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Bournemouth Daily Echo: Electric Ladies Tour at Dorset

January 11th, 2020

Toyah and Hazel O’Connor to bring their Electric Ladies of the 80s tour to Dorset

Innovators of post punk and new wave during their eighties heyday, much-loved artists, Toyah, 61, and Hazel O’Connor, 64, are delighted to join forces to bring forth their new tour, Electric Ladies of the 80s.

It calls in at the Tivoli, Wimborne, on April 18.

Two of the most recognisable artists of the modern era, Toyah and Hazel have a combined back catalogue of around 60 albums as well as a number of television and film credits between them dating back to the late seventies.

Initially meeting when auditioning for Breaking Glass in 1980, alongside Kate Bush, the careers of the two musicians have ran somewhat parallel without actually crossing paths, until now.

Speaking of their finally hitting the road together Hazel giggled: “Toyah and I, we just work together, although it’s taken us forty years to do this. We finally get the opportunity to do it and it’s great; I always love watching her perform, she’s certainly the roadmap of my life and her music has always been a part of it.”

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Bournemouth Daily Echo: Upton Festival 2017

May 31st, 2017

uptonfestival17bHere’s who will appearing at the Upton House Music Festival

There’s less than two weeks to go until Upton House and Country Park in Poole becomes a showcase for some of the biggest names in the music business. The three-night festival kicks off with a Classical Spectacular on Thursday, June 8, followed by an ’80s Extravaganza on Friday, closing with internationally renowned singer-songwriter, Michael Bolton on Saturday, June 9.

Billy Ocean, the king of R&B is headlining the 80s Extravaganza on Friday, 9 June with Kim Wilde and Toyah co-starring.

The pop star and actress has close links with Dorset through her 30-year marriage to Wimborne born and bred King Crimson musician, Robert Fripp, and her time spent living in Witchampton.

She said: “Dorset is very close to my heart and I love returning there whenever I can. It will be great fun playing Upton House Music Festival as well as meeting up with a few old friends.”

Toyah, whose 13 top 40 hits included It’s A Mystery, I Want To Be Free, and Thunder In The Mountains also includes a starring role in the mod movie Quadrophenia and work with Sir Laurence Olivier on her 35-year CV.


She added: “I love the variety in my career – it keeps it all fresh and I’ll certainly be looking to put on a colourful, energetic and exciting show for the 80s fans at Upton House.”

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Bournemouth Echo: Toyah To Play Loud And Proud

June 4th, 2015

bde15bToyah to play loud and proud at Mr Kyps

Punk star Toyah Willcox comes to Poole next week for a gig at Mr Kyps. The 56-year-old singer, actress and reality TV star – who hit the charts in 1981 with It’s A Mystery and I Want To Be Free and appeared in The Who-inspired 1979 film Quadrophenia and Derek Jarman’s seminal Jubilee- will be at the Lower Parkstone venue on June 13, to give her Proud, Loud and Electric gig.

From punk princess to cult stage actress and high priestess of TV, Toyah Willcox is one of Britain’s iconic household names – an award-winning rock legend as well as a much-loved stage/screen actress and music composer.

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Bournemouth Daily Echo: Toyah Pampered by Student Beauticians

April 1st, 2013

Stars of the play Hormonal Housewives were treated to a special pampering session courtesy of students from Poole and Bournemouth College.

Toyah Willcox joined co-stars Julie Coombe and Sarah Buckley at Poole Lighthouse to relax before the show with the full Girls Night Out package comprising of beauty treatments, cupcakes and cocktails.

The Hormonal Housewives comedy arrived at the Lighthouse for one night on Thursday following a hugely successful tour last year. It features sketches looking at everything that makes today’s women tick – from the joys of teenagers to the insanity of DIY.

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Bournemouth Daily Echo: Toyah Willcox, The Hormonal Housewife

March 25th, 2013

Toyah talks health, touring, Bournemouth, Hormonal Housewives and more to the Bournemouth Daily Echo in an interview published Saturday.

If Toyah Willcox is describing it as ‘outrageous’, there’s a fair chance her new show, Hormonal Housewives, doesn’t fall into the realm of vanilla-coloured.

The former punk princess has never been one to happily slink under the radar. From being a rebellious teenager she morphed with astonishing fluidity into roles including huge rock icon (she’s had 13 Top 40 singles and released more than 20 albums), successful actress, writer and even Songs of Praise presenter.

On Thursday she’s coming to Lighthouse with the comedy sketch show she describes as ‘celebrating modern womanhood’.

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