What’s on at Hootananny and Mad Hatters

The Mystic Shoes @ Mad Hatters (above Hootananny)
Feb 25 @ 9:30 pm – Feb 26 @ 3:00 am

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The best party band in the North!

Suckers for a good crowd the band set is an upbeat, bouncy, enjoyable affair resulting in slow country tunes being played at rock speed, rock tunes being played at reggae speed and reggae tunes played at punk speed!

Stick around for our resident Mad Hatters DJ afterwards until 3 am!

Wille and the Bandits @ Hootananny
Feb 26 @ 8:00 pm


Essentially Wille and the Bandits is a classic blues rock three piece much in the vein of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix experience. But in a similar way to how these bands pushed the genre in their time, Wille and the Bandits try to take their sound beyond what is expected of such a traditional line up.

The use of more bizarre instrumentation and eclectic influences in the song writing often pushes them more into a world music or progressive category. Having toured with artists such as Deep Purple through to the John Butler trio and played major festivals across Europe, the band seem to leave an equally astounding impression on audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds with their energetic and soulful performances.

They have received great critical acclaim, being voted in the top ten must see bands at Glastonbury 2014 by BBC Radio 1 and reaching number 2 in the UK blues chart with their first single on downloads alone.

The band are praised in the press for their albums; bursting at the seams with textures, originality and soul. Rock legends such as Ian Paice, Joe Bonamassa and Francis Rossi have also praised the band’s musicianship and their unique edge to Rock and Blues.

The Calm Fiasco @ Hootananny
Mar 11 @ 9:30 pm

THE CALM FIASCO are a Glasgow 4 piece made up by Del Morin (lead vocals/guitar), Greg Totten (backing vocals/guitar), Harry Fleming (backing vocals/bass), Andy McInnes (drums) who formed late 2012 in dels loft.
The Calm Fiasco have an avid following in and around Glasgow which has seen them play a sold out ABC main hall supporting Vigo Thieves and sell out headline shows at the world famous King Tuts Wah Wah Hut twice in less than a year. The boys have recently caught the attention from Scotland’s National Newspaper The Daily Record with them stating the band have got a ‘huge future ahead of them’ and have ‘U2 stadium size hooks and whoohas that would sound perfect in Glasgow’s Hydro Arena’.
Despite being quite new to the scene, they are not afraid to go for the big sound and have been compared to The Killers, Interpol and The Strokes. With recent appearances at Tenement Trail, and King Tuts New Years Revolution, The Calm Fiasco are already heading for a massive summer after releasing their New EP which will be out later in the year.

North Atlas @ Hootananny
Mar 17 @ 9:30 pm

North Atlas is a Scottish Alt Rock band based in Glasgow. Formed in late 2015, the band worked with producer Mark Freegard (Nine Inch Nails) to record a collection of songs which have received support from DJ Jim Gellatly of Amazing Radio, NE volume & NARC magazine.The band’s energetic live show puts across modern guitar sounds mixed with heavier electronic elements created by the bass guitar and samplers, always performed live with no backing tracks. Hard hitting drums and Biffy Clyro influenced vocals keep the band grounded with a classic element. In 2016 North Atlas headlined the QMU Freshers Festival, the 2nd stage at Milecastle 66 Festival, and were given a slot at Tenement TV’s Tenement Trail, also playing a string of well received headline shows across the UK including a packed out night at acclaimed Glasgow venue King Tuts.In 2017 the band were invited back to King Tuts for their New Year’s Revolution festival and are currently working on a debut EP.”potent cocktail of rock punch, electronica and infectious vocal lines ” Manchester Rocks”like Biffy Clyro, with electronic rock sounds” The ListOrange Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCpxN2QEBnU

Medicine Men @ Hootananny
Mar 18 @ 9:30 pm – Mar 19 @ 3:00 am

The band were formed in 2014 and were selected to play the T-break stage at T in The Park after just 5 gigs.  A month later debut single “Show What You’re Made Of” (https://youtu.be/P1VMrwm0Jo0) was released on This Feeling Records receiving support from Q Magazine (track of the day) and was play-listed UK wide on XFM.  2014 finished with a personal invitation from The Temperance Movement to open for them in front of a 1,200 capacity crowd at the ABC in Glasgow.

2015 was another great year for the band.  They performed at Isle of Wight festival in June, sold out King Tut’s in August and released 2nd single in September, “Lowlands” (https://youtu.be/C0GnKejOVBU) which was featured by Clash Magazine and received airplay UK wide on XFM (now Radio X).  The year ended with the release of 3rd single “Opposite” (https://youtu.be/oydToe62WpQ)


ALBUM LAUNCH- Ernest Rambles @ Hootananny
Mar 24 @ 9:30 pm

Ernest RamblesDave Rudge is a singer songwriter from Birmingham who learned his craft in the Cornwall music

After meeting a Scottish lass, a few years in Nottingham and roaming round the globe he moved to
the Highlands.

He then stole a ready made rhythm section, brothers Richard and Martin Bell, from a struggling

covers band on the condition that Martin took up the double bass.
Ernest Rambles was formed.

We are proud to be hosting their album launch gig in Mad Hatters.

Emma & The Ragmen @ Hootananny
Mar 25 @ 9:30 pm

Introducing Emma Nelson a vocalist with a passionate, powerful, distinct voice who breathes life into the band’s many original compositions. Clear influences, amongst others, being Wanda Jackson and Brenda Lee. The band have a sound straight out of 50’s America mixed with neo-rock ‘n’ roll. Supported by one of the most experienced rhythm sections on the scene, Alan McCubbin (double bass) and Dave Cameron (drums) [both members of the legendary Frettones], are joined by two highly skilled musicians, Ryan Stewart (lead guitar) and Chris Stone (rhythm guitar), together they are Emma and The Ragmen. From a sold-out first appearance they were subsequently booked for a number of major festivals including the Rock Ridge Rumble 2016 and the Rockabilly Rave 2017.

Miss Lucid @ Hootananny
Mar 31 @ 9:30 pm

Miss Lucid offer their own style of ‘in your face’ rock, driven with the punk/grunge undertones of bands such as The Clash and Nirvana, blending large sonic sound scapes and crafted melodies reminiscent of Placebo and Manic Street Preachers.

This cohesive sound of anthemic and melodic guitars is bolstered with thought provoking, poignant lyricism with an abrasive pop knack.

Miss Lucid decided to start what they call a “real band” once former projects dissolved. Once completing the formation of the band, they released their debut EP, “This Life”, in March 2012 closely followed by their second offering, “Feed to Breed” EP.

Since gigging solidly during 2013 and 2014, Miss Lucid have been locked away working on new material and reinforcing their sound. Their debut album is set for release in early 2017.. so be on the look out for them, ya hear!!!

The Comedy Bothy – with special guest VLADIMIR MCTAVISH @ Hootananny
Apr 7 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Comedy Bothy is a monthly event at Mad Hatters featuring comics from locally and across Scotland.

This month’s guest is VLADIMIR MCTAVISH!

Vladimir McTavish serves up a delightful feast of social observation and topical satire, seasoned with his caustic wit and presented via a platter of breakneck-pace patter. In addition to his headline appearances throughout the UK, Ireland, Holland and at the Norwegian Comedy Festival at Stavanger, Vladimir has appeared on a number of popular TV and radio shows. These have included ‘The Empire Laughs Back’ (BBC1), the football game show ‘We’re On Our Way To Wembley’ (ITV) ‘Velvet Cabaret’ (BBC Radio Scotland) and the ‘Live Floor Show’ (BBC Scotland). He ‘is nothing short of superb’ Scotsman, and ‘gleefully indulgent’ Guardian.

Equally at home discussing the celebrity status of the Beckhams or the political intricacies of the Scottish elections, Vladimir’s broad range of targets is matched by his equally broad appeal to all sections of the audience.

The Skababs @ Hootananny
Apr 8 @ 9:30 pm – Apr 9 @ 3:00 am

Edinburgh based band The Skababs duly challenge you to try and stay in your seat or not tap your feet.. Not likely when they’re playing in town!

Citing ska greats such as Madness, The Specials, The Beat, Bad Manners and Toots & The Maytals as their biggest influences, you are sure to enjoy the skanking bedlam that is a Skababs gig.

Beyond Presents: Hafdis Huld @ Hootananny
Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm

Hafdis Huld

Hafdis Huld is one of Iceland’s most loved singers. With a voice as pure as melt water and a razor-sharp wit to match any comedian, Hafdis’s shows are as memorable as the northern lights. She’s a regular on the major festival circuit and her European tours are a sell-out.

Performing songs from a brand new album as well as firm favourites such as Tomoko and Action Man, Hafdis will beguile you with her bubbly charm and supremely original songs.

This girl has it – the new ‘must’ Rolling Stone Magazine

Musically original and deliciously bonkers The Sunday Times

I love her Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

Love her to bits! Phil Jupitus

Hafdis is brilliant! Lauren Laverne, BBC 6Music

Sublime – charismatic story-telling pop of the highest quality Clash Magazine

Ray Brower/Fallen Riot
Apr 21 @ 9:30 pm – Apr 22 @ 3:00 am

Ray Brower are part of a new breed of accomplished metal hardcore bands with a poetic twist.

In March 2016 they entered the Deezer Open Hell Stage competition for a chance to play Hellfest 2016. Over 300 hundred metal bands from all over Europe entered, Ray Brower were 1 of 9 to get through and play at Hellfest. They then won again as metal fans at Hellfest voted for their favourite of the 9 new bands to play and Ray Brower became the Deezer Open Hell Stage 2016 winners! Which means they will play the mainstage at Hellfest 2017!!!

This is absolutely massive for Ray Brower. They will be the first Scottish band ever to play the mainstage at Hellfest, it will take them to a new level in the metal scene. Make sure you check them out now, 2017 is going to be a huge year as they take their unique poetic metal to new fans worldwide!

After going through a few line ups, Fallen Riot are finally how they want to be. It’s been a long road, but here’s to the future.
We, as a band, are passionate about one thing, music. The band understand how powerful and expressive this medium can be and it is very close to all of them. Their goals are to make our mark and show people that they are capable and respectable musicians, for people to listen to and enjoy our music and generally and perhaps most importantly just have fun doing what they love.

Stick about for our resident Mad Hatters DJs until 3 am!

Academy Strangers @ Hootananny
Apr 29 @ 9:30 pm

Academy Strangers are an explosive 4-piece alternative rock band based in Edinburgh.
Playing music together since 2012, they bring an energetic live performance, powerful riffs and catchy lyrics to the music scene.

In their time, they have played alongside some massive Scottish acts such as Fatherson and Frightened Rabbit as well as playing Liverpool Sound City in 2014.

Their influences include Biffy Clyro, Frightened Rabbit and Twin Atlantic.

Find them online at:

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Soundcloud

Black Nevada @ Hootananny
May 6 @ 9:30 pm – May 7 @ 3:00 am

Black Nevada are a five piece alternative rock band hailing from the North East of England, formed early 2012.

Unleashing music that is filled with high octane energy, heavy breakdowns, catchy riffs and hooks that will get you singing in no time!

Writing and performing their own material is important to the band, with each member having different influences and input into the music they play. This allows them to create a style that is quite specific to themselves.

Signed to Red Dragon Records, they have also played venues/ events such as the 02 Academy and Make a Scene festival.

Within these events, they have played alongside their contemporary influences such as I Divide, Mallory Knox, Bury Tomorrow, Blitz Kids, Neck Deep, Hacktivist, Funeral for a Friend, The Blackout and many more. All in all, a gig not to be missed!

RNW Music Presents Moth Loves the Flame @ Hootananny
May 13 @ 9:30 pm

Moth Loves The Flame are a unique band from England. Mixing a blend of styles into their own clear approach, they showcase emotional rock music with an accessibly progressive edge. Formed in the distant memory of a few years ago, the line-up solidified in 2015. The band have since charged ahead with a series of blistering live shows that culminated in a festival appearance at the idiosyncratic ‘Yorfest’ festival, in the historic town of York at the end of Summer 2016.

With band members of varying degrees of sanity, the music is remarkably comprehensible and the listening experience satisfying on immediate impact and with repeated listens. With the track, “The Journey” performing well on Youtube, the band are currently awaiting the release of second track, “Lost Voices (Part 1)” and are burning to spread their wings further afield. Look out for them near you soon!

For fans of: Porcupine Tree, Anathema, Tool.

Support to be announced!

SKA Friday – Popes of Chillitown @ Hootananny
Jun 2 @ 9:30 pm – Jun 3 @ 3:00 am

“More infectious than Ebola, it is almost impossible not to want to skank, jump, shake or wiggle when you listen to these guys.”

“The sharpest, tightest Ska sound we have ever had on the show” – Tom Robinson BBC6

POPES OF CHILLITOWN are a Ska/Dub/Punk band from London, who have been rampaging through the UK scene for the last few years like an unstoppable grooving, skanking juggernaut. A straight-up ska-punk band they are not, expertly mashing the energy of upbeat ska, punk, 2-tone and drum & bass with the groove of reggae and dub, adding in the lyrical flow of hip hop and finishing it all off with a generous helping of catchy melodies and hooks. The result has been likened to artists such as Capdown, Skindred, The Beat, The Police and Jamie T.

After releasing their pledge-funded debut album ‘A Word To The Wise’ in 2013, the band have had a relentless touring schedule across the UK and into Europe, seeing them play banging headline shows, festivals and support slots with the likes of Reel Big Fish, The Selecter, The Skints, Imperial Leisure, [Spunge], Mouthwash, The Snare and many more.

May 2015 saw them release their sophomore album ‘To The Moon’, an explosive tour-de-force of groove and energy with a lifetime’s worth of lyrical hooks, melodies and basslines.