A celebration of surf culture and community and its reach beyond the waves into the world of music, art and film - The Happening 2010 will be held in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, bringing together under one roof: Brushﬁre Records musicians Matt Costa, Zee Avi, Neil Halstead and Will Conner; film-makers George Greenough, Chris and Emmett Malloy previews of 180 South and The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights plus the exhibited works of contemporary artists from The Surf Gallery, Laguna Beach, California.
The history of The Happening harks back to 2002 when professional surfer and filmmaker Chris Malloy, his cousin, filmmaker and owner of Brushfire Records Emmett Malloy, and Will Pennartz of The Surf Gallery brought together three disconnected elements of beach culture art, film and music into a single event.
In 2008, the event extended its reach traveling to Sydney's Bondi Beach Pavilion, Tokyo, London, Cornwall and Paris - spreading surf culture around the world.
Heading up The Happening 2010 is MATT COSTA. Growing up in Huntington Beach, California, Costa began songwriting during an 18-month rehabilitation period following a serious leg injury that put pay to a promising skateboarding career.
On the strength of his debut release, the folky, beautiful Songs We Sing, Costa earned a rep as an L.A. buzz act, crisscrossed the U.S. in a van, and performed at all the major North American music festivals including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, and Austin City Limits among others. In 2007 Costa recorded the follow-up Unfamiliar Faces, again on Brushfire Records. He is currently working on new material.
Next up is NEIL HALSTEAD. Based in the English coastal town of Newquay, Halstead is one of Britains most respected songwriters. The singer and guitarist cut three albums fronting Slowdive, before forming 4AD favourites Mojave 3 in 95. Halstead made his solo debut in 2002 with Sleeping On Roads and a follow-up on Brushfire in 2008, Oh! Mighty Engine.
ZEE AVI was born on the island of Borneo, later moving to Kuala Lumpur, Avi learnt to play guitar at 17. Beginning to write and perform, she posted her songs on YouTube for a friend to hear. The viral buzz around her postings eventually resulting in the release of her 2009 self-titled debut album on Brushfire/Monotone Records.
Picking up the opening slot is local Byron talent WILL CONNER. With a reputation for making music with a pure and unwavering sound, CONNER along with special guest 21st century soul surfer DAVE "RASTA" RASTOVICH, will open proceedings performing tracks from his new album Sailing, Love & Food.
Woodshed Films will tour special extended previews of 180 SOUTH the latest film by CHRIS AND EMMETT MALLOY - and, THE WHITE STRIPES UNDER GREAT WHITE NORTHERN LIGHTS directed solely by EMMETT MALLOY, as well as short films by legendary surf cinematographer George Greenough.
180 SOUTH: In 2005 filmmaker Chris Malloy took a trip to Patagonia with Yvon Chouinard - one of the most unique and prolific environmentalists - and writer/filmmaker/producer Rick Ridgeway. It was then the idea for what would be come the film 180 South was officially hatched.
The film follows young American adventurer Jeff Johnsons journey, following in the footsteps of Chouinard and best friend Doug Tompkins 1968 exploration of untouched mountain ranges and un-surfed coastline, on a 5000-mile expedition from California to deep Patagonia.
THE WHITE STRIPES UNDER GREAT WHITE NORTHERN LIGHTS: In the summer of 2007, The White Stripes embarked on a cross-country Canadian tour to accomplish their goal of performing in every province and territory across the expansive northern nation. A captivating mix of striking live footage and poignant off-stage moments, this visually stirring and emotive feature length film celebrates the band's 10 year history, bringing the band full circle in their career to a place reminiscent of how they first started out - shows where no one knew who they were, and where they were left to make a first impression with their music.
At each of the Happening shows will be a gallery space exhibiting works from the following artists and photographers.
Artists: Jeff Canham, Harry Daily, Andy Davis, Ned Evans, Julie Goldstein, Yusuke Hanai, Alex Kopps, Greg Lamarche, Michael Leon, David Lloyd, Geoff McFetridge, Randy Noborikawa, Scott Richards, Mark Tesi, Pablo Ugartetxea, Tyler Warren, Alex Weinstein and more.
Photographers: Lorene Carpentier, Joe Curren, Herbie Fletcher, Laura Flippen, Michael Halsband, Ryan Heywood, Kassia Meador, Serena Mitnik-Miller, Jason Murray, Dane Peterson, Steve Sherman, Scott Soens, Patrick Trefz and more.