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The Hot 100 2014: 80-71

Chvrches, Comar and Claire Cunningham among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2014

The Hot 100 is The List's annual celebration of the figures who've contributed most to the cultural landscape during the year. From chefs and theatre-makers to writers and musicians, you'll find them here.

80 James MacMillan

The Hot 100 2014: 80-71

James MacMillan, Scotland’s towering classical figure, launched his own community-themed festival The Cumnock Tryst, worked with fellow Scot Colin Currie on his Second Percussion Concerto, and conducted a new production of his controversial opera Inés de Castro. (David Kettle)

79 Chvrches

The Hot 100 2014: 80-71

credit: Stewart Fullerton The electronic trio Chvrches undertook a mammoth tour of debut album The Bones Of What You Believe, gigging in Europe, Asia and the US. The album went gold in the UK and new track ‘Dead Air’ features in the latest Hunger Games blockbuster. (Rowena McIntosh)

78 Dive

The Hot 100 2014: 80-71

A decadent punk cabaret night for Edinburgh’s queers and freaks, DIVE sets spoken word, comedy and performance art against a dizzyingly eclectic soundtrack. A new venue – the Small Animal Hospital in Summerhall – and a new night (Untamed) has given them free rein to be more offbeat and innovative. (Kaite Welsh)

77 Claire Cunningham

The Hot 100 2014: 80-71

credit: Sven Hagolani Between touring the world with her aerial and dance pieces, Claire Cunningham presented a gentle meditation on religion and disability, Guide Gods 2, which revealed that her intelligent analysis of culture is a match for her formidable vocal and physical theatre skills. (Gareth K Vile)

76 Sound Festival

The Hot 100 2014: 80-71

image: Rohan de Saram Avant-garde bagpiping from the rooftops and Indian-inspired cello-playing were among this year’s highlights at the Aberdeen festival celebrating new music in all its bewildering breadth. Uncompromising yet thoroughly accessible, sound is an indispensable (and fun) Scottish platform for the cutting edge in contemporary sounds. (David Kettle)

75 LuckyMe

The Hot 100 2014: 80-71

image: Eclair Fifi The visually stunning pan-Scottish electronic label, design collective and party promoter LuckyMe had a good year, not least for their big GSA party featuring Eclair Fifi and releases from Jacques Greene, Claude Speeed, Baauer and S-Type. (David Pollock)

74 Comar

The Hot 100 2014: 80-71

image: Ilana Halperin on Staffa / credit: Sam Jones Based in Tobermory, Comar is a multi-disciplinary arts centre bringing eclectic and international art to the Isle of Mull. This year’s events included screenings of Rachel Maclean’s The Weepers and the opening of their year-round Fairtrade cafe. (Maud Sampson)

73 Space Budgie

The Hot 100 2014: 80-71

Made up of five Abertay University graduates, Space Budgie released a selection of innovative and quirky titles including 3D shooter Glitchspace and the experimental exploration of Light in the Night. (Henry Northmore)

72 Slam

The Hot 100 2014: 80-71

image: Stuart McMillan and Orde Meikle Stuart McMillan and Orde Meikle continue to graft hard, running Return to Mono at the Sub Club and Pressure at the Arches, as well as their own Slam Radio. They also released their fifth album Reverse Proceed on Soma, a strong entry in their catalogue of house and techno records. (David Pollock)

71 Stephen Deazley

The Hot 100 2014: 80-71

One of Scotland’s most unsung musical heroes, Belfast-born composer and conductor Stephen Deazley focuses squarely on getting the broader community involved in all types of music. He’s established the Usher Hall’s Love Music Community Choir (the biggest of its kind in Britain), wrote the score for Glasgow 2014’s multinational aerial circus Perch, and has a kids’ opera coming up at Scottish Opera. (David Kettle)


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