Breaking News


Harlequin’s Kiss are pleased to announce that on 12th October we’re returning to the Actress & Bishop in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter to open a night of extreme metal. The headline act are Steorrah, a four-piece from the Rhineland who blend a doomier version of Swedish death metal with song-oriented prog and jazz and an almost British sense of melancholy.

The middle spot on the bill will be taken by Rannoch, who offer a refreshing take on the progressive death metal subgenre with focused extremity, fastidious technical precision, and rich songwriting skills.

This is going to be one hell of a night, and we can guarantee that it will be like nothing you’ve ever seen before!

Advance tickets are available here, or can be purchased on the door for the bargain sum of £5.

The Actress & Bishop is located at 36 Ludgate Hill, Birmingham, B3 1EH.

New Drummer!

With yesterday’s gig announcement, you’re probably wondering who exactly is keeping rhythm for us. Chris has indeed left us, and our silence over September has been because we’ve been training his replacement.

We were lucky this time. By some miracle we found a new drummer within a week of Chris announcing his intentions. This guy has taken to our material like a duck to water, allowing us to get back out and playing with a six week turnaround.

This man has an international flavour: he’s Italian, and his previous experience includes a stint with a party band in Poland. He now joins the tour de force that is Harlequin’s Kiss.

Ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to announce that the man making his debut on sticks with us at the Haygate in Telford is none other than Giulio Tarantino! He hits the stage with us for the first time on 3rd October, when we support Fear Me December.

We’re Coming to Telford!

After a month-long hiatus, we’re back in action at the Haygate, supporting Argentine power pop meistros Fear Me December on their “Violence” tour of the UK. (With any luck, there won’t be any actual violence.)

The Haygate is a well-established and popular live music venue in Wellington, Telford.

We’re led to believe that entry will be free on the night, so come and join us!

(More details, including additional support, will follow as we hear it.)

The Haygate is at 26 Haygate Road, Wellington, Telford, TF1 1QA



An Announcement

Today we’ve got good news and bad news. I’ll start with the bad. A few weeks ago, our drummer, Chris Parry, gave us notice that he wanted to quit the band. Ever the professional, he said that he would honour gigs and continue to work with us until we found his replacement. The reason I’m announcing this now is because of the good news. We’ve found a new drummer and he’ll be debuting with us as soon as he’s got to grips with the material.

What this all means is that Chris will still be playing with us at The Hammer & The Anvil on 24th August. It’s likely to be his last gig with us, so you should come and see him off. We’ll have copies of Playing Rough on sale, so this may be your last chance to get a copy signed by the line-up that recorded it.

We’ll tell you a bit more about the new guy in the run-up to his first show.

August Live Date

Hot on the heels of our gig at The Gunmakers Arms, Harlequin’s Kiss are very pleased to announce that we’re opening for Small Pond Big Fish on the Birmingham date of their “We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat” tour.

Small Pond Big Fish are a female fronted pop punk band from London with a bit of a prog metal edge. They’ve been touted as “one to watch” recently, so this is a great opportunity to catch them in early days before they inevitably explode out into bigger venues.

The show is at The Hammer and the Anvil, which overlooks Old Square in Birmingham city centre. It’s our first time playing there and we’re very excited to grace the stage at Birmingham’s newest live venue. Show time is 7.30pm on 24th August, and you’ll have to get in early to catch us.

The Hammer and The Anvil is at the junction of Old Square and Priory Queensway, Birmingham, B4 7LL.

Check out the headliner below:

Gunmakers Arms – more news

As you probably know, we’re playing the Gunmakers Arms Rockfest on 23rd July. Technically, we’re the headline spot, but the owner doesn’t want to cause too much of a nuisance to the neighbours by blasting rock ‘n’ roll out into the night. (Rob, our singer, said something along the lines of, “Fuck the neighbours” but the gaffer wasn’t having any.) The upshot of this is that we can confirm that we’ll be on stage around 6pm – so do get in early.

Support acts are TBC still, but the show is expected to start around 2pm. After we’ve finished raising hell in the beer garden, there will be acoustic acts in the main bar from 8pm. Entry to all of this is free.

Copies of Playing Rough and Harlequin’s Kiss t-shirts will be for sale before and after we play.

The Gunmakers Arms is at 93 Bath Street, Birmingham, B4 6HG

Gunmakers Arms Rock Fest

We’re pleased that our first official post on the news blog is to announce that we’re returning to a venue very dear to our hearts. On 23rd July 2016 we take the stage at the Gunmakers Arms.

A lot of details are yet to be confirmed about the show, but we can tell you one or two things right now. We expect to be at the brand new events stage out back (right next to the brand new Two Towers brewery) and we’ll be playing some brand new songs. We are headlining, and the manager has asked us for a whole hour – which makes this the longest show we’ve played since the new line-up formed last year. Other bands are still, for the most part, under discussion. We’ll let you know who else is playing as we hear confirmation from the venue.

Needless to say, the Gunmakers Arms is a venue very dear to our hearts. We use it for most of our band meetings and have had the privilege of playing there several times in our previous incarnation. This is the first time that Harlequin’s Kiss 2.1.1 has rocked this venue out. It’s barely on the outside of the Queensway, acting as a gateway to Birmingham’s historic Gun Quarter (we actually rehearse in an old munitions factory not far away) and is soon to celebrate its 200th birthday. We’ve been planning to come back to the pub’s stage for some time and the owner, Mark, has seen this as an opportunity to showcase some of the best of Birmingham’s rock scene. Hence the Rock Fest title. The Gunmakers Arms is at 92 Bath Street, Birmingham B4 6HG.

This is going to be a blast. We’re looking forward to this gig immensely. More details will follow as we hear them. Watch this space.

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