What’s on at Hootananny and Mad Hatters

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.

Feb
19
Sat
James Brown is Annie
Feb 19 @ 9:00 pm

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The funkiest & most soulful band in Scotland play a well overdue return to Mad Hatters on Saturday February 19th.

Free entry! Band onstage at 9 pm!

Feb
25
Fri
Rabbit Hole Live Club Night
Feb 25 @ 8:00 pm

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Mad Hatters launched Rabbit Hole a new monthly club night showcasing 3 local bands with a guest act.

For the debut event the night will see performances from:

Ramanan Ritual – Alternative Folk

Lucid Liars – Alternative Indie

Thousand Mile Stare – Hard Rock

Plus special guests Tiderays making their return to the venue.

Music starts from 8 pm!

Feb
26
Sat
The Quadrophenia Project – A Tribute to The Who POSTPONED
Feb 26 @ 8:00 pm – Feb 27 @ 2:00 am

The Who

Event postponed due to unforeseen circumstances

The Quadrophenia Project – it’s not just a band, it’s a way of life.

The aim is simple – to share a live experience of the wonderful, amazing piece of music history that is Quadrophenia!

The goal is to recreate the energy, the drama and the emotional journey of The Who’s 1973 rock-opera and allow the audience to share in the genius of those who made it possible.

 

 

Mar
5
Sat
Ska March with Chango Munks
Mar 5 @ 9:00 pm

Ska March

Join us every Saturday at Mad Hatters, Inverness for Ska March!

Featuring the best Ska bands in Scotland live and onstage from 9 pm!

Night 1 kicks off with Chango Munks a seven-piece multi-cultural band basedin Edinburgh. They perform original high-energy Ska-Punk music with global influences and are not to be missed!

Mar
12
Sat
Ska March with Esperanza
Mar 12 @ 9:30 pm

Ska March

Join us every Saturday at Mad Hatters, Inverness for Ska March!

Featuring the best Ska bands in Scotland live and onstage from 9 pm!

Night 2 had a live performance fro Esperanza ia nine-piece ska collective from Glasgow famed for live shows where their infectious rhythm has the crowd involuntarily jumping in time.

In hectic years of gigging around Scotland, they have honed and perfected a high-tempo set, combining superb self-penned songs with a selection of ska classics, so that there isn’t an ounce of fat left on it.

Mar
25
Fri
The Sensational Alex Harvey Experience support from This Machine
Mar 25 @ 8:00 pm

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The Sensational Alex Harvey Experience has been touring for 7 years now and have been described by Zal Cleminson himself as ‘the best SAHB tribute band out there’ and Alex Harvey jr. (who regularly attends the band’s gigs) has said ‘my Dad would have approved’.

In a neat twist, the band line-up includes members of the short-lived Zal Cleminson’s Sin Dogs who toured extensively in the UK and Europe prior to the pandemic.

The Sensational Alex Harvey Experience offer all of the SAHB theatrics and both faithful recreations of the classic numbers, and some reinterpretations/updates on some of the songs loved by SAHB fans old and new.

Support comes from local rock legends This Machine!

Mar
26
Sat
Ska March with Big Fat Panda
Mar 26 @ 9:30 pm

Ska March

Join us every Saturday at Mad Hatters, Inverness for Ska March!

Featuring the best Ska bands in Scotland live and onstage from 9 pm!

Our final Ska March finishes up with Big Fat Panda from Edinburgh.

Whatever the occasion, Big Pat Panda generate an enormous amount of energy through their live performances and are an act that you simply do not want to miss!

Apr
1
Fri
Meanstreak AC/DC Tribute – Night 1
Apr 1 @ 8:00 pm

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The UKs best tribute to AC/DC comes to Mad Hatters for two explosive nights!

Meanstreak were formed by a group of huge fans of the greatest rock n roll band of all time with the goal of replicating the tone and huge sound of AC/DC.

The band covers all eras of AC/DC including Back In Black, Highway to Hell, Thunderstruck and You Shook Me All Night as well as songs not usually heard live such as Who Made Who, Sink The Pink & Heatseeker!

Band onstage 9 pm
Standing event
Ticket only valid for Night 1 – Friday April 1st

Apr
2
Sat
Meanstreak AC/DC Tribute – Night 2
Apr 2 @ 8:00 pm

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The UKs best tribute to AC/DC comes to Mad Hatters for two explosive nights!

Meanstreak were formed by a group of huge fans of the greatest rock n roll band of all time with the goal of replicating the tone and huge sound of AC/DC.

The band covers all eras of AC/DC including Back In Black, Highway to Hell, Thunderstruck and You Shook Me All Night as well as songs not usually heard live such as Who Made Who, Sink The Pink & Heatseeker!

Band onstage 9 pm
Standing event
Ticket only valid for Night 2 – Saturday April 2nd

Apr
7
Thu
Morganway support from Kezia Gill
Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm

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Striking six-part harmonies, energetic rhythms, catchy songs, and a fiercely formidable live act – Morganway have made quite the impression on the UK’s rising Americana scene. This Americana rock band is “like no other band out there right now…reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac” (Entertainment Focus). The band released their self-titled debut album in August 2019 to widespread acclaim (including praise from Whispering Bob Harris). Their single ‘Let Me Go’ won Classic Rock’s Track of The Week, followed by a string of successful summer festivals (Glastonbury, Black Deer and Millport Country to name a few), and a sell-out national tour. They were described by Maverick Magazine as “One of the best and most exciting prospects to emerge in a long time.” 2021 saw the band sign with booking agent Midnight Mango and win ‘Best Group’ at the British Country Music Awards. With the release of brand new music and their most extensive UK tour yet, 2022 promises to be an even bigger year for Morganway, joining and celebrating the resurgence of a live music scene we’ve all been waiting for.

Kezia Gill

Kezia Gill appearing at this event

Derby Based Singer/Songwriter Kezia Gill is a country singer-songwriter who took home the award for ‘Best Female’ at this years BCMA Awards in 2019.

Apr
15
Fri
The Man From Delmonte
Apr 15 @ 9:00 pm

The man from Delmonte

Rock gods The Man from Delmonte are the most exciting band to launch onto the UK wedding and events scene for a generation. Their set list is a great mash of the best rock / pop covers from the last 50 years, all delivered with energy and style.

Onstage 9 pm at Mad Hatters!

Apr
16
Sat
The Man From Delmonte
Apr 16 @ 9:00 pm

The man from Delmonte

Rock gods The Man from Delmonte are the most exciting band to launch onto the UK wedding and events scene for a generation. Their set list is a great mash of the best rock / pop covers from the last 50 years, all delivered with energy and style.

Onstage 9 pm at Mad Hatters!

Apr
22
Fri
Aidan Ryles + Trading Places support from K.I.A.N & DMAC
Apr 22 @ 8:00 pm

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A night of emerging talent with a headline performance from local perfomer Aidan Ryles + Trading Places support from K.I.A.N & DMAC!

Limited tickets available!

Apr
23
Sat
Arranthrax – Scotland’s Only Tribute to Anthrax
Apr 23 @ 8:00 pm

Formed in summer of 2018, ArrAnthrax are the UK’s only (to our knowledge) tribute to thrash legends Anthrax.
ArrAnthrax are five veteran musicians of the Glasgow metal scene. All brought up on a heady mix of old school metal, the band found it hard to believe that no-one had tried to do an Anthrax tribute and decided to take it upon themselves to set things right!
Covering the very best and more from the Turbin, Belladonna, and Bush eras, the band aim to bring the very best of Anthrax to your ears.

Apr
29
Fri
For Ukraine
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm

Hootananny Ukraine Poster

Members of the Inverness musician community come together along with friends from further afield to perform a fundraiser over two nights at Hootanananny and Mad Hatters on Friday April 29th and Market Bar on Saturday April 30th.

Entry by donation.

Apr
30
Sat
Jazz Fink Day Club
Apr 30 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Iconic Inverness club Jazz Fink returns for a special post lockdown day club on Saturday April 30th from 3 pm – 7 pm at Mad Hatters above Hootananny!

Free entry
Over 18’s only!