The 2016 Hot 100 in association with Caledonian Brewery

The Hot 100 2016: 20–11

Alan Cumming, David Mackenzie, Emma Pollock and Nick Stewart 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.

20 Art School

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Since its 2014 refurbishment, The Art School has established itself as one of Glasgow's most vital and inclusive spaces. A key venue for touring acts, it's also home to some of the city's finest underground club nights and LGBTQI+ events. (SS)

19 Biffy Clyro

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Biffy Clyro had an incredible 2016. The Ayrshire trio released their seventh studio album – Ellipsis, which went straight to the top of the UK charts – and headlined the biggest show of their career by playing in front of 35,000 fans in Glasgow. 'To be in Bellahouston Park and feel that we'd brought so many people together was so special,' enthuses bassist James Johnston. 'Knowing that we've united all those people is something that we'll never forget.' (HN) Read the full Biffy Clyro interview.

18 Alan Cumming

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His EIF residency would have been enough to warrant a high spot in the 100, but Aberfeldy's finest also published You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams while waving goodbye to cunning crisis manager Eli Gold as The Good Wife wound up after seven seasons. (BD)

17 David Mackenzie

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Hell or High Water
The Starred Up and Perfect Sense director went stateside with his latest movie, the excellent neo-Western Hell or High Water. Never one to rest on his laurels, his next project is the 'unofficial Braveheart sequel' Lion Rampant, starring Tom Hiddleston as Robert the Bruce. (NB)

16 Jenny Lindsay & Rachel McCrum

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The artists no longer known as Rally & Broad (sob) may have retired their trend-setting literary cabaret show, but they're still very much forging ahead with an array of new and exciting projects, including Lindsay with live showcase Flint & Pitch, and McCrum on Glasgow-Montreal film project cinepoems. (NB)

15 Neu! Reekie!

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Jackie Kay, James Robertson, Hollie McNish: just three of the names featured in Neu! Reekie!'s second poetry anthology #UntitledTwo: Going Fur Gold. Neu! also programmed a night at the National Museum of Scotland which was headlined by Charlotte Church, and maintained their regular stock of innovative multi-arts nights in Edinburgh. (RM)

14 Emma Pollock

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The former Delgado has been touring extensively this year with appearances at Doune the Rabbit Hole, Eastern Promise, True North and Electric Fields. These came on the back of her wonderful third solo album In Search of Harperfield. (RM)

13 David Greig

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David Greig's new post as artistic director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre has him showcasing work which delights, challenges and provokes. Following a recent triumphant adaptation of The Suppliant Women, the new 2017 season will feature work from Shakespeare, Caryl Churchill and Peter Handke. (LI)

12 Nick Stewart

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In addition to running the never-less-than-stellar club and gig venue Sneaky Pete's, Nick Stewart also successfully campaigned as part of lobbying group Music is Audible, which challenged Edinburgh City Council's draconian music licensing laws. The reworded legislation was passed in September. (NB)

11 Glasgow Women's Library

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An invaluable source for Scottish women, GWL turned 25 this year and continued the quest to educate, inform and empower women with the launch of Collect: if, a network aimed at black and minority ethnic women in the arts. (KS)

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