The 2015 Hot 100 in association with Blue Moon

The Hot 100 2015: 80–71

Sophie Laplane, DIVE, Burnistoun and Counterflows 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...

80 Sophie Laplane

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A company dancer with Scottish Ballet, Laplane created and choreographed ‘Maze’, a powerful new piece chosen to open the Scottish Ballet autumn season. Laplane also collaborated with filmmaker Eve McConnachie and singer-songwriter Kathryn Joseph on the beautiful music video for ‘The Bird’. (RMc)

79 Nightvision

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The joint forces of house and techno night Musika along with drum & bass club Xplicit hosted Series 2 of their flagship electronic night Nightvision, welcoming Noisia, Shy FX and Loco Dice to the capital. Series 3 followed fast with Pan-Pot, Scuba and five hours of Mr Scruff. (RMc)


The Hot 100 2015: 80-71

This eclectic underground queer party succeeded in ‘blowing a bit of glitter up the arse of the cabaret scene’ during the Edinburgh Festival with smash hit, C U Next Tuesday (read our interview with DIVE). This was also the year that Dive earned a nomination in the Equality Network’s LGBTI awards. (RM)

77 Saint Luke’s

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Brothers Tony and Michael Woods have restored the abandoned Glasgow East End church into a stylish multipurpose music venue, bar and kitchen. The venue not only returns a landmark to its former glory but brings an exciting new player into a lesser developed part of the city. (RMc)

76 John Burnside

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As part of the five-strong Booker panel, the Dunfermline novelist and poet also earned his own spot on a shortlist for the TS Eliot Prize. He needn’t have felt too upset at losing out, given that he has two of those gongs on his mantelpiece already. (BD)

75 Burnistoun

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Robert Florence and Iain Connell clearly enjoyed their one-off show (which sold out in one hour) at the Glasgow Comedy Festival in the spring so much that they immediately booked in a number of dates at the Theatre Royal in August. Read our interview with the pair. (BD)

74 Green Door Studio

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Home to Golden Teacher, this Finnieston recording studio is renowned as a musical catalyst. This year, Green Door has been focused on Youth Stand Up!, a collaborative recording project featuring young musicians from Ghana, Belize and Glasgow. (SS)

73 Counterflows

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Feeding Glasgow’s enthusiasm for experimental music, Counterflows supports local musicians to expand their ambitions and bring the best of the world to the city. Free jazz and African psychedelia on the Southside, churches filled with avant-garde improvisations: Counterflows is always unpredictable and glorious. (GKV)

72 Ideal Mexico

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Ideal Mexico lead the new wave of DIY gig and party promoters, bringing That Fucking Tank’s punk silent disco to Glasgow and Newcastle bard Richard Dawson to Edinburgh. All the while, they supported fantastic new acts like Still House Plants. (SS)

71 Louise Welsh

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The author followed 2014’s A Lovely Way to Burn with the second in her Plague Times trilogy, Death Is a Welcome Guest. This highly anticipated instalment once again delivered her expert storytelling and depth of character in a modern apocalyptic setting. (RMc)

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