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.

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.

Forgetting The Future support from The Clampdown & Katie Gregson-Macleod
Jan 29 @ 8:00 pm

Forgetting The Future

Forgetting The Future

Forgetting the Future are an indie rock act from the most Northerly part of Scotland called Thurso. Robbie McNicol, Connor Wilson, Max Paul and Jamie Mackay formed FTF back in 2014.

Support comes from The Clampdown and Katie Gregson-Macleod.

The Absolute Jam
Feb 5 @ 8:00 pm

The Jam

The Absolute Jam are coming to rock Mad Hatters! Scotland’s Tribute to The Jam capture the authentic raw energy and sound of The Jam’s early punk roots in addition to playing a full range of songs from The Jam’s back catalogue.

Playing everything from In The City, Going Underground, Town Called Malice, Eton Rifles & The Modern World to some album tracks and B sides they are guaranteed to please both the avid Jam fan as well as those only familiar with the hits. This is one show you do not want to miss. That’s Entertainment!!

Doors 8 pm! Early arrival recommended!

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

The Who

The UK’s best tribute to The Who comes to Mad Hatters, Inverness on Saturday February 26th for a night of rock n roll mayhem!

Don’t miss The Quadrophenia Project performing all The Who classics covering all of the legendary back catalogue up until the final days of Keith Moon including classics such as My Generation, Pinball Wizard, Baba O’Riley, Substitute and I Can’t Explain amongst others!

Band onstage 9 pm!

Plus DJ Support from Ross Smith (Ready Steady Go Go)!

Mad Hatters open until 2 am!