Mad Hatters Events

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.

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