80s punk icons Toyah Willcox and Hazel O’Connor team up for Electric Ladies tour

Two Eighties icons have finally teamed up to tour together for the first time.

Toyah Willcox and Hazel O’Connor have been friends for 40 years and share a fan base.

Yet they have never had time to link up…until now.

The punk pair will take their Electric Ladies Of The 80s tour on the road in April.

Toyah, 61, said: “I think it’s about 40 years in the making.

“Our schedules have never allowed it before now, and finally it has been made possible.

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“We have always spoken to each other about doing it over the 40 years of knowing each other, and now it’s happening.”

Toyah hit the big time in 1976 with a role in the BBC play Glitter.

Since then she has forged parallel careers as an actress and a singer.

As two of the leading ladies of the punk and new wave movements, Toyah and Hazel’s paths were intertwined right from the very start.

And music lovers were often fans of both artists’ material.

The women will celebrate that by finishing the show with a joint set, as well as playing their own biggest hits. Hazel, 64, said: “The fans are all really excited about the tour.

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“I know that a lot are Hazel and Toyah fans, so it’ll be fantastic for them.”

Toyah, who stars in soon to be released film Invasion Planet Earth, added: “We just posted the first picture of Hazel and I rehearsing together, and they’re all so excited.”

The women will take an hour each and then perform together.

Toyah said: “It’s going to be a very ‘up on your feet’ evening. Our hits bridge from Punk into New Wave so it’s going to be high-energy, which is just what our audience want.

“It’s a lot of fun. We’re good friends, so we’re enjoying it immensely.”

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Hazel, who is best known for her role in Breaking Glass, said: “We’ll have four covers of people who shaped us or shaped our audience.

“One is a David Bowie song, one Bob Marley, one Iggy Pop and one a Marc Almond song.

“It’s such a pleasure to do what I do and when I meet my audience afterwards I love it.

“It feels like I’m not just messing around or being some plastic icon.”

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