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.

May
27
Fri
Dictator plus support
May 27 @ 8:00 pm

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Dictator are the next Scottish anthem makers.
“Selling out shows throughout the country. Dictator are the atmospheric rock band here to make you feel the depths of the human soul” – Former BBC Radio1 DJ Phil Taggart

Heartbreaking ballads and foot stomping indie bangers. This is a band with a strong focus on collaboration and an outspoken social conscious, they are vocal supporters of their local scene and have an intimate connection with their fanbase. Combining this with tongue in cheek social media antics and playful live performances ensures they are a consistent must see live act.
Inspirations are worn on their sleeves with clear nods to Gorillaz, Primal Scream,Glass Animals, Alt-J, Beck and London Grammar. They insist on pushing their musical boundaries, defying all labels and expectations and creating their own unique blend of Electronic Indie Pop.

Jun
10
Fri
Spiders on Mars – David Bowie Tribute Night 1
Jun 10 @ 8:00 pm

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Glasgow band Spiders on Mars The UKs premier tribute to David Bowie comes to Mad Hatters for 1 of 2 great nights!

Fronted by Inverness musician Andy Duncan with a set list of classic 70’s & 80’s material from the Bowie catalogue including Rebel Rebel, Changes, Ashes to Ashes, Ziggy Stardust, All the Young Dudes, Oh You Pretty Things, Life on Mars, Absolute Beginners, Let’s Dance, Heroes and many more!

Jun
11
Sat
Spiders on Mars – David Bowie Tribute Night 2
Jun 11 @ 8:00 pm

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Glasgow band Spiders on Mars The UKs premier tribute to David Bowie comes to Mad Hatters for 1 of 2 great nights!

Fronted by Inverness musician Andy Duncan with a set list of classic 70’s & 80’s material from the Bowie catalogue including Rebel Rebel, Changes, Ashes to Ashes, Ziggy Stardust, All the Young Dudes, Oh You Pretty Things, Life on Mars, Absolute Beginners, Let’s Dance, Heroes and many more!

Jul
1
Fri
Netsounds presents Michael Cassidy
Jul 1 @ 8:00 pm

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Michael Cassidy’s ear-pleasing brogue Scottish voice has always been front and centre of his music, and with I Am Free, the opening track and lead single from his new album, he returns with just that – voice front and centre. Complimented superbly by soaring harmonies, he ponders the nature of beauty, life, and life lived through the journey of a metamorphosing caterpillar. The track rouses warmly as a solitary organ drone builds beneath Michael’s musing voice, reconciling life’s plans gone awry with the need for patience.

With producer Chris McCrory (Catholic Action, Siobhan Wilson, wojtek the bear, Annie Booth) at the helm the track undergoes the aforementioned metamorphosis as violin swirls the air, each note hanging and gliding; a butterfly free to fly.

One further verse sees Michael exclaim, joyfully and thankfully, “I am free”, a sentiment anyone constrained by their past can share.

FFO: Ben Howard, Laura Marling, Rufus Wainwright

Winner of the inaugural Gerry Rafferty Prize for Songwriting, 2012
Winner of Best Acoustic SAMA Award, 2016
Previous support slots with Ben Howard, Nathaniel Rateliff, Amy McDonald, Frightened Rabbit and Rachel Sermanni.

“Wholesome guitar and impressive voice” – The Skinny
“Mindblowing” – The Influences
“Michael has [an] ability to elevate guitar/piano and voice into something expansive.” – HeardNotHerd

Jul
16
Sat
The Superlatives plus support
Jul 16 @ 8:00 pm

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The Superlatives wear their influences on their sleeves with music comparative to the progeny of Britpop, 70’s British Punk, indie and alternative. Described by the Sheffield Scenester as ‘Looking like three blokes going down the pub, their casual demeanour gave little hint of the underlying talent they were ready to unleash upon the Harley [venue in Sheffield]. Power chord combinations tore out of the amps and across the room with riff after riff belting, the drums pounding with foot-stomping ferocity and the vocals not drawing attention, but grabbing you by the throat and demanding it.’