Mad Hatters Events

Dante with support from Jamie Bacon
Nov 24 @ 9:30 pm – Nov 25 @ 3:00 am


On 27th October 2017 – DANTE – release the first single, Rose, from the forthcoming sophomore LP, I Wear your Weight with Mine.

As premiered by Clash Magazine and hailed as “a brooding, poetic, and powerful return from the Scottish band”, you can also watch the video for Rose here:

The track was produced by Andy Monaghan of Frightened Rabbit, and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana’s Nevermind). The track sees the Scottish indie band burst back on the scene with a dark, high-energy track, that has echoes of The National and Interpol, whilst further showcasing the band’s talent for songwriting and depth of lyrical content.

The release follows a very successful first LP, Wake, which was hailed by the likes of The Skinnyand Art Rocker, and also featured in The Herald’s Top 50 albums that year.

Support comes from Singer/songwriter Jamie Bacon originally from Caithness.

Nov 25 @ 9:30 pm – Nov 26 @ 3:00 am


AMERICANA SATURDAY is a quartley event that brings Americana influenced acts to Mad Hatters 4 times a year.

Our launch night features Edinburgh band Dropkick who are no strangers to the Highlands having had appeared at Belladrum Festival amongst other events.

Support comes from local singer/songwriter AJ Stills.

Beyond Presents Bdy_Prts
Nov 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm


BDY_PRTS are a band hailing from Glasgow, Scotland comprising of two songwriters – Chicago-raised Jill O’Sullivan (of cult band Sparrow And The Workshop) and Jenny Reeve (of Strike The Colours and frequent Malcolm Middleton collaborator) – alongside drummer/producer Jonny Scott (The Kills, Chvrches and Marnie).

Describing themselves as “electro future-pop” on record their music is a melody-driven, 80s-tinged indie-electro-pop fusion. Live BDY_PRTS sound is coupled with a unique and striking visual identity, aided by of the otherworldly and genre-defying costumes designed with visual artists Urara Tsuchiya and Lesley Anne Hepburn. On stage Jill and Jenny’s intertwining costumed limbs offer a visual feast whilst their vocals, melodies and full band set-up (with guitar and drums) one for the ear, creating a show full of sonic and theatrical flair.

BDY_PRTS have released three singles, most recently Rooftops (August 2017) which premiered on The Line of Best Fit, preceded by IDLU and Cold Shoulder (released in 2014/15 respectively). The latter two premiered on Clash and New York’s Neon Gold blog, with plays by DJs Vic Galloway (BBC Radio Scotland) and Steve Lamacq (BBC Radio 6 Music). With Cold Shoulder finding itself on BBC Radio 1 Introducing playlist with, to date, a massive quarter of a million streams on Spotify alone.

BDY_PRTS have previously played coveted shows such as the BBC Introducing Stage at T In The Park (2015). Newly signed to Primary Talent, they play True North festival, Aberdeen on 7 September, with a headline UK to be announced soon.

On 24 November BDY_PRTS release their debut album FLY INVISIBLE HERO via Aggrocat Records (Digital/CD/Limited Gold Vinyl, catalogue no.: AC003). The album was written, recorded and produced by the BDY_PRTS, engineered by David McAulay and Jamie Savage, and mixed by close friend Paul Savage (Franz Ferdinand, Mogwai) throughout December 2016/January 2017.

“Subtle harmonies and avant-garde theatrics are setting the Scottish duo apart.” – The Line of Best Fit

“BDY_PRTS (make) theatrical, slightly avant-garde electro-pop with simple yet effectiveharmonies.” – D.I.Y

“BDY_PRTS write great songs. Like, really great songs.” – CMU Daily

“Sheer, effortless pop music.” – Clash

Beyond Presents ONR
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm

Formed in 2015, Scottish act Onr. have cited influences including Echo & The Bunnymen, Arcade Fire, OMD, Simple Minds and Interpol in creating their distinctively ambitious and high-energy sound. Following years of performing and writing all over the world – all in the name of self-development – Onr. became the final manifestation of Glasgow-born frontman Robert Shields’ vision for his uniquely imposing material. Believing passionately in the translation from written-work to an animated live show, they are known for energetic, heartfelt performances – whilst retaining the detail and delicacy that have won them so many admirers.

The Mystic Shoes
Dec 2 @ 10:30 pm – Dec 3 @ 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!

Ernest Rambles @ Hootananny
Dec 15 @ 9:30 pm

Ernest RamblesDave Rudge is a singer songwriter from Birmingham who learned his craft in the Cornwall music

After meeting a Scottish lass, a few years in Nottingham and roaming round the globe he moved to
the Highlands.

He then stole a ready made rhythm section from a struggling covers band on the condition that Martin took up the double bass.
Ernest Rambles was formed.

Martin Bell on the double bass
Sam Lumsden on the drums
and Ashley MacKay on vocals

FFO Damien Rice, Nizlopi & David Gray.

Dixie Fried @ Mad Hatters
Dec 16 @ 9:30 pm – Dec 17 @ 3:00 am

Dixie Fried are a 2 piece, up-beat, blues inspired rock band from Central Scotland. They write songs about things we all witness in our own life experiences, from long car journeys to drunken nights to the ‘special’ characters that every town and village have bouncing through every street. However, they do tell each story to a background of Americana inspired rhythmic hypnotic blues music.

The backbeat of each song has a pulse that sings to your soul through Murphy’s drums, then you find yourself lost in music as Lamie’s captivating and alluring guitar style wondering why have you never found Dixie Fried before now ? With inspirations coming from RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, with the more contemporary North Mississippi Allstars and very early Black Keys it is easy to hear their hero’s influence but still capturing the dry yet clever, Scottish wit within the lyrics.

Mad Friday w/ EZRA
Dec 22 @ 9:30 pm – Dec 23 @ 3:00 am


Join us for Mad Friday with EZRA playing various styles of music from Rock, Pop, Country, Irish, Scottish, Reggae, Easy Listening from the 50’s through to the present day!

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