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Anthem Tour 2022: Bristol Fleece Review by Joyzine

October 7th, 2022

LIVE REVIEW: TOYAH + VANITY FAIRY AT THE FLEECE, BRISTOL

Here’s a review I’ve long dreamed of writing; namely my favourite live artist, in my favourite live music venue, in my favourite city. If that isn’t enough to make it an interesting night out, my wife is also joining me – her first live gig for forty years. Here, it has to be categorically stated that my wife has no musical passions for Toyah but, as I discovered the Birmingham singer/actress back in 1980 and my wife as recently as 1988, she’s always been (mostly) very patient and contented herself with eye-rolling while I relive my teenage years of enthusiastic pogo dancing. An added element here is that both my wife and I are disabled – this being a key issue for her not attending gigs for so long – so it would naturally be interesting to see how the venue catered for us less-mobile types. Here, knowing The Fleece well was a distinct advantage. To me, it’s the perfect music location, consisting of a single, long room with not a trace of evil staircases. However, we contacted The Fleece well in advance to ask about specific details concerning disabled patrons. The venue did not disappoint us, being courteous and helpful through every stage of the booking process. So, before we get to Toyah, a shout out to Holly Angus and the team in Bristol for their support.

• Continue reading at Joyzine.

Merchandise: New Tour Posters & Programmes

October 7th, 2022

Toyah, signing/unveiling new tour posters and programmes, prior to last night’s Anthem Tour gig at Hertford Corn Exchange. The programme includes unseen photos and several never previously seen in print before.

• Click below to watch the video. (Screenshots from a video that is © Toyah Willcox)

Super Deluxe Edition: Toyah’s Anthem Reissue Unboxed

October 7th, 2022

SDEtv examines the three physical editions of Cherry Red’s reissue of Toyah’s Anthem, including the super deluxe edition box set. Click below to watch.

Toyah On NOW 80s: Way Back When/Sack The Stylist!?

October 7th, 2022

Way Back When! 1981: NOW 80s: Saturday 8th October: 9am
Way Back When! 1981: NOW 80s: Wednesday 12th October: 9pm
60 minutes of lesser heard hits from 1981. Including The Pretenders, Spandau Ballet, George Harrison, Toyah & The Pointer Sisters.

Toyah’s Sack The Stylist?! Top 30: NOW 80s: Monday 10th October: 10pm
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!

Sussex World: Toyah To Star in Short Film

October 5th, 2022

Toyah Willcox to star “in way you’ve never seen her before” in short film written by Lewes resident

Actress Toyah Willcox has just finished filming a new short film written by a Lewes resident.

The punk icon stars in Louise Monaghan’s ‘Weightless’, telling the story of Maureen, a woman alone on a beach, facing her inner demons and battle with her body. The film is Louise’s debut and was shot on the Isle of Wight by director Lois Norman, known for her award-winning art-house work and stories from female perspectives.

• Continue reading at Sussex World. See more on Weightless at toyahwillcox.com.

Releases/Preview: Toyah Live At The Rainbow – Computer

October 5th, 2022

Click on the shots below for an exclusive preview clip. Computer from Toyah Live At The Rainbow for #ToyahTuesday.

One of the most long-awaited titles by Toyah fans finally comes home this November. Toyah Live At The Rainbow will be released on CD+DVD and aqua-blue transparent vinyl LP by Cherry Red Records on Friday 25th November 2022. Pre-order here. (Photos © Cherry Red)

Events: Motorhome & Caravan Show 2022

October 5th, 2022

Toyah is guesting at the Motorhome & Caravan Show 2022 on Thursday 20th October.

The six-day event is taking place at the Birmingham NEC from 18th to 23rd October.

Toyah will be recalling memories of family caravanning holidays and outdoor adventures when she was growing up.

• Visit the Motorhome & Caravan Show website. Use the code TOYAH for a discount. See Toyah’s tweet here.

Toyah On NOW 80s: Way Back When/1981 POWER Hour!

October 5th, 2022

Way Back When! 1981: NOW 80s: Wednesday 5th October: 9pm
60 minutes of lesser heard hits from 1981. Including The Pretenders, Spandau Ballet, George Harrison, Toyah & The Pointer Sisters.

The 1981 POWER Hour!: NOW 80s: Thursday 6th October: 8pm
60 minutes of power pop & rock! Earplugs at the ready as we rewind to 1981 with Toyah, Genesis, Rick Springfield & Meat Loaf.

Official Toyah: October 2022 Blog

October 5th, 2022

Read Toyah’s latest blog at toyahwillcox.com. Including Toyah on Anthem, the Anthem Tour, Weightless and more!

Stratford Observer: Toyah To Join Stratford Festival

October 5th, 2022

Pop star Toyah Willcox to join star-studded Stratford Music Festival line-up

Veteran pop star Toyah Willcox is joining an eclectic line-up for Stratford Music Festival next month.

The musician, actress and TV presenter is joining the star-studded bill alongside internationally renowned classical pianist Peter Donohoe, celebrated Australian guitarist Craig Ogden and the Orchestra of the Swan – featuring Britain’s leading oboist Nicholas Daniel.

Stratford Music Festical, now in its 26th year, takes place over nine days in November at a range of town venues from Stratford Play House and the Levi Fox Theatre to Holy Trinity Church and the Guild Chapel. And this year kicks off with a very special curtain-raiser on October 22, as Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra has been persuaded for the first time in many years to join the festival.

• Continue reading at the Stratford Observer.

Anthem Deluxe/Remastered: Review by Velvet Thunder

October 4th, 2022

Toyah – Anthem
Deluxe Reissue (
Cherry Red)

This is, of all the Toyah reissues this far, also recommended to the casual fan. It contains just as much challenging ‘meat’ as the previous albums, but with the familiar hooks which will help less seasoned travellers navigate the truly fascinating outposts. Unreservedly recommended.

With this 2CD/DVD set, the deluxe Toyah reissue campaign from Cherry Red reaches 1981 – with an amazing four releases having spanned the previous two years from 1979. Anthem, the third studio album, was both the mainstream breakthrough and simultaneously an album which almost didn’t get made. Following the previous year’s live album Toyah! Toyah! Toyah!, the band (which we must remind ourselves, was itself named ‘Toyah’, in much the same way as ‘Alice Cooper’ was originally the band name as well as the frontman) fell apart, leaving just Toyah herself and creative lynchpin guitarist Joel Bogen. A short-lived band was assembled but quickly fell apart again after not really working out, and it seemed as if Toyah, the band, might be done. Toyah herself almost became the full-time vocalist with the band Blood Donor, who had the original version of It’s A Mystery in their repertoire, but after a few demo recordings that didn’t come to fruition. Nick Tauber, recruited as producer again after his work on the live album, pulled together a new crew along with Bogen, comprising bassist Phil Spalding, keyboardist Adrian Lee and future Saxon drummer Nigel Glockler. The new line-up recorded and released the four-track EP Four From Toyah early in 1981, with It’s A Mystery as its lead track, and the record’s unexpected massive success ensured they would not look back from that point on.

• Continue reading at Velvet Thunder. See more reviews of Anthem and other releases here.

Toyah & Robert’s Weekend: At Home/OOD/Sunday Lunch + Press

October 4th, 2022

Toyah At Home: We Play Machines at Epcot Centre – Watch… • Robert At Home: Episode 9 – Watch…Objects Of Desire: The Toyah Edition 3 – Watch… • Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch – feat. Chesney Hawkes – Mr Brightside – Watch…

Press for Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch – This week covering The Killers, with Chesney Hawkes guesting. (Image © Toyah Willcox)

NME: Watch Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp cover The Killers with Chesney Hawkes: Their latest edition of ‘Sunday Lunch’ sees them take on ‘Mr Brightside’ with a special guest – Continue…

Brooklyn Vegan: Watch Toyah and Robert Fripp cover The Killers’ “Mr Brightside” with Chesney Hawkes – Continue…

Guitar World: Robert Fripp and Toyah recruit Chesney Hawkes for his second Sunday Lunch guest spot – for a hilarious performance of The Killers’ Mr. Brightside: Watch the unlikely trio take on a stratospheric pop-rock classic – Continue…

Turn Up The Volume: Toyah & Fripp With Some Help From Mr. Brightside Chesney Hawkes: Just when you think that Toyah & Fripp can’t top their most hilarious moments anymore, the fabulous YouTube stars come up with this new Sunday Lunch performance that made me burst out laughing – Continue…

DGM Live: Toyah & Robert’s Weekend – Continue…

Toyah Live 2022: Anthem Tour/Bristol Fleece

October 2nd, 2022

Toyah, on the Anthem Tour 2022, at Bristol Fleece on Thursday 29th September. The set list included the following songs from Anthem: We Are, Pop Star, Jungles Of Jupiter, Obsolete, It’s A Mystery, Demolition Men, Marionette, I Want To Be Free. Click on the photos below for larger versions. (Thanks to Ian | Photos © Ian Davis)

On The Wight: Toyah Filming New Short Film

October 1st, 2022

Punk princess and cult actress Toyah on the Isle of Wight filming new short film

Filming took place in Freshwater and Ventnor with women in the top four roles; writer, director, producer and actor

As reported by News OnTheWight back in August, punk princess and cult actress Toyah has been on the Isle of Wight this week, filming in Freshwater Bay and on Ventnor beach.

She stars in a new short film called ‘Weightless’ produced by Ventnor resident Rowena Amos and her film company, 9 of Cups Productions.

It is written by Lewes based playwright Louise Monaghan, previous winner of the coveted Papatango Theatre prize and directed by Lois Norman who is known for her award-winning art-house work and stories from female perspectives.

• Continue reading at On The Wight.

Isle Of Wight County Press: Toyah in Ventnor

October 1st, 2022

Toyah in Ventnor and Freshwater for new short film Weightless

Punk princess and cult actress Toyah has been visiting the Isle of Wight this week, filming in Freshwater Bay and on Ventnor beach.

She stars in a new short film, Weightless, produced by Ventnor resident Rowena Amos and her film company 9 of Cups Productions.

It is written by Lewes based playwright Louise Monaghan, previous winner of the coveted Papatango Theatre prize, and directed by Lois Norman who is known for her award-winning art-house work and stories from female perspectives.

The film has a host of well-known Isle of Wight names attached to it, stills photographer Gianpaolo Mario Giancovich, musician JC Grimshaw, and Angelina Grimshaw working with the crew on costumes.

• Continue reading at Isle Of Wight County Press.

Toyah Live 2022: Anthem Tour/Leeds Brudenell

October 1st, 2022

Toyah, on the Anthem Tour 2022, at Leeds Brudenell on Saturday 24th September. Thanks to Sharon for these great photos. Click on them for larger versions. (Photos © Sharon Dickson)

NFT Illustrations: Toyah Thunder Mountain

October 1st, 2022

Toyah Thunder Mountain is a unique, official collection of 500 incredible illustrations as NFTs. Now available to purchase with Crypto currency. A collaboration with Chalkstar NFT.

• Click below for further info and a helpful how-to guide.

Toyah & Robert’s Weekend: At Home/OOD/Sunday Lunch + Press

September 27th, 2022

Toyah At Home: The Anthem Specials: Part 3 – Watch…Robert At Home (and Away!): Episode 8 – Watch…Objects Of Desire: The Toyah Edition 2 – Watch… • Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch – It’s Officially The One & OnlyWatch…

Press for Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch – This week covering Chesney Hawkes (with Chesney Hawkes). (Image © Toyah Willcox)

NME: Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp enlist Chesney Hawkes for ‘The One And Only’ cover: This edition is labelled an ‘interlude’ as Fripp is currently on tour – Continue…

Brooklyn Vegan: Watch Toyah & Robert Fripp cover Chesney Hawkes’ “The One and Only” with Chesney Hawkes – Continue…

Guitar World: Robert Fripp and Toyah recruit Chesney Hawkes for the latest ridiculous installment of Sunday Lunch: Fripp lets Hawkes handle guitar duties on a Surf Green Fender Tele while he gets bread rolls batted off his head by his wife. Yes, really – Continue…

DGM Live: Toyah & Robert’s Weekend – Continue…

Toyah Live 2022: Anthem Tour/Epic Studios Norwich

September 27th, 2022

A montage from the Anthem Tour 2022 at Epic Studios Norwich (16th September). See/hear a full version of Pop Star from the same gig here. (Thanks to Julie and Tony)

Toyah At Home – The Anthem Specials: Part 3

September 24th, 2022

Join Toyah for a deep dive into the music and stories and your questions answered in the third of three new specials dedicated to Anthem. As the classic Gold-certified selling album receives its long-awaited remastered, expanded and deluxe release, this special celebrates the songs, the images and history in style. Enjoy much-loved songs, rarely seen footage plus and an extended selection of your questions answered by Toyah as she goes behind the music.

• Toyah At Home – The Anthem Specials: Part 3 premieres on Saturday 24th September, 11am at Toyah’s Official You Tube channel & Facebook. (Image © Toyah Willcox)

Toyah On NOW 80s: 80s Stars – Then & Now!

September 24th, 2022

80s Stars – Then & Now!: NOW 80s: Monday 26th September: 1pm
Where are they now? Classic hits, followed by some recent songs – Including Pet Shop Boys, Kylie, Toyah, The Stones, Gary Numan, The Pretenders, New Order, Rick Astley & T’Pau!