The 2016 Hot 100 in association with Caledonian Brewery

The Hot 100 2016: 50–41

Fern Brady, LeithLate, Glasgow Film Festival and Buzzcut 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.

50 Electric Frog

credit: Joe Hart

The Glasgow clubs outfit hit a new peak this year with a Fatboy Slim / Sven Väth-headlining Riverside Festival. Other phenomenal guests from 2016 included Candi Staton, Todd Terje, Bonobo and Hot Since 82, with Jazzy Jeff still to come. (NB)

49 Dundee Literary Festival

Don Paterson / credit: Murdo Macleod

'The best writers in the world, in Dundee'. So says the festival's tagline, and it's got the goods to back it up. This year's programme featured Alan Cumming, James Kelman, Don Paterson and Jenni Fagan, and had literary events for all the family. (RM)

48 Robbie Coltrane

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Robbie Coltrane in Channel 4's National Treasure

Robbie Coltrane made a bold return to TV, bringing depth and nuance to a challenging role as a former 70s star accused of sexual assault and paedophilia in Channel 4's darkly disturbing National Treasure. His complex and captivating performance kept you guessing until the final moments. (HN)

47 Dominic Hill

This Restless House at the Citz / credit: Tim Morozzo

Dominic Hill's continued success in the CATS awards reflects his ambitious and distinctive approach to directing theatre. With Zinnie Harris' script for This Restless House, he took on Aeschylus' Oresteia and re-imagined it in a determinedly contemporary style. (GKV)

46 Glasgow Film Festival

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Screening Con Air (on a plane) to an audience in prison jumpsuits would've been Hot 100-worthy on its own. Aidan Moffat's Where You're Meant to Be, Jeremy Saulnier's Green Room and Charlie Kaufman's Anomalisa cemented an astounding 2016 programme. (NB)

45 LeithLate

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credit: Eoin Carey

Edinburgh's definitive neighbourhood festival returned to its usual format of a bustling one-night art and music walk this year, with talks and gigs continuing over the following weekend. It remains the leading force in a sense of grassroots cultural resurgence across the port district. (DP)

44 Fern Brady

credit: James Robertson

After an impressive Fringe debut in 2015, the England-based Scot went one better with the superb Male Comedienne. Her frank, fearless and very funny hour about class, gender, religion and inept tabloid picture editors included a darkly compelling canine-based closing sequence. (BD)

43 Buzzcut

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Louise Orwin performed at Buzzcut Double Thrills in September / credit: Field and McGlynn

Buzzcut's annual event in Govan supports an unrivaled range of exciting and emerging artists. Having added a programme of 'doublethrills' at the CCA to its portfolio, Buzzcut remains Glasgow's champion for experimental performance that can draw large, inclusive crowds. (GKV)

42 Steve Mason

The Hot 100 2016: 50–41

credit: Brian David Stevens

Ever-reliable as a musician and polemicist, the sometime Beta Band singer was back with Meet the Humans, his most successful album yet, which mingled warm pop anthemics and a sense of radiant positivity. Live dates also followed. (DP)


The Hot 100 2016: 50–41

'Cuts That Don't Bleed' is the beautifully macabre name for WHITE's hotly-anticipated debut EP, released in late October. In early 2016 they embarked on their first headline tour, which was quickly followed by a co-headline jaunt with Baby Strange. (RM)

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