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.
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.
The Comedy Bothy Friday June 7th Braw Bricht Comedy Takeover!
BBC are a new comedy and sketch troupe based in Inverness, don’t miss this special Comedy Bothy takeover featuring their regular comics and guests from down south.
Scotland’s bad-boy AV funkers Shaka Loves You boast a full audio-visual show with live percussion. Effortlessly fusing elements of funk, soul, disco & hip-hop with custom visuals, SLY create the perfect, party-rocking live show.
Since forming in 2012 they have already shared the stage with heavyweights such as DJ Yoda, Mr Scruff, A.Skillz, Featurecast & The Funk Hunters and have an impressive number of gigs and performances behind them.
As well as their weekly residency at Glasgow’s home of funk & soul; The Buff Club, the boys have played clubs from Edinburgh to Amsterdam as well as festival appearances up and down the UK including T in the Park, Beat Herder and Eden.
Not content with just rocking the party, SLY are regularly producing their own edits, remixes, tracks and videos. With, DJ, blog and radio support flowing in for the boys production’s and their debut EP going to number 1 on Juno they are equally at home in the studio as they are on stage.
Awkward Family Portraits have been dishing out rockin’ roots music to the streets of Glasgow since 2016. With a roguish charm and signature style that elevates them far above the dusty stereotypes of the genre, AFP are a band that have one central goal and that is to get you to abandon all of the outside world’s hang-ups and move. The brainchild of four likeminded musicians with a wealth of originality and technical skill at their disposal, you only need to catch the briefest glimpse of one of their live shows to feel an insatiable urge to make your way into the crowd and let loose!
Punk garage psychobilly live music from Buzzbomb! (Scotland’s answer to the Misfits). Vinyl DJ support from Rosco Smith, Lady Alice, Molzer.
18+ | Standing only
Combining elements of dream pop, R&B, shoegaze and post rock, Rev Magnetic revolves around the core of long-time Mogwai collaborator Luke Sutherland (Long Fin Killie, Bows), Audrey Bizouerne (Gift Horse), Sam Leighton (Live w/ Prides, ST.MARTiiNS, So Many Animal Calls) and Gregor Emond who played with Luke in a band called Hynd way back before the birth of the internet.
While touring the world as guest multi-instrumentalist with Mogwai, Luke Sutherland (Long Fin Killie, Bows, Music A.M.) used the downtime to sketch a bunch of songs. Once he got home, he wrote a handful more and recorded them with the help of a few friends at his cottage on the edge of the Scottish Highlands. The result was an album’s worth of material with references ranging from My Bloody Valentine to Teebs, Lemmy-era Hawkwind to ABBA, Vaughan Williams to Boulez
Scottish tour launching their highly acclaimed new album on ONR records “Terror eyes”.
Medusa Touch – Born in 1983. Current Status : Very Active
If you want some good old NWOBHM, you are in the right place.
Medusa Touch are a heavy rock band from the 1980’s glory days of heavy metal. The band started in 1982 and lasted till 1990 when they stopped playing live. All the lads in the band came from Edinburgh, Scotland.
Their brand of rock varies from song to song showing various influences from Hendrix to Van Halen.
BACK ON THE ROAD 2019
Have a listen and enjoy.
Support comes from Inverness rock group This Machine and special guests Transient Suns plus more to be announced!
Stick around afterwards for Mad Hatters resident DJ until 3 am!
Rockabilly blues from the amazing Emma & The Ragmen. Fresh from a European tour and with loads of new material! Vinyl DJ support.
Finding your own unique point of view in an overwhelming, rowdy world takes time, patience and introspection. Being able to execute it in a way that feels authentic and distinctive is another battle entirely. Growing up in suburban East Kilbride and now based in Glasgow, Declan Welsh is a poet and songwriter that has managed to cement his individuality by putting humanity at the core of his comments about today’s current affairs. Along with his band The Decadent West, Welsh is here to use his music as a catalyst for hope and for change.
Joined by Duncan McBride (Guitar), Ben Corlett (Bass) and Murray Noble (Drums), the band are known for their strong socialist views and performed in Palestine in 2016 as well as Billy Bragg’scurated Leftfield Stage at Glastonbury. Releasing the All My Dreams Are Dull EP back in 2018, they built a strong following in the Scottish indie scene thanks to their anthems about toxic
masculinity, rent increases, the rise of right-wing fascists and battling the intolerance that surrounds us. Now, debut album Cheaply Bought, Expensively Sold sees the four-piece build upon this raucous political fury, enforcing the idea that in today’s environment, we’re unable to ignore the atrocities forging our existential dread.
Over 14s (under 16s with an adult)
There is an impressive maturity and attention to detail in Zoe Graham’s music that sets this accomplished young songwriter apart from her peers. On stage, you will find her either with band or fleshing out the instrumentation with loop pedals on solo outings.
But when Zoe pares it back to just a vocal and acoustic guitar, as she does on the achingly poignant The Anniesland Lights (from her recent Hacket & Knackered EP), that is when you know you’re in the company of someone very special indeed. Championed by BBC Radio Scotland‘s Roddy Hart and with multiple Celtic Connections appearances to her name, Zoe Graham’s understated charms will not stay below the radar for much longer.
Scotch has always had its unique sound and obstinate theatrical interpretations. Some may describe the style of Scotch as Folk Rock, Theatric Punk, Balkan Ska or Celtic Baroque Rock. In the end, all will agree that you have to see a live show to meet the Scotch experience.
Five piece indie puck band from Glasgow.
Support from DiHydro
A Sarcastic Rock band from Glasgow, eclectically influenced by grunge, psychedelic rock, metal, glam rock, blues, folk and doom. All proceeds go to cheap drink and Gaffer Tape.
Support from 1000 mile stare
Thousand Mile Stare are a 4 piece Classic Rock band, based in Inverness, playing original material.
Indie Alt Pop from Falkirk, Scotland.
Band members Kevin Barnett, Kenny Doull, George Macaskil