The 2015 Hot 100 in association with Blue Moon

The Hot 100 2015: 70–61

Val McDermid, Kevin Bridges and Glasgow Comic Con 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...

70 Limmy

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The announcement of a series of live shows at the SECC in January topped off a fine year for Brian Limond. He also published Daft Wee Stories, a collection of 71 tales in his trademark dark, silly and surreal style. (BD)

69 Val McDermid

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A busy year of ups and downs for the Fife crime scribe: she was a speaker at Ruth Rendell’s memorial service, worked with Dundee University on a forensic science course, appeared at Bloody Scotland and published another Tony Hall / Carol Jordan novel, Splinter the Silence. (BD)

68 Kevin Bridges

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Most news stories on the Clydebank comic this year seemed to focus on a series of hecklers attempting to spoil his A Whole Different Story gigs from Derry to Edinburgh. With a touch of class he donated his proceeds from one ruined show to a children’s charity. (BD)

67 Tuff Love

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Dreamy Glasgow shoegaze duo and BBC 6 Music favourites Julie Eisenstein and Suse Bear kept moving forward with some great gigs and the new ‘Dregs’ EP. You may have seen them supporting the revived Ride on tour or Paolo Nutini and Grace Jones at Bellahouston Park. (DP)

66 Tectonics

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In bringing the classical avant-garde and experimental underground together, Ilan Volkov’s Tectonics has transformed the way orchestral music is perceived in Scotland. 2015 highlights included Éliane Radigue’s microtonal acoustic works, Hild Sofie Tafjord’s brass extravaganza, and Peter Brötzmann’s fiery saxophone. (SS)

65 Fern Brady

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A strong Fringe debut, People Are Idiots (read our interview with Brady), coincided this summer with the BBC iPlayer pilot of Radges. Set in a referral unit for kids with psychological problems, it starred Sarah Hadland (Stevie from Miranda) and This is England 90s Nick Preston. (BD)

64 Paul Higgins

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image: Paul Higgins (r) with Dominic Hill of Citizens Theatre
Everyone’s favourite second sweary Scot in The Thick of It collaborated with Ricky Ross to write The Choir for the stage and debuted at the Citz. He maintained his screen profile with Couple in a Hole, starring opposite Kate Dickie. (BD)

63 Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat

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The pair, who were inaugural Scottish Album of the Year award winners back in 2012, brought forth their second album, The Most Important Place in the World, back in March. It proved to be another uncensored, real and snarling piece from Wells ‘n’ Moffat (read our interview). (KS)

62 Glasgow Comic Con

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The festival of comics, graphic novels, comic art and writing created a fantastic programme showcasing big-name stars alongside indie talent. After hitting record numbers by welcoming over 10,000 fans across all its events, the Con is expanding to the Royal Concert Hall in 2016. (RMc)

61 Grid Iron

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One of Scotland’s most ambitious theatre companies, Grid Iron’s visually ravishing Fringe hit Light Boxes was followed by their critically acclaimed adaptation of Jim Crace’s The Devil’s Larder, an impish look at transgressive pleasures. Hard to categorise, their work fuses multimedia, text and music to startling effect. (LI)

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