The 2015 Hot 100 in association with Blue Moon

The Hot 100 2015: 50–41

Optimo, Joe Douglas, Spook School and Larry Dean 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...

50 Optimo

The Hot 100 2015: 50-41

image: Twitch and Wilkes / credit: Anita Russo
Twitch and Wilkes are still a force on the club scene, even though their famed Halloween party (Espookio) came to an end in 2015. The former’s labels Optimo Music, Optimo Trax and Autonomous Africa were also responsible for some of Scotland’s finest club tracks of the year. (DP)

49 Idlewild

The Hot 100 2015: 50-41

Starting 2015 with an acclaimed new album, Everything Ever Written went on the road, including a triumphant T in the Park return. The lads will raise a glass to their year as part of the sold-out Concert in the Gardens lineup for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. (BD)

48 John Hodge

The Hot 100 2015: 50-41

image: The Program
Screenwriter John Hodge helped cause a stir at the London Film Festival with The Program, a feature film about Lance Armstrong starring Ben Foster as the disgraced cyclist. And, if the rumours are to be believed, next up for him is Trainspotting 2 too… (BD)

47 Joe Douglas

The Hot 100 2015: 50-41

Young director Douglas has emerged as a name to watch in the past year. Following on from 2012’s Educating Ronnie, which he wrote and performed, his work with Utter (including topical Fringe success Bloody Trams) champions a populist, story-led theatre that is witty and political. (GKV)

46 John and Zinnie Harris

The Hot 100 2015: 50-41

Together at last, husband (artistic director of Red Note Ensemble) and wife (dynamic playwright) made The Garden a rare treat. Their intelligent opera matched serious themes in a terse libretto with a challenging yet eloquent score, all performed live. (GKV)

45 Jackmaster

The Hot 100 2015: 50-41

Jack Revill remains one of Scotland’s most exciting and prolific DJs. In a hectic 2015, he’s played dozens of dates across Europe and the Americas, including a 24-hour period in September which took in Numbers in Glasgow, the EH1 festival at Ingliston and its Edinburgh aftershow. (DP)

44 Aizle

The Hot 100 2015: 50-41

This Edinburgh Southside restaurant picked up one of our Eating & Drinking Guide Newcomer Awards in April, and has continued to be the capital’s most talked-about dining spot among those seeking inventive interpretations of seasonal Scottish ingredients. (DR)

43 Spook School

The Hot 100 2015: 50-41

After catching Rolling Stone’s attention, Spook School exploded onto the scene with their ‘breezily cheerful, sometimes dramatic, always steeped in the best traditions of their nation’s indie history’ debut album Try To Be Hopeful. The band won our hearts by tackling gender identity and sexuality via triumphant pop. (KS)

42 White

The Hot 100 2015: 50-41

Don’t hold some of their numbers’ former membership of Kassidy against them; Leo Condie’s RCA-signed new group are excellent. With their dizzying charge of disco-soaked callbacks to the Associates, Roxy Music and Franz Ferdinand, 2015 was a triumph and 2016 could go one better. (DP)

41 Larry Dean

The Hot 100 2015: 50-41

The former Scottish Comedian of the Year made a memorable full Fringe debut with Out Now!, a show about revealing his sexuality but also a rich dissection of Dean’s own family. Those comedy award judges were impressed enough to give him a spot on the Best Newcomer shortlist. (BD)

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