Mad Hatters Events

We Came From Wolves support from Wendell Borton
Apr 28 @ 9:30 pm – Apr 29 @ 3:00 am

Since their inception in 2011, WE CAME FROM WOLVES have toured the UK six times and Europe twice, including a thirty date run of the O2 Academy circuit and a selection of some of the best small venues in the UK.

They have supported a plethora of rock luminaries including; AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR, FRIGHTENED RABBIT, THE XCERTS and THE LAFONTAINES, played several of the biggest venues in Scotland, including Oran Mor, Perth Concert Hall, The Garage Glasgow, a sold out O2 ABC2 and three sold out nights at King Tut’s.

Support comes from Wendell Borton from Aberdeen.

Stick about for our resident 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

Earth616 Promotions Presents Dave McPherson support from Dr. Wook
Apr 30 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Beyond Presents Bryde
May 3 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Captivating new London (via Pembrokeshire) solo-artist Bryde is now two EPs into her career, having released the stunning, Bill Ryder-Jones produced “EP2” in November 2016.

Featuring the amped-up singles “Honey” and “Wouldn’t That Make You Feel Good?”, the release received press coverage from the likes of Sunday Times Culture, Consequence Of Sound, The Line Of Best Fit and CLASH, and airtime on BBC Radio 1, 2 and 6. Alongside “EP1” and the formative “Chocolate Factory Sessions”, it has cemented Bryde’s position at top table of new electric guitar-wielding, lyrically-biting female artists alongside the likes of Angel Olsen, Mitski and St. Vincent.

2016 was a very busy year on the live circuit for Bryde: highlights include opening for Rufus Wainwright at Brighton Dome, well-received festival sets at Dot To Dot, Green Man and Swn, two sold-out London headline gigs (The Slaughtered Lamb and The Courtyard Theatre), her debut US dates in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles and her maiden UK headline tour in November.

With more new music and some European dates in the pipeline for early 2017, the year ahead is set to be as fast-paced as the last.

DF Concerts & TwentyTen Present Indigo Velvet
May 4 @ 7:30 pm

Colourful shirts, African rhythms and varied indie-influences have led to critics describing Indigo Velvet as Tropical-pop. They begin 2017 on Vic Galloway (BBC Introducing) and Jim Gellatly’s (The Sun) ’ones to watch’ lists, after a landmark 2016 saw them championed by The Metro, Scotland On Sunday, Clash Magazine, The Sun, The Skinny Magazine and industry publication Record of the Day.

Thanks to a growing fanbase, they’ve clocked up over 250,000 Spotify plays and performed to sizeable crowds at T In The Park, Lindisfarne, Belladrum and XpoNorth festivals.

Airplay includes BBC Introducing, Radio X, a spot-play on Radio 1 and live sessions on Amazing Radio and the Janice Forsyth Show on BBC Radio Scotland. The young quartet from Edinburgh, topped off a triumphant year with a UK TOUR (sold-out Leeds, Glasgow, Edinburgh), accompanied by the release of new single ‘Sunrise’.

May 5 @ 10:00 pm – May 6 @ 3:00 am

Carousel are from Dundee… big things are on the horizon…

‘An explosive indie rock set suggest big thing ahead’ – 2016 Jim Gellatly (The Sun)

Stick about for our resident DJs until 3 am!

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!

Krysthla + Seed of Sorrow
May 12 @ 9:30 pm – May 13 @ 3:00 am


Krysthla released their debut full length album, ‘A War Of Souls And Desires’ on 25th September 2015 via Initiate Audio and Media / Plastic Head (PHD) Ltd, to rabid critical acclaim from the metal press.

“Debuts rarely come as assured – a perfect death metal gateway album” Metal Hammer (Nov 2015)

“This collection of hostile savagery is ruthlessly precise” Terrorizer Magazine (Dec 2015)

“Instantly gripping….. this is one of the most brutal assaults to the senses that I’ve heard this year” Powerplay Magazine (Oct 2015)

The music video for lead focus track ‘Luminosity’ was premiered exclusively by Metal Hammer in October 2015, with the magazine going on to award Krysthla ‘HOT NEW BAND’ status and showcase them on their ‘SPOTLIGHT’ feature. Prior to the release, the debut album broke into Amazon UK’s TOP 10 ‘Hot New Release’ chart alongside Iron Maiden and Disturbed, with HMV stocking the album nationwide in-store as an ‘Recommended Buy’.

With experience through previous bands Gutworm and Deadeye, both live (multiple tours and major festival appearances across Europe and the USA) and recording (label releases with distribution through Plastic Head and music videos on MTV, Scuzz and Kerrang!) under their collective belts, Krysthla have the expertise and talent to lay down truly crushing performances.

Krysthla’s tracks have recently appeared on the front cover CD’s of Metal Hammer (Jan 2016), Terrorizer Magazine (Nov 2015), Zero Tolerance Magazine (Jan 2016). Metal Hammer also featured Krysthla on the cover of their January issue as “One of the 15 bands setting 2016 on fire”.

2016 has seen Krysthla perform a full European tour support with metal legends Decapitated, and festival appearances at both Bloodstock Open Air (alongside Slayer, Mastodon Gojira etc) and Mammothfest (playing the opening night with Textures).

Electric Mother & Moth Loves the Flame @ Hootananny
May 13 @ 9:30 pm

Electric Mother are a low tuned, groove laden, powerhouse rock band from the Northern Isles of Scotland. Renowned for its traditional and folk music, Orkney has produced numerous musicians and performers of international reputation. In a place where audiences clamour for cover bands and familiar favourites, Electric Mother looked to smash down those barriers and wipe out that complacency. With an attitude as bold and in your face as the wall of sound that greets you at a live show, their high energy and groove creates a frenzy amongst the crowd.

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.

Into The Ark (The Voice Finalists)
May 25 @ 7:30 pm

Into the Ark are Dane Lloyd and Taylor Jones. Hailing from Blackwood in South Wales, Dane and Taylor’s story is one that probably resonates with many aspiring musicians and dreamers across the globe. They met and bonded over their passion for gigging and their love for writing and each other’s taste in music. But it’s their hauntingly pitch perfect harmonies and beautiful lyrics that set this duo apart.

May will see them perform From Newport to Newport. They’ll start off in Newport, Gwent and complete the small run of dates in Newport, Pembrokeshire. Then the boys will be off to North Wales to play at Focus Wales and finish up in their hometown, Blackwood.

London Calling play “The Clash” 40th Anniversary Concert
May 26 @ 9:30 pm – May 27 @ 3:00 am


40th Anniversary Concert

The UK’s Premier Tribute to THE CLASH play their debut album in full.

In May of 1977 The Clash toured the UK on the back of their critically acclaimed and self-titled debut album “The Clash”. The Tour was dubbed the “White Riot” Tour and the band played tracks from their seminal debut such as “Remote Control”, “Garageband”, “London’s Burning”, “Career Opportunities”, “Police & Thieves”, “48 Hours”, “Protex Blue” and more.

In 2017, 40 years after this historic tour, London Calling, The UK’s premier tribute to The Clash will be paying homage to this epic event by playing shows as The Clash did 40 years earlier. London Calling will be playing a retrospective of The Clash’s first album they will then go on and play the best of the rest including all the hit singles and more such as “Should I stay or Should I go”, “Rock the Casbah”, “I Fought the Law”, “White Man in Hammersmith Palais”, “Tommy Gun”, “Clash City Rockers”, “Train in Vain” and, of course, “London Calling”.

Band onstage at 10.00 pm – stick about for our resident Mad Hatters DJs until 3 am!

The Imagineers support from True Romance
May 27 @ 10:30 pm – May 28 @ 4:00 am

Stick about for our resident DJs until 3 am!

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.

POP PUNK w/Brainglue
Jun 9 @ 9:30 pm – Jun 10 @ 3:00 am

POP PUNK is a brand new free entry club night at Mad Hatters put together by Pop Punk enthusiast Pete Kinnon and Hootananny Music Programmer Steve Robertson.

The night will feature a DJ set from Pete with a carefully selected playlist of all the best Pop Punk bands from Jimmy Eat World to Rancid to Alkaline Trio to Bran New to Less Than Jake to Green Day to Taking Back Sunday to Blink 182.

POP PUNK will also feature live music from Brainglue are a 4 piece indie punk/reverb band hailing from Perth, energetic loud sweaty live performances with catchy melodies.
Check out Brainglue on Soundcloud here!

John Verity Band @ Hootananny
Jun 10 @ 9:30 pm – Jun 11 @ 3:00 am

In his long career, John Verity has supported legendary artists like Jimi Hendrix, Mountain, Canned Heat and Janis Joplin, has played with Russ Ballard, Colin Blunstone, Keith Emerson, Ringo Starr and Mike Rutherford and was in the rock group Argent from 1973 to 1976.

His credentials as a guitarist, producer and singer / songwriter, today make him one of the leading lights of Rock and Blues. Growing up in Bradford, Yorkshire, John began his career playing with local groups, before landing a full-time professional gig, performing 7/7 throughout the UK and Europe, playing R&B and Chicago Blues, as well as contemporary hits.

By 1970, 21 year-old John was living and working in the US with his band ‘Tunnel’, doing high profile support slots with Jimi Hendrix, Mountain, Canned Heat, Savoy Brown and Janis Joplin. Tunnel soon became the first John Verity Band and in Spring 1973 the band released their first, self-titled album. Touring in support of the album, John was asked by Rod Argent to front his band, following the departure of Russ Ballard.

John joined Argent in late 1973 and toured and recorded extensively until 1976 when Argent disbanded. John formed the group Phoenix with Bob Henrit and Jim Rodford and produced 3 albums, also producing albums for Charlie and Saxon. Phoenix eventually broke up and John spent the next few years recording and producing with artists including Motorhead, Tank, Russ Ballard, Colin Blunstone, Brian Connolly, John Parr, BowWowWow and The Searchers until late 1981, when PRT Records persuaded him to record a new album under his own name.

By this time John had built his own studio and was now in full-time record production. The 1982 album ‘Verity’ was highly-acclaimed in the UK, Europe and the US and John found himself in demand, collaborating with Mike Rutherford, Keith Emerson and Greg Lake. Two subsequent albums were also well-received and, having turned down offers to join MSG, Ted Nugent and Asia, John recorded with the Zombies, before touring with John Coghlan (Status Quo) in Diesel. In 1994, John guested at the Manchester Festival “Fender Stratocaster 40th Anniversary” concert, alongside Sonny Curtis, Frankie Miller and Rory Gallagher, and in 2000 John opened for the Jools Holland Sex, Jazz and Rock ’n’ Roll tour at Manchester opera House, Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. Throughout, John has continued touring and recording his own material, as well as promoting his own signature guitar the ‘FRET-king Black Label Corona JV Signature’ model, released in 2012.

Blue Gum Ears @ Hootananny
Jun 24 @ 9:30 pm


BLUE GUM EARS are a three piece based in Moray, Scotland. The band have been together for 18 years and during that time have played in some of the best venues around. Blue Gum Ears biggest achievment was opening the ‘Budwiser True Music Stage’ at ‘Gig on the Green’. After the early days playing pubs and clubs local to the band BLUE GUM EARS started writing their own material . After a couple of years the decision was made to only play their own music and since then theyhavent looked back. Through the years they have developed a live sound and performance that is well known and well received by gig goers.Some reviews from Jockrock: Blue Gum Ears – VO(I)D (Hielanjam) Noisy buggers for sure – slightly US-college rock rushes along in a catchy way. ‘6 Hours’ is a bit of a stop-start thing with a slightly grungey feel but ‘Girlie’ is more straightforward – ripping along nicely – ok, it’s a bit in the Blink182 vein but with the Strokes overhyped and over here and trying to tell us they invented new wave, it’s nice that we can outdo them at their own game. That’s definitely their best track but they’re at their best when tearing along, all guitar-powered, although ‘Sex Together’ is a fine tune too and might be a love ballad in these enlightened times. BGE are at their best when they’re wavering on the line between Jawbreaker and Green Day – ‘Verge of Destruction’ is another slow one which just abouts breaks into life for the shoutalong hook. Blue Gum Ears – Subject to Rejection (Hielanjam) One of those psychobabble ideas on the go is that for success you have a wee saying – a mantra maybe- you chant, to help you reach your goal. And Blue Gum Ears could make it if they apply themselves. And select that all-important phrase wisely. What would it be? Don’t let the bastards grind you down? Eat the rich? No – Or perhaps ‘give the kids what they want’? Certainly for people who know their back catalogue – the ‘VO(I)D’ ep – they were doing a cartoon punkish thing but now they’ve moved on, or maybe got older. They clearly had a songwriting nous as evinced by ‘Girly’ which was an enjoyably infectious if slightly dumb-ass Blink 182 thing. A year ago it could have stood alongside any skate punk chart record. That was then, of course, and the subtle shift in consumer tastes means a more sophisticated blend of rock is in demand. So, of the 6 tracks here, ‘No Reason’ is trendy, happening and decidedly catchy , walking a precarious line between between Biffy – minus the stop-start complexity – and more conventional nu-rawk i.e. what gets above ..50 in the charts. Likewise, ‘SOS DD’ has a chorus to grace daytime radio, with meandering metal guitar just on the right side of snotty to cause Dave Pearce to fade it out early on Radio One. That might be that for a single but the bonus trackswill surely confound the listener. ‘A Minor’ is old School metal taking a lead from Iron Maiden while ‘Beer Song’ is a decided surprise, reaching their highland roots with fiddle and coming off like the Levellers. Going back to the first 4 tracks on this mini-album – – let’s call it an ep with bonuses out- takes and their motto might be ‘we have come for your children’. Give us a wave from Top of the Pops, guys. BLUE GUM EARS have recorded 7 CDs in their time and 4 are available to buy