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Ross-Shire Journal: Stars of 1980s Set For Black Isle Showground

December 6th, 2021

Stars of 1980s’ pop music set for Black Isle Showground extravaganza with ABC, Nik Kershaw, Toyah and T’Pau confirmed and Highland Hospice set to get share of ticket sales

Stars of the eighties are set to shine at the Black Isle Showground for a nostalgia-fuelled party that will also put a smile on faces at one of the Highlands’ most cherished charities.

ABC, known for hits including The Look of Love, Poison Arrow and All of My Heart, will headline a two-day bash at the Black Isle Showground at Muir of Ord.

Also lined up for Isle Be Back, are Toyah, who rose to fame on the back of It’s A Mystery and I Want To Be Free and Wouldn’t It Be Good star, Nik Kershaw. T’Pau, famous for China in Your Hand and Heart and Soul, also feature in the event scheduled for May 13 and 14, 2022.

• Continue reading at the Ross-Shire Journal.

Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces! – Isle Of Wight Festival 2022

December 5th, 2021

Toyah Live 2022: Toyah will play the Isle Of Wight Festival in June next year – See her tweet about it…

Isle Of Wight County Press: Isle of Wight Festival 2022: New acts announced including The Kooks: The Isle of Wight Festival has announced a new raft of acts, including The Kooks closing the Big Top on the Sunday night. Isle of Wight band Wet Leg, GRIFF, Freya Ridings, The Snuts, Mae Muller, Mimi Webb, Joel Corry, The Amazons, The Charlatans, The Compozers, Del Amitri, Everyone You Know, The Fratellis, Heather Small, Mark Owen and Toyah also join the line-up… Over the course of her 40 year career, award winning musician Toyah has recorded over 20 albums, had eight Top 40 singles and written two books, and in 2022 she’ll add playing the Festival to her list of achievements – Continue reading…

Isle Of Wight Radio: Take That Star Among New Isle Of Wight Festival 2022 Acts: Take That’s Mark Owen, Freya Ridings and The Kooks are among the new acts announced for Isle of Wight Festival 2022. The Amazons, Heather Small, Toyah, Joel Corry and the Isle of Wight’s very-own Wet Leg also feature on the line-up. Organisers have confirmed a host of new names today (Friday). The Kooks, celebrating the 15th anniversary of their debut album Inside/Out next year, will close the Big Top on the Sunday (19). Fan favourites and indie music icons The Fratellis and The Charlatans will also perform in Seaclose Park… While, award-winning musician Toyah will add playing the Festival to her list of achievements – Continue reading…

• Isle Of Wight Festival 2022: Will take place at Seaclose Park, Newport on 16th – 19th June 2022 – Visit the official festival website…

The Sun/Bizarre: Toyah’s Backing For The Brits

December 5th, 2021

Pop icon Toyah Willcox has welcomed the Brit Awards going gender neutral.

Toyah, who was nominated for four Brits in the Eighties, thinks the move is a positive step towards inclusivity.

She said: “I think the Brits are ahead of the game and I think it’s an amazing thing to do. We have to protect every individual.

“People must not be pushed into labels, and I think it’s going to empower a whole new generation.”

The It’s A Mystery singer is starring in London’s Proud Embankment Cabaret All Stars show. Despite her 63 years she shows no sign of slowing down.

Toyah said: “My advice to people of all ages is to grab life by the horns and have confidence in yourself.”

We can’t argue with that . . .

• Continue reading at The Sun/Bizarre. See further info on Toyah with Proud Cabarethere.

Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces! – Richard Madden Interview

December 5th, 2021

Mirror: Eternals star Richard Madden says he was ‘fat and shy’ as childhood photos unearthed: The outlet reports that the Golden Globe Award winner has shared a photo from his teenage years, with one image from the time showing him with musician Toyah Willcox. The pair are understood to have appeared together in children’s comedy series Barmy Aunt Boomerang, with the show having ran on the BBC between 1999 and 2000 – Continue reading…

The Sun: Mad Transformation – The Bodyguard star Richard Madden unrecognisable in ‘fat and shy’ pics from his bullied schooldays: Richard, who is famed for being in Game of Thrones, shared a picture from his school days with fans, showing him looking cherubic. He is pictured with musician Toyah Willcox, who he appeared with in Barmy Aunt Boomerang in 1999-2000 – Continue reading…

(Photos © BBC)

Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch: Singalong Press

December 1st, 2021

Rolling Stone: Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox Share High-Spirited ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ Cover: The couple gets into character for the 90-second performance: As December nears, the husband and wife duo of King Crimson’s Robert Fripp and singer/actress Toyah Willcox are getting in the holiday spirit with a cover of “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer,” the latest installation from their series Sunday Lunch – Continue reading… See also Rolling Stone Australia…

Guitar.Com: Fripp and Toyah Keep the Festive Spirits High with Cover Of Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer: Can you hear the sleigh bells?: Continuing the trend of singalong Christmas classics they started last week, Sunday Lunch purveyors Robert Fripp and Toyah have gifted fans a cover of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer – Continue reading…

NME: Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox spread some Christmas cheer with ‘Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer’ cover: Following on from last week’s festive rendition of ‘Silent Night’: King Crimson‘s Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox have continued their eccentric covers, getting into the festive spirit with a rendition of a classic Christmas carol – Continue reading… 

Metal Sucks: King Crimson’s Robert Fripp & Toyah Willcox Sing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”: King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp and his wife, the actress and singer Toyah Willcox, have unveiled the latest entry in their “Sunday Lunch” series of cover videos that have captured the Internet’s attention in recent months – Continue reading…

Brooklyn Vegan: Watch Toyah & Robert Fripp Sing “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”: Toyah and Robert Fripp are in Holiday Sing-A-Long mode on their Sunday Lunch series. “Christmas is almost upon us, and the Frippcox household are ready to teach the nation another festive fave,” they write, “perhaps somebody should teach it to them first!!” The problem doesn’t seem to be no knowing this one, but in-ear monitors might help as they fall behind the music just a touch as it goes on.” As sweetly innocent as these holiday clips are, the Sunday Lunch series continues to be wild to see prog rock icon Robert Fripp delight in pure silliness. – Continue reading…

Sunday Lunch Singalong: Singalong Week 2: Christmas is almost upon us, and the Frippcox household are ready to teach the nation another festive fave, perhaps somebody should teach it to them first!! – Watch the video… (Images © Toyah Willcox)

The Sun: Rebel Run – Toyah Is Still A Musical Powerhouse

November 25th, 2021

Rebel Run – Toyah Willcox proves she is still a musical powerhouse at 63 in Cabaret All Stars

Toyah Willcox might be 63 years old but she is still a musical powerhouse who doesn’t drop the ball for a second.

The original punk rocker has started her stint at Proud Cabaret as one of their resident celebs for the All Star shows.

She comperes in between the burlesque, circus and magic acts and takes the time to share some of her favourite moments in her career spanning more than 40 decades.

Toyah doesn’t hold anything back, cracking jokes including “These are the feet that ran away from Jimmy Saville” and did her best imitation of Princess Margaret and the Queen mother. The singer also shared that she wrote an early draft of her song I Want To Be Free when she was nine and had jailers telling her lags were singing it behind bars.

When she sang it live, it was hard to tell that it had been decades since she first sang it on record. She was accompanied by the dazzling Katrina Louise who was doing aerial work suspended by chains – her first time back with this prop since giving birth.

Each time Toyah came on stage she had a new getup from a different coloured breast plate to her hair in a new style – the singer certainly got into the spirit of cabaret.

• Continue reading at The Sun.

Financial Times: How I Spend It – Toyah Interview

November 24th, 2021

How I Spend It: Toyah Willcox on rocks, hag stones and meteorites

The musician reveals what lies behind her lifelong fascination with crystals

I collect crystals, and I’m not talking about crystals you keep in your pocket. These are museum-quality collectors’ pieces. My fascination is that these are timeless things. They have been there since the Big Bang. All around the house we have crystals, along the skirting boards, in cupboards, in the cutlery drawers. My computer sits on a piece of rose quartz that is at least 10kg in weight. It’s the size of a Bible you’d see in a church.

Meteorites are full of potential. They’re what’s put us here

I remember clearly the first stone that meant something to me. I was about seven years old. I was on a sandbank on the River Avon and picked up a pebble with a hole in it. My father said it was a “hag stone”, one with a naturally formed hole in it. I could not put it down. I was instantly in love with it, the smoothness of it, the history of it, what it’s been through, what it’s survived, that it’s outlived all of us and will outlive all of us. I’ve had this particular hag stone since I was seven – I’m now 63, and it’s been a point of conversation with virtually everyone I’ve known. A lot of musicians feel the same way about stones; we collect pebbles and send them to each other.

• Continue reading at ft.com. (Thanks to Kelly and Michael)

Worcester News: Singer Toyah Willcox Postpones Tour Dates

November 24th, 2021

Singer Toyah Willcox has had to postpone tour dates including Worcester because she is unwell.

The 63-year-old It’s a Mystery singer revealed to fans that she had tested positive for covid so would have to reschedule four dates to 2022.

Pershore’s Toyah was due to perform at Huntingdon Hall on Saturday (November 20) but has not rescheduled for Saturday, January 15 next year.

In a video, she said: “Firstly, I want to let you know I’m okay I’ve tested positive for covid.

“Last night during soundcheck at the Robin in Wolverhampton. I realised I’d lost my sense of taste and my sense of smell. I took three tests on the spot and two were positive and one was negative which led to a lot of discussions about whether the show could go on.”

• Continue reading at Worcester News. See Toyah’s full tour schedule, including the few rescheduled dates, at toyahwillcox.com.

Retro Pop: Toyah Axes Live Shows

November 24th, 2021

Toyah axes live shows after testing positive for Covid

The punk icon has moved four shows to 2022 so she can isolate for 10 days following the positive test result.

Toyah has been forced to delay a bunch of live shows after testing positive for coronavirus. The singer has moved a handful of dates to 2022 after being struck with Covid during a soundcheck this week.

“I’ve tested positive for Covid. Last night during soundcheck at The Robin in Wolverhampton,” she explained in a video shared to social media.

• Continue reading at Retro Pop. See Toyah’s full tour schedule, including the few rescheduled dates, at toyahwillcox.com.

Toyah & Robert’s Sunday Lunch: Singalong Press

November 24th, 2021

Brooklyn Vegan: Watch Toyah and Robert Fripp Get in the Holiday Spirit with “Silent Night”: Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp’s Sunday Lunch video series has hit the holiday season and it looks like they’re going to be offering Sing Alongs through the end of the year. Dressed in their Christmas best — Robert has “Grinch” written across his forehead — they lead us through a rendition of classic hymn “Silent Night.” Robert starts it off, Toyah can barely keep a straight face – Continue reading…

Guitar.Com: Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox Kickstart the Holidays with Singalong Series: The holidays are upon us once again, and Robert Fripp and Toyah are getting in the festive spirit. The latest episode of the couple’s Sunday Lunch series is the first in what appears to be an upcoming series of Christmas singalongs. For yesterday’s (21 November) upload, Fripp and Toyah invited viewers to sing with them to Silent Night – Continue reading…

Metal Sucks: King Crimson’s Robert Fripp & Toyah Willcox Sing “Silent Night”: King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp and his wife, the actress and singer Toyah Willcox, have unveiled the latest entry in their “Sunday Lunch” series of cover videos that have captured the Internet’s attention in recent months. The duo’s new video finds them shifting into holiday mode with a cover of the Christmas classic “Silent Night.” – Continue reading…

Sunday Lunch Singalong: Sing Along week 1: Its that crazy time of year, and its no exception in the FrippCox household, are we ready for a singalong? – Continue watching… (Images © Toyah Willcox)

Stratford Herald: Toyah Pulls Out Of Stratford Festival

November 21st, 2021

Toyah Willcox pulls out of Stratford Music Festival concert with Orchestra of the Swan after coming down with Covid-19

Toyah Willcox has pulled out of her appearance in Stratford tomorrow (Sunday) after coming down with Covid-19. The pop star and TV personality was due to narrate the Orchestra of the Swan’s performance of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf as part of the Stratford Music Festival at the Play House.

The concert is still going ahead with the narrator being taken on by much-respected RSC actor David Troughton, who is also well known for playing Tony Archer in The Archers on Radio 4.

Toyah announced she had Covid-19 in a video on her Facebook page. She explained that she realised during a soundcheck at another gig in Wolverhampton on Thursday that she had lost her sense of smell and taste, and following a positive test has had to pull out of several engagements, including Sunday’s concert in Stratford.

She offered her apologies, and said that she had few symptoms expect those mentioned.

• Continue reading at Stratford-Upon-Avon Herald. Watch Toyah’s video at Facebook.

OK! Magazine: New Toyah Interview

November 19th, 2021

Toyah is interviewed in this week’s OK! magazine (Issue 1315, 22nd November 2021). Talking about Proud Cabaret, her career, the Sunday Lunch/You Tube videos and more.

• Read the interview at The Toyah Willcox Interview Archive. (Thanks to Minna and Kelly)

NME: Robert & Toyah Share Metallica Cover

November 15th, 2021

Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox share cover of Metallica’s ‘Master Of Puppets’

Guess we know who’s pulling the strings in this week’s Sunday Lunch performance…

King Crimson founder Robert Fripp and his wife, singer Toyah Willcox, have shared a cover of Metallica‘s ‘Master Of Puppets’ – watch it below.

The pair launched their Sunday Lunch video series last year, sharing renditions of songs by Nirvana, David Bowie, Metallica, Billy Idol, The Rolling Stones, Judas Priest, The Prodigy, Guns N’ Roses, Alice Cooper and more through Willcox’s YouTube channel.

• Continue reading at the NME. See also Metal Sucks.

Express: Proud Cabaret Review: Toyah Proves She’s Still Got It

November 9th, 2021

Proud Cabaret Review: Toyah Willcox proves she’s still got it in unmissable All Stars show

Toyah Willcox proved age is just a number when she made her debut in the All Stars Cabaret at Proud Embankment on Thursday night as part of her 13-show stint.

Toyah Willcox joined the Proud’s Cabaret All Stars for a series of performances last week and didn’t disappoint. The 63-year-old reprised her quirky punk rocker look to sing a string of hits alongside jazz musicians, award-winning acrobats, fire breathers and burlesque beauties.

During one of her performances, the musician sported a black high-neck mesh top covered with a silver breast plate, fishnet tights, knee-high boots and a quirky hairpiece.

• Continue reading at the Daily Express. See further info on Toyah with Proud Cabarethere.

Yahoo News: Is 60 Really The New 40?

November 9th, 2021

Is 60 really the new 40? It is for these stars

Not long ago, hitting your sixties meant getting old. Grandmas and grandads, retirement, perhaps a spot of light gardening and a couple of local committees. It certainly suggested grey hair, wrinkles and a general slowing-down.

But as life expectancy extends and the Boomer population ages, plenty of sixty-somethings are starting again – dating after divorce, remarrying, launching new projects and businesses, and fitting time with the grandchildren (if they have them) in between travel and trips.

This week, Toyah Willcox, known for her wild style and 80s pop hits including It’s a Mystery, appeared on This Morning, talking about her new role. Toyah, 63, looked 20 years younger and social media commentators were quick to admire her appearance – “Not having it that she’s 63” wrote one, while another tweeted, “Toyah looks fantastic!”

She’s not alone in holding back the years, with fellow gorgeous sixty-somethings including Emma Thompson, Andie McDowell, Demi Moore, Madonna and Julianne Moore, all still in the spotlight and looking remarkable.

• Continue reading at Yahoo News.

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Daily Star: Toyah Wows With Ageless Beauty

November 8th, 2021

Toyah Willcox, 63, wows with ageless beauty as she defends stripping off on camera

Toyah Willcox appeared on This Morning with Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield much to the delight of viewers as they praised the stunning pop sensation for her “fantastic looks”

This Morning viewers were left in absolute awe of pop sensation Toyah Willcox, 63, who appeared on the show this morning.

Toyah joined Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield for a spot on the sofa to discuss her transformation from punk princess to cabaret queen – and while she was chatting away, fans couldn’t help but focus on her glam exterior.

Toyah was wearing a purple and floral plunging top with a stunning blue necklace as she opted for a full face of glam makeup.

The blonde beauty had her hair neatly flicked out for volume and opted for a dark eye look and finished off with a bright red lip – and she certainly looked every inch of glamour as she spoke about her upcoming plans.

• Continue reading at the Daily Star. See also the Liverpool Echo.

NME: Robert and Toyah Cover Iggy Pop

November 8th, 2021

Watch Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox cover Iggy Pop

“Here we are rocking out with T on the kitchen table – mercy!”

Toyah Willcox and Robert Fripp have covered Iggy Pop’s ‘The Passenger’ in the latest of their Sunday Lunch video series.

The video specials began during the first coronavirus lockdown in the UK last year and quickly went viral as the couple put their spin on songs by David Bowie, Metallica, Britney Spears, Soft Cell and more.

• Continue reading at the NME. See also Metal Sucks.

Daily Mail: Toyah Storms The Proud Cabaret Stage

November 8th, 2021

Toyah Willcox, 63, dons a kooky silver breast plate and multicoloured hairpiece as she storms the stage for a performance at All Stars Cabaret

Toyah Willcox donned a fun multicoloured hairpiece and a kooky silver breast plate as she performed at All Stars Cabaret at London’s Proud Embankment on Friday.

The singer, 63, was known for her quirky ensembles when she rose to fame in the 1980s, and she looked spectacular in the outfit for her performance.

Completing the look, she wore a mesh mock neck T-shirt with racy hot pants which she paired with fishnet tights and thigh high leather boots.

She also wore a black tulle skirt which she fastened to the back of the shorts. On stage, the songstress changed into a smaller gold breast plate which she paired with a matching belt.

While performing, she changed into differing head dresses including an orange and cream one which fanned out over her head. She put on a lively display on stage as she laid back on the bannister of some stairs while belting out tunes.

The performance comes after Toyah starred in videos on YouTube wearing very racy ensembles during lockdown. She covered her nipples with black tape and went braless under a sheer embellished blouse in one video and shared the hashtag #FreeBritney, Toyah belted out her famous hit, Toxic, as she performed alongside her guitar-playing husband Robert Fripp, 74.

As well as her see-through top, Toyah wore a black mini skirt and top hat, wearing Clockwork Orange style make-up on one eye.

• Continue reading at the Daily Mail. See further info on Toyah with Proud Cabaret, here.

Metro: Sixty Seconds/Toyah Interview

November 5th, 2021

Toyah was interviewed in Tuesday’s Metro, in their “Sixty Seconds” feature, talking about Posh Pop, Proud Cabaret, Sunday Lunch, Robert Fripp, Billie Piper and more.

• Read the full interview at The Toyah Willcox Interview Archive. (Thanks to Minna)

Proud Cabaret: 80s Legend Toyah Willcox Joins All Stars

October 7th, 2021

80’s legend Toyah Willcox joins Proud’s Cabaret All Stars from Thursday 4th November!

Britain’s original punk princess Toyah Willcox will headline London’s most spectacular cabaret experience, ‘Proud Cabaret All Stars’ at Proud Embankment for select dates this November & December 2021.

Toyah is no stranger to the stage and screen, with over 40 plays and 10 feature films under her belt. A singer, actress and TV presenter with 8 top 40 hits, and 20 albums, Toyah is bringing her magic touch to Proud’s flagship venue, Proud Embankment this Autumn. Leading a cast of world-class cabaret, circus and burlesque superstars in an extraordinary show on in the heart of London.

Toyah will join current sell out headline acts: Denise Van Outen and Duncan James, following hot on the heels of recent hosts: the fabulous Julian Clary and comedy legend Bill Bailey.

‘I can’t wait to be part of Proud Cabaret All Stars Family and rock out to all the classics at this amazing venue’, comments Toyah Willcox.

TOYAH WILL BE HOSTING ON – NOV 4th, 11th, 17th, 24th, 30th. Dec 1st, 9th, 14th, 15th, 16th, 21st, 22nd

Tickets to see Toyah and all other star hosts are now on sale can be booked online at www.proudcabaret.com, or by calling the Proud sales team on: 020 7482 3867 

Alex Proud, CEO remarks – ‘I am thrilled & honoured to have Toyah join our Proud Cabaret All Stars family, A true original and real icon, I have been a fan since childhood, it is such an honour and a treat to have her on our stage”

An evening of pure indulgence and escapism will unfold along with a scrumptious three-course Asian Italian fusion menu devised exclusively for Proud by world class head chef Antonio Vacca together with fabulous cocktails and first-class service.

Joining Proud’s fabulous hosts on stage, Cirque du Soleil performer Katherine Karpovich will perform her incredible aerial act, plus international and award-winning cabaret star Pi the Mime reinvents the art of mime, blending it with dance, drag, clown and burlesque. Darlings of the Moulin Rouge J’Adore La Vie will bring their haute couture burlesque to the party and the infamous international burlesque show ghoul, horror diva and Brazilian bombshell Marie Devilreux is set to astonish.

Missa will leave audiences stunned with her mind-blowing sword swallowing, in tarnation burlesque sensation Jake Dupree will set hearts racing and multi-talented Leonie Alert will be showcasing her dare-devil fire skills.

Proud aims to ensure their guests have an unforgettable evening. With artists from the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil to the dazzling likes of Vegas showgirls, every moment is designed to impress, scare, wow, and captivate the audience.

Having benefited from considerable investments in the venue to include all Covid-19 safety measures, Proud Embankment has also undergone a complete makeover throughout lockdown making it the most glamorous and Instagrammable venue in the capital. Proud ensures that customers get the experience of a lifetime in the safest possible environment with a triple lockdown guarantee where, in the event of a lockdown or change in roadmap, a refund, reschedule or credit note will be offered.

THE SHOW: The spectacular showstopper Proud Cabaret All Stars features Europe’s most talented music, cabaret, drag and acrobatic acts, performing exclusively in the UK’s biggest and most opulent cabaret venue.

Each evening, Toyah Willcox will take to the stage to perform and introduce the audience to Proud’s unforgettable acts. Guests are treated to a delicious three-course menu with a welcome cocktail on arrival, while enjoying the spectacle in an opulent setting.

Proud Embankment is located in an iconic heritage building at the heart of the West End, situated underneath Waterloo Bridge on the North bank of the River Thames. The UK’s largest and most glamorous venue dedicated to the artform of Cabaret. Make a grand entrance down the lavish commanding staircase, take a step into the spotlight on our central stage, relax into the golden booths, peep behind the red curtain, and breathe in the perfumery of perfection.

Retro Pop: Toyah Lands ‘Cabaret All Stars’ Residency

October 7th, 2021

Toyah lands ‘Cabaret All Stars’ residency through November/December

Earlier this year, Toyah returned with ‘Posh Pop’, her first album in 13 years.

Toyah will perform a new ‘Cabaret All Stars’ show in London through November/December 2021. The singer, who scored her highest-charting solo album earlier this year with ‘Posh Pop’, will hit the stage at Proud Embankment on Wednesdays and Thursdays, beginning November 4.

“Britain’s punk princess joins Proud’s Cabaret All Stars for a limited run this November & December,” reads a teaser for the show.

• Continue reading at Retro Pop. See ticket booking info here.