Mad Hatters Events

Aug
26
Fri
VOLTS (ACDC Tribute) @ Hootananny
Aug 26 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

SCOTLAND’S NUMBER 1 AC/DC TRIBUTE ACT!

The following is a true story, only the names have been changed to protect the guilty! In the beginning, back in 1955, man didn’t know about a rock n roll show but five guys from Edinburgh are giving it a fair crack!

It was always gonna be a long way to the top if they wanted to rock n roll, but with a sound that will kick you in the teeth and shake you all night long Volts will walk all over you!

Formed in 2005 the band have gone from strength to strength and have now settled on the perfect line up to replicate the classic AC/DC sound – Craig (Angus), Willie (Bon/Brian), Dave (Cliff), John (Malcolm) and Iain (Phil) give no less than 100% every night in a two hour rock n roll extravaganza that will blow your head off!

Volts have played the Bon Scott memorial event in Kirriemuir, The Big Ball in Wrexham, the RenfrewFerry in Glasgow, The Albert Hall in Stirling and supported Saxon in The Picture House in Edinburgh… and many more venues nationwide. So if you got the money, We got the sound, You put it up and we’ll put it down.

Aug
27
Sat
The Mystic Shoes @ Mad Hatters (above Hootananny)
Aug 27 @ 9:30 pm – Aug 28 @ 3:00 am

mystic shoes

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!

Sep
8
Thu
Randolph’s Leap, w/Spare Snare @ Hootananny
Sep 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Randolph’s Leap

Randolph’s Leap are a Glasgow-based musical project ranging from a solo act to an eight-piece band. Nairn-born Adam Ross and friends have been writing pop music for unpopular people since 2010.

The band specialise in creating a joyous, brass-tinged folk-pop racket which has grabbed the attention of major cultural figures across the United Kingdom. An extensive back catalogue of DIY home recordings was topped off in 2014 with their first full-length album ‘Clumsy Knot’, released on Lost Map Records.

Recent years have seen the festival favourites curate a series of sell-out music and comedy events titled ‘I Can’t Dance To This Music’, feature Michael Fish in a video for setlist staple ‘Weatherman’ , record repeat sessions on 6Music and perform across the UK, including a solo tour with James Yorkston (Domino).

2016 (a leap year, naturally) sees the band release their second album with Olive Grove Records.

“They will be huge” – Ian Rankin, Scottish crime writer

“A band deserving of every shred of love and success which came Belle & Sebastian’s way” – The Scotsman

“Masters of melody… lo-fi indie-pop gems” – The Metro

“They’re ace!” – Marc Riley, BBC 6Music

Spare Snare

Folllowing on from a successful anniversary tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album, ‘Live At Home’, Spare Snare are ready to rock the highlands for the first time, ever.  Releasing records on Jan’s own label for over 22 years, and with a catalogue of 10 albums and numerous singles, the 5 piece think it’s about time they headed north to play.

Their history includes;
4 John Peel Sessions, including an inclusion on the Peel Kats Karavan box set.
Live shows at Reading and T in the Park.
Firm favourites on the Boston played on College Radio.

Sep
10
Sat
The Mystic Shoes @ Mad Hatters (above Hootananny)
Sep 10 @ 9:30 pm – Sep 11 @ 3:00 am

mystic shoes

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!

Sep
23
Fri
VOLKA + Support @ Hootananny
Sep 23 @ 9:30 pm – Sep 24 @ 3:00 am

Volka

Volka are a 5-piece hard rock band from Livingston, Scotland. Formed in early 2015, their sound is punchy, heartfelt and to the point – taking influence from acts like Basement, The Xcerts and Brand New.

Debut single ‘Wounds‘ received airplay from Amazing Radio DJs Jim Gellatly and Aaron Philips (Rockshow Track of the Week). Touring across Scotland in late 2015, the band have worked tirelessly through early 2016 to craft their debut record, due for release in the second half of 2016.

Sep
24
Sat
An Audience with Bernie Marsden @ Hootananny
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm



In the early 70’s Bernie was an original guitarist for hard rock outfit UFO before becoming an original member of Paice, Ashton & Lord in 1977. After PAL split up Bernie joined David Coverdale in the newly formed Whitesnake, helping to establish the band as one of the most successful live rock bands in Europe and Japan.

In 1982 Bernie co-wrote the multi-million selling hit Here I Go Again before leaving Whitesnake to form Alaska. Most critics rate the original version of Whitesnake, featuring Bernie, to be the best and most authentic lineup of the world famous blues-rock outfit.

Bernie has toured with his bands Company of Snakes and M3 (formed with fellow former Whitesnake members Micky Moody and Neil Murray). He has also recorded and toured with a succession of acclaimed blues albums, featuring many successful guest artists, including Zak Starkey from The Who and Oasis. Bernie has played with Ringo Starr’s band, Elkie Brooks and has played with Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant at a number of benefit gigs.

Bernie has been touring with his tribute show to the legendary Rory Gallagher, featuring members from Rory’s last touring band and with the blessing of Rory’s brother Donal.

Bernie has played with Joe Bonamassa on several occasions, and was also seen guesting with Whitesnake again in the UK and Europe, coming on stage to play Here I Go Again with lead singer David Coverdale.

Bernie Marsden has long been respected for his rich, blues inspired style. His impeccable talent as a guitar player has kept him active in the music world for over thirty years and allowed him to share company with a virtual “who’s who” of recording and touring musicians.

BB King once said, “only two white men could play the blues. Eric Clapton and Bernie Marsden.

Sep
25
Sun
RNW Music presents Chuck Mosley @ Hootananny
Sep 25 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

 

 

 

Former Faith No More, Bad Brains and Cement vocalist Chuck Mosley comes to Mad Hatters, Inverness on Sunday Sept. 25th as part of his UK Introduce Yourself Tour.

The singer says he’s most looking forward to returning to the UK and mainland Europe. He adds: “I’ve always been a groupie of England and Europe, but the people are really nice. When you go to London it’s kinda
like L.A or New York, but I like it up North and Scotland. I just love it out there.

“I haven’t been out there in a long time and I can’t wait. No offence to America, it’s not the fans, or the kids, it’s just the distances between shows.”

Mosley is best known for joining Faith No More in 1985 and fronting the band for debut album We Care A Lot and follow-up Introduce Yourself. He was replaced by Mike Patton in 1988, but the pair shared vocal duties at a show in New York in 2010.

The tour is Chuck and a percussionist performing a set of acoustic songs from his back catalog (Faith No More, Bad brains, Cement, VUA & new stuff) whilst telling stories/answering questions/bad jokes.

Support comes from Dr. Wook

Sep
29
Thu
DF Concerts & TwentyTen Presents Catholic Action @ Hootananny
Sep 29 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm



Catholic Action are a product of Glasgow’s famously fertile music scene but have won fans across the UK thanks to their peerless pop masterpieces. After a run of rapturously received gigs in their hometown the group are ready to release their long-awaited debut release for Luv Luv Luv Records (Spector, Only Real, Splashh, The Garden).

The four-piece band are centered around the singular talents of vocalist and guitarist Chris McCrory – already known among key taste-makers as the drummer in Casual Sex, another of Glasgow’s leading musical lights.


Support comes from LIONAL and This Machine.

Oct
1
Sat
The Mystic Shoes @ Mad Hatters (above Hootananny)
Oct 1 @ 9:30 pm – Oct 2 @ 3:00 am

mystic shoes

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!

Oct
6
Thu
DF Concerts & TwentyTen Present PHORIA @ Hootananny
Oct 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Oct
10
Mon
RNW Music presents Tail Feather @ Hootananny
Oct 10 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Tailfeather

 

 

 

 

Formed in Berkshire and having carved out their own distinct niche with blues-driven anthems and glorious four part harmonies, Tail Feather have already accomplished a lot in their relatively short career, while their acclaimed live shows have also led to them hitting the road with the likes of Wolf Alice, White Denim and Fun Lovin’ Criminals.

Marrying slick guitar lines that feel as if they’ve been crafted in the Golden State and turning up the thick bass-induced grooves to 11, new single ‘Space Travel’ also carries on Tail Feather’s long-standing collaboration with producer Graham Dominy (Robert Plant, Ray Davies).

Undeniably cool and essentially timeless, Tail Feather continue to blaze their own distinct trail in today’s music scene with their retro-induced time vessel of euphoric hooks and blissful harmonies. The release of ‘Space Travel’ is only likely to win them more fans, and with their debut album to come later this year, 2016 is looking set to be a breakthrough year for one of the most exciting new bands out there.

Oct
19
Wed
DF Concerts & TwentyTen Presents JR Green @ Hootananny
Oct 19 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm


Combining accordion-riffed nostalgia and teenage angst acoustic guitar, punctuated by gravelled and howling Scottish-toned vocals are adolescent prodigal duo JR GREEN – two brothers from Strontian, a remote Scottish village a few miles from the most westerly point on mainland Britain, bringing a more youthful, virile edge to folk and traditional music.
Their debut single, Nigerian Princess, has been getting attention on BBC Radio 1 as Huw Stephens ‘Tip Of The Week’, 6 Music and was Single of the Week on BBC Radio Scotland as well as being a featured artist on Vic Galloway BBC Introducing.

Oct
26
Wed
Beyond Presents Tom Speight @ Hootananny
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Tom Speight

 

Nov
3
Thu
Indigo Velvet @ Hootananny
Nov 3 @ 9:30 pm – Nov 4 @ 3:00 am

Indigo Velvet

Indigo Velvet are a young Tropical-pop quartet from Edinburgh. They’ve been dubbed one’s to watch 2016 by Scotland On Sunday, championed by Vic Galloway via his BBC Radio Scotland show and Jim Gellatly on Amazing Radio and The Sun. Single ‘Easy Love’ premiered via Clash Magazine and Tenement TV and played on Communion Records’ Radio X show. Furthermore, they showcased at XpoNorthT in The Park and the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival [to sizeable crowds], resulting in an interview and spin on BBC Radio 1. With UK-wide tours and festivals in the calendar plus an impressive 100,000 streams [and counting] via Spotify – the young quartet’s fanbase is growing rapidly and 2016 is set to be a breakthrough year

Nov
5
Sat
The Mystic Shoes @ Mad Hatters (above Hootananny)
Nov 5 @ 9:30 pm – Nov 6 @ 3:00 am

mystic shoes

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!

Nov
19
Sat
Tribal High @ Hootananny
Nov 19 @ 9:30 pm – Nov 20 @ 3:00 am

With tribal High’s new single, Husky, the band have supported Glasgow electro group Crash Club in both Glasgow and Aberdeen this April as well as many other gigs in thriving Scottish venues with hosts of emerging British groups. Husky’s proves no different to the bands previous single’s as its unearthly and eerie tone screams attitude and gets the blood pumping from the first seconds. With Tribal High’s usual appliance of strong, grooving bass and drum sections, mixed with the dirty overdriven guitar, topped with intricate powerful rapping and soothing harmonies brings a breath of fresh air to the Glasgow music scene.

 

Formed in early 2014, Tribal High broke on to the Scottish music scene with nothing but Raw attitude and atmospheric noise. leaving nothing unsaid and getting straight to the point, you are bound to move in some way when listening to these guys, live or recorded.

 

Rave Child

“with a catchy and sultry sound; mark this lot down as ones to watch”

 

Tenement Tv

“It has hints of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers to it, but stands alone in its uniqueness”

 

“GLASGOW’S Tribal High have admirably stayed in their own lane and made music unlike anything else within the city’s bustling community.”

Stick about for Mad Hatters resident DJ until 3 am!