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.

Apr
20
Sat
ASTAR MOR CEILIDH BAND
Apr 20 @ 9:30 pm – 11:45 pm

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JAMES BROWN IS ANNIE
Apr 20 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

One of the UK’s most accessible soul-funk-jazz artists, James Brown Is Annie met in a piano bar, rehearse next to a sex shop, and take their name from an Eddie Murphy Saturday Night Live sketch.

Supported by National Arts body, Creative Scotland, the group’s two albums (JBiA I and JBiA II) were produced by original Average White Band members Molly Duncan (2015) and Hamish Stuart (2018).

Regulars on Scottish national television and radio, JBiA’s second single, Get Up To Get Down, was a BBC Radio Scotland ‘Single Of The Week’ in April 2016.

The only band to have headlined two different stages at the famous Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party (Waverley Stage 2012, Mound Stage 2017), playing to over 80,000 people, the Scottish sextet have shared stages with some of music’s top recording artists (Average White Band, The Family Stone, Kaiser Chiefs, Electric Six, etc.) at some of the country’s most prestigious venues, selling out many along the way.

‘The funk is strong with these ones’ – DAILY RECORD

‘Proof that Scotland has the funk’ – THE HERALD

‘A perfect example of just how much fun funk can be’ – THE SCOTSMAN

‘Seriously funky’- JAZZ FM

‘Super-tight horns, funky rhythm section, and cool vox’ – THE TIMES

‘Really cool’ – BBC RADIO SCOTLAND

‘An infectious beat that is hard to resist dancing to’ – THE SUN
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Apr
26
Fri
CAMERON & SONS
Apr 26 @ 9:30 pm – 11:45 pm
Apr
27
Sat
THE MOODS
Apr 27 @ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm
The Moods are a ten-piece collective of producers, poets and musicians from the Northwest of England. Combining drum & bass, reggae, hip-hop and EDM, The Moods’ mighty music sparks off a contagious need to dance, underpinned, with real grit & substance. They are a band with plenty to say, singing and rapping with raw passion about the important stuff like war, famine, love, life and death. This is music for the head & heart, “They will make you dance, and then they’ll make you think”.
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The Moods have been wisely described as “Rage Against the Machine, The Prodigy and The Happy Mondays mixed into a grime-soufflé”. Formed in Manchester in 2014, this 10-strong band unifies rap, brass and strings, delivering a brilliant fusion of drum & bass, hip-hop, reggae and EDM. All ten Moods bringing their own unique style and energy to every single live set, meaning their mighty music always sparks off a contagious need to dance from the very first song on the setlist. What’s more, their lyrics are relatable and real; this is music to make you think, as well as dance. With such a dizzying mix of instruments and passionate performers, their gigs are nothing short of spectacular. “It’s all about the BPM,” say bassist Dave O’Rourke, “and the feel of playing it live”.
The Moods’ debut album Missing Peace was released in September 2017 and rapidly made a phenomenal impact, with physical and download sales in over 24 countries, hundreds of thousands of streams and stellar reviews. Two powerful singles: Joy and P.O.P (Profit over People) received multiple plays on BBC Radio Lancashire & Sheffield, along with 35 other UK, regional and student FM stations. Further afield, global internet radio stations broadcasted tracks from Missing Peace to over 100 countries, whilst videos racked up in excess of 40,000 views on YouTube, Facebook, & Vevo TV.

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Apr
28
Sun
Tumbling Souls
Apr 28 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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The Tumbling Souls are a country music band from the Isle of Lewis. A supergroup of the best musicians from the Outer Hebrides from all genres of music.

The sound is heavily influenced by the Country music and Bluegrass of America from the 50’s and 60’s with more than a hint of Scottish Traditional music seeping in through the instrumentation of the band.

The Tumbling Souls were formed in April 2017 as an excuse for performing musicians and friends to spend time with each other and has spiralled out of control. Viral videos online ensured the band were quickly performing at festivals to crowds of thousands and are excited to share their debut album through Stornoway’s Wee Studio Records. The music is very fun and very entertaining. Be prepared to smile and dance.

Physical tickets available from Hootananny. If you can’t make it into the venue itself prior to the concert you can contact the band directly for tickets via the email keithie_boy@hotmail.com

May
3
Fri
Comedy Bothy with President Obonjo
May 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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In the age of Trump, populism and Brexit, the world probably doesn’t need another bloated ego pretending to give easy solutions. Thankfully what we need is a comedy character who skewers them with precision, hilarity and who isn’t afraid at showing vulnerability.

President Obonjo, is an upcoming and increasingly successful stand-up comedian. As the larger-than-life, uber-confident, self-appointed, side-splitting dictator of ‘Lafta Republic’, President Obonjo has quietly been leading a comedy revolution to become the first President to take over the comedy industry by storm.

Trad Giraffe
May 3 @ 9:30 pm – May 4 @ 12:15 am

Trad giraffe

 

Hip Hop Night
May 3 @ 10:00 pm – May 4 @ 12:00 am

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Hip Hop Night
Friday May 3rd
Featuring:
The Vandal
Brude
Sherbit

Followed by our resident DJ until 3 am!

May
4
Sat
Tartan Paint
May 4 @ 9:30 pm – May 5 @ 12:15 am

Tartan Paint

West Coast Ceilidh Band not to be missed!

The Trad Band
May 4 @ 9:30 pm – May 5 @ 12:15 am

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Nick Firth and Friends present the fantastic “Trad Band” this Fri night.

Mickey 9’s
May 4 @ 10:00 pm – May 5 @ 12:00 am

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Anyone who knows about the Scottish music scene will tell you that Mickey 9s is one of the best live bands around. The irreverent 4-piece from Glasgow combines elements of dance, rock and funk into a blistering, genre-defying groove that has been sending crowds into a frenzy for a decade.

Mickey 9s started when four young lads went to see Daft Punk at a music festival and decided that this was the kind of music they wanted to make. After returning home, the awestruck bandmates promptly ditched their guitars in favour of synthesizers and tried to join the electronic renaissance.

After countless nights of bleeps, buzzes and beats in the rehearsal studio, it was clear to the band that their new idea lacked the energy and emotion they needed. So, what could they do? Fortunately, for the 9s it was simple: The electric guitars reappeared and the Korg gear was sold on Gumtree. From then on, Mickey 9s continued to make dance music, but without any of the faff.

Mickey 9s’ first ‘release’, the (very) limited edition Moshi Moshi EP, was thrust upon anyone who’d listen in 2009 and it marked the beginning of the band as they’re known today (see: choppy guitar licks, funky basslines, and a song about Finding a Thing and Trying to Dance to It).

Now fast-forward one decade, hundreds of gigs, two (and a half) albums, countless music videos, comics and Tins of Funk. The year 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of Mickey 9s, and that can only mean one thing…

It’s party time, Inverness.

May
5
Sun
Outsider Art Fest
May 5 @ 5:00 pm – 11:45 pm
May
10
Fri
Amy Henderson & friends @ Hootananny
May 10 @ 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.

 

She Burns Red / Bad Actress
May 10 @ 10:00 pm – May 11 @ 12:00 am

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She Burns Red are a rock band from central Scotland.

Combining grunge and hard rock influences to bring you high octane riffs
and thundering choruses, they’re rebellious with a fresh new twist that’s difficult to pigeonhole.
For fans of bands such as the Foo Fighters, Deftones, Metallica and everything in between.

Support comes from Highlands & Moray rock band Bad Actress who recently won the Rock Factor contest at Ironworks.

 

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May
11
Sat
GIRDERS
May 11 @ 8:00 pm – May 12 @ 3:00 am

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Mad Hatters teams up with The Tooth & Claw to present GIRDERS!

The event is a mini-festival over 2 venues showcasing some the heaviest and rockiest acts from the North of Scotland and featuring:

Zombie Militia
King Kobalt
The Broken Ravens
Devils Queen
Kryora
Catalysis
Below The Neck
Isolates
Devil Within
Overrun

Free Entry!

After the bands finish join us for our resident Mad Hatters DJ until 3 am!

 

 

Griders
May 11 @ 8:00 pm – May 12 @ 1:15 am

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GIRDERS – Saturday May 11th
10 Metal/Rock bands across 2 venues!
Mad Hatters / The Tooth & Claw

Featuring:
KING KOBALT / Zombie Militia
The Broken Ravens / Devil’s Queen
Below The Neck / The Devil Within
Catalysis / Isolates
1000 Mile Stare / This Machine
Free Entry!