Archive for August, 2019

Let’s Talk: The Creative Powerhouse That Is Toyah

August 29th, 2019

Catching up… Toyah is the cover star of the August issue of Let’s Talk magazine, with a great three-page interview feature inside.

Age is just a concept to Toyah as she celebrates 40 years in music

As Toyah Willcox celebrates more than 40 years as a top music draw with a performance at Holt Festival, she tells Rachel Banham about her show, why she belives that age is just a concept and how a Norfolk beach is one of her favourite places in the world.

“I’ve had a new album out this year called In The Court Of The Crimson Queen which has has national radio play, so we’re featuring the new material, but we also do the hits as well so the hits like It’s A Mystery, Good Morning Universe. I Want To Be Free, Thunder In The Mountains.. there are quite a few,” she says.

“I could actually just do the whole set of singles! It’s very high. So everyone is welcome.”

NB: Let’s Talk is a lifestyle magazine covering East Anglia, from North Essex to the “bump” that is the north Norfolk coast.

• Let’s Talk magazine is on sale now, in the aforementioned areas above, as well as online.

Express & Star: Toyah & Hazel To Play Birmingham Show

August 29th, 2019

Toyah Willcox and Hazel O’Connor will perform in Birmingham next year.

The duo will join forces for the Electric Ladies of the 80s tour, coming to the city’s Town Hall.

Born in Kings Heath, Birmingham, 61-year-old Toyah has amassed 10 hit singles and eight hit albums including the gold selling Anthem and her 2019 chart success, In The Court of the Crimson Queen.

The singer/songwriter is best known for songs such as I Want to Be Free, Thunder in the Mountains, Ieya, Danced, Rebel Run, Victims of the Riddle, The Vow and more.

Also an acclaimed actress, Toyah has performed on film and stages the world over including a role in The Who film, Quadrophenia.

Hazel O’Connor has released a number of hits, including Will You?, Eighth Day, D-Days, Give Me and Inch, Hanging Around, Big Brother and more.

The 64-year-old starred in British film Breaking Glass, for which she won the Variety Club Award and it’s accompanying soundtrack which saw her nominated for a BAFTA.

• Continue reading at the Express & Star.

Toyah Live 2019: Evoke Festival, Brentwood

August 29th, 2019

Toyah onstage at Evoke Festival 2019 on Friday 12th July. Thanks to John for these great photos of Toyah from just one of many gigs and festivals this Summer. (Photos © John Weston)

Toyah & Hazel Live 2020: Electric Ladies Of The 80s

August 25th, 2019

A seed was sown many moons ago, as early as the mid-1990s and finally……. Toyah & Hazel O’ Connor unite for a special tour in 2020.

Post Punk and New Wave artists Toyah and Hazel O’Connor join forces to bring you their exciting new tour, Electric Ladies of the 80s.

Toyah is one of the most recognisable faces in UK pop culture, clocking up an impressive 10 hit singles and 8 hit albums including the gold selling Anthem. Also an acclaimed actress, Toyah his performed on film and stages the world over including a role in the legendary Who film, Quadrophenia.

Hazel O’Connor set the benchmark high with her starring role in the legendary British film Breaking Glass for which she won the Variety Club Award and it’s accompanying soundtrack which saw her nominated for a BAFTA. Ever the prolific artist, Hazel continues to make new music and tour the world with her strong ethical message.

Performing alongside their full electric band, each artist will perform their own set alongside some duets and surprises.

This hit packed retro fest will include such classics as Thunder In The Mountains, Eighth Day, It’s A Mystery, Will You, I Want To Be Free, D-Days and many more.

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W-Fest 2019 Photos: Toyah Live in Belgium

August 25th, 2019

Great shots of Toyah onstage at W-Fest 2019 in Belgium on Friday 16th August. Thanks to Johny for these amazing photos of Toyah’s live Belgian debut. (Photos © Johny Vermeiren)

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Toyah on TV: Quadrophenia Our Generation

August 25th, 2019

Quadrophenia Our Generation: Sky Arts: Saturday 21st September: Time TBC
A new documentary, marking the 40th anniversary of Quadrophenia. Includes a recording of the live read through with the cast in which Toyah participated.

Toyah on the Radio: 6 Music Live Hour

August 25th, 2019

Another chance to hear highlights from Toyah’s 1981 Christmas Eve Drury Lane concert, originally broadcast on The Old Grey Whistle Test on BBC2 on Christmas Eve 1981, at the beginning of next month on BBC 6 Music’s Live Hour.

6 Music Live Hour: BBC 6 Music
Tuesday 3rd September: 2.30am
Toyah, Gossip and 77:78. Toyah in concert at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London in 1981, plus a session recorded by Gossip on this date (3rd September) in 2003 and one by 77:78 (1/7/2018). Available at BBC Sounds after airing.

Toyah on TV: Celebrity Eggheads

August 25th, 2019

Celebrity Eggheads: BBC2: Wednesday 28th August: 6pm
Series 8, Episode 15. Jeremy Vine hosts a special celebrity edition of the show where every day, a new team of challengers take on arguably the greatest quiz team in Britain – the Eggheads. Can a team from the world of arts and entertainment, featuring actor Simon Greenall, singer Toyah Willcox, arts correspondent Nick Higham, award-winning saxophonist YolanDa Brown and Proms presenter Katie Derham, triumph over the general knowledge goliaths and win the cash prize for their charity? Visit the BBC web page for this programme by clicking below.

Official Toyah: August 2019 Blog

August 25th, 2019

Toyah’s blog for August 2019 is available to read at – Click below to go there.

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Toyah on TV: The Chase – Celebrity Special

August 25th, 2019

There’s another chance to catch Toyah’s 2016 guest appearance on ITV’s The Chase, the celebrity special which also featured Germaine Greer. (Photo © ITV)

The Chase: Celebrity Special: ITV:
Sunday 1st September 6pm
Bradley Walsh hosts the quiz show as four celebrities take on the Chaser. Singer Toyah Willcox, ex-footballer John Barnes, writer Germaine Greer and heavyweight boxer Audley Harrison pit their wits against one of the country’s finest quiz brains in the hope of winning thousands of pounds for their chosen charities.

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Toyah on TV: Toyah’s Sack The Stylist?! Top 30

August 25th, 2019

Toyah’s Sack The Stylist?! Top 30: NOW 80s: Monday 26th August: 9pm
Pop legend Toyah brings 30 memorable videos featuring a cavalcade of clothing calamities from superstars including Bowie, Madonna, Adam Ant and many more in this crazy countdown!