

April 21st, 2015

More of Damon’s photos from Saturday’s Toyah & The Humans gig at The 100 Club, London. Click below to view larger versions of these, and many more, at Dreamscape’s Gallery. (Thanks again to Damon | Photos © Damon King)


Telling Strange Tales @ The 100 Club: Set List

April 21st, 2015

The set list for Saturday’s gig. Thanks to Damon. Thanks also to Merx and Ian Davis who sent details about the Gloucester and Chatham set lists.  Click below to view a larger version of these, and more, at Dreamscape’s Gallery. (Photos © Damon King)


Severn FM/Lorraine: Transcripts @ TW Interview Archive

April 21st, 2015

sevlorr15aFull transcripts of two recent Toyah interviews are now available to read at The Toyah Willcox Interview Archive.

Severn FM’s The Encyclopaedia of Rock radio appearance, with Toyah and Bill Rieflin talking about The Humans and the Telling Strange Tales tour, and Toyah guesting on ITV’s Lorraine, again discussing The Humans, and much more.

Click below to visit the website.