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Saffron Walden Reporter: Drive-In Concert Series Cancelled

July 16th, 2020

A drive-in concert series set to open in Newmarket next month has been cancelled by organisers.

Live Nation Entertainment was due to promote a programme of live concerts and theatre shows at Newmarket Racecourse. However, the Utilita Live From the Drive-In series has now been cancelled by organisers over concerns of localised lockdowns.

The drive-in shows were due to take place at 12 venues across the country, including Liverpool, Bolton, Bristol, Milton Keynes and Lincoln. Northaw in Hertfordshire was the event’s ‘London’ venue, with Birmingham, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Teesside also on the tour.

• Continue reading at the Saffron Walden Reporter.

Rewind Festival: Live From the Drive In – Concerts Update

July 15th, 2020

An update from Rewind Festival regarding next month’s Live From the Drive In dates.

The Live From The Drive In concert series will no longer proceed as planned this summer.

We received huge support from artists, the live music production contractors, our headline sponsor Utilita along with our other partners, and of course you, the fans.

However the latest developments regarding localised lockdowns mean it has become impossible for us to continue with the series with any confidence.

We thank everyone for their support and eagerly await a time when we can watch live music together again.

Full refunds will be issued directly to all ticket holders within the next 7 days.

Worcester Observer: Woo Fest Streams in £13,000

July 11th, 2020

Free-to-view Woo Fest streams in £13,000 for hospice

An award-winning county music festival which switched to an online format because of social distancing measures has been hailed a huge success after it raised more than £13,000 for a Worcestershire-based hospice.

Woo Fest was streamed live to homes and gardens around Worcestershire and beyond on Saturday (July 4) and featured a mix of live and pre-recorded sets from big-name performers including Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Grant Nicholas, from Feeder, and Toyah Willcox as well as local acts.

• Continue reading at the Worcester Observer. Browse our Woo Fest news.

Rewind Festival 2020: Tickets Pre-Sale

July 9th, 2020

Click below for the Pre-Sale ticket links for next month’s three Rewind Festival – Live From The Drive In dates. Heaven 17, Toyah and Altered Images play all three, taking place in Bolton (Friday 28th August), Newmarket (Saturday 29th August) and London (Sunday 30th August). General Sale tickets are available from tomorrow morning.

The Hunts Post: Rewind Festival Date At Newmarket

July 8th, 2020

Rewind Festival set for drive-in concert date at Newmarket Racecourse

Entertainment company Live Nation presents Utilita Live From the Drive-In at Newmarket Racecourse this summer.

Rewind Festival will come to The July Course on Saturday, August 29.

The live line-up will feature Sheffield synth-pop stars Heaven 17, singer Toyah and Altered Images. The drive-in concert will be hosted by The Doctor.

Fronted by singer Glenn Gregory, Heaven 17 are best known for number two hit Temptation from the album The Luxury Gap. The group’s other hits include Come Live With Me, Crushed By The Wheels of Industry and Sunset Now.

Toyah had top 10 hits in the 80s with singles It’s A Mystery, Thunder In The Mountains and I Want To Be Free.

Scottish group Altered Images are fronted by Clare Grogan, who also appeared in the hit film Gregory’s Girl. Their hits include Happy Birthday, I Could Be Happy and Don’t Talk To Me About Love.

Gig-goers attending the Rewind show will have a designated area for their car that includes space for everyone to get out and have a dance.

As well as Newmarket, Rewind Festival will also visit Bolton and Colesdale Farm in Northaw, Hertfordshire, which is described as Utilita Live From the Drive-In’s London venue. Tickets for Rewind go on general sale on Friday, July 10.

• Continue reading at The Hunts Post. See also the Royston Crow.

Toyah Live 2020: Rewind Festival

July 8th, 2020

Rewind Festival is back! Live from the Drive-In.

Toyah was, this morning, announced as playing three dates, along with Heaven 17 and Altered Images as part of Rewind 2020. Concerts will be hosted by The Doctor (from Dr & The Medics).

These three Rewind shows form part of the Utilita Live from the Drive-In series this summer! These are very exclusive evenings as there are only 300 cars at each show.

28.08.2020: University Of Bolton Stadium, Bolton
29.08.2020: Newmarket Racecourse
30.08.2020: Colesdale Farm, Northaw, London

A pre-sale of tickets takes place from 10am tomorrow, with general sales from 10am on Friday.

Come together and experience safely from your own designated area.

• Further information on Rewind Festival 2020 at Live Nation. Watch the Utlita Live From The Drive-In video at You Tube.

Virtual Woo Fest 2020: Watch/Re-Watch Online

July 8th, 2020

The entire, almost 8hr, Virtual Woo Fest 2020 is now available online to watch again, or watch for the first time if you missed it on Saturday. Toyah contributed a performance of It’s A Mystery to the festival, which raised £13,000 for St. Richard’s Hospice. Donations are still welcome, with details of how to do so at the website. Click on the screen shots of Toyah below to go to the festival page. Toyah’s performance is at approximately 4hrs 16m in! (Screenshots from a video that is © Toyah Willcox)

St Richard’s Hospice: Virtual Woo Fest Raises More Than £13,000

July 7th, 2020

An award-winning county music festival which switched to an online format because of social distancing measures has been hailed a huge success after it raised more than £13,000 for a Worcestershire-based hospice.

Woo Fest, which was streamed live to homes and gardens around Worcestershire and beyond on Saturday (4th July), featured a mix of live and pre-recorded sets from big-name performers including Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Grant Nicholas, from Feeder, and Toyah Willcox as well as local acts.

Hosted by Richard ‘Hursty’ Hurst and BBC Hereford & Worcester’s Nina Das Gupta, the free-to-view festival has raised £13,245.57 so far with music-lovers donating as they watched.

Luke Simons, festival organiser, said: “We’ve been blown away by everyone’s response to a virtual festival here in Worcestershire. We had 92 individual musicians in 24 sets – across a range of genres – keen to give our wonderful county a brilliant day and support the care St Richard’s provides locally at the same time”.

• Continue reading at strichards.org.uk.

Virtual Woo Fest 2020: And That’s A Wrap!

July 6th, 2020

And that’s a wrap! A massive thanks to everyone involved in today’s Virtual Woo Fest. An incredible day of music only possible through an incredible human effort at the current time. And supported by our incredible Worcestershire community raising £12,896. Thank you from us all.

NB. Since this post the total was updated again.

Your Virtual Woo Fest donations continued into the small hours taking us to an incredible. £13,245.57!

• Continue reading at St Richard’s Hospice at Twitter.

Toyah Live! 2020: Virtual Woo Fest TODAY!

July 4th, 2020

Following last night’s four-hour Let’s Rock Lockdown Fest 2, which Toyah contributed live performances of Dance In The Hurricane and I Want To Be Free to, comes today’s Virtual Woo Fest 2020.

The Next Woo Fest – Virtual Woo!

Normal Woo Fest is cancelled due to Covid-19 however we have moved to an online festival will which will take place on 4th of July.

Supported by the wonderful DRP Group at their studios in Hartlebury. The day will run in a similar way to Comic Relief with free to air viewing but with different donation opportunities to St Richard’s Hospice. The day will include both live and pre-recorded performances from many great musicians including the odd celebrity!

Virtual Woo Fest – bringing the festival to your homes and gardens

Woo Fest music festival is an award winning multi-genre music festival for all ages that raises funds for St Richard’s Hospice, Worcester, England. It’s set in a beautiful location near Upton upon Severn and has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2015 raising over £57K with every single penny from every ticket going to the hospice

It has grown from a small festival of friends and family to the first festival on the calendar for many new friends.

• Visit the official Woo Fest website. Watch today’s virtual Woo Fest by clicking here or below. See a larger version of the festival flyer.

Let’s Rock 80s Lockdown Fest 2: Watch at You Tube

July 3rd, 2020

Watch Let’s Rock Lockdown Fest 2 this evening at You Tube. Toyah is playing, along with Fuzzbox, Hazel O’Connor, Go West, Hue and Cry, Chesney Hawkes, Carol Decker/T’Pau and many others. All raising funds for a great cause.

Worcester Observer: Woo Fest Has Big Names Lined Up

July 1st, 2020

An award-winning county music festival, taking place virtually this summer because of social distancing measures, has secured new big-name acts including Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Grant Nicholas, from Feeder, and Toyah Willcox.

Woo Fest, which will be streamed live to homes and gardens around Worcestershire and beyond on Saturday (July 4), will feature a mix of live and pre-recorded sets and will be hosted by Richard ‘Hursty’ Hurst. Previously confirmed performers include Nigel Clark from Dodgy, Andy Bennett, formerly of Ocean Colour Scene, Nick Parker and a host of Woo Fest regulars.

The family-friendly festival, which donates every penny to St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester, was set up in 2015 by Luke Simons and his sister, Ria, in memory of their dad John. Last year Woo Fest was named Best Small Festival at the UK Festival Awards in London.

• Continue reading at Worcester Observer.

Toyah Live 2020: Virtual Woo Fest

June 26th, 2020

Woo Fest secures big-name acts in new virtual format

An award-winning county music festival taking place virtually this summer, because of social distancing measures, has secured new big-name acts including Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Grant Nicholas, from Feeder, and Toyah Willcox.

Woo Fest, which will be streamed live to homes and gardens around Worcestershire and beyond on Saturday 4th July, will feature a mix of live and pre-recorded sets and will be hosted by Richard ‘Hursty’ Hurst. Previously confirmed performers include Nigel Clark from Dodgy, Andy Bennett, formerly of Ocean Colour Scene, Nick Parker and a host of Woo Fest regulars.

The family-friendly festival, which donates every penny to St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester, was set up in 2015 by Luke Simons and his sister, Ria, in memory of their Dad, John. Last year Woo Fest was named Best Small Festival at the UK Festival Awards in London.

Luke Simons, festival organiser, said: “We’ve been blown away by the response from artists keen to take part in a virtual festival this year and support the care that St Richard’s provides locally at the same time.

“With the help of our friends at creative communication agency DRPG, who are streaming the event live on their website, we’re hoping to bring some festival fun to those missing live music events and so much more this summer.”

Woo Fest will take place on Saturday 4th July and will be live streamed on the DRPG Communications website virtualwoofest.drpg.events – Woo Fest will get underway at 3pm and run until 10.30pm.

• Continue reading at strichards.org.uk. See more info on Virtual Woo Fest 2020. The festival will air online here.

Toyah At Home: Weekly From Saturday 20th June

June 16th, 2020

Beginning 20th June, Toyah At Home will premiere each Saturday at 11am on You Tube. This weekly slice of music & musings will include a live song and more. Pose your questions or share your experiences & recommendations of lockdown life which Toyah will respond to. Reply/use #ToyahAtHome at Toyah’s social media. (Photo on left © Toyah Willcox)

Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

June 4th, 2020

Acapela: Toyah 18th July 2020 rescheduled to 28th January 2021: Following our recent communication via email and social media concerning the closure of the venue due to the recent Coronavirus precautions, I am delighted to inform you that we have agreed a new date for the above concert – Continue reading…

Acapela: Toyah Willcox returns again to Acapela: Household name, pop icon, TV presenter, and stage/screen actress (Calamity Jane, Cabaret, Peter Pan, Jubilee, Quadrophenia) Toyah comes to Acapela in July with her Acoustic, Up Close & Personal show – Continue reading…

Official Toyah: Gig Diary: Browse Toyah’s forthcoming tours, gigs and festivals – Continue reading…

BBC Radio 2 / Sara Cox: Guilty Pleasures: Plus sixty minutes of great music in The Wower and Tracy Hulme from Bourne tells Sara about her First & Last – Diana Ross and Toyah – Continue to listen…

Tatler: Society photographer Cecil Beaton’s Reddish House is for sale: Since Beaton’s death, the house has been owned by the former Countess of Chichester, Ursula Henderson, and musicians Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox, who have claimed that it is haunted by Beaton’s ghost – Continue reading…

BBC Radio 2 / Jools Holland: Toyah is Jools’ guest!: There are 11 days left to listen to Toyah guesting on Jools’ first BBC Radio 2 show – Continue to listen…

Retro Pop: 80s Lockdown Fest Raises £105,000 For Charity

May 24th, 2020

Last Saturday’s Let’s Rock 80s Lockdown Fest helped raise over £100,000 for Child Bereavement UK.

Jason Donovan, Toyah, and Tony Hadley led the line-up for the virtual event, which was held in place of the annual Let’s Rock events, which have been called off due to the coronavirus lockdown.

Five Star, Sonia, Wet Wet Wet, Midge Ure, and Howard Jones were also among the performers, who went live on YouTube at 7pm to entertain fans and raise money. After all of the performances, it was announced that the event had raised an impressive £105,000, which will benefit Child Bereavement UK.

• Continue reading at Retro Pop Magazine.

Toyah Live In Your Living Room: Watch/Re-Watch at You Tube

May 23rd, 2020

An uplifting morning of music and chat today from Toyah, Chris, Andy, John and Mike. Click below to watch, or re-watch, an hour + of Toyah Live In Your Living Room at You Tube.

Toyah Live In Your Living Room – Saturday 23 May at 11am

May 20th, 2020

Tune in at Toyah’s official Facebook, You Tube or Twitter channels for an exclusive hour of music and Q&A this Saturday at 11am. All your favourite hits and chat. Click below for the links.

Let’s Rock 80s Lockdown Fest: Watch at You Tube

May 17th, 2020

Toyah, and many others, got into the retro groove last night for the big 80s Lockdown Fest which aired straight into living rooms. Although free-to-view, Let’s Rock were raising much needed funds on the night for Child Bereavement UK. Watch Let’s Rock 80s Lockdown Fest at You Tube.

The Falkirk Herald: Pop Heroes Of The 1980s Unite

May 14th, 2020

Pop heroes of the 1980s unite for fundraising LockdownFest

Some of the biggest names in ’80s pop are coming together this weekend for a special online event in aid of charity.

80s LockdownFest will feature appearances by Tony Hadley, Wet Wet Wet, ABC, Howard Jones, Midge Ure, Jason Donovan, Toyah, Hue & Cry, Chesney Hawkes, Brother Beyond, Five Star, Then Jerico and many more on Saturday May 16.

The evening, part of the Let’s Rock season of festivals, will be hosted by Pat Sharp and Dave Benson Phillips. The fun kicks off at 7pm on YouTube and across all the Let’s Rock locations’ Facebook pages.The Let’s Rock season of retro festivals was due to start this weekend.

A spokesperson for Let’s Rock organisers UK Live said: “We would really like to thank both our audience and the artists for their amazing support and loyalty, and we really can’t wait to come back bigger and better next year. However, we couldn’t just leave it until then!

• Continue reading at The Falkirk Herald. See also The Hertfordshire Mercury.

Acapela Studio: Memory No.8 – Toyah

April 28th, 2020

Some of our favourite Acapela memories

We cannot bring you new music at present but we thought we would share with you some of the bands and artists who have graced the Acapela stage in the last few years……

MEMORY N0.8 – Toyah
4 years ago Acapela had a crazy idea that we would be able to invite world famous musicians to perform at the venue to a live audience!

The first major artist we contacted was Toyah…would she and other major names be attracted to perform in an old converted welsh chapel, on the top of a hill, miles from anywhere …we were just not sure!

We remember that first Toyah concert with great fondness – the sell out crowd turned up early, with the queue waiting to get in to the venue going down the street! The atmosphere before Toyah came on stage was electric and when she eventually came on stage the crowd could still not believe it was actually her!

Of course the venue has gone on in the last 4 years to achieve major awards and attract many famous names.

We will always be grateful to Toyah for that first night – as it gave us the encouragement to build the schedule to include so many superb musicians and exciting new bands. Of course every year since, Toyah has graced the Acapela stage and has never failed to get the same reaction from the sell out crowds.

TOYAH WILLCOX – OFFICIALLY AN ACAPELA LEGEND!

• Continue reading at the Acapela Studio website.

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