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.

North Sea Gas @ Hootananny
Jun 15 @ 9:30 pm

Founded in 1979, North Sea Gas have been performing their own brand of Scottish music all over the world ever since.

18 albums, literally 1000s of venues, more miles than anyone wants to think about, and a lot of fun and music.

Their most recent album, The Fire and The Passion of Scotland, won the 2013 Album of the Year Award on Celtic Radio in Boston (USA) and the set of tunes from the same album won first place in the Jigs and Reels category.

The Naked Feedback
Jun 15 @ 9:30 pm


The Naked Feedback are a 4-piece rock group that hail from Glasgow: made up of Jack, Derek, and brothers Dean and Callum.
The artist has gained their reputation in the last 2 years through their high quality music videos with attention grabbing visuals and thought provoking stories. Their latest single ‘The Goodbye’ reached over 40k views on social media inside 2 weeks and has been played by half a dozen of Scotland’s biggest football teams during the beginning of the year.

Now they are coming to Mad Hatters to preform for you. It is a night not to be missed.


Hebridean Fire
Jun 21 @ 9:30 pm – Jun 22 @ 12:15 am

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Hebridean Fire, A family Band, Me, my sister and Mr Lister! Launched at the Edinburgh Fringe 2018. We have just recorded our first album on the Isle of Lewis.
Multi-instrumentalists, singer/songwriters from Scotland Outer Hebrides, Isle of Lewis.

Jun 22 @ 9:30 pm


Hailing from Inverness the capital city of the Scottish Highlands Schiehallion are a Scottish Folk/Ceilidh band who have spent the last number of years both at home and further afield building an impressive ardent fan base, this has culminated in them being deserving of their widely held reputation as a fiery and passionate must see live music act. 

Consisting of founding member Kenny Jamieson Vocals – Guitar & Bodhran, Stuart Mackintosh Accordion, Cy Mutch Cajon & when required Calum MacGillivary on Bag Pipes, Schiehallion are ever present on the live music venue and festival scene.  

Immersed in Scotland’s culture and music traditions Schiehallion’s ability to engage and transfix their audience time after time has justifiably led to their richly deserved status as one of Scotland’s top bands in their musical category and genre.    

Nick Firth and Friends
Jun 28 @ 9:30 pm – Jun 29 @ 12:15 am

trad band


Traditional songs of all types of tempos. A great night of music.

Billy Mitchell
Jun 28 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

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Billy Mitchell from Lochee, has been a stalwart of the Dundee music scene for years recently he has been taking it up a notch playing gigs alongside major acts such as Jake Bugg and his best pal, Kyle Falconer. Since his last Inverness show Billy has added three experienced band mates, Paddy Brown, Megan McNally and Michael Clenaghan, who have all been involved in Dundee bands including Carousel and Sahara.

Support comes from local singer/songwriter The Chosen Lonely.

The Oxbow Lake Band
Jun 29 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

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Musically, the Oxbow Lake Band are a genre-defying bunch of grass roots musical magpies, multi-instrumentalists and good time charlies. They also like to dance like their dads, and have a taste for experimenting!

Jul 3 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 4 @ 1:00 am
Jul 4 @ 7:30 pm – Jul 5 @ 1:00 am
The Comedy Bothy
Jul 5 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Mad Hatters monthly comedy night The Comedy Bothy returns to Mad Hatters for 2019 with special guest Monty Burns.
The Liverpool comic has performed across yeh country at the likes of Breakneck Comedy Club, Laughing Horse, Gonzos and Laugh Train Home whilst receiving high praise from the likes of:
“Striking, strident comedy packed with emotion and pathos to make you laugh and make you think” – BBC
Really enjoyed his set, very funny” – Johnny Vegas
He may not own the nuclear powerplant in Springfield but he is hilariously funny
Also on the bill are top comics from the Highlands and beyond!
Nick Firth and Friends
Jul 5 @ 9:30 pm – Jul 6 @ 12:15 am

trad band


Traditional songs of all types of tempos. A great night of music.

Jul 5 @ 10:30 pm – Jul 6 @ 12:30 am
Jul 6 @ 9:30 pm – 11:45 pm
Jul 13 @ 9:30 pm – Jul 14 @ 12:15 am


Caman were formed in 2012 by Davy Holt & Stuart MacKintosh. Their debut single ‘The Caman’ was released in September 2012.
Spring Break
Jul 13 @ 10:30 pm

Spring Breaj

Spring Break are a vaguely outrageous, psychedelic 3 piece folk funk outfit, hand crafting screwball anthems deep in the Highlands of Scotland. Amalgamating a wealth of experience in vocal performance and musicianship, whilst fusing the hip hop languages of scratching, beat-boxing and lucid lyricism with the foibles of apathy and the implied abuse of aquatic life. 

Following the performance, our resident DJ will play you music right up until 3am!

Amy Henderson & friends @ Hootananny
Jul 19 @ 9:30 pm


Amy Henderson is from the outskirts of Inverness, and plays the Accordion, whistle, step dancing, and she can also turn her hand to singing here and there! Her playing is a blend of many different styles influenced by musicians she has met along her musical path in various genres including Cajun,Scottish and blues.