Posts Tagged ‘Decades 2012’

In Cumbria: Decades Festival Rolls Back The Years

June 1st, 2012

Headliners included Toyah Willcox, Ed Tudorpole and David Van Day.

Thousands of people enjoyed the warm weather and the atmosphere was electric around the town centre pubs, where the festival was based.

Toyah was perhaps the most anticipated artist in the build-up to the festival and she didn’t disappoint. The 1980s punk princess played to a bumper crowd at Club Ice on Saturday night Van Day was the headline act on Friday at Club Ice, performing cover hits from the 60s to the 90s with his wife Sue Moxley.

• Continue reading at In Cumbria. View all of our Decades 2012 news here.

Times & Star: Toyah Chills At Club Ice

June 1st, 2012

Welcome to June! It begins with a new Toyah interview, published yesterday, by the ‘Times & Star’.

Toyah Willcox backstage cuts quite a different figure from the rebellious punk musician of the 1980s.

Relaxing before her performance at Workington’s Decades Festival, she is down-to-earth and happy to chat.

“Everyone here is chilled out in a way I am not used to,” she says, “If you work in London everyone is wound up and tense. Earlier a man asked for my picture and held my bum. I thought ‘this is like a different world’.

“It’s a happy atmosphere. It’s nice to see people relaxing. I live in Worcester and people there don’t seem very relaxed. That says something about the quality of life here.”

• Continue reading at the Times & Star.

Toyah @ Decades Festival: Music Mafia UK Review

May 29th, 2012

A review, by ‘Music Mafia UK’, of Toyah’s ‘Decades Festival’ PA last Saturday.

Saturday night in Workington saw 80’s punk princess Toyah perform her first ever gig here and a very packed out Club Ice were the lucky devils to welcome her as part of the first ever Decades Weekend.

Toyah took to the stage clad in a metal dress and a vibrant feathered head-dress and went straight into “Echo Beach”. With Toyah’s distinctive vocals reverberating around the club, the crowd lapped up every note from this 80’s icon.

• Continue reading at Music Mafia UK.

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Decades Festival 2012: Toyah by Music Mafia UK

May 29th, 2012

There’s a selection of great photos of Toyah, off and onstage, from last weekend’s ‘Decades Festival 2012’ in Cumbria at the Music Mafia UK website. They also have galleries at flickr and Facebook. (Photos © Music Mafia UK | Thanks to Thomas Lennon)

Times & Star: Thousands Enjoy Cumbrian Music Festival

May 28th, 2012

Thousands of people were taken on a trip back through time at the first Decades Festival in Workington at the weekend.

The three-day music feast saw acts including Toyah Willcox, The Quireboys and David Van Day wow the crowds on a baking hot weekend. The atmosphere was electric around the town centre pubs where the festival was based.

Toyah Willcox was perhaps the most anticipated artist in the build-up to the festival and she didn’t disappoint. The 1980s punk princess played to a bumper crowd at Club Ice on Saturday night. The audience reacted wildly to her energetic stage presence, her flamboyant metal-studded dress and brightly-coloured headwear.

• Continue reading at the Times & Star.

Toyah News Briefs

May 28th, 2012

• Toyah @ Twitter: Over the last few days Toyah has tweeted about writing for The Humans’ third album, a meeting with ‘Vintage TV’, the weather, Eurovision, and her visits to Cumbria and Minehead for gigs over the weekend. Visit Toyah’s Official Twitter page.

• A huge gallery of photos of Toyah at The Stroke Association Ball the weekend before last are now available to view/buy at the Ragsdale Photography website.

Your Source Today: Win a pair of tickets to Audley End’s 80’s Night. Toyah, along with Rick Astley, Nik Kershaw, T’Pau and numerous others, play Audley on Saturday 4th August. (Closing date for entries: 23rd June 2012)

• Toyah at BBC iPlayer: The final episode of J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, (Spring Cleaning Time Again), is now available to listen to at iPlayer. It will remain online until next Monday.

Fupa Games: When we think of the 80s, we think of Spectrum and Atari. We think of Jet Pac, Combat, Big Country, Toyah Willcox, Kim Wilde and Crystal Palace FC, Top Deck Shandy, KP Outer Spacers and Smash Hits. But most of all we think of Pacman! (Thanks to Simon)

• Either… this is a leaked photo from Series 7 (or Season 33) of Doctor Who: Metal-clad Motrakeb has just torn off the head of the Glow King as she is approached by an Auton disguised as a British Policeman… or it’s a photo of Toyah in Cumbria on Saturday night where she played the ‘Decades’ festival… I’m opting for the former!!

Times & Star: Travel Through The Decades With Toyah

May 25th, 2012

… At Workington Festival

Music stars David Van Day, Toyah Willcox and Ed Tudor-Pole are among the acts performing at new Workington festival Decades this weekend.

The three-day festival of music, from the 1960s to the 1990s, kicks off tonight at 7pm and is based around the town’s popular pub ‘circuit’. Acts will perform at Club Ice, Red House, The Well, Circuit Bar, Dukes, Chasers, Vine Bar, The Royal British Legion, Curwen Arms and Yankees.   Van Day will take the stage at Club Ice tonight, followed by local performer Tony Herald and folk musician Edwin Duke.

The club will tomorrow see performances from 80s star Toyah, The Kommitments and local band No Idea. Doors open from 7pm.

• Continue reading at the Times & Star.

Toyah Live 2012: Decades/Here & Now

May 25th, 2012

Another busy weekend lies ahead for Toyah. Tomorrow night she headlines the second day of the weekend long ‘Decades Festival’ taking place in Workington, Cumbria, with a live PA at Club Ice. On Sunday there’s a full-band headlining gig at the ‘Here and Now 80s Weekender’ in Minehead. Click on each of the below for further details. Visit Toyah’s official Gigs page for info on all the upcoming 2012 live dates. View all of our Decades news.

Toyah Live 2012: May Gigs

May 9th, 2012

The three remaining Saturdays, and final Sunday, of May see Toyah playing three festivals and a live PA in various parts of the country.

This Saturday is Let’s Rock The Moor 2012, an Eighties festival in Cookham, Berkshire. Other bands include Heaven 17, China Crisis and Nick Heyward. This is a full band gig.

On Saturday 19th May Toyah appears at The Stroke Association’s 20th Anniversary Ball in County Durham. The information on this that was previously available at TSA’s website has been removed. There was a tweet yesterday advising that only one table was still available, so this possibly means the fundraiser has now sold out.

On Saturday 26th May Toyah plays another festival. Decades in Workington, Cumbria. This is another PA and Toyah will play at Club Ice, headlining the Saturday night of the event.

There’s another full band gig the following night: The ‘Here and Now’ Weekender at Minehead. Toyah is headlining the final night, Sunday 27th May. Visit the official Gigs page at for more details on all these dates and many others.

Decades Festival: Official Website/Flyer/Facebook

April 9th, 2012

The official website for the Workington ‘Decades Festival 2012’ has been launched today. Toyah plays a live PA at the festival on Saturday 26th May, at Club Ice.

Decades Weekend May 25/26/27

The Fortunes, The Fourmost, Billy Walker, The Quireboys, New Amen Corner, Toyah Willcox, David Van Day and Ed Tuderpole. Line Up, Gallery and Ticket pages coming soon. Lets get Workington rocking.

• Visit the site. Click below to view the official ‘Decades’ flyer. Visit their Facebook page here.

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Music Mafia UK: Decades Weekend Festival Announced

April 9th, 2012

Decades is a festival with something for everyone. After watching trade slowly go down publicans in Workington decided to create a festival for all with the expertise of Maryport Festivals and bring the town back to life. We will have music genres such as pop, blues, rock, indie, seventies sixties and eighties.

If you cant find something you like then your not looking. Take a trip down memory lane and remember the days of the old school yard, you know you want to. With some old favourites such as The Fortunes, The Fourmost, Billy Walker, The Quireboys and New Amen Corner on the pub trail it will be hard to beat. Then in Club Ice for Toyah Willcox, David Van Day and Ed Tuderpole in the main venue you will be spoiled for choice.

• Continue reading, at ‘Music Mafia UK’, here.

Official Toyah: More Live Dates Announced

April 2nd, 2012

More new gigs, festivals and PAs for Toyah have been confirmed by the official website.

Toyah plays the ‘Decades Festival’ in Workington on Saturday 26th May, a return to ‘Blackpool Pride’, with a live PA at the North Pier Theatre, on Saturday 9th June. There’s also a return to ‘Manchester Pride’, headlining the Women’s Stage at Sackville Gardens on Sunday 26th August.

• All the details are available on the Gigs page at

Times & Star: Toyah To Headline Workington

March 16th, 2012

A variety of publications, including the ‘Times & Star’, report on Toyah headlining the Workington ‘Decades’ Festival.


Singing star Toyah Wilcox will headline Workington’s Decades town centre music festival later this year.

The 1980s self-styled punk princess, best known for chart hit It’s A Mystery, will perform at the event between May 25 and 27.

Toyah’s career spans 30 years and she has had 13 top 40 singles, recorded 20 albums, presented TV programmes and appeared on ITV’s I’m A Celebrity . . . Get Me Out Of Here! She recently starred in the West End rock show Vampires Rock.

The Decades festival will be based around 12 pubs and clubs on the town centre “circuit” and will celebrate music from the 1960s to the 1990s. Set up by Paul McGee, landlord of the Red House, and run by Maryport Festivals Limited, it promises a weekend of musical nostalgia.

• Read the full report, at the ‘Times & Star’ website, here.