Default lineup: 4 members
4 Piece Band:Acoustic/Electric guitar & Vocals, Acoustic/Electric guitar & Vocals, Bass, Drums.
* Top rate professional musicians with a wealth of experience
* Great rates throughout the UK
* Versatile set list
* Modern and classic rock hits
* Guaranteed to get people dancing
* Also available as an acoustic duo
* DJ option also available
“From the moment I first made contact with Alive Network to the point when I finally said goodbye to the band as they left the whole experience was truly fantastic. 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" playing at my gig and was equally proud when quite a number of guests asked where I'd got these guys and that they would like them to play at their functions. If I could go and watch these guys as a spectator I would!”
The Happenings consistently deliver top drawer live performances sourcing material from bands such as The Strokes, Kings Of Leon, Rolling Stones, The Beatles and many more. The band is made up of a stable core of professional musicians who have performed together for a number of years ensuring a well-rehearsed and great-sounding set that is guaranteed to get a crowd rocking!
The Happenings are a four-piece band and are ideal for functions that require lively danceable music that really gets people out of their chairs and letting their hair down.
Ben Hughes (guitar and vocals)
A full-time singer, guitarist and songwriter, Ben's first solo album 'There On Time' was released in October 2011 on White Guitar Records.
Johnny Barlow (guitar and backing vocals)
Johnny also plays guitar in 'Amsterdam'- a Liverpool-based band who have in recent years collaborated with such great artists as Elvis Costello and Christy Moore. The band's song 'Does This Train Stop On Merseyside' was a favourite song of the late John Peel whose wife Sheila played it on his Radio 1 Tribute evening.
Ben Kritikos (electric bass)
Originally from New York, Ben is the bass player in The Happenings and has been playing guitar, bass and singing in bands since his early teens performing in various European countries in recent years, most notably with his current original band 'Herons!'.
Alan Pagan (drum kit)
Alan is involved in many different band projects which require a wide range of styles and has his own professional 16 track recording/rehearsal studio in London which has been used by artists such as Tom Baxter (singer songwriter) and Alexis Smith (programmer for Moulin Rouge and David Gray). Besides playing with The Happenings Alan has played drums for Charlie Winston supporting Peter Gabriel.
The band can provide music before and between sets at no extra cost. Their powerful PA system can be linked to any iPod- so bring your own play list of songs or just ask The Happenings to bring one- for no additional charge.