The Happenings are a four piece rock band who consistently deliver top drawer live performances, sourcing material from bands such as the White Stripes, Kings of Leon, The Rolling Stones,The Beatles and many more. The band is made up of a stable core of professional musicians who have been together since 2006 thus insuring a well-rehearsed set and a properly gelled sound that is guaranteed to get a crowd rocking!
The band are ideal for functions that require loud, danceable rock which really gets people out of their chairs and letting their hair down.
17/09/2008 Hannah “Amazing, Amazing, Amazing. ‘The Happenings’ were absolutely fantastic and so talented. ….190 people descended on the dance floor for their first song and did not leave until their last. Their music was great and they were such lovely guys to work with. We will most definitely be recommending them in the future.”
27/06/2008 Italo “… by far the greatest thing was the band “The Happenings”. I wanted a REAL rock band, not a watered down MOR band that lacks identity and conviction. I wanted a group that would get people up and dancing, I wanted a band that could REALLY play their instruments and as individuals, play them well. I was not let down in any of these areas. They were truly magic, being a bit of a music buff I felt proud to have had “The Happenings”
02/07/2008 Liz & Ed ‘Hi What can we say except the band were just amazing, we couldn’t have asked for more from them and really appreciate everything they did. We have had so many comments from our guests saying how amazing they were and how friendly and professional they were. ’
Ben Hughes – Guitar, Vocals
Ben’s been playing guitar and singing from the age of 10 when Rock and Roll songs became a passion of his. He has played in various bands and projects on a regular basis since the age of 14 and has performed to thousands of people in venues all over the UK and abroad.
Ben has extensive music educational experience and has worked with an extremely broad scope of audiences. A singer and guitarist whose talent has led him to perform with some of the up and coming musicians in London today, Ben is the voice of The Happenings.
Johnny Barlow – Guitar, Backing Vocals
When i’m not busy with ‘The Happenings’, i can be found playing with ‘Amsterdam’. Based in Liverpool, the band have been playing together for over ten years and with the release of their album, ‘Arm In Arm’ in 2008, amassed much critical acclaim. This led them to the Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury and Irish Legend Christy Moore covering an Amsterdam song on his latest album in 2009. The song, ‘Does This Train Stop On Merseyside’ was a favourite with John Peel, whose wife Sheila played it as the song John would most like to have heard on his Radio 1 Tribute evening.
The band also played for Janice Long on her Radio 2 show last year making it their fourth appearance. A collaboration with Elvis Costello had us dueting on a searchers song for the No1 Project. Elvis had previously used Amsterdam as his backing band when he played on the Jonathan Ross show, and then flew us over to Amsterdam to open for his world tour.
Label mates ‘The Stanglers’ have also given us the opportunity to open shows over 2008, making it the bands most successful year to date.
Chris Morphitis – Electric Bass
Chris is the bass player in The Happenings and has been playing in bands since his early teens, performing all around London with artists – Noel McCoy, Vennessa Simon, Willis, Mara Carlyle, Max de Wardener and plays currently with Elmore Judd, and Sam Lewis.
Chris’s interest in African Music also led him to play with the Zimbabwean legendary dance band The Bhundu Boys, mbira maestro Chartwell Dutiro, and Hassan Erraji the Morrocan oud virtuoso and has toured with them all over the globe and has recently performed at the Africa Express nights in Liverpool and London and Glastonbury.
Chris is also a keen Greek bouzouki player and has studied it in Athens with top flight player Spiros Ioanidis. So if you want to request Zorba….
Alan Pagan – Drum Kit
Alan is involved in many different band projects which require a wide range of styles. He also owns a professional 16 track recording/rehearsal studio which has been used by artists such as Tom Baxter (singer songwriter) and Alexis Smith (programmer for Moulin Rouge and David Gray)
Alan’s most notable ventures to date have been with Charlie Winston supporting Peter Gabriel in Germany & Monte Carlo and percussionist for the production of ‘Masque of the Red Death’ at the Battersea Arts Centre. He has recently toured with Filter Theatre company as a multi-instrumentalist in a production of Twelfth Night. This play has been nominated for ‘Best Shakespeare production by ‘Whats on Stage’ Awards.
- Summertime Blues- Eddie Cochran
- Ring Of Fire
- Folsom Prison Blues- Johnny Cash
- Shake, Rattle & Roll- Bill Haley
- Jailhouse Rock
- Blue Suede Shoes- Elvis Presley
- Johnny B. Goode- Chuck Berry
- You Really Got Me- Kinks
- Stand By Me- Ben E. King
- Baby Please Don’t Go
- Wild Night
- Brown Eyed Girl- Van Morrison
- I Saw Her Standing There
- Twist & Shout- Beatles
- The Mighty Quinn
- Like A Rolling Stone- Bob Dylan
- The Last Time
- Paint It Black
- Brown Sugar
- Jumpin’ Jack Flash
- Route 66- Rolling Stones
- All Along The Watchtower- Jimi Hendrix
- The Weight- The Band
- Need Your Love So Bad- Fleetwood Mac
- I’m A Believer- Monkees
- These Arms Of Mine- Otis Redding
- Jolene- Dolly Parton
- Proud Mary
- Bad Moon Rising- Creedence Clearwater Revival
- Superstition- Stevie Wonder
- Sweet Home Alabama- Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Ain’t No Sunshine- Bill Withers
- I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)- Proclaimers
- That’s Entertainment- Jam
- Purple Rain- Prince
- Wonderwall- Oasis
- Last Nite
- Someday- Strokes
- 7 Nation Army
- Hotel Yorba- White Stripes
- Song 2- Blur
- Take Me Out- Franz Ferdinand
- I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor- Arctic Monkees
- Molly’s Chambers
- Red Morning Light- Kings Of Leon
- Babylon- David Gray