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


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.

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

Stripped Down

In a first for 2017, Harlequin’s Kiss will be performing a rare semi-acoustic set at 1000 Trades in the Jewellery Quarter. Supporting Stonehouse Jack, a “rogue folk rock” duo, we’ll be joining a line-up that includes Jessie Desai and Godiva Sonic Alchemy for what is shaping up to be a musical treat in the intimate venue.

stonehouse jack poster

1000 Trades is at 16 Frederick Street, Birmingham, B1 3HE.

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.

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.