The 2017 Hot 100 in association with Caledonian Brewery

The Hot 100 2017: 70–61

Dundee Design Festival, Sneaky Pete's, Kobi Onyame and BHP among our favourite cultural contributors this year

Another blockbuster year of Scottish culture has just whizzed by and once again we've taken on the monumental task of ranking in order our top movers, shakers and pioneers. From award winners, artistic directors, new talent, experienced campaigners, great venues and memorable festivals, you should find all the people and places who made 2017 another landmark year for the arts and entertainment industry. But who has nabbed this year's top slot?

70 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The Hot 100 2017: 70–61

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Summer isn't summer without it. The artistic bubble that is the Fringe celebrated its 70th in style with the usual melee of controversy, confusion and charisma. From Wild Bore to Trygve Vs A Baby, nothing was off-limits. Long may it reign. (LI)

69 Dundee Design Festival

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Now in its second year at former print factory West Ward Works, Dundee Design Festival is a still-growing event which revealed hidden depths across not just a number of areas of design, but through its music events and creative social engagement. (DP)

68 Sneaky Pete's

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With almost a decade at the heart of Edinburgh's live music and club communities, Sneaky Pete's continues to thrive. The 100-capacity sweatbox is open and busy every night, hosting up-and-coming bands from around the world as well as world-class DJs and label parties on a regular basis. (AQ)

67 BAaD

Barras Art and Design constructed a sprawling al fresco area dubbed Backyard, featuring an elevated deck, a variety of work spaces, gourmet food trucks, graffiti art and terrace seating across a 4000ft outdoor urban space which gave this spot in the East End of Glasgow an extra impetus. (BD)

66 Kobi Onyame

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Kobi Onyame's latest album Gold is a glorious fusion of Ghanaian highlife sounds and rhythms with characteristics of contemporary hip hop, offering something fresh and interesting. The Glasgow-based rapper is no doubt headed for great things in 2018 and beyond. (AQ)

65 Architecture Fringe

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Among the highlights of this year's nationwide grassroots architecture and design festival (with its themes of 'public life, perception and practice') were Partition, which explored Belfast's structural divisions, a minibus trip to Bonnington's art deco Hydro Electric Power Station, and UrbanPioneers' War Zone Creatives. (BD)

64 Jonnie Common

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Not one to lay idle, Jonnie Common indulged in some standalone gigs to workshop new material before releasing his single 'Restless', touring his upcoming album, scoring Ross Sutherland's poem for the BBC's Missing Episode, and collaborating on a project for The McManus Gallery's 150th birthday. (KS)

63 OH141

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OH141 aims to improve representation in electronic music by providing support to women, people of colour and members of the LGBTQ+ community. DJ, promoter and OH141 boss Sarra Wild has been working hard to promote diversity and inclusion not only through the club night itself, but by way of a radio show, panel discussions and DJ workshops. (AQ)

62 BHP

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Scotland's biggest comic publisher outside of DC Thomson goes from strength to strength, with 2017 seeing the release of Frank Quitely: The Art of Comics and Jack Lothian and Garry Mac's Tomorrow, the conclusion of John Wagner and Alan Grant's Rok of the Reds, the curation of Neil Slorance's exhibition at the CCA and a new distribution deal with Turnaround, as well as the ever-excellent Glasgow Comic Con. (DP)

61 Spinning Coin

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The gorgeous 'Albany' saw them hook up with Stephen McRobbie's Geographic Records, and Spinning Coin haven't stopped since, embarking on high-profile tours with Teenage Fanclub, Real Estate and Sacred Paws, and releasing debut album Permo. (CA)

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