The 2015 Hot 100 in association with Blue Moon

The Hot 100 2015: 90–81

Janice Galloway, Errors, Tamsyn Russell and Eclair Fifi among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2015

Since 2003, we’ve been compiling our annual list of Scotland’s most influential figures in arts and culture. Typically, this year’s Hot 100 list is a fine showcase of local talent – from film and TV stars to emerging comedians and theatremakers. Meet the class of 2015...

90 Heather Leigh

The Hot 100 2015: 90-81

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The Texas-raised, Glasgow-based former Charalambides and Taurpis Tula pedal steel guitarist released her I Abused Animal album. It proved a favourite with fans of off-the-grid music, while Leigh went on to play with Peter Brötzmann at Tectonics. (DP)

89 Drygate

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Host of the Craft Beer Rising festival, the Williams Bros and Tennent’s joint venture, incorporating brewery, beerhall, terrace, events space, shop and Vintage eating options, has established itself as a hip hangout as well as a beacon of dynamic collaborations in Glasgow’s food and drink scene. (DR)

88 Janice Galloway

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Her first work of fiction since 2009, Jellyfish is a superb collection exploring sexual desire and parenthood. The 14 short stories examine insecurities of motherhood, the coping powers of music, and women existing on the fringes of society, all in Galloway’s signature narrative style. (RMc)

87 Joanna Blythman

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Britain’s foremost investigative food journalist fearlessly digested the murky world of processed food in her book Swallow This, exposing the relentless deceit, subterfuge, self-righteousness and, at times, recklessness of the companies who stock our supermarket shelves. (DR)

86 Errors

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Releasing their fourth album on Mogwai’s Rock Action label, the Glasgow trio gave us a new Lease of Life and took a bold new step forward in the process. A Glasgow ABC appearance will usher in their 2016. Read our interview with Errors. (BD)

85 Numbers

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Their club dates have been collectors’ items this year, but the Glasgow-founded troupe did manage a Numbers v Optimo special in Barcelona and their 12th birthday boat party in Glasgow in the space of two June days. DJ Deeon, Lory D, Kornél Kovács and Sparky also featured on the label. (DP)

84 Johanna Basford

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Aberdeenshire-born Basford is known for her colouring books for adults, notably Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt and Colouring Book. The ‘ink evangelist’ has now sold over one million copies of Secret Garden worldwide, and Staedtler even featured her illustrations on its pens. (RM)

83 Tamsyn Russell

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As a performer, Russell has been a notable presence on the Scottish dance scene for a while. But now she’s moved into choreography, things are really hotting up, with Hunting Dust one of the most exciting moments at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. (KA)

82 Eclair Fifi

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Still one of Scotland’s finest DJs (and a designer, to boot), Clair Stirling has filled her year with shows for Rinse FM, a headline European tour, the top spot at LuckyMe’s showcase (she’s a member of the collective) at Amsterdam Dance Event and an upcoming support for Hudson Mohawke at the Warehouse Project. (DP)

81 Ben Reade

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The former head of research and development at the Nordic Food Lab in Copenhagen marked his return home as part of pop-up restaurant The Scratch Series. Later, he crowdfunded and opened the Edinburgh Food Studio in late October with partner Sashana Zanella. (DR)

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