Toyah Willcox is the latest chart star to play one of the north-east’s most popular music venues.
The former punk princess is to take the stage at Stonehaven Town Hall on September 18 and 19.
The gigs follow her successful recent appearance at Scone’s Rewind festival alongside other greats from the 1980s including Bananarama, Jimmy Somerville, Kim Wilde and Nik Kershaw.
The event is being organised by music shop owner Chris Stirk, who has also booked ska band Bad Manners, led by Buster Bloodvessel, for October and Scottish hard rock group Nazareth for next April.
She has already brought rockers Big Country to the town hall and was also responsible for a highly-acclaimed version of the musical Hairspray being put on there, with auditions about to start for a stage version of the hit movie Fame.
Chris, who also organises the popular open-air charity music festival Party in the Park, said: “These revival gigs usually turn out to be great nights out, with the acts giving their all and the crowd bopping along.
“Toyah is a uniquely gifted performer.
“She is charismatic, outspoken and one of Britain’s iconic household names.
“She is an award-winning rock legend as well as a much-loved actress and music composer and we are delighted she is the latest big act to come to Stonehaven.”
In a career spanning 30 years, Toyah has had 13 top-40 singles, recorded 20 albums, written two books and appeared in more than 40 stage plays, as well as making 10 films and presenting TV programmes ranging all the way from the Good Sex Guide Late to Songs of Praise.
She started on the road to fame in 1977 when film director Derek Jarman offered her the role of Mad in seminal punk epic Jubilee.
Hit singles It’s A Mystery, I Want to Be Free, Brave New World and Be Proud, Be Loud, Be Heard, plus the platinum albums Anthem and The Changeling, confirmed her status as one of the most significant talents of the ’80s.
In 1982, Toyah won the best female singer accolade at the Rock & Pop Awards, and in 2001 was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Central England in recognition of her distinguished achievements in performing arts, media and broadcasting.
Toyah tickets are available from Ma Simpson’s music shop, 26B Evan Street, Stonehaven, 01569 766264, and online at www.masimpsons.com.