Drummer Wanted

We’re sorry to announce that our new drummer, Claudio Espinosa has decided to leave us this weekend. We wish him all the best in his future. As such, we have a vacancy behind the drum kit. If you would like to play the drums with Harlequin’s Kiss, message us on facebook, or email us: harlequinskiss.band@gmail.com


Harlequin’s Kiss return to the Gunmakers

Harlequin’s Kiss are pleased to announce that we will be returning to our long-running home, The Gunmakers Arms, on 11th March 2018. Entry will be free, with the show starting at 7pm.

As announced yesterday, this will be a performance by a one-night-only version of our line-up, with Chris Parry returning to the drums for this show. Chris was the drummer for the recording of our 4-track EP, Playing Rough, which will be available on CD at the show for the princely sum of £4. With Chris no longer regularly associated with the band, this will be a rare opportunity for signature collectors.

We will be supported this time around by singer-song writer Brad Stokes, whose projects include the bands City Street Lights and Waves Against Tides. A winner of ‘Sam Kanes search for a star’ 2017, Brad is influenced by rock, blues, country and Americana.

The Gunmakers Arms is at 92 Bath Street, Birmingham, B4 6HG

Drummers: The Changing of the Guard

This week is bittersweet for us. Early in the new year, Giulio Tarrantino informed us that he intends to return to Italy and will no longer be able to play the drums for Harlequin’s Kiss. This is our final week with him behind the kit. His musical instincts meshed beautifully with the Harlequin’s Kiss sound and his presence behind us on stages all over the West Midlands will be sorely missed. Our loss will be the Italian rock scene’s gain.

We are, however, lucky enough to have found his replacement in surprisingly short order. We hope you will give a warm welcome to Claudio Espinosa. A natural blues-rock drummer, Claudio has slipped very quickly into the rhythm of our music and is looking very close to being gig-ready after only two weeks of rehearsals.

Claudio is currently being trained on the core of our set. We have not set deadlines for returning to regular gigging, but we will be announcing things as soon as we’re happy that the band is tight again.

We have decided not to let this change affect our plans for 2018. It was our intention to hit the recording studio at the end of February, and we will be doing so with Mike subbing on drums for the first batch of planned recordings. We will also be playing our first gig of 2018 on 11th March, with our former drummer Chris Parry returning for one night only. Further details will be announced tomorrow.


Gunmakers Arms tonight

There has been a last-minute change of line-up at this evening’s show at the Gunmakers Arms. Charlotte Young is unfortunately unable to perform. Instead we’re proud to present Redditch-based acoustic duo Act of the Risen.

Act of the Risen is an energetic acoustic act from redditch and Wolverhampton who do a wide range of covers and original and are always looking to push.

The Gunmakers Arms is at 92 Bath Street, Birmingham, B4 6HG


November Gig Round-up

It’s a big month for us this November, with no fewer than 3 places you can catch us.

Coming up this weekend, on Saturday 4th November we’ll be at the Victoria on John Bright Street in Birmingham for the Soundwaves Music Competition live auditions. We’re on the 2.30pm show and tickets are available both online and through the band. Just email us at harlequinskiss.band@gmail.com. Tickets are £5 in advance and the show will feature a host of talented local acts over a 2-hour session.

On Sunday 5th November, we’ll be headlining the Gunmakers Arms in Birmingham as part of their regular run of Sunday night music. With support from Charlotte Young, this is a free event at a venue that we have a lot of affection for. The show starts at 7.00pm, although the venue is open all afternoon beforehand.

Finally, on Friday 24th November we head out to the Giffard Arms in Wolverhampton, where we’ll be supporting Forever Sabbath, a Black Sabbath tribute. The show also features My Great Affliction. Doors open at 7.30pm for what is shaping up to be an entertaining night of rock and metal. Tickets are £5 in advance and £6 on the door, and advance tickets are available through the bands. Email us at harlequinskiss.band@gmail.com.


Giffard Arms, Wolverhampton

We’re pleased to announce that we’re joining Forever Sabbath on stage at the Giffard Arms on 24th November.

Forever Sabbath is a Black Sabbath tribute act covering both Ozzy and Dio eras of the band.

Details are being finalised and we’ll announce them as we get more information. We do know that tickets will be £5 and will be available via the bands very soon.

The Giffard Arms is at 64 Victoria Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 3NX


Harlequin’s Kiss at The Victoria

Harlequin’s Kiss are pleased to announce that we have successfully completed a video audition for this year’s national Soundwaves Music Competition. This means that we will be competing in the live auditions in Birmingham along with a number of other bands.

Harlequin’s Kiss will be performing in the second afternoon audition on 4th November at 2.30pm. As you can guess from the headline, this will be at one of Birmingham’s best-loved small venues, The Victoria. For the small sum of £5, you can be there to support us, as well as see some of the finest West Midlands musical talent on stage with us.

Tickets will be available on the door, and can be bought in advance here. When filling out the order form, remember to select “Birmingham Live Auditions (4th November)” and showtime “2.30PM”. It’ll be a boost if you fill our name out in the fan box.

Besides the prestige of playing in the Victoria, what this competition offers us is the possibility of playing the main stage at the local O2 Academy, and the possibility of joining a UK tour. The competition is judged on performance and musicianship, but having some of our favourite harlequins in the building with us can’t hurt.

The Victoria is at 48 John Bright Street, Birmingham, B1 1BN.


5th November – support confirmed

We’re pleased to announce that for our show at the Gunmakers Arms we will be supported by no less a talent than Charlotte Young.

Young is a country singer-songwriter from the West Midlands. A frequent traveller and performer, she is constantly creating new music and new experiences. Inspired by the country greats and classic rock icons, she is bringing a little bit of Nashville to Birmingham.


The evening kicks off at 7.30 pm and is free entry.

The Gunmakers Arms is at 92 Bath Street, Birmingham, B4 6HG


Support confirmed for Queen’s Head show

We’re pleased to announce that tomorrow’s show will feature Rise to the Throne, a four piece metal/hardcore band from the Midlands that makes brutal chugs and makes you want to move. There will also be a mystery guest.

The price on the door is £2 and the venue is the Queen’s Head, Queen Street, Redditch B98 8AY.

Queens Head 2017


Harlequin’s Kiss in Redditch this Friday

Harlequin’s Kiss have been booked to play the Queen’s Head in Redditch this Friday. Other acts are to be confirmed, but we will be playing our full show on Friday 15th September. Doors open at 8pm. The Queen’s Head is on Queen Street, Redditch, Worcestershire, B98 8AY.