Harlequin’s Kiss are pleased to announce that, in advance of our August show, we’ve been asked to join Springstock at the Tennis Courts pub in Great Barr.
Springstock Music Festival was born in July 2000 when Alan Knowles, older brother of Bright Eyes founding member Rob Knowles; was diagnosed with Cancer. With the diagnosis came the cost of care as his condition worsened. So as Alan was passionate about music, having spent time in the seventies finding moderate success with his band Bright Eyes in which he was lead vocalist, Rob, lead guitarist of the band, along with several close friends decided the best way to raise money and have fun was to put on a live musical event… and so they did.
The very first Springstock was held at a local Tennis Club called The Springfield, hence Springstock. The main goal of this event was to raise money for Alan to purchase equipment that would mean he could live comfortably at home – which it did. After that a second event was held to raise money for a powered wheelchair, a Springstock 1.5 so to speak.
By the second year Alan had been placed into a hospice in Evesham as his condition had worsened. However Rob and his friends continued with Springstock and raised money for the hospice. Sadly Alan passed away shortly afterwards but rather than close it down Rob and his friends decided to continue the event in memory of Alan and so they continued the Springstock, year after year, donating all proceeds to the hospice that cared for Alan during his final months.
By Springstock 5 the event had grown, become much anticipated locally and had found a new home at the Garden Gate pub in Hamstead. Sadly, co-founder and drummer for The Truckers and good friend of Rob and Alan, Gary Higgs suffered a major Heart attack and passed away that same year. Again, to keep Gary’s memory and love of music alive Rob began to raise money for the British Heart Foundation as well as the hospice in memory of the two great musicians.
Harlequin’s Kiss will be joining the 2019 line-up along with Luke Knowles, Eliza May, Holly Fitzgerald, Jack Cattell, 973Live, SUE, Crazy Doctor Bruce and The Sidewinders, and
W!RED. Entry is £5, and proceeds will go to the British Heart Foundation and Macmillan Cancer Support. The event kicks off at noon.
The Tennis Court pub is on Walsall Road, Perry Barr, Birmingham, B42 1TY