The Hot 100 2018: 90–81

KT Tunstall, Sgàire Wood and Morven Christie are among our favourite cultural contributors this year

Without a doubt, 2018 has been a year of incredible female activism and empowerment. From #MeToo and Time's Up to the centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which gave some women the vote, the various events of this year have renewed and reinvigorated the fight for gender equality. With this in mind, this year's Hot 100 is all about celebrating the women in Scotland that are making a sizeable splash with their many accomplishments, innovations and creative endeavours across arts and culture. In the words of Beyoncé, 'who run the world?'…

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The Hot 100 2018: 90–81

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The Glasgow grungy four-piece (featuring lead vocalist Anna Shields and bass player Lizzie Reid), received a nomination for the Scottish Alternative Music Awards Best Newcomer prize. The group played their latest single 'Heaven' at festivals including Electric Fields and Tenement Trail all summer. (BC)

89 KT Tunstall

The Hot 100 2018: 90–81

One of Scotland's most accessible and popular singer-songwriters, KT Tunstall's sixth album WAX (the second part of her planned 'soul, body and mind' trilogy) found her embracing guitars, synths and big soulful vocals while focusing on concepts of physicality and the human body. (HN)

88 Sgàire Wood

The Hot 100 2018: 90–81

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Artist and model Sgàire Wood explores trans identity and mental health through performance, costume and music. 2018 highlights included her show Puppy Love at Barcelona's Cordova Gallery, and Knots, an unofficial Celtic Connections fringe event co-organised with Josie Vallely. (SS)


The Hot 100 2018: 90–81

The Dundee-based duo (made up of Katie Lynch and Mark Johnston) blend genres to produce a unique jazzy lo-fi sound. The pair performed at 3D Festival which opened V&A Dundee and received a Scottish Alternative Music Awards nomination for Best Rock / Alternative band. (BC)

86 Gerda Stevenson

The Hot 100 2018: 90–81

A woman of unfeasibly diverse talents, this actor, writer, poet, director and singer-songwriter released her collection Quines: A Tribute to Women of Scotland through Luath Press in March and gave the Thomas Muir Memorial Lecture in Edinburgh. (DP)

85 Jay Lafferty

The Hot 100 2018: 90–81

Host of Besoms, the Rose Theatre's monthly multi-bill heralding diversity in comedy, Jay Lafferty is also a member of the Edinburgh-based collective Viva La Shambles which regularly gigs at The Stand. Meanwhile, Wheesht! was her warmly received Fringe hour. (BD)

84 Dr Stacey Hunter

The Hot 100 2018: 90–81

This design curator, writer and producer founded Local Heroes, a platform supporting designers working in Scotland, back in 2015. This year, the organisation partnered up with the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce to bring the city's best designers together to mark the 2018 European Championships. (KG)

83 The Honey Farm

The Hot 100 2018: 90–81

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With the release of their debut mini-album Welcome to the Honey Farm, this Dunbar rap trio continued to fiercely knock holes in the masculine front of the genre with tracks which call out douchebro behaviour, fight back against gender stereotyping and promote body positivity. (DP)

82 Jenny Lindsay

The Hot 100 2018: 90–81

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Performer, poet and compere, Jenny Lindsay is a force for good when it comes to the Scottish spoken-word scene. She runs a programme of events under the name Flint & Pitch, and this year launched her popular solo show, This Script. (LM)

81 Morven Christie

The Hot 100 2018: 90–81

After The Replacement, The A Word and Grantchester, Christie has become one of the most consistent and reliable actors on TV. In 2018, she was among the many suspects as part of the ensemble cast in BBC One's Agatha Christie adaptation, Ordeal by Innocence (pictured). (HN)

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