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.

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.

This Machine plus The Kymatiks
Oct 23 @ 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!

Also playing The Kymatiks from Aberdeen with their rootsy, raw and earthy sound. Their songs are the perfect blend of foot stomping energy and stirring poetry which they deliver with absolute dedication.


Space Van / Greater Than Fear
Nov 5 @ 9:00 pm


GTF make their debut on the Inverness music scene! Are you GREATER THAN FEAR?


Space Van fresh from playing Nice N Sleazys in Glasgow join GTF to also make their Inverness debut!

Jamie Marshall – Late Night at Hoots
Nov 6 @ 12:30 am

Jamie Marshall

Singer/Songwriter Jamie Marshall has travelled Scotland singing from heart and entertaining all who see him, don’t miss her performances Late Night at Hoots!

CHANCERS/Polar Bears in Purgatory
Nov 6 @ 9:00 pm


Inverness alternative indie band CHANCERS make their long overdue return to Hatters!


Polar Bears in Purgatory are a melodic punk band from Scotland – not to be missed!

Jamie Marshall – Late Night at Hoots
Nov 7 @ 12:30 am

Jamie Marshall

Singer/Songwriter Jamie Marshall has travelled Scotland singing from heart and entertaining all who see him, don’t miss her performances Late Night at Hoots!

Katie Gregson-Macleod
Nov 12 @ 8:00 pm


Katie Gregson-MacLeod is a 20 year-old singer-songwriter from Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.

In 2020, the artist sold out her first headline show and released her debut single ‘Still a Sad Song’, to acclaim from the likes of Vic Galloway, Roddy Hart and Jim Gellatly.

Her follow-up, ‘Games I Play’, featured as ‘Track of the Week’ on Janice Forsyth’s Afternoon Show, BBC Introducing Scotland and BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal’s Rapal. The artist released her debut EP of the same name in June 2021.

Dylan Tierney / LONE WOLF
Nov 13 @ 9:00 pm


Dylan Tierney is a young singer/songwriter from the Highlands of Scotland who recently supported Callum Beattie at a sold out show at Strathpeffer Pavilion.


Don’t miss the live debut of LONE WOLF an independent singer, songwriter and producer from the Highlands of Scotland!

Single By Sunday support from Square Eyes
Nov 19 @ 9:00 pm


Single By Sunday are a Glasgow based band who formed due to sharing a similar sense of humour and playing instruments. They love to put on a good show!

Support comes from Highlands trio Square Eyes.

Lucille / Lucid Liars
Nov 20 @ 9:00 pm


Lucille are an indie rock band from Inverness taking influence from the likes of Foo Fighters and Biffy Clyro.

Lucid Liars

Lucid Liars play noise driven rock with a solid rhythmic groove inspired by the likes of Frightened Rabbit and Joy Division.

Beach Riot
Nov 26 @ 7:00 pm

Beach Riot

“Really excellent sound and melodies.” – Kerrang!
“Great dynamics, tension and killer choruses.” – Mojo
“Their incessantly melodic songwriting burns a hole in your subconscious, a furiously infectious return.” – Clash
“Gritty indie-pop brilliance” – The Independent

Beach Riot were born when guitarist/vocalist Cami Menditeguy made the decision to up-sticks and move halfway across the world to East London from her home country of Argentina at just 18. Desperate to front her own band, living on a remote horse farm alone was no longer an option; so, to raise funds for the move, Cami made her flight money by gambling on horse races. Meeting fellow guitarist/vocalist Rory O’Connor at a show in East London—and finding a shared love for ice-cream, weird guitars, PJ Harvey, Mudhoney, 4am mozzarella sticks, dark comedy, dungeons and dragons, and Brighton beach hangover fry-ups—at last Beach Riot were born, and the gamble had paid off.

Jack J Hutchison / The Swamp Born Assassins
Nov 27 @ 9:00 pm

Jack J Hutchison

Jack J Hutchinson is a London based guitarist and singer songwriter. Described by Classic Rock Magazine as “Southern-smoked blues-rock with hooks, choruses, the lot”, his most recent album ‘Who Feeds The Wolf?‘ reached #1 in the Amazon Blues Chart and the iTunes Blues Chart Top 5. To date, he has released two solo albums, including the critically acclaimed ‘Paint No Fiction‘.

Hutchinson has toured internationally, including headlining tours of Brazil, Spain, Russia, France and Germany. He has also played various high profile festivals across the world, sharing stages with acts such as ZZ Top, Bad Company, Rival Sons and Blackberry Smoke.

In 2020 he featured on the Earache Records album ‘New Wave Of Rock N Roll’, which hit the Official UK Vinyl Chart Top 10. In 2022 he returns with a hard hitting, guitar driven new album, ‘The Hammer Falls’.

Dec 10 @ 9:00 pm


Fridub DJs bring their sessions to Mad Hatters! expect Reggae, Dancehall, Soca and Party Riddims!

Outsider Art Fest Presents Alkanes plus support
Dec 11 @ 8:00 pm


Promoters note: We had such a great time in Glasgow at the 13th Note on the 12th with Alkanes we thought hey let’s do it again but this time with a big end of year show at Mad Hatters. Support comes from Crashes who we last had up for the first Outsider Art Fest (well the one that happened at least) and who we have wanted back up since then and back on the very stage they last graced up this way. Then we thought Triptych played a blinder so let’s take them up for Mad Hatters to witness they’re brilliance.