What’s on at Hootananny and Mad Hatters

The Po’ Boys
Nov 23 @ 10:00 pm – Nov 24 @ 12:00 am

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The Po’Boys are an acoustic based duo from West Memphis, Arkansas. They perform rock, blues, country, R&B and more.

Boogie Thursdays at Mad Hatters
Nov 29 @ 10:00 pm – Nov 30 @ 3:00 am

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We’re pleased to announce that Boogie will return to @madhatters Inverness on November the 29th and also on December the 27th!

So if you happen to have no plans on those dates or simply can’t wait until the weekend for a boogie, come join us 🕺💃

Table for Four, Joseph’s Cramp and Stephen MacKintosh
Dec 4 @ 1:07 pm – 2:07 pm

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Table For Four are a band hailing from the Highlands of Scotland offering high energy pop punk/metal music, catering to the inner rockstar of us all!

Joseph's Cramp

Joseph’s Cramp was born from the ashes of Sasquatch, an on-and-off project consisting of Kev and Euan. In 2017 we started to get gigs around Inverness, culminating in an appearance at Jocktoberfest. Late that year the band grew. Ewan and Conner joined and we gigged together for the first time on New Year’s Eve…
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Support from Aberdeen based Stephen MacKintosh.
The Comedy Bothy featuring Nik Coppin
Dec 7 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 pm



Based in London and a stand-up comic for more than 12 years, Nik Coppin has performed all over the world and developed an international cult following, having performed many solo shows at the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, New Zealand and Melbourne International Comedy Festivals, all over Australia and the inaugural Hollywood Fringe Festival in Los Angeles. His confident, affable and energetic style of comedy is quick to build audience rapport, as he talks about subjects as wide-ranging as observations on human nature, his experiences in The Antipodes, Europe and Asia, his extensive knowledge of wildlife, superheroes, current affairs and his mixed race up-bringing in London. His mother is English and his father is from Barbados.Aswell as becoming one of the most consistent acts on the comedy circuit, his versatility has also made him a much sought after compere. He has the ability to adapt and play to a multitude of audiences and is skillful, observant and affable enough put them immediately at ease.

In additon to this, Nik Coppin is also the creator, producer and MC of the international and hugely popular hit show ‘Shaggers’, which has experienced sell-out shows in Edinburgh, Adelaide, Melbourne, Darwin and a number of UK cities.A spin-off from this is the ‘Huggers’ show which is also growing in popularity after it’s first seasons at the international comedy festivals.

“Could Nik Coppin be any more spectacular?” Melbourne International Comedy Festival

JAMM Night
Dec 7 @ 10:00 pm – Dec 8 @ 3:00 am


Come for a JAM or to WATCH! 10 pm till 12 am!

Stick about for our resident DJ from 12 am till 3 am!

Mystic Shoes
Dec 14 @ 10:00 pm – Dec 15 @ 12:00 am



The best party band in the Highlands and Islands

Dave Mcpherson
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm – 9:45 pm

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Escape From Reality Promotions
in Association with Good Times Roll Presents
Dave McPherson (InMe) + Luke Rainsford
Saturday December 15th


Dave McPherson’s Christmas Medley Tour comes to Inverness at Mad Hatters (above Hootananny)… with Support from Luke Rainsford


RMT Big Band Xmas Special @ Hootananny
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

FORMED in 2000, Rooty Ma Toot Big Band has, over the years, included many of the top musicians around Inverness.

They have played at castles, Highland stately homes, corporate functions, Inverness Caledonian Thistle Stadium, festivals, clubs, many private functions, and featured several times on MFR.

Regular line up has piano, bass, drums, guitar, 3 or 4 trumpets, 3 or 4 trombones and 5 saxes. Guest vocalists appear often with the band. Big band swing, jazz, jump jive, Sixties soul – all regularly feature.

Join them between 8.00 pm and 10.00 pm at Hoots for their Xmas Special on Saturday December 19th.

Dec 21 @ 10:00 pm – Dec 22 @ 12:00 am

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4 piece covers band from Ross-Shire, covering party tunes from Stevie Wonder to George Ezra and most points in between

Mystic Shoes
Dec 29 @ 10:00 pm – Dec 30 @ 12:00 am



The best party band in the Highlands and Islands

Hootananny Hogmanay Extravaganza @ hootananny
Dec 31 2018 @ 8:00 pm – Jan 1 2019 @ 2:00 am

The Middle Eights

Hootananny Hogmanany Extravaganza Returns with 3 floors of entertainment to bring in 2019!
Tickets on sale now!

First floor – Ewan Robertson, Megan Henderson (Breabach) & Friends
Mad Hatters – Peatloaf (The UKs Number 1 Meatloaf Tribute as seen on Britain’s Got Talent!) plus resident Mad Hatters DJ!
Glow Bar – Resident DJ plus a wide selection of cocktails available for purchase.

The Broken Ravens – with Twister and Little Hands of Silver @ Mad Hatters
Jan 11 @ 9:30 pm – Jan 12 @ 3:00 am


_DSC6132“The Broken Ravens – Gritty Scottish Rock from the Isle of Lewis”….. Shockwave Magazine

TBR are a 5 piece hard rock band, based in Stornoway and formed in 2014.

At the moment they are finishing mastering their latest EP, recorded in Laurel Canyon(Los Angeles) at Danny Hutton’s (Three Dog Night) Canyon Hut home studio.

Danny’s son Dash (HIAMS) and Charles Clark (Astrid/Our Lunar Activities) produced the recording, which was then sent to Grammy Award winning producer Simon Gogerly (U2, Paloma Faith) to mix.

The band have been to the US twice playing venues like The Whisky a Go Go, The Viper Room and The Canyon Club to very warm receptions, and have a small tour in Los Angeles, Hollywood, Orange County & San Diego of around five shows lined up for next Spring along with various other opportunities in the US.

The band will also be returning to Bulgaria, Eastern Europe where they headlined the Midalidare main stage alongside Rock giants Dee Snider, Doro and Gotthard, leaving lasting impressions and appearing on National TV as well as featured on prime time radio.

The bands debut EP was released in February last year, with a track synced to Team Rock (Metal Hammer), featured in IQ magazine, The Scotsman, STV news and on BBC radio. Adrenaline PR serviced all PR for the sync and release.

Their endeavours even caught the attention of Rod Smallwood (Iron Maiden) who noted how tight the band was, going as far as to note tracks he particularly liked from the bands first release.

So be sure to check them out in Inverness at Mad Hatters for what is sure to be a great show!


Twister – Twister are a high energy Rock band of the highest order. Their anthemic songs are bursting at the seams with soaring guitars, gripping and unforgettable melodies, and unbeatable choruses. These 4 North-East Lads are absolutely going for it, and you can see just how passionate they are in their live performances! If you haven’t seen them live yet, make it a priority as you will not forget the name Twister!

Twister have sold out O2 Academy 2’s and other venues around the country on their last headline tour for their latest album release ‘Combined State of Mind’. Well gigged and ready to go at the drop of a hat, Twister have played alongside huge names such as Status Quo, Bumblefoot (Guns ‘n’ Roses), Jools Holland, Texas, Scouting For Girls, Electric Six, Simple Minds and many, many more!

“These are my ones to watch!”- Johnny Doom, Kerrang! Radio “I love all of your original material!”- Francis Rossi, Status Quo “A skill for writing witty, memorable Rock tracks. Excellent anthems. Very strong, with just the right mixture of rawness, showmanship and technical precision ensuring they had the crowd clapping and singing along, leaving a lasting impression.”- Surface Unsigned



The Comedy Bothy
Feb 1 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Mad Hatters monthly comedy night The Comedy Bothy returns to Mad Hatters for 2019 with special guest Monty Burns.
The Liverpool comic has performed across yeh country at the likes of Breakneck Comedy Club, Laughing Horse, Gonzos and Laugh Train Home whilst receiving high praise from the likes of:
“Striking, strident comedy packed with emotion and pathos to make you laugh and make you think” – BBC
Really enjoyed his set, very funny” – Johnny Vegas
He may not own the nuclear powerplant in Springfield but he is hilariously funny
Also on the bill are top comics from the Highlands and beyond!
The Local Honeys
Feb 1 @ 10:00 pm – Feb 2 @ 3:00 am

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The Local Honeys are comprised of Linda Jean Stokley and Montana Hobbs. Stokley (right) from the rolling hills of the Bluegrass, and Hobbs (left) from the foothills of the Appalachian region have developed a sweet sound of the bluegrass kissing the mountains.

They have dedicated themselves to the preservation of old music and the creation of new music. Their songwriting often reflects subject matter that little girls ought not talk about. This element played a strong impact in the production and creation of their debut album, “Little Girls Actin’ Like Men.”

Including both traditional and original songs, “Little Girls” showcases the Honey’s ability to tear into hard driving fiddle tunes, sing the high lonesome sound, and tell a damn good story.

The Honeys are ideal for private events, festivals, square dances, music camps, weddings, and capable of leading various workshops on Kentucky stylings of the fiddle and banjo, vocal techniques and songwriting. The Local Honeys have toured heavily across the Southeast and the U.S. as well as internationally as ambassadors of Appalachian music. If scheduling is cooperative, The Local Honeys are available as a duo, trio, or full string band to add even more energy to their lively show.

Phil Kay
Feb 2 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Phil’s comedy is a unique blend of energy, improvisation and leaps of imagination that take his audience on a joyride they’ll never forget. Even Phil has no idea what might happen when he unleashes his crazy brand of improvised comedy mayhem. He possesses the rare gift of creating a space where audiences feel like they are kids again, all taking part in a practical joke.

Phil launched his stand-up comedy career with a bang in 1989, quickly garnering a host of awards, nominations and glowing reviews. Since then, the plaudits have never stopped as he conquered first the live stage and then television, with appearances on such shows as Phil Kay Feels, (Ch 4), Next Stop Phil Kay (Ch 4), Edinburgh Nights (BBC1), Montreal Festival of Fun (Ch 5) and plenty more besides.

Phil’s first love, however, remains live stage work and only by watching his live performances will audiences really see him at his very best. Phil Kay is stand-up comedy’s answer to spontaneous human combustion a rare, explosive and always surprising phenomenon that simply cannot be contained in a box or represented on a cathode tube. Phil tours Britain constantly and is a firm favourite at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where he performs yearly to sell-out crowds and critical acclaim. Over the years he has completed several highly successful tours of Australia, performing at the Adelaide and Melbourne Festivals. Since then, he has travelled the length and breadth of the globe administering his special blend of comedy genius.

This Machine/Ramanan Ritual
Feb 8 @ 9:30 pm – Feb 9 @ 3:00 am


This Machine are an Inverness super group formed from the ashes of The Rites, Echo 20 and RAAR. With an impressive list of gigs under their belt, including performances at Belladrum Festival, Jocktoberfest & Woodzstock!

Support comes from Ramanan Ritual a truly eclectic group of individuals making their Mad Hatters debut. Following the performance from both bands, we will have our resident DJ Beatz playing until 0300 to keep you dancing.

Doors open 2130! Entry? FREE!