The 2015 Hot 100 in association with Blue Moon

The Hot 100 2015: 20–11

Tommy Sheppard, Bloody Scotland, Gary McNair and Kirstin Innes 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...

20 Gary McNair

The Hot 100 2015: 20-11

Glasgow-based theatre-maker Gary McNair was a worthy winner of a Fringe First for his sublime Edinburgh Fringe play A Gambler's Guide to Dying. His subject matter may be heavy, but his sure storytelling and humour meant it was never mordant, sentimental or inaccessible. Read our interview with McNair. (LI)

19 John Maclean

The Hot 100 2015: 20-11

Formerly a core member of Scottish groups the Beta Band and the Aliens, Fifer Maclean switched to feature filmmaking in successful fashion this year. His debut Slow West reunited him with regular short-film collaborator Michael Fassbender, with the movie winning a World Cinema Jury Prize at Sundance. (DP)

18 Tommy Sheppard

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Not only steering operations at the Assembly Rooms in August and The Stand all year round, Sheppard became the new SNP MP for Edinburgh East. He made an instant impression with his maiden parliamentary speech and a solid appearance on Question Time. (BD)

17 Glasgow Film Festival

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image: GFF opener While We're Young
Directors Allison Gardner and Allan Hunter continue to forge GFF into one of the nation's most important film festivals. Hitting its 11th year in 2015, the festival opened with While We're Young (pictured) and closed with Force Majeure, and welcomed guests such as Alan Rickman, Ólafur Arnalds and David Robert Mitchell, a Dazed and Confused roller disco, and Cat Video Festival. (DP)

16 Neu! Reekie!

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Scotland's premier night of rebellious words and music extended its reach in 2015. Michael Pedersen and Kevin Williamson took the 'Anywhere But the Cities' tour around Scotland and on to Japan, while two #UntitledLive shows at Edinburgh's Central Hall were their biggest events yet. Read our interview with Michael Pedersen. (DP)

15 David Greig

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His epic adaptation of Alasdair Gray's Lanark for the Citizens Theatre and Edinburgh International Festival was one of a number of Scottish theatre highlights this year. And the news that he'll be taking over as artistic director of Edinburgh's Royal Lyceum Theatre in 2016 is cause for high excitement. (DP)

14 Belle and Sebastian

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The Glasgow band started the year with new album Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, which picked up a SAY award nomination, before playing an incredible home show at the massive SSE Hydro accompanied by the Scottish Festival Orchestra and amazing visuals. (RMc)

13 Bloody Scotland

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image: Team captains and authors Ian Rankin and Simon Kernick ahead of the Bloody Scotland football match / credit: Eoin Carey
This year's festival of crime writing was as star-studded as they come, with Martina Cole, Linwood Barclay, Ian Rankin, Arne Dahl, Val McDermid, Lindsey Davis and Ann Cleeves all on the bill. 2015's edition was also the most successful to date, with almost 6000 tickets sold over three days. (RM)

12 Rally & Broad

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The Rally is acclaimed writer Jenny Lindsay; the Broad is BBC Scotland's first ever poet in residence Rachel McCrum. Together they've pulled off another year of top-notch literary-flavoured cabaret, full of spoken word, music and dancing. Rally behind them: they're class acts. Read our interview with Rachel McCrum. (RM)

11 Kirstin Innes

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Kirstin Innes' debut novel Fishnet was released to great critical acclaim earlier this year, and went on to win the Guardian's Not The Booker Prize. The writer has appeared at numerous events on the back of its success, including the Edinburgh International Book Festival. (RM)

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