SAGA UK: Toyah Willcox – Pearls Of Wisdom

May 14th, 2020

She has over 20 albums, 10 films and 40 plays under her belt, but Toyah’s biggest-ever tour has just been thwarted by the lockdown. How is she dealing with this setback, and what positive thoughts can she share with Julie Peasgood and the #notgoingoutclub?

Toyah talks being busy, not touring, the Sunday #lockdown videos, healthy eating and offers a few pearls of wisdom.

• Click below to watch the interview. See the SAGA UK preview clip of Toyah at Twitter.

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.

Help The Horn St Albans Survive The Covid-19 Crisis

May 13th, 2020

A venue Toyah has played live at in the past, The Horn in St Albans, needs financial help to survive through the current global health crisis.

The Horn needs your help. In light of the current situation regarding Covid-19/Coronavirus and as instructed by the government, The Horn is closed until further notice.

As always, the safety and health of staff, customers, artists and all others is of the utmost importance, our focus now needs to be on protecting the future of the venue and doing our best to ensure staff welfare.

Like so many other small, independent businesses, we now face an unpredictable and potentially very grave future and we need your help.

Put simply: without support and action during these times, The Horn will not survive and its staff will be placed in a vulnerable financial position. We are taking advice from the government re financial help and will apply for a business loan when it goes live. But all of these measure will still fall short paying our existing outgoings and losses.

We have decided to launch this funding page to help support our staff and pay essential bills. All funds raised on this page will be used to support staff financially while trying to safeguard and protect the future of the venue.

• Visit The Horn St Albans’ crowdfunding page at Crowdfunder.

BBC Media Centre: Jools Holland / BBC Radio 2

May 12th, 2020

In the first of a new series, Jools Holland opens the vault of his TV series Later… to rummage through three decades-worth of classic archive performances.

Tonight he revisits the very first episode of the show to play the Neville Brothers and to tease out the history of New Orleans music.

Formed in 1977 in New Orleans, The Neville Brothers’ eponymous debut album was released just a year later on Capitol Records. Composed of brothers Aaron, Art, Charles, Cyril and Ivan Neville, the band became a key fixture in the New Orleans music scene, going on to win a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Performance in 1990 for their song Healing Chant.

Also in this first episode Jools is joined by singer, actor and writer Toyah Willcox , who’ll be picking her own favourite Later… performances – including Muse, David Bowie and Bryan Ferry – and discussing her career with Jools. Willcox is a four-times Brit Award nominated singer-songwriter, actor and producer.

In a career spanning more than 40 years, she has released over 20 albums and achieved eight Top 40 singles, including I Want to Be Free and Thunder In The Mountains. In 2001 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Central England in recognition of her achievements in performing arts, media and broadcasting.

Ep 1/6 | Saturday 16 May | 8.00pm-9.00pm | BBC Radio 2: Presenter: Jools Holland | Producer: Mark Hagen for the BBC

Toyah on TV: Tales Of The Unexpected

May 12th, 2020

Tales Of The Unexpected: Sky Arts: Friday 22nd May: 1pm
Tales Of The Unexpected: Sky Arts: Sunday 24th May: 9am
Tales Of The Unexpected: Sky Arts: Monday 25th May: 9am
Blue Marigold. Series 5, Episode 1. Dropped by her agency for her diva-like behaviour, supermodel Marigold’s mental health deteriorates. Years later, she plots a comeback. Director: Giles Foster. Starring: Toyah Willcox, Ralph Bates, Sharon Duce, Helen Fraser, Billy Hamon, Edward Jewesbury.

Louder: Watch Robert Fripp and Toyah Perform Heroes for VE Day

May 10th, 2020

The King Crimson guitarist and his wife honour VE heroes with version of the David Bowie song

King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp and his wife Toyah have released a video of themselves performing a cover of David Bowie’s Heroes (a song Crimson themselves released back in 2017) to celebrate VE Day.

Fripp’s Uncle Bill, aka RAF Flight Sergeant Alfie Fripp, and Toyah’s own relative Beric Wilcox had both been in the armed services, Alfie Fripp even helped in the planning of The Great Escape. Radio 2 even played Bowie’s original version of Heroes in Fripp’s honour when he died, which of course featured his nephew on guitar.

Both Fripp and Toyah have been entertaining fans with humorous videos of themselves during lockdown, including the pair dancing and even performing ballet. Most can be seen on Toyah’s You Tube page.

• Continue reading at Louder. Visit Toyah’s You Tube channel.

Serbian Council of GB Fundraiser – It’s A Mystery

May 10th, 2020

The Serbian Council of Great Britain held an online fundraising concert on Sunday 3rd May 2020 as a call to action during the COVID Crisis. Toyah supported the cause by performing It’s A Mystery.

• Click on the screen shots below to see/hear Toyah’s full performance (begins 11m into the clip). Visit the crowdfunding page here.

Toyah on TV: Candy Wars TONIGHT!

May 10th, 2020

A reminder that Toyah appears in Candy Wars: Britain’s Favourite Sweets 2020 this evening.

Candy Wars: Britain’s Favourite Sweets 2020:
Channel 5: Sunday 10th May: 6.15pm & 7.10pm
Confectionery-loving celebrities crunch and chew their way through the public’s chosen top 20 goodies, while reminiscing about sweet TV adverts from times gone by. One lucky competition winner heads to a factory to invent her own sweet, there’s a visit to the world’s oldest sweet shop and one of the UK’s top competitive eaters tries to break a marshmallow-eating world record.

Featuring Janet Ellis, Kim Woodburn, Angela Griffin, Basil Brush, Ninia Benjamin, Justin Moorhouse, Catherine Tyldesley, Rosemary Shrager, Toyah Willcox, Samantha Giles and Duncan James.

VE Day 75: Toyah & Robert Fripp Vs King Crimson – Heroes

May 8th, 2020

Toyah and Robert Fripp paying tribute, via a moving performance of David Bowie’s Heroes, on VE Day 75, to all those who gave so much.

Backing track: King Crimson Live In Berlin on September 12th. 2016.

Personnel: Gavin Harrison, Jeremy Stacey, Pat Mastelotto, Mel Collins, Tony Levin, Jakko Jakszyk & Robert Fripp. Fairy dustings provided by Bill Rieflin.

Recorded and mixed by Chris Porter. Produced by Chris Porter with Robert Fripp & David Singleton. Used by permission.

Vocal track & video: Toyah Willcox, at home in the kitchen, Middle England; May 5th. 2020 on iPhone. Vocal & backing track mix: Jakko Jakszyk.

The guitar used in the video is RF’s Les Paul serial no. 9-1986; used on all KC albums 1969-74; and on the Heroes session in Berlin with David Bowie, Tony Visconti & Brian Eno at the Hansa Studios, July 1977.

The two VE Day Heroes being celebrated within the Fripp and Willcox families:

Uncle Bill, aka RAF Flight Sergeant Alfie Fripp https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfie_Fripp, who helped in planning The Great Escape.

Beric Willcox of the Royal Navy, based in Alexandria, who guarded convoys in the Mediterranean https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Mediterranean.

• Watch/Listen at You Tube. Continue reading at DGM Live.

Dreamscape News Archive: February – April 2020

May 8th, 2020

Dreamscape’s Toyah news for February to April 2020 has now been archived. Interviews, press clips, official news, Toyah’s tweets, radio appearances, releases, television listings and much more. Click below to visit our News Archive, where you can plough through 240 months of Toyah news.

Official Toyah: Something Special Premieres Tomorrow!

May 7th, 2020

Something special premieres at Toyah’s You Tube channel at 07:00 BST, Friday 8th May 2020 for #VEDay #veday75 #veday2020 #toyahwillcox #robertfripp  (Photos © Toyah Willcox)

Dreamscape: Website Restored

May 7th, 2020

After almost three weeks of work and hassle this website has been sorted and restored to the format which works best. The database was also saved, meaning the past eight years of Toyah news in this format are also restored. I quite liked the temporary version but this permanent format uses advanced functions to categorise and tag news posts, something Toyah’s eclectic and busy career needs. (Some photos from 2012 are still missing. I’m working on fixing this)

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Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

May 7th, 2020

Let’s Rock 80s Lockdown Fest: Toyah is taking part in the Let’s Rock 80s Lockdown Fest on Saturday 16th May, 7-10pm… Tune in from your home

Official Toyah: Unicorn Bolero Sunday Lockdown Lunch #toyahwillcox #robertfripp #bolero #unicorn #lockdown – Continue watching…

BBC Archive: #OnThisDay 1981: Toyah Willcox and Chris Phipps crowned the winner of The Poser competition on Look! Hear!Take a trip back to the 80s…

Big Issue North: In The Frame – Derek Jarman: Best known as a film-maker, Jarman was also a diarist and artist. From pop to politics, his work epitomises 1980s culture but remains vital today – Contnue reading…

Hero Magazine: Jubilee, Mouth Music and Magnolia: In Jubilee, Derek Jarman tells the story of a time-travelling Queen Elizabeth who arrives in 1979 to find her kingdom destroyed by punks. It’s a gloriously unhinged celebration of chaos, where hierarchy is demolished and renegades are given free rein – Continue reading…

Toyah on TV: Carol Decker’s 30 Rock Chicks!

May 7th, 2020

Carol Decker’s 30 Rock Chicks!: NOW 80s: Friday 8th May: 9pm
T’Pau’s Carol Decker brings a bit of Heart and Soul to a countdown of ’80s ladies who like to rock! With Joan Jett, Tina Turner, Stevie Nicks and Pat Benatar. (as well as Toyah via the Thunder In The Mountains video)

Noise In Your Head: Signed Edition Available Again!

May 5th, 2020

Great news! The Signed Box Set version of Toyah & The Humans’ Noise In Your Head – An Amazon Exclusive – is available again to order. This will no doubt be very temporary so get yours while you can! **Update – It’s Sold Out again**

Invasion Planet Earth: DVD at a Great Price!

May 4th, 2020

What a bargain this is – The Invasion Planet Earth DVD has been reduced to just £3 by Amazon. This may not last long. The DVD includes a Making Of documentary, deleted scenes, commentary + Toyah’s Step Into The New World promo video. Invasion Planet Earth is a really enjoyable two hours of sci-fi.

Toyah & The Humans: 21st Century Schizoid Man

May 3rd, 2020

Seriously amazing. Seven minutes of magnificence! We miss you Bill.

Toyah on TV: Quatermass – Chapter One: Ringstone Round

May 3rd, 2020

Quatermass: Talking Pictures TV: Tue 19th May: 9pm
Chapter One: Ringstone Round. Quatermass (John Mills), now living in retirement in Scotland, travels to London in search of his granddaughter, Hettie Carlson, who has gone missing. He is shocked by the scale of the urban collapse that has struck the city – law and order has broken down and marauding gangs terrorise the litter-strewn, decaying streets. The fall of civilization has been general across the world. Appearing as a guest on a television programme covering the “Hands in Space” project, a joint space mission between the United States and Russia, Quatermass is horrified when the two spacecraft are destroyed by some unknown force.

Astronomer Joe Kapp, another guest on the programme, invites Quatermass to join him at his home in the country where he and two friends have constructed two radio telescopes. At the radio telescope site, Kapp’s colleagues report that they detected a powerful signal at the exact time of the incident in space. Quatermass is intrigued by the behaviour of a group of hippie-like youngsters known as the Planet People, who are travelling to various neolithic sites (about 5,000 years old) from where they believe they will be transported to a better life on another planet.

Quatermass suspects Hettie has joined them. Along with Kapp’s wife, Claire, Quatermass and Kapp follow a group of Planet People to a stone circle of megaliths, Ringstone Round. As they watch, the Planet People assembled inside the circle are bathed in a bright light and disappear, leaving only a residue of white dust behind..

This episode originally aired on 24th October 1979 on the ITV network and was watched by 12.4m viewers in the UK.

The 1979, four-part, mini series Quatermass (also known as The Quatermass Conclusion or Quatermass IV) is airing weekly from Tuesday 19th May. Stars John Mills, Simon McCorkindale, Barbara Kellerman, Ralph Arliss, Rebecca Saire, Toyah Willcox, David Yip, Alison Dowling.

• Talking Pictures TV is An Archive Film & TV Channel. Available on the following platforms/channels: Freeview 81, YouView 81, Freesat 306, Sky 328 and Virgin 445.

Toyah & The Humans: Noise In Your Head

May 3rd, 2020

The Limited Edition Amazon Exclusive edition of Toyah & The Humans’ Noise In Your Head box set sold out in just a few hours of being available to order yesterday. This included a signed print “from one human to another” by Toyah. The edition of the box set which doesn’t include the print is still available to order online.

Official Toyah: Lockdown Unicorn Bolero Sunday Lunch

May 3rd, 2020

Two unicorns in unison! It’s the Unicorn Bolero Sunday Lockdown Lunch. (© Toyah Willcox)

Toyah on the Radio: BBC Radio 2 – Jools Holland

May 2nd, 2020

Jools Holland: BBC Radio 2: Saturday 16th May: 8pm
Toyah is Jools’ guest! Join Jools Holland for the first in a new series where he and a guest explore the Later… archive, picking out some favourite moments and discussing some of their favourite artists along the way. Kicking it off is singer, songwriter & actress Toyah, who picks the likes of Bryan Ferry, & Muse, as well as discussing her work and career.

“Later…with Jools Holland” is the UK’s favourite music TV programme, with an archive that stretches back 25 years full of amazing performances by legendary artists. This series – and its companion shows on BBC2 – is the first to properly explore this remarkable heritage, bringing back to BBC airwaves a treasure trove of musical delights!