What’s on at Hootananny and Mad Hatters

Latest Opening Information.

We are open 5pm till midnight with traditional music 7 nights a week.

Music starts from 9pm.
Reservations for dinner can be taken by telephone only.
Please phone the bar after 3pm on 01463 233651 to make your reservation.

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.

Mar
28
Sat
Esperanza
Mar 28 @ 10:00 pm – Mar 29 @ 12:00 am

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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
Aug
13
Fri
-dashh- plus support
Aug 13 @ 9:00 pm

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Live music returns to Hatters with -dashh arguably  the buzz band in the Highland’s right now.

As seen featured on STV News.

Aug
14
Sat
Ska Saturday with The Skababs
Aug 14 @ 9:00 pm

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The Skababs are a Ska band from Midlothian. Sounds influenced by Madness, The Specials, The Beat, Bad Manners, Toots and the Maytals and many more ska greats.

 

Aug
20
Fri
Lucid Liars support from Lucille & Square Space
Aug 20 @ 9:00 pm

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Inverness alternative electro pop act Lucid Liars launch their new single “Better Days” with support from fellow local acts alt rockers Square Eyes and Indie rock outfit Lucille.

Don’t miss this night of new music.

Aug
27
Fri
Hip Hop Night
Aug 27 @ 9:00 pm

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Join us Friday August 27th from 9 pm for a live Hip Hop showcase hosted by Ryza with some of the Highlands most talented MCs!

Featuring TisTik, Butterscotch, Echo, Intelli Gents, Janski & Sherbit

Aug
28
Sat
Dark Horse
Aug 28 @ 9:00 pm

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Don’t miss Dark Horse one of the top party bands in the North of Scotland, delivering a blistering set of current chart hits and pop classic.

Made up of former members of some of the biggest and best live bands Scotland has to offer, Dark Horse know how to get the party started.

Sep
3
Fri
Liam Ross
Sep 3 @ 9:00 pm

 

EE028AB0-E2D7-41B7-ABB9-483FDBC635D1Liam is one of the foremost acoustic fingerstyle guitarists in the Scottish Highlands. A highly qualified musician with a Master of Arts degree in Music and the Environment his unique approach to guitar ensures he never fails to captivate audiences.

His first full-length album: ‘Hearts and Faces and Abandoned Spaces’ was longlisted for ‘Trad Album Of The Year 2020’. Fresh from two sell-out appearances at Eden Court’s Under Canvas event listeners will hear the influences of Lindsey Buckingham, Mark Knopfler, Tony Rice, and Tommy Emmanuel.

Sep
4
Sat
Somethin’ Else
Sep 4 @ 9:00 pm

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One of Glasgow’s best live bands Somethin’ Else make their Hatters debut with a set list ranging from songs by the likes of The Kinks, The Clash, The Manic Street Preachers and more to name but a few!

Sep
10
Fri
Serious Child & Andy Ruddy support from Moteh Parrott
Sep 10 @ 9:00 pm

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“The Beatles meets Simon & Garfunkel meets Scissor Sisters meets Bon Iver meets Mumford & Sons meets Serious Child meets Andy Ruddy”

Two very different songwriters find fertile ground in the gap between their ages and musical backgrounds. Serious Child – West Sussex roots musician Alan Young – and contemporary Bradford singer songwriter Andy Ruddy explore what brings people together in modern acoustic music.

For this special show to celebrate the launch of their album Talk About The Weather, they will also be joined by special guest Moteh Parrott.

Sep
11
Sat
This Machine plus Russian Dollz
Sep 11 @ 9:00 pm

281DAD0B-4DBA-49A8-97E7-3667467C9136This Machine are an Inverness super group formed from the ashes of The Rites and Echo 20.

With an impressive list of gigs under their belt, including performances at Belladrum Festival, Jocktoberfest & Woodzstock!

Support comes from Russian Dollz an alternative rock band from Inverness, Scotland, formed in the summer of 2019.

All coming from various musical backgrounds and having many different influences such as rock, country, blues, metal etc Russian Dollz have been able to fuse all these styles to create our own brand of alternative rock.