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.

Feb
22
Sat
Audiokicks / Forgetting the Future
Feb 22 @ 10:00 pm – Feb 23 @ 12:00 am

Audio kicks

 

Finishing off their joint UK tour are Northern Indie/alt rock bands-
Forgetting The Future
&
Audiokicks

Feb
28
Fri
Book Klub
Feb 28 @ 10:00 pm – Feb 29 @ 12:00 am

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book klub

 

 

Feb
29
Sat
S#arp Exit
Feb 29 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 1 @ 12:00 am

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sharp exit

 

S#ARP EXIT, good music, good times, good craic
Mar
6
Fri
King Cobalt // North Atlas // Late Landing
Mar 6 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 7 @ 12:00 am

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KING KOBALT (Highlands) & NORTH ATLAS (Glasgow) team up for springtime Mad Hatters show. LATE LANDING (Montrose) will open the night!

KING KOBALT are a five piece Hard Rock/Metal band hailing from the Heart of the Highlands in Scotland. Powerful new Single “XVI” is available now on all major streaming platforms
LISTEN HERE:
https://open.spotify.com/track/4W9rnGh8yowgHYDCHbwgrm

FFO: Black Stone Cherry, Shinedown, Bloodlines, Allusondrugs

Scottish alt rock trio North Atlas are a band of brothers who combine their contrasting influences to defy the traditional sensibilities of a rock n’ roll band. Gaining a reputation for thunderous live shows, the trio secured an eclectic mix of festivals last summer, including a roaring headline set on Belladrum’s seedlings stage.

LISTEN HERE:
https://open.spotify.com/track/1Wp6nr4bQgFI8uNXIQ7SFp

FFO: Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Vukovi

Late Landing are an alt/rock band from Montrose on the North Sea in Scotland where a mighty and harsh landscape meets a generous spirit. Their aesthetic is unforgiving and uncompromising, but once you sit down for the first wee dram…

LISTEN HERE:
https://open.spotify.com/track/0WNbt3kR4zZ6FyckG5d8hF

FFO: Foo Fighters, Led Zepplin, Fightstar

DOORS 9PM
FREE ENTRY
18+

Mar
7
Sat
The Dughoose Ska Band
Mar 7 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 8 @ 12:00 am

Dughoose Garage riverside pic with LOGO

The DUGHOOSE SKA band is an experienced and talented group of musicians that enjoy all things SKA. They play classic SKA/ 2 tone tunes by bands like the Specials and Madness, with some cleverly thought out tunes from established artists coupled with some original material they guarantee to have any venue SKANKING from the first note.

Mar
13
Fri
Ramanan Ritual
Mar 13 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 14 @ 12:00 am

Ramanan

 

Ramanan Ritual a truly eclectic group of individuals making their return to Mad Hatters with support from  The Control Machine.

Mar
14
Sat
Root System / Polar Bears In purgatory. @ Hootananny
Mar 14 @ 10:00 pm

Root System are a four piece ska/punk band made up of three brothers Kev Fek ( vocals) Ronnie (guitar/voclas) Handsome Dan (bass) and close pal Ryan (Drummer). ROOT SYSTEM have been on the go for around 7 years now and have gigged up and down the country including the likes of Brixton, Glasgow, Inverness, Elgin, Edinburgh, the list goes on. They have also played at a few festivals including Rockness, Wickerman a number of times, Wizard Festival, Tartan Heart, Loch Lomond always getting the crowd going. They have also played with a number of times with ska legends such at Neville Staple, Bad Manners, The Beat and The Selecter..

 

 

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“Ayr based Polar Bears in Purgatory are an energetic, melodic punk trio whose down to earth humour and catchy hooks are unparalleled”- The Daily Record

“PBIP are all about melody and speed” – Bumnote

“Not for the sensitive or those lacking a sense of humour” – the Moshville Times

Mar
21
Sat
Porkpie
Mar 21 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 22 @ 12:00 am

If you were into music in the late 70s and early 80s, the chances are you were into 2-Tone, the iconic Coventry based label that was home to Ska revivalists like The Beat, The Selecter, Madness and the amazing Specials.  Eight piece ska band Porkpie are coming to Madhatters in Inverness on saturday 21/3/20 to faithfully recreate  the songs of 2 Tone and rocksteady ska. This band are the real deal, from the  classic ‘big’ ska band mould, with a full brass section, keys, guitars and porkpie hats to match they play with an intensity and energy that will have you dancing into 2020 !

Mar
27
Fri
Ruvellas
Mar 27 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 28 @ 12:00 am

ruvellas

 

Ruvellas are an up and coming 5-piece band who originate from Dundee. They incorporate an experimental style taking influence from genres such as Indie and Alt Rock and popular acts such as Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, The Beatles, Catfish and the Bottlemen.
Mar
28
Sat
Esperanza
Mar 28 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 29 @ 12:00 am

esberanza

 

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Esperanza are a nine-piece ska collective from Glasgow famed for live shows where their infectious rhythm has the crowd involuntarily jumping in time. In several hectic years of gigging around Scotland and beyond, they have honed and perfected a high-tempo set, with superb self-penned songs, until there isn’t an ounce of fat left on it.

The quality of the band’s live shows has led to them being increasingly in demand: playing at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony; festivals up and down the country; and sharing stages with some of the biggest names in ska, punk and reggae, including Toots and the Maytals, The Skatalites, Bad Manners, The Beat, The Selecter, Neville Staple, The Undertones, Fishbone and The Toasters.

“Esperanza are more at home on Jamaica Street than on Bob Marley’s native island, which is perhaps why there’s urban grit in amongst the Caribbean sunshine of their debut album, Permanent Ska. The Scottish Specials? Indeed, and they’ve now recaptured the energy of their gigs.” SUNDAY HERALD

“Highlights included Scottish seven-piece Esperanza’s snappy, brass-buoyed ska.” THE SCOTSMAN

Apr
3
Fri
Samson Sounds
Apr 3 @ 10:00 pm – Apr 4 @ 12:00 am

samson sounds

 

Leading the charge in Scotlands’ world dance music scene, Samson Sounds carry the energy towards a positive dance floor vibration. Guitar strings, brass, vocals and digital align to form new audible experiences of World Bass music. Originating from the homemade dubwise Samson Soundsystem they are no strangers to bass weight and can deliver a good time guarantee at any party.

Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland and characterised by their uplifting stage presence they blend elements of African Highlife and Blues, Dub, UK Steppas, Kwaito and Jazz, leaving no-one behind.

In recent times the Samson family continues to expand, collaborating with new artists such as Dandelion, Tom Spirals, and B-Side. New spices in the mix always keep the studio and live flavours fresh!

Apr
11
Sat
Other Humans
Apr 11 @ 10:30 pm – Apr 12 @ 12:30 am

other humans

Other Humans began at the very beginning of 2015 through a shared interest in 80’s synth pop music.

They began to write and record demo versions of songs at PaulsHalls Studios. Following those sessions, Other Humans recorded and released their debut track “Valley” which is available as a free download via soundcloud. This was followed with their debut show in Broadcast, Glasgow where over 100 people crammed in to the basement venue.

Apr
18
Sat
Full Fat Band
Apr 18 @ 10:00 pm – Apr 19 @ 12:00 am

full fat band

 

Aberdeen based Full Fat bring blues of class and vibrant energy in the vein of the great guitar power trios that should light up a Sunday afternoon. Here, expect this 3-piece band to show off why their 50’s rockabilly and rock-n-roll influences went down a storm with audiences in their sold-out show this summer. Passionate vocals, tight rhythm, full throbbing bass, and powerful, clear guitar tone: “Energetic, engaging… full of diverse influences” Citizen Mule.

Apr
24
Fri
Chango Munks
Apr 24 @ 9:30 pm

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The 6 piece band, Chango Munks, based in Edinburgh perform a combination of fast paced, high energy Ska/Punk/Rock.
The group represent a number of nationalities including: Flemish, Basque, Italian/Colombian/Sri Lankan (and Scottish).

Having released their first 4 track E.P. [Live Session] in November of 2018, their first full length, “Something Else Is Coming”, was released in early June of 2019.

Following a successful tour around the Basque Country in July, the band are looking forward to the rest of 2019.

You know when you’ve been Chango’d!

Apr
25
Sat
The Dexy Tribute Band
Apr 25 @ 10:00 pm – Apr 26 @ 12:00 am

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Aberdeen based Full Fat bring blues of class and vibrant energy in the vein of the great guitar power trios that should light up a Sunday afternoon. Here, expect this 3-piece band to show off why their 50’s rockabilly and rock-n-roll influences went down a storm with audiences in their sold-out show this summer. Passionate vocals, tight rhythm, full throbbing bass, and powerful, clear guitar tone: “Energetic, engaging… full of diverse influences” Citizen Mule.

May
6
Wed
Geoff Tate
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm