Live on the Bandstand launch event: The Honeyboy Hickling Blues Band & The Melvin Hancox Band

We’re thrilled to announce the long-awaited return of live music to The Gardens!

Join us on Sunday, May 12th for the special launch of our ‘Live on the Bandstand’ series, as we welcome Honeyboy Hickling Blues Band and The Melvin Hancox Band* to kick off the series with promising a day filled with soulful tunes and Rock & Roll.

Make sure you come hungry as we will also be joined by local guest food vendors ‘Smoke and Ash’ serving delicious Neapolitan style pizza! 🍕

Make a day of it, bring your blankets, picnics, and your family and friends, and enjoy a musical experience in The Gardens.


11:30am – 1:30pm The Nitecrawlers
2:30pm – 4:30pm The Melvin Hancox Band

Date: Sunday 12 May

Tickets: The performances are included with general admission to the Gardens. Click here to book day tickets.
Members admission free (that’s 8 free gigs included with your membership this summer!) Click here to become a member.

Keep an eye out for guest food vendors throughout the year.

Click here to view the full schedule of Sunday live music.

*(Please note Honeyboy Hickling Blues Band have replaced The Nitecrawlers for this event).

About the Honeyboy Hilling Blues Band

Harmonica player Honeyboy Hickling is well known for his individual bluesy  sound and in a long career has worked with, among many others, Steve Marriott and recorded with Bo Diddley and Anthony Thistlethwaite’s (of The Waterboys) Blue Stars. He is joined by guitarist Bob Wilson who has worked with Birmingham’s finest (including Steve Gibbons, Idle Race and Ruby Turner) and toured the UK and Europe with Canadian blues star, the King Biscuit Boy. Bassist Frank Walker played with the likes of The Flying Hat Band and Alvin Stardust while drummer Tony Baylis can point to such names as Trevor Burton, Chicken Shack and Steve Gibbons.

About The Melvin Hancox Band

“Melvin has toured through Europe, the U.S.A. and even Costa Rica. They have also worked alongside Tony McPhee, Savoy Brown and Canned Heat.

In 2019 Melvin formed his current Melvin Hancox Band, bringing to it his experiences of “two decades of rock and roll drenched in psychedelic rain”.

🍕About Smoke and Ash
Smoke and Ash are an independent pizzeria, based in Edgbaston, focused on delivering great Neapolitan style pizza. To find out more visit:

This is a partnership event with Big Bear Music.
Live on the Bandstand launch event: The Honeyboy Hickling Blues Band & The Melvin Hancox Band