Mad Hatters Events

Leanne & The Radix
Jan 20 @ 9:30 pm – Jan 21 @ 3:00 am

With a history spanning over 30 years in experience from the heady Nottinghill Carnival days of ‘Man At The Window’ in the 1980’s supporting icons such as Steel pulse, Aswad, Eekamouse, Misty In Roots etc performing until 2012, then followed by the British Reggae Industry Awards various line ups of the ‘iFoundation’ of 2012-2014,’Leanne & The Radix’’ are a the cultivated 6 piece new trend setting hybrid reggae group Built from the strength and foundations of Scotland’s best loved and busiest festival touring reggae groups.

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

Shaka Loves You @ Mad Hatters
Jan 21 @ 9:30 pm – Jan 22 @ 3:00 am

Scotland’s bad-boy AV funkers Shaka Loves You boast a full audio-visual show with live percussion. Effortlessly fusing elements of funk, soul, disco & hip-hop with custom visuals, SLY create the perfect, party-rocking live show.

Since forming in 2012 they have already shared the stage with heavyweights such as DJ Yoda, Mr Scruff, A.Skillz, Featurecast & The Funk Hunters and have an impressive number of gigs and performances behind them.

As well as their weekly residency at Glasgow’s home of funk & soul; The Buff Club, the boys have played clubs from Edinburgh to Amsterdam as well as festival appearances up and down the UK including T in the Park, Beat Herder and Eden.

Not content with just rocking the party, SLY are regularly producing their own edits, remixes, tracks and videos. With, DJ, blog and radio support flowing in for the boys production’s and their debut EP going to number 1 on Juno they are equally at home in the studio as they are on stage.

Devil’s Queen @ Mad Hatters
Jan 27 @ 9:30 pm – Jan 28 @ 3:00 am

5 piece southern rock band from Inverness and the surrounding areas.

Stick around for our resident Mad Hatters DJ until 3 am.

Jan 28 @ 9:30 pm – Jan 29 @ 3:00 am

Shambolics, a 4 piece Dreamy Rock & Roll band hailing from Kirkcaldy, Fife inspired by some of the best indie bands from the past 30 years with a hint of 60’s psychedelia, 70’s harmonies and 80’s clean guitar chimes.

They have played gigs all over the UK and have played gigs with promoters ‘This Feeling’ in London, Glasgow & Manchester and have also done a gig for Alan Mcgee (ex Creation Records) at The Water Rats in London and have also shared the stage with bands such as The View & The Sunshine Underground. They also recently played our first ever headline gig to a sold out capacity crowd of 300 people in our hometown Kirkcaldy.

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!”

DF Concerts & TwentyTen Present Be Charlotte @ Hootananny
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm

Acclaimed Scottish three-piece Be Charlotte continue to develop their innovative, unique sound on their latest single One Drop, due for release on 20th January 2017 via AWAL / Kobalt Label Service.

Be Charlotte are fronted by teenager Charlotte Brimner who is already regarded as one of the most prestigious and cutting edge songwriters on the Scottish music scene, illustrating a rare ability to transcend genres with ease; incorporating pop, hip-hop, beatboxing, electro and indie pop, crafting unmistakable soundscapes that are as playful as they are poignant. Tackling social issues her listeners can easily identify with, Be Charlotte creates vibrant, captivating music while skilfully integrating intelligent, affecting songwriting. This is evident on One Drop, co-produced by Charlotte and Marcus Mackay (DrivingBell lounge) which was inspired by the sense of being unable to clearly see what’s in front of you, capturing the idea that, once something is done, it can’t be changed. Ultimately, the way we deal with the situation, finding solutions along the way, is more important than the problem itself.

Her unorthodox approach has picked up a well of support; Be Charlotte have already charted in the viral Top 50 on Spotify, been playlisted on Radio X’s evening playlist and accrued support at BBC Radio 1.

Comprised of Charlotte (programming, guitar, keys, vocals), James Smith (keyboard, bass) and David Calder (drums), the trio recently returned from a tour of South East Asia playing in Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam and Hong Kong, as well as spending two weeks recording at Karma Studios where The Libertines and Placebo recently recorded their albums. Bookending a successful year, Be Charlotte have been confirmed to play SXSW 2017 in Austin, Texas, been named one of The Great Escape’s First Fifty and have been chosen as one of only two acts representing the BBC at Eurosonic Festival. Be Charlotte is due to appear on the BBC Introducing Stage at Eurosonic on Friday January 13th 2017 and, as if this wasn’t enough, she was invited to play at the world famous Hogmanay cerebrations in Edinburgh at the end of 2016 alongside Paolo Nutini, The Charlatans and Frightened Rabbit.

Featherwest/Thula Borah @ Hootananny
Feb 18 @ 9:30 pm – Feb 19 @ 3:00 am

Featherwest is Eccentric, IndieTronica meets Wonky Pop.

Devout followers of electro in band music, Featherwest will warm you with bass, veil you in reverb, break your heart with close two-part vocals. With rhythms bring you to the now and sample you all for our next track.

Debut year saw Featherwest stage with LA’s Mini Mansions (Queens of the Stone Age- Micheal Shuman with Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys). Headline Hidden Door festival with the launch of single – ‘A Baby Not Yet’ on a brand new beer produced by Edinurgh events co. Decagram.

Featherwest kicked off 2016 Celtic Connections alongside Rock Action record’s De Rosa and NYC’s Frog and have since performed with VAMPIRE WEEKEND’s Chris Baio.

September Featherwest recorded with Mogwai producer Paul Savage for a winter release and plan album sessions for a 2017 launch. Alongside UK stuff the male/female Trio head to dark venues in eastern Europe in 2017 with American indie label Loose Wire.

“Loving anything weird, alternative to mainstream, we make our very own slightly odd and off centre sounds combined with lyrics that romanticise on less comfortable areas of the human condition.

All in all we kinda wish we lived in Twin Peaks.”

Thula Borah are a four-piece band from Glasgow, whose sound is probably best described as a mixture of alternative-rock and post-rock, drawing influence from the likes of 90s guitar bands such as Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, REM and Radiohead merged with the dynamics and ambience of Mogwai, Sigur Ros and Isis but with some subtle slowcore influences of Low and Red House Painters too, much like a Glasgow’s much missed Aereogramme.

The band started as Matt and Lloyd jamming with a drum machine before becoming a fully fledged band as of late 2009 they have since been gigging extensively, playing venues such as King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Nice N Sleazy, The Classic Grand and Oran Mor in Glasgow as well as at the Edinburgh Festival and various venues up and down Scotland.

They have received airplay in as diverse places as BBC Radio One and Four, Radio Scotland, Radio North Angus, Heartland FM, Subcity and Amazing Radio as well as many stations and podcasts around the globe, and have also received favourable reviews in the Daily Record.

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.

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!

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!