What’s on at Hootananny and Mad Hatters

For 17 years, Hootananny has been promoting the best grass roots music in Scotland. Mumford and Sons, Sam Fender, Little Boots, Dougie Mclean and Skerryvore have all played the venue. The building is a lovely traditional Victorian Inverness old sweety shop with traditional and fusion Scottish ceilidh and celtic rock downstairs. Emerging original artists, indy, hiphop, heavy metal, ska and rock upstairs on the Madhatters stage. Djs in the Glow bar on the top floor. The family run business has been awarded Scotland’s Best Live Music Venue 2019 by Scottish Bar and Pub Awards and Best Inverness Pub of the Year, 8 years running, by Inverness City Advertiser. Open daily for pub drinkers, we have a delicious Scottish menu of traditional dishes cooked to perfection from 5-10pm daily

Since March 2020 Hootananny has been unable to promote live music or background music. We hope to bring back the best live music soon! Click on the Keeping Safe tab for details about safety.

May 11 @ 8:00 pm – May 12 @ 1:15 am



GIRDERS – Saturday May 11th
10 Metal/Rock bands across 2 venues!
Mad Hatters / The Tooth & Claw

KING KOBALT / Zombie Militia
The Broken Ravens / Devil’s Queen
Below The Neck / The Devil Within
Catalysis / Isolates
1000 Mile Stare / This Machine
Free Entry!

Drag Night
May 17 @ 10:00 pm – May 18 @ 12:00 am



Drag Night returns to Mad Hatters on Friday March 29th! Free Entry!

Be entertained by Lexi Lush a fun and bubbly entertainer with a splash of bette midler and a sprinkle of Joan rivers with comedy routines and stand up.

Featuring covers of pop’s greatest divas a guaranteed laugh out loud experience she will have you in stitches!

Followed by our resident Mad Hatters DJ until 3 am.

May 18 @ 9:30 pm – May 19 @ 2:30 am
The Malts / Gun Runner
May 31 @ 10:00 pm – Jun 1 @ 12:00 am
The Malts

Maryburgh’s finest indie rockers The Malts return to Mad Hatters.

Support from newly formed rock band Gun Runner!

Followed by our resident Mad Hatters DJ until 3 am!

Jun 1 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm


Inverness based country trash band
Comedy Bothy
Jun 7 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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The Comedy Bothy Friday June 7th Braw Bricht Comedy Takeover!


BBC are a new comedy and sketch troupe based in Inverness, don’t miss this special Comedy Bothy takeover featuring their regular comics and guests from down south.

Seed of Sorrow / Iron Altar
Jun 7 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

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Seed of Sorrow are a five piece death metal band originating from Inverness, Scotland, who are dedicated to producing the hardest, angriest brand of metal possible. In January 2014 at The Eagle Bar in Inverness they competed against 18 other bands and were crowned as the winners of the Highland Battle Of The Bands 2014.

The band has been together for three years and comprises of Lewis Goodwin on vocals, Mark Savage on guitar, Nick Laidlaw on guitar, John Murray on drums and Stewart McArthur on bass guitar.All five members of Seed Of Sorrow are self taught musicians and Lewis G (Seed of Sorrow) says ” Our songs cover subject matter ranging from punching the f*** out of people to the pointlessness of existence to the destruction of the earth by the very people who claim to be improving it”

Appearing in magazines such as Terrorizer, Firebrand After Dark and radio stations Metal Nation Radio, Threat Con Radio, Rock N Wrestle Radio and Moray Firth Radio throughout 2013 led to ending the year on a high point as they were filmed at Les-Festive 2013 in December performing their track ‘Death F*ck Ritual’ for Metal Outlaw TV. They have a five track E.P. named Vice Like Grip which was released in August 2013. Tracks are on Soundcloud, live videos are on their Facebook page and Youtube.

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Edinburgh based riff merchants IRON ALTAR have spent the past few years honing their craft, touring across the UK and capturing support slots for the likes of Monolord, Big Business, Doyle and Conan. The bands debut album “Pillars Of Blood” released in September 2018 is a heavy hitting testament to the work ethic and drive of each member.
Table for Four / Square Eyes
Jun 8 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 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!
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We’re Square Eyes, a three piece rock trio from Inverness. We all love going to gigs so we thought the best way of getting in for free was by being on stage and so far no-ones noticed!

Our music focuses on the real-life grind, it’s straight to the point.

You can see us play in and around Inverness and with dates to be confirmed in the UK.

The Naked Feedback
Jun 15 @ 9:30 pm


The Naked Feedback are a 4-piece rock group that hail from Glasgow: made up of Jack, Derek, and brothers Dean and Callum.
The artist has gained their reputation in the last 2 years through their high quality music videos with attention grabbing visuals and thought provoking stories. Their latest single ‘The Goodbye’ reached over 40k views on social media inside 2 weeks and has been played by half a dozen of Scotland’s biggest football teams during the beginning of the year.

Now they are coming to Mad Hatters to preform for you. It is a night not to be missed.


Billy Mitchell
Jun 28 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

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Billy Mitchell from Lochee, has been a stalwart of the Dundee music scene for years recently he has been taking it up a notch playing gigs alongside major acts such as Jake Bugg and his best pal, Kyle Falconer. Since his last Inverness show Billy has added three experienced band mates, Paddy Brown, Megan McNally and Michael Clenaghan, who have all been involved in Dundee bands including Carousel and Sahara.

Support comes from local singer/songwriter The Chosen Lonely.

The Oxbow Lake Band
Jun 29 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

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Musically, the Oxbow Lake Band are a genre-defying bunch of grass roots musical magpies, multi-instrumentalists and good time charlies. They also like to dance like their dads, and have a taste for experimenting!

Jul 3 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 4 @ 1:00 am
Jul 4 @ 7:30 pm – Jul 5 @ 1:00 am
The Comedy Bothy
Jul 5 @ 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!
Jul 5 @ 10:30 pm – Jul 6 @ 12:30 am
Spring Break
Jul 13 @ 10:30 pm

Spring Breaj

Spring Break are a vaguely outrageous, psychedelic 3 piece folk funk outfit, hand crafting screwball anthems deep in the Highlands of Scotland. Amalgamating a wealth of experience in vocal performance and musicianship, whilst fusing the hip hop languages of scratching, beat-boxing and lucid lyricism with the foibles of apathy and the implied abuse of aquatic life. 

Following the performance, our resident DJ will play you music right up until 3am!