Mad Hatters Events

Beyond Presents Neon Waltz @ Hootananny
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

John O’Groats alternative six-piece Neon Waltz emerged a couple of years ago but have been really flying over the last eighteen months. Regularly touted as ‘Ones to Watch’ in the media last year, they, played a slew of festivals been special guests with Noel Gallagher, and this year has seen them pack out Scottish venues and tour the UK in support of The Coral. Neon Waltz have a classic indie sound, cultivated from a unique perspective in the very north of Scotland.
Stick around afterwards for our resident Mad Hatters DJ until 3 am!

Root System / Fighting Caravans @ Hootananny
Dec 16 @ 9:30 pm

Root System are a four piece ska/punk band made up of three brothers Kev Fek ( vocals) Ronnie (guitar/voclas) Handsome Dan (bass) and close pal Ryan (Drummer). ROOT SYSTEM have been on the go for around 7 years now and have gigged up and down the country including the likes of Brixton, Glasgow, Inverness, Elgin, Edinburgh, the list goes on. They have also played at a few festivals including Rockness, Wickerman a number of times, Wizard Festival, Tartan Heart, Loch Lomond always getting the crowd going. They have also played with a number of times with ska legends such at Neville Staple, Bad Manners, The Beat and The Selecter..


FIGHTING CARAVANS ‘A tacky disco meets a Last-mile wake’…Fighting Caravans is an alternative-rock quintet from Leeds. Taking influences from early American Blues and more contemporary Rock music, the group delivers bold social commentaries akin to sounds of Nick Cave (Grinderman), QOTSA and Radiohead, with subtle Country, Jazz and Psychedelic overtones.

Festive Frolics @ Hootananny
Dec 28 @ 8:00 pm
Hootananny Hogmanany Extravaganza @ Hootananny
Dec 31 2016 @ 8:00 pm – Jan 1 2017 @ 2:00 am

Come along and enjoy two floors of music on Saturday December 31st.

Live Scottish Traditional on our ground floor featuring the stomping sounds of Hoodja as seen on BBC alba for Belladrum Festival and also featuring an array of guests from the Scottish Traditional music scene with an equal measure of talent and good craic which will have you dancing from the very start of the night this Hogmanay!

On our first floor Mad Hatters we have the best party band with the fantastic Mystic Shoes!

Also we will have an amazing selection of cocktails in the Glow Bar on our top floor!

Royal Wood @ Hootananny
Jan 6 @ 9:30 am

The last few years have brought upon many celebrated achievements in Royal Wood’s career. Since being proclaimed the “Songwriter of the Year”, by iTunes in 2008, Wood has continued to evolve and hone his musical craft – maintaining an unmistakable identity while uncovering and reinventing his sound.

Proclaimed a prolific songwriter and one of Canada’s major talents by critics, fans and the industry alike, Wood released his 5th studio album “The Burning Bright” to debut in the Top 30 Canadian Chart. The album registered a number of firsts for Wood, whose chart-topping 2012 release, the JUNO Award nominated We Were Born To Glory, firmly established him as one of the country’s most accomplished alt-pop singer/songwriters, producers, arrangers and multi-instrumentalists.

His single “Forever and Ever” was the #1 added song at HOT AC Radio in Canada and a Top 20 hit on CBC Radio 2. Making its debut in the fall of 2013 the track reached Top 5 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart and was chosen by the LCBO as the theme song for SHINE [Ontario], their largest annual promotion and marketing campaign.

His music has also been featured in several TV and Film productions, including major television shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, bringing his sound to a variety of audiences.

Greatly admired, Wood’s records have been released worldwide on Maple Music Recordings/Universal, Rounder Europe and Toy Town Records in the UK, and he has successfully toured in Canada, USA, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Switzerland, UK, Ireland and Italy. Wood has also supported national tours with David Gray, Sarah Harmer and Serena Ryder and has headlined venues across the world – selling out dates along the way.

The Sherlocks @ Hootananny
Feb 1 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

The Sherlocks have announced a UK and Ireland tour for early 2017.

Following up their run of shows in September, plus support slots with the Libertines earlier this year, the Sheffield quartet have lined up over 30 dates for their biggest headlining tour between February 1 and March 15, including a performance at Mad Hatters, Inverness on February 1st 2017.

The Comedy Bothy – February Fun! @ Hootananny
Feb 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Comedy Bothy returns for our first Inverness show of 2017!

Featuring back by popular demand Obie!

Obie has been a regular on the Scottish comedy circuit for 13 years. He has performed as a headliner, opener, compere and support act in most of the comedy clubs in Scotland including The Stand, Highlights, The State Bar, The Beehive, The Halt Bar, Breakneck Comedy, Just Laugh, and many more.

Obie has done warm up for childrens TV show Ultimate Sports day. He has also been invited to perform a solo show for four weeks at the Melbourne Comedy festival.

With special guest host Rob Kane!
Rob has two great loves in his life, Comedy and Football, but it is fair to say that he is much better at comedy than football.

His Comedy career began when he was encouraged to take part in Viv Gee’s Comedy Course in Strathclyde University. In his first year of performing he got to the final of the prestigious ‘Amused Moose’ competition and since then he has won the ‘Beat the frog’ in both Manchester and Preston, got to the final of the ‘Scottish Comedian Of The Year’ and had his own solo show at the Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

The night will also feature comics from the Highlands and Beyond!

Irie Yo-Yo @ Hootananny
Feb 4 @ 9:30 pm – Feb 5 @ 3:00 am

Irie Yo-Yo are a Ska/Reggae band from Edinburgh. They debuted on the Edinburgh music scene in 2015 at the Edinburgh food festival and since then they have appeared at venues such as Mash House, Cabaret Voltaire, Stramash and many more. In August 2015 Irie secured multiple residencies and played numerous gigs during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

With inspiration from artists such as Desmond Dekker, Max Romeo, The Specials, Manu Chao and Gentleman, Irie Yo-Yo has developed a very full and soulful ska sound. From the 4 part vocal harmonies, to the succulent sound of the brass section this band is right where it needs to be.

Noah Noah @ Hootananny
Feb 10 @ 9:30 pm – Feb 11 @ 3:00 am

Edinburgh band NOAH NOAH have only been active since March 2016 but they have been very busy!

Since launching their debut track ‘Lips’ they have toured the UK, played main stage at various Scottish festivals, played live sessions on STV’s ‘Live at 5’ and BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘The Janice Forsyth Show’, sold out their release show for their debut single ‘Champion’, supported Scottish legends Idlewild, Model Aeroplanes, 100 Fables, Start Static, SHVLLOWS, Kirsten Adamson and Jakil to name but a few, received air play from DJs such as Vic Galloway (BBC Radio Scotland) and Jim Gellatly (Amazing Radio) and have played the infamous King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow.

The band have grand plans for 2017, which is already shaping up to be a very exciting year!”

Breaking Bands Presents COQUIN MIGALE @ Hootananny
Feb 24 @ 9:30 pm – Feb 25 @ 3:00 am

COQUIN MIGALE are from Newcastle. They consist of Alex Soper (guitar / vocals), Stevie Kane (bass) and Josh Holmes (drums) and are pronounced “Co-kane Mig-elle”. ‘Munro’ is their debut album which mixes together COQUIN MIGALE’s fizzbombing releases thus far with some cracking Newcy newbies, while also having the decency to include next single ‘PT. 2’, released on August 5th.

‘Grindie’ / ‘Twang’ was their first fierce panda single in May. As the title might suggest, ‘Grindie’ represents a winningly grin-worthy car-crash of grunge and indie, all smash-banging in under three manic minutes. As such it sets the musical template for ‘Munro’ with its hectic guitars and fragrant vocals and emboldened riffs and lovely subtle cosmic rock flourishes – much like the short sharp song titles ‘Munro’ rattles through eight tracks of terrifically poised and nonchalantly epic alt.rock in half an hour.

Little wonder that the likes of ‘Grindie’ and previous releases ‘Gold’, ‘Socotra’ and ‘Luv’ should have all burrowed their sweet, sweaty ways into the hearts of the nation’s finest disc jockeying tastemakers such as Huw Stevens, Tom Robinson, John Kennedy and Phil Taggart as well as meriting the homegrown love of BBC Introducing Newcastle.

“Explosive” – Generator

“Sounding excellent” – John Kennedy (Radio X)

“Definitely going places” – Huw Stephens (Radio 1)

“A constant onslaught of shifting energy…short and snappy and everything that good powerful rock music should be.” – The Tipping Point

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.

Lost In The Riots @ Hootananny
Mar 17 @ 9:30 pm

Lost in the Riots are an energetic instrumental rock band hailing from an unassuming suburb in the outskirts of London. The band have spent the last 12 months crafting the follow up to their 2014 sophomore album ‘Move On, Make Trails’.

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.

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.