ROGUE promotions have gone through the looking glass for the latest live event with inspiration drawn from one of literature’s most famous lunatics.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party will showcase four top acts with punters getting a discounted entrance fee if they attend Saturday’s event in an outrageous hat.

Promoter Charlie Frame said: “Rogue’s raison d’etre is to make North Herts a more interesting place to be through wild nights out featuring great music from all corners of the map.

“We’re very excited about the night as we’ve got something for everyone.

“We actively encourage dressing up for the night. Don’t forget to stick something crazy on your bonce as not only will you get a quid off door entry, but you might have a chance of winning our Maddest Hat competition. Keep an eye out for Easter eggs dotted around Club 85 for our big egg hunt. If you see’em, you can eat’em!”

Rogue don’t believe in headline acts as they feel every band they book has equal worth, but rockabilly rebels The Zipheads will close the show.

The St Albans based three-piece blew the stage away at Rogue’s last party and have been booked to bring their crazed good-times rock ’n’ roll to Hitchin.

Also playing are a band who emerged from the ashes of indie hopefuls Mumrah but who have managed to bring together very different influences.

Prog and punk may seem to be polar opposites but The Display Team’s schizoid sound manages to meld these disparate genres into a compelling surreal mix the six-piece have labelled ‘pronk’.

Lika Sharps and Minor Pilot are also on the bill, with a DJ spinning tracks until 1am.

Club 85 hosts Saturday’s show and entrance is �5 or �4 if you don a mad hat.