What’s on at Hootananny and Mad Hatters

Latest Opening Information.
Due to new restrictions coming into to place on Monday Dec 27th Hootananny will be operating a table service system. Table bookings for food, drinks and attending live music are recommended in advance and can be done via Open Table. We will be open from 6pm daily and 2pm Saturday and closed Sunday. .

For 19 years, Hootananny has been promoting the best grass roots music in Scotland. Mumford and Sons, Sam Fender, Jake Bugg, Dougie Mclean and Skerryvore have all played the venue.

The building is a lovely traditional Victorian Inverness old sweety shop with traditional Scottish music on our ground floor and indie, hiphop,ska and rock upstairs on the Madhatters stage.

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 6 pm.

Chango Munks
Apr 24 @ 9:30 pm


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!

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.

Geoff Tate
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
-dashh- plus support
Aug 13 @ 9:00 pm


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

As seen featured on STV News.

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


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.


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


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.

Hip Hop Night
Aug 27 @ 9:00 pm


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

Dark Horse
Aug 28 @ 9:00 pm


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.

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.

Somethin’ Else
Sep 4 @ 9:00 pm

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!

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


“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 17 @ 9:00 pm

25EA5438-F3C0-410F-9509-E6A41A2E84DATwo of the Highlands most gifted songwriters of the most recent generation will perform at Mad Hatters on Friday September 17th with live sets from Nicky Murray fresh from releasing new single “It Was My Heart” and Joshua Mackenzie performing a set of acoustic versions of material from LIONAL and his solo project The Joshua Hotel.

Porkpie SOLD OUT!
Sep 18 @ 9:00 pm


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, Madness and the amazing Specials.

Eight piece ska band Porkpie are coming to Mad Hatters in Inverness 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!


Swiss Portrait support from I Will Take You Hunting
Sep 24 @ 9:00 pm

Swiss Portrait is the creation of Inverness born Artist Michael Kay Terence, now joined live by (Guitarist) Brett McCann, (Bassist) Sam Wood and (Drummer) Andy Turnbull they aim to take their online momentum to live shows. 2021 promises big things for the Dream Pop band from Scotland.

Support comes from Moray duo I Will Take You Hunting with their neo punk stylings.

Dougie Burns and the Cadilacs
Sep 25 @ 9:00 pm


C5852047-9945-4AC0-9A89-834EA83BCDEAOriginal Bluesy Rock n Roll from a fantastic seven piece band including Sax and Harmonica. Infectious dance along music to make you kick off your shoes.

Tiderays plus Black Star Jackals
Oct 9 @ 9:00 pm


Tiderays are a Dumfries Indie/Alternative act as heard on BBC Introducing, the band make their Inverness debut at Mad Hatters on Saturday October 9th.

Black Star Jackals

Glasgow based Black Star Jackals burst onto the scene at the start of 2019. The alt-rock/pop 4 piece have quickly garnered new fans, radio airplay and positive reviews.