Something special is happening as Something Happens drop in for Forest Fest

Legends of the 80’s and 90’s Irish music scene, Something Happens are one of the Irish bands of the period who trail-blazed a commercial path across the country and beyond. While not recording anymore (singer Tom Dunne is a well-known radio presenter) they still play live occasionally to their adoring fan base. With a catalogue of hit singles at their disposal, the Something Happens live show is always a special occasion.


The Dublin-based band’s first recording was the self-released “Two Chances” EP. After signing to Virgin Records they released a live EP, I Know Ray Harman, in 1988 which was recorded live at the legendary McGonagles.

Their live show are renowned for being energetic to say the least while the bands dress varied from Tom Dunne’s trade mark paisley shirts to Alan Byrne’s infernal neckties. Later that year, their debut album ‘Been There, Seen That, Done That’ was released on Virgin Records. 

In August 1989 the band supported Simple Minds at their Dublin show and earned many new fans. Relentless touring in Ireland saw them build a strong local fanbase. One of the singles from their first album, “Forget Georgia,” was later covered by Canadian singer Emm Gryner on her 2005 album Songs of Love and Death. ‘Burn Clear’ another track was on the soundtrack of Irish film “The Courier”

Their second album, 1990’s Stuck Together With God’s Glue was recorded in Los Angeles, and contains their best known songs, “Parachute” and “Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello (Petrol)”. 

The album received critical acclaim with Petrol included in the end of years top fifty singles in rock magazine N.M.E. and the band received a reasonable amount of publicity in the music press and on television (the ‘Petrol’ in the title, referred to That Petrol Emotion where Ray supposedly ‘stole’ the guitar riff). 

Although they were a very popular band in Ireland, international success eluded them and they were dropped by Virgin. This led to t-shirts bearing the legend “Something Happens are no longer Virgins.”

 The year 1992 saw the release of Bedlam-A-Go-Go on Charisma Records. The record label folded, and their final album, 1994’s Planet Fabulous, was released on the Wild Bikini label. The following year, a greatest hits album, ‘The beatings will continue until morale Improves’ was released. In 2004, this album was re-released with the less humorous title of The Best of Something Happens.

What a story, what a back catalogue, and you can capture it all and the best of Something Happens at Forest Fest this summer on June 4th, 2021. Can’t wait!