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Review: Toyah Willcox, The Ballroom, Birmingham

[gallery order="DESC" columns="4"] 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. Throw in a few commercial classics including It's a Mystery and there was was enough material here to ensure it wasn't just for hardcore fans.

Roy Highfield, from New Road in Dudley, who was watching Willcox for the 17th time live, said: "She is absolutely brilliant. I love everything about her. I love her lyrics."

Review by David Lumb

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