Hot 100 2013: 79-70

Peggy Hughes, Freya Mavor and Dominic Hill among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2013

The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2013, you'll find them here.

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79 Volcanic Tongue

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Sound of the underground
A portal to hidden worlds of free jazz, noise, psych and garage punk, David Keenan and Heather Leigh’s underground music shop moved into larger premises this year in Glasgow’s Hidden Lane, hosting some heady instore gigs plus their Cassette Store Day. (SS)

78 Freya Mavor

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Leith lassie
The woman formerly known as mean old Mini McGuinness from Skins came firmly into her own in 2013, with some supporting roles in Not Another Happy Ending and historical TV series The White Queen, as well as a luminous leading turn in the big screen version of the Proclaimers musical, Sunshine on Leith. (NB)

77 Hot Mess

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Queer-friendly clubbing
Since its inception in 2010, Hot Mess has quickly become one of the most popular queer club nights in Scotland, with resident DJ Simon Eilbeck, aka Simonotron, delivering a heady mix of disco, electropop, house, acid and techno. Tired of the standard club format, Eilbeck decided to go solo and start his own club night. ‘I guess I’m a big selfish so-and-so,’ he says, ‘but I didn’t want to share my decks any more!’

Inspired by a talk from Alan Moore at the 2010 Edinburgh Book Festival, in which the graphic novelist explained his aim to ‘give people what you think they need and not just what they want’, Eilbeck left the event determined to give queer clubgoers exactly what they needed. And so Hot Mess was born. It started in Edinburgh, and this year headed along the M8 to take up residence at Glasgow’s intimate Poetry Club.

Eilbeck takes his job very seriously, spending hours preparing his sets. ‘My goal for each party is to make it literally the best night that the people there have ever had,’ he explains. But above the DJing, the music and the venue, Eilbeck cites the clubgoers as the life and soul of Hot Mess, with Optimo’s JD Twitch even turning up for a gander now and then. ‘The punters are what really make it special,’ he says. ‘Everyone is totally uninhibited when it comes to giving it up on the dancefloor.’

And with a new year around the corner, Hot Mess shows no signs of slowing down (look out for the Hotmanay event at the Poetry Club on 31 Dec). But Eilbeck asserts: ‘it ain’t broke, so we’re not going to fix it!’ Expect the same high-quality dance action in 2014, ‘with the loveliest bunch of queers in the best wee club venue in Scotland’. (NG)

76 Dominic Hill

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Citz man
Settling in as artistic director of the Citizens Theatre, Hill’s style is evolving into a sophisticated, accessible mixture of classical and contemporary theatre. A daring staging of Crime and Punishment proved Hill was full of confidence when grappling with big ideas. (GKV)

75 Street Food Cartel

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Rising pop-ups
The hippest happening on Scotland’s food scene is this collective of street fooders regularly dishing up at SWG3 and other gatherings. Glasgow pop-up pioneers Scoop are joined by local pulled pork specialist Smoak, wood-fired pizzaists So La Ti Dough, and Afro-Caribbean cookers Fire in Babylon. (JT)

74 Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon

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Deeply moving documentarians
Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon’s documentary I Am Breathing is deeply moving, utterly devastating, surprisingly uplifting and occasionally very funny. It documents the final months in the life and death of Neil Platt, a thirtysomething Yorkshire lad suffering from the increasingly debilitating effects of motor neurone disease. Despite being paralysed from the neck down, Platt is very much an active participant in the film, which he envisioned as a means by which his (at the time) unborn son would get to know him. Produced through the Scottish Documentary Institute and nominated for three awards at the Scottish BAFTAs, I Am Breathing has been seen in 46 countries around the world.

‘In an age of so much self-promotion on social media, Neil dared to share something much more vulnerable,’ says Davie, who teaches film and television at Edinburgh College of Art. ‘By incorporating his own words from his blog as text, we tried to find a way to bring an audience into direct communication with him and also to give him a kind of power. His body was failing, but his mind and spirit were so strong. It was a long and difficult task to do justice to his bravery, but we are glad his words have touched people in so many places.’

I Am Breathing is ultimately a universal film,’ says McKinnon, who’s currently working on an adaptation of Luke Sutherland’s novel Venus as a Boy. ‘It deals with life just as much as it deals with death, and Neil’s untimely death brings this sharply into focus. Motor neurone disease is a condition that robs a person of their basic freedoms of movement, choice and the ability to communicate. It reminds us of those basic freedoms that we take for granted every day.’ (MF)

73 Saraband

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Publishing pioneers
Awarded the inaugural Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year Award at this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival, Saraband were praised for the quality of their print books and digital innovations which included the popular Burns Night phone app. (KL)

72 Clyde Valley Tomatoes

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Red Clydeside
The rescue and revitalisation of tomato-growing in Lanarkshire by David Craig and Scott Robertson has been the story of Scotland’s local food rennaisance in 2013, inspiring top chefs and shining a light on the country’s rich food heritage. (DR)

71 Peggy Hughes

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Books boss
Recently appointed programme director at the Dundee Literary Festival, Hughes is one of the busiest people in literature: judge for the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book Awards, Trustee for Reel Arts, boss of the West Port Book Festival and one third of Electric Bookshop. (KL)

70 The Proclaimers

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Leith laddies
The favourite sons of Leith (and Auchtermuchty) broke into cinema in 2013, or at least their songs did in Dexter Fletcher’s cheery film adaptation of Dundee Rep’s stage musical, which saw a synchronised ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’ come to the Mound. They could also be found headlining the Hydro. (DP)

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