Posts Tagged ‘Express & Star’

Express & Star: Toyah Wows Crowds in Wolverhampton

January 19th, 2020

Toyah Willcox wows crowds in Wolverhampton with show – in pictures

Singer, actress and punk icon Toyah, originally from King’s Heath, headlined the Slade Rooms on Saturday as part of her In The Court of the Crimson Queen tour.

The tour came to Wolverhampton on Saturday, after an October date at The Mill, in Birmingham, had to be rescheduled due to logistical reasons.

Toyah, whose career spans more than 40 years, is well known for hits including It’s A Mystery, Thunder in the Mountains and I Want To Be Free. She was supported on the night by Nature of Wires and Among the Echoes.

Toyah will return to the region later this year, joining forces with Hazel O’Connor for their Electric Ladies of the 80s Tour. The show comes to Birmingham Town Hall on Saturday, April 25. For tickets, visit

• Continue reading at the Express & Star. Tickets for the final Crimson Queen Tour date, at O2 Academy London next Saturday (25th January), are available here.

Express & Star: A Chance To Dance

September 23rd, 2019

A chance to dance as Party In The Park returns to Himley Hall – in pictures

It was a double Party in the Park at Himley Hall over the weekend with the clock turned back to the 1970s and 80s.

Saturday’s event saw the likes of Toyah Willcox and Neville Staple take to the stage as hundreds of people donned their best retro gear and danced the day and night away.

Then yesterday it was the turn of the mods with a Quadrophenia-themed party, attended by Toyah and other stars of the 1979 cult classic including Phil Daniels and Leslie Ash, who are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the movie.

There were hundreds of tents and camper-vans set-up at the historic South Staffordshire estate, that sits on the border of Dudley and Wolverhampton, as people gathered for a jam-packed weekend of fun organised by the Dubs Collective.

• Continue reading at the Express & Star. (Photo © Express & Star)

Express & Star: Toyah & Hazel To Play Birmingham Show

August 29th, 2019

Toyah Willcox and Hazel O’Connor will perform in Birmingham next year.

The duo will join forces for the Electric Ladies of the 80s tour, coming to the city’s Town Hall.

Born in Kings Heath, Birmingham, 61-year-old Toyah has amassed 10 hit singles and eight hit albums including the gold selling Anthem and her 2019 chart success, In The Court of the Crimson Queen.

The singer/songwriter is best known for songs such as I Want to Be Free, Thunder in the Mountains, Ieya, Danced, Rebel Run, Victims of the Riddle, The Vow and more.

Also an acclaimed actress, Toyah has performed on film and stages the world over including a role in The Who film, Quadrophenia.

Hazel O’Connor has released a number of hits, including Will You?, Eighth Day, D-Days, Give Me and Inch, Hanging Around, Big Brother and more.

The 64-year-old starred in British film Breaking Glass, for which she won the Variety Club Award and it’s accompanying soundtrack which saw her nominated for a BAFTA.

• Continue reading at the Express & Star.

Express & Star: Toyah Wows Wolves Crowd

November 5th, 2018

exandstar16aToyah Willcox wows crowds in Wolverhampton with new show – in pictures

Toyah Willcox wowed crowds of fans with a Sensational performance at Wolverhampton’s Slade Rooms.

The singer, songwriter and actress proudly presented her show TOYAH, featuring a full electric band, to celebrate 40 years in the music business. Now aged 60, the solo artist – who is from Birmingham – delighted fans with hit tracks including I Want To Be Free and Be Proud Be Loud.

The event was held in the city on Friday evening.

• Continue reading, and view a gallery of photos, at the Express & Star. (Photo © Dave Cox/Express & Star)


Express & Star: Toyah Talks Ahead of Wolverhampton Show

November 2nd, 2018

expstar18bBy her own admission, she’s not quite right.

Toyah Willcox lives in a perpetual state of confusion, imagining that she ought to be doing something else or working on something new.

She’s a little bit OCD – her words, not ours – and is never happier than when playing one thing off against the other.

And perhaps that’s no surprise. After all, the one-time High Priestess of Punk has carved out a remarkable career as musician, singer, songwriter, actress, producer and author. In a career spanning 40 years, she’s had eight Top 40 singles, released more than 20 albums, written two books and appeared in more than 40 stage plays and ten feature films.

She’s voiced and presented numerous TV shows and enjoyed such hits as It’s A Mystery, Thunder In The Mountains and I Want To Be Free. Now in her 60th year, it’s time to reflect. The entertainer who was born in King’s Heath, refused to move to London and now lives just up the road in Worcestershire, is back on the road with shows that double as a career retrospective.

She’ll headline Wolverhampton’s Slade Rooms on Friday as part of a whistlestop tour that celebrates both her 60th year and her 40th year in music.

“I’ve been in the business for 40 years so there’s a lot of music to cover. We cherry pick what we think will be a good fun high-energy night for the fans. Obviously we’ll do all the hits and I also have two singles scheduled for release next year, so they’re in the set.”

• Continue reading at the Express & Star.

Express & Star: Toyah Willcox To Play Wolverhampton

April 25th, 2018

exandstar16aThe Birmingham singer and actress will play The Slade Rooms on a tour celebrating her 40 years in music.

Toyah, from Kings Heath, is best known for songs such as It’s A Mystery, I Want To Be Free and Ieya. She will play the city centre venue on November 2.

• Continue reading at the Express & Star. More info on all four “Birthday” concerts here.

Express & Star: Toyah and Don Honoured on Walk Of Stars

December 13th, 2016

exandstar16aToyah Willcox and Don Maclean have both been honoured on the Birmingham Walk Of Stars.

Singer, actress and punk icon Toyah, originally from King’s Heath, attended a special presentation alongside Birmingham-born actor Maclean. Jasper Carrott, who has his own star, presented the Walk of Stars Awards with Birmingham Council leader, Councillor John Clancy.

Toyah, now 58, said: “I am thrilled to be receiving a star on the Birmingham Walk of Stars. Having spent my childhood and teenage years in this great city, I developed my love of music and theatre here, thanks to all the great music venues and theatres available within the one city.”

• Continue reading at the Express & Star. (Photo © Express & Star)


Express & Star: Birmingham Walk Of Stars

December 9th, 2016

exandstar16aToyah Willcox and Don Maclean take their place on Birmingham Walk of Stars, hosted by Jaspar Carrott

Two of Birmingham’s theatrical stars will light up the city with a special presentation on Sunday. Fans can join host Jasper Carrott as Toyah Willcox and Don Maclean take their place on the Birmingham Walk Of Stars

Birmingham Council leader, Councillor John Clancy, will present Walk of Stars Awards to singer and actress Toyah and comedian and actor Maclean. Both artists will also perform at the show.

• Continue reading at the Express and Star.

Express & Star: Joseph, Cats and Evita (and Toyah)

December 23rd, 2012

The Express & Star feature a photo of Toyah from this year’s Changeling Resurrection tour in their article on what’s playing at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre in Spring 2013.

Joseph, Cats and Evita coming to Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Cats and Evita are among the big shows coming to Wolverhampton as theatre bosses reveal their new spring line-up.

The Grand Theatre in Lichfield Street will also welcome Toyah Willcox, Hormonal Housewives, starring Toyah Willcox on April 2 and 3, features sketches about day-to-day problems that women face.

• Continue reading at the Express & Star.

Express & Star: TCRII @ Birmingham Review

November 1st, 2012

A review of last night’s Birmingham Ballroom gig, by David Lumb at the Express & Star.

Review: Toyah Willcox, The Ballroom, Birmingham

It’s more than 30 years since Toyah Willcox launched her solo career – but anyone who thought the Birmingham singer was done and dusted has reason to think again after a headbanging performance in her home city last night.

Dozens left the warmth of their homes on a cold and wet Wednesday evening to see an intimate gig at The Ballroom. Taking to the stage in a black Chinese-style dress with an ornate headdress and boots, she kicked off the show with Good Morning Universe, before moving on to Castaways, Blue Meaning, a song she said was inspired by Tolkien and the Black Country.

• Continue reading at the Express & Star.