The 2016 Hot 100 in association with Caledonian Brewery

The Hot 100 2016: 60–51

Arika, Mogwai, Be Charlotte and manipulate among our favourite cultural contributors this year

Discussions have been had, arguments made and counsels taken. But now the talking is over (or perhaps just beginning) as we commence the countdown to reveal who is the hottest of the hot among this year's Scottish cultural community.

60 Arika

The Hot 100 2016: 60–51

Still of Miss Major from the film MAJOR! by Annalise Ophelian
Undoubtedly Scotland's most challenging and politically engaged festival organisers, Edinburgh-based Arika returned to their spiritual home of Glasgow's Tramway with Episode 8: Refuse Powers' Grasp. This inventive October weekender explored gender and the prison-industrial complex through discussion, film and clubbing events. (DP)

59 Mogwai

The Hot 100 2016: 60–51

credit: Brian Sweeney
The monumental rock group took another step into their alternative career as eclectic soundtrack composers, this time with Mark Cousins' Atomic. Released as an album on their own Rock Action Records, it played around the world, most notably at the Edinburgh International Festival and in Hiroshima. (DP)

58 Nightvision

The Hot 100 2016: 60–51

credit: Nightvision
With the closure of Fabric in London, we desperately needed reassurance that clubbing in 2016 remained a vibrant cultural concern. Nightvision provided it, with events featuring Skream, Groove Armada and more, while Mr Scruff, Kölsch and Bondax are still to come pre-2017. (NB)

57 Be Charlotte

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The full-band project of Dundee's Charlotte Brimner built up a solid CV of festival appearances this year, playing T in the Park, Hidden Door, Solas and many others. Her earwormy debut single 'Machines That Breathe' came out in October. (NB)

56 True North

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Laura Mvula at this year's True North / credit: Ray Smith
Back for its second year, Aberdeen's multi-venue music festival combined great gigs (from Laura Mvula, King Creosote, Richard Hawley and more) with talks, a gig for young listeners and a celebration of women in music, including a Kate Bush tribute concert curated by Emma Pollock. (DP)

55 Janis Claxton

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credit: Roy Campbell-Moore
The Australian choreographer has called Scotland home for many years, but when it comes to performance she's always looking for new and unusual locations. In 2016, her gorgeous POP-UP Duets brought contemporary dance to the public where and when they least expected it. (KA)

54 Sophie Laplane

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credit: Christina Riley
From a brief 'curtain raiser' during Scottish Ballet's 2015 tour to sharing the main stage in 2016 with the superb Sibilo, dancer Sophie Laplane is skyrocketing up the choreographic ladder.(KA)

53 manipulate

The Hot 100 2016: 60–51

Close Up / credit: Bettina Frenzel
Staging exciting work from Scottish and international artists, manipulate's visual theatre, puppetry and animation festival is unique and uncompromising, and in 2016 included challenging work from international artists Paper Doll Militia, Theatre Incline and AKHE. (LI)

52 Glasgow Comic Con

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DC Comics' Bombshells, written by Marguerite Bennett
Expanding again in 2016, GCC took over the CCA and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for its sixth instalment. Special guest appearances were as impressive as ever, with the likes of Kate Leth, Marguerite Bennett, David Aja and Frank Quitely dropping by to check it out. (KS)

51 Local Heroes

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credit: Ross Fraser McLean / StudioRoRo
Based at Edinburgh Airport over the summer, the Local Heroes exhibition sought to unite Scotland's leading designers to explore what contemporary Scottish design really means. As the brainchild of curator / producer Dr Stacey Hunter, the exhibition helped celebrate Scotland's Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. (AQ)

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