March sees live music combine with comedy to launch The Friday Floor Show, a weekly event at Mad Hatters,Inverness, starting Friday the 1st.

As Hootananny moves towards it’s 10th anniversary in June, the venue is looking to bring the best of both worlds with comedy opening the evening for the consistently high quality emerging music talent.

Hoots have in the past played host to top comedians including Fred MacAulay and Sarah Millican and with new event plans to draw some of the UK’s top emerging professional comics. As part of the Friday Floor Show launch this month sees Neil McFarlane, Phil Buckley, Al McWilliam and Dave Williams take their turn at opening the evenings.

Hootananny programmer Steve Robertson said “We are keen to reintroduce comedy to the venue and give our audiences a Friday night to remember every week by having some of the best emerging comics and top bands from not only the local area and Scotland but the UK take part in the Friday Floor Show”.

The Friday Floor Show will begin at 10 pm every Friday with some of the UK’s top emerging professional comics taking part followed by live music starting at 10.45 pm followed by a DJ set until 3 am.

The full line-up for March is as follows:

Friday March 1st – Friday Floor Show

Live music from the Ruckus & Guttergodz

Live comedy from Neil McFarlane (onstage 10 pm)

DJ set from Karina

Friday March 8th – Friday Floor Show

Live music from – Dave ‘Bucket’ Coldwell (formerly of Bad Company & friends)

Live comedy from Phil Buckley (onstage 10 pm)

DJ set from Karina

Friday March 15th – Friday Floor Show

Live music from Mindfunk

Live comedy from Al McWilliam (onstage 10 pm)

DJ set from Karina

Friday March 22nd – Friday Floor Show

Live music from The Hostiles

Live comedy from Dave Williams (onstage 10 pm)

DJ set from Karina

Friday March 30th – Friday Floor Show – Netsounds Easter Takeover

Live music from KOBI, Cherri Fosphate & The Upbeat Beatdown

Live comedy from tbc (onstage 10 pm)

DJ set from Netsounds Djs

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