Archive for July, 2016

Oxted Today: Toyah at Bluehouse Festival 2016

July 31st, 2016

oxtedtoday16bToyah Willcox is special guest of Oxted’s Bluehouse Festival

Once known as the High Priestess of Punk, actor and singer Toyah Willcox will be in Oxted later in the year. Birmingham born Toyah will be at the Bluehouse Festival in the town’s URC Church on October 21 to talk about the music industry.

The Bluehouse Festival will run from October 16-30 and the organisers are putting together a mix of entertaining events and thought-provoking authors and speakers throughout the event.

The Box Office will be open between 10 am and noon at the United Reformed Church, Bluehouse Lane on Tuesday mornings – tickets are also available by post and online at:

• Continue reading at Oxted Today.

Toyah on TV: Trailblazers (New Romantics)

July 31st, 2016

Trailblazers: Sky Arts: Friday 12th August: 9pm
New Romantics. Toyah Willcox and Billy Bragg are among those examining the New Romantic movement, from The Human League and Adam Ant, to David Bowie and Ultravox. (New Episode, Series 1, Episode 16)


Gazette Live: From Toyah to Tony Hadley

July 29th, 2016

gazettelive16aFrom Toyah to Tony Hadley: four retro gigs an hour from Teesside

Fancy a blast from the past? From the best of the 80s to the days of punk here’s four star name gigs you can find within an hour’s drive of Teesside:

1. Former punk princess Toyah is heading for the Boro: The singer and actress brings her Proud, Loud and Electric tour to The Longlands Club, Middlesbrough on Sunday, July 31.

In a career spanning over 35 years, Toyah has amassed 13 top 40 singles, recorded 24 albums and toured live across the world. The gig, with her full live electric band, includes hit singles Good Morning Universe, Thunder in the Mountains and Its A Mystery alongside classics Neon Womb, Danced and Ieya.

• Continue reading at Gazette Live.

Daily Echo: Star-Studded Line-Up for Wickham Festival

July 29th, 2016

wickham16cTony Hadley will kick off an all-star Wickham Festival on Thursday.

The Spandau Ballet frontman tops the bill on the opening night, then the following night the Stranglers and Bruce Foxton’s From the Jam will be the main attractions at the event, which was voted best Festival (Under 15,000 capacity) at last year’s Live UK Music Business awards.

Headlining on Saturday will be the SAS Band with a line-up which will include Queen drummer Roger Taylor, former Marillion lead singer Fish, Madeline Bell and solo artist/actress Toyah Willcox before Lindisfarne close the four-day event on Sunday August 7.

• Continue reading at the Southern Daily Echo.

Petersfield Post: Wickham Festival 2016

July 29th, 2016

wickham16dThe Stranglers, Tony Hadley, Toyah and more at Wickham Festival

Music lovers are in for a treat with a cracking line-up of top acts covering all genres at the annual four-day Wickham Festival. The award-winning family friendly event taking place from Thursday, August 4, to Sunday, August 7, sees perennial punksters The Stranglers, velvet-voiced Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley, and folk favourites Lindisfarne take to the main stage.

The legendary Roger Taylor of Queen is also performing at the festival site at Wickham, near Fareham, and there are other musical icons in Spike’s All Star Band –?Fish of hard rockers Marillion, and 1980s punk princess Toyah included.

• Continue reading at the Petersfield Post.

Live 2016: Proud, Loud & Electric

July 28th, 2016

This weekend is Proud, Loud & Electric for Toyah, with two full band gigs being played. At The Spa Bridlington on Saturday, and Longlands Club, Middlesborough on Sunday. Click below to browse Toyah’s Official Gig page for further info and ticket links.


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Hound: Toyah & Gary Shail On Set

July 26th, 2016

Toyah (Alice Meynell) and Gary Shail (Wilfred Meynell) on the set of Hound. Stay updated on the film’s progress. Browse all of Dreamscape’s Hound news. (Photo © Wet Paint Theatre Films)


Fife Today: Music Review: Rewind Scotland

July 25th, 2016

fifetoday16aIf you are a huge fan of 1980’s music then I would highly recommend the Rewind Scotland Festival. I, along with thousands of other Eighties music fans, headed along to Scone Palace in Perth at the weekend with my camping chair under my arm and wellies on.

This was my first time at the annual event and I have to say I was not disappointed. The rain stayed off on the Saturday but unfortunately we were not so lucky with the weather on the Sunday. It poured from the beginning until the end with only a short dry spell in the early evening. Although it didn’t seem to dampen spirits with revellers enjoying all the acts.

Sets by China Crisis, Toyah, ABC, Big Country and the British Electric Foundation were all real crowd-pleasers…

• Read the full review, by Debbie Clarke, at Fife Today.

Frost Magazine: Crime and Punishment: A Rock Musical

July 25th, 2016

bwayworld16aCrime and Punishment: A Rock Musical – Dostoyevsky and the music of Toyah Willcox and Simon Darlow at The Scoop

London’s Free Open-Air Theatre Season is back as part of the London Bridge City Summer Festival, offering 40,000 free tickets for great theatre within the heart of London. Running since 2003, this is still London’s only ‘free to all’ annual festival of theatre. There’s no need to book so just turn up and take a seat.

This year, Gods and Monsters Theatre are shaking things up with a new rock musical of Crime and Punishment, with songs by the legendary Toyah Willcox. This newly revamped production of this 19th century masterpiece marks the increasingly important role Russia plays in London’s economy and the way our work, social and cultural life is enriched by a strong Eastern European presence in our capital.

Toyah was the Punk Princess of the 1980s with a song-writing career that has spanned thirty years and includes eight Top 40 singles and over 20 albums keeping her at the cutting edge of counter-culture.

• Continue reading at Frost Magazine.

Hampshire-Life: The Best Hampshire Festivals in 2016

July 24th, 2016

hampshirelife16aWickham Festival – This relaxed, family-friendly, festival returns with a Live UK Music Business award under its belt for ‘Best Festival (Under 15,000) 2015’. The historic village of Wickham will welcome Spandau Ballet frontman, Tony Hadley, The Stranglers, Lindisfarne and SAS Band (aka Spike’s All Stars) which features Fish, Toyah and Roger Taylor of Queen.

• When? Thursday 4 August – Sunday 7 August

• How much? Adults, £160, Under 16s, £80 for the whole weekend. Or £60 for the day, £30 for under 16s. Evening only tickets are priced at £40 for adults and £20 for under 16s. Under 10s go free.

• Continue reading at Hampshire-Life. Visit the Wickham Festival 2016 website by clicking below. Toyah is guest vocalist at the festival with The SAS Band on Saturday 6th August.


Sunday Post: Rewind Festival Brings Back The Good Times in Style

July 24th, 2016

sundaypost16aMusic lovers donned their leg-warmers and fancy dress outfits yesterday to roll back the years at the Rewind Festival.

The costumes were out in force at the ’80s-themed event – held at Scone Palace in Perthshire – from Dennis The Menace to The Flintsones. As stars like Marc Almond, Leo Sayer, Go West and Average White Band took to the stage, a sea of neon shook their deely boppers.

The festival continues today with Adam Ant, ABC, Big Country, Midge Ure, Toyah and more.

• Continue reading at The Sunday Post.

Official Toyah: Crime and Punishment – Rock Musical Announced

July 24th, 2016

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The Courier: Thousands Make Early Start to Rewind

July 23rd, 2016

courier16bMusic fans heading to Scone Palace for this year’s Rewind ’80s festival began arriving in the early hours the day before a note was played. “People were queuing at 4.30am, they are more enthusiastic than ever,” said Meg Jenkins of Rewind on Friday.

Although the festival proper doesn’t start until Saturday thousands of the 30,000 revellers decided to arrive the night before with traffic stretching back miles from the Scone site in all directions throughout the day. Rewind Scotland line up, running order will be announced on the day.


Saturday – Rick Astley, Holly Johnson, Tony Hadley, Marc Almond, Leo Sayer, Go West, Living in a Box, Average White Band, The Beat, The Bluebells, Hazell Dean, Snap.

Sunday – ABC, Adam Ant, Big Country, Midge Ure, Slim Jim Phantom from Stray Cats, Roland Gift, China Crisis, Toyah, Annabella of Bow Wow Wow, Thomas Dolby, The Lotus Eaters, Heaven 17’s Glen Gregory.

• Continue reading at The Dundee Courier.

Live 2016: Rick Astley, Paul Young & Toyah

July 22nd, 2016

Toyah plays Chelmsford City Racecourse this evening, with Rick Astley and Paul Young. Three iconic 80’s acts guaranteed to get you singing and dancing the night away. Click below for info.


Time Out: Crime & Punishment: A Rock Musical

July 22nd, 2016

timeout16aToyah Willcox adapts Dostoyevsky’s classic in a free outdoor musical

Er. Well look, if a musical version of Dostoyevsky’s 1866 masterpiece about a student who wrestles with his guilt after killing a moneylender – with songs by Toyah Willcox no less – were announced for the West End we’d probably break out into cold sweats pretty sharpish. But it’s a pretty impressive proposition as a bit of free outdoor theatre. It’s also a welcome change of pace for Gods and Monsters Theatre, whose annual shows at The Scoop had fallen into a bit of a predictable pattern of adaptations of Greek tragedies in the last few years. If you want to see the show, just turn up.

• Continue reading at Time Out.

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New Songs: Our Hearts Still Beat/Fire Escape

July 22nd, 2016

Hot on the heels of the news that a new Willcox/Darlow song, Our Hearts Still Beat, has been recorded for inclusion in the forthcoming new film Extremis – to play over the film’s end titles – Toyah has tweeted that another new song – Fire Escape – again by Willcox/Darlow, has also been recorded for the, soon to open in London, rock musical Crime and Punishment.


Toyah on TV: Quadrophenia

July 22nd, 2016

Quadrophenia: Sky Select HD: Monday 1st August: 11.35am
The Who wrote and produced this energetic story of a young man disillusioned with his life in 1960s London. Phil Daniels excels as the alienated anti-hero Jimmy Cooper. Director: Franc Roddam. Starring: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Toyah Willcox, Philip Davis, Mark Wingett, Sting, and Ray Winstone. (Sky Select HD is on Sky Channel 312)


The Courier: Relive The 80s with Rewind at Scone Palace

July 21st, 2016

courier16bThousands of music fans of a certain age will descend on Scone Palace over the weekend for their annual opportunity to rekindle the excitement of their youth.

The Scottish stop for Rewind – the world’s biggest 80s music festival – boasts a who’s who of the decade’s top names from local heroes the Average White Band to Toyah.

Campers who intend to take in the full event begin arriving on Friday with the musical attractions spread out over Saturday and Sunday. The finishing touches are currently being made to the Scone site overlooking the river Tay.

• Continue reading at The Dundee Courier.

Evesham Journal: Evesham Arts Centre’s New Programme

July 21st, 2016

ej12aEvesham Arts Centre’s new programme is red hot and live

While the county sweltered this week in near record-breaking temperatures, the Evesham Arts Centre gave news of its autumn and winter programme, which a spokesman said would be red hot and “one hundred per cent live.”

The spokesman added: “As well as top professional acts such as Toyah Wilcox, Shappi Khorsdandi, Rich Hall, Jackson Live and the fabulous Vienna Festival Ballet, there’s plenty of local talent on display too with Phoenix Youth Theatre’s production of The Wizard of Oz and EODS’ production of Chess – The Musical.

• Continue reading at the Evesham Journal.

Gazette & Herald: It’s Time To Dig Out Your 80s Fashions

July 21st, 2016

gazher16aIt’s time to dig out your 1980s fashions and party with an original artist from the decade that brought us leg warmers, shoulder pads, big hair and all things neon.

Every Saturday between July 23 and August 20, a 1980s star will perform their classics hits from this iconic decade at The Spa Bridlington, as well as an 1980s disco until late.

Stars to perform are The Blow Monkeys, Toyah Willcox, Johnny Hates Jazz, Sonia and Big Country.

• Continue reading at the Gazette & Herald.

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Northern Echo: Quadrophenia Under The Stars

July 21st, 2016

tnecho16aQuadrophenia Fans Offered Screening Under The Stars

The Forestry Commission has teamed up with Pop-up Cinema Yorkshire to offer movie fans the chance to see a film adaptation of a rock opera under the stars.

The screening of Quadrophenia at Dalby Forest, on Saturday, August 20, at 7.30pm, follows an announcement that a sequel to the British mod movie is being made, 37 years after the original, and will feature many of the same cast members, including Toyah Willcox and Phil Daniels.

Organisers said the movie would be shown on a high-quality cinema system, and the event would feature mod, ska and soul DJs and themed food and drink stalls. Those attending are being invited to camp beside the cinema area for £5 per person.

• Continue reading at The Northern Echo.