The 2017 Hot 100 in association with Caledonian Brewery

The Hot 100 2017: 20–11

Paisley City of Culture, Scottish Ballet, Sub Club and SQIFF 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?

20 Electric Fields

Thanks for an absolutely perfect day kids! Rest up and let's do it all again tomorrow.

Just going to leave this here... 'The type of festival Scotland needs.' - Scott Hutchison (FR)
#EF17 #electricfieldsfestival #electricfields #festival #music #frightenedrabbit -
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A diverse programme, family-friendly atmosphere, and yes, the weather, contributed to yet another successful year at Electric Fields. Dizzee Rascal closed the party with aplomb, and the likes of Foxygen, Aldous Harding and Arab Strap helped make it another weekend to remember at Drumlanrig Castle. (CA)

19 Paisley City of Culture

It’s the last day of the Spree! There were so many highlights but best of all was @paolonutini wowing at his charity gig in #PaisleyAbbey, unique and magical experience in support of #paisley2021
#paolonutini #thespree #spreefestival #paisley #lights #lightshow #church #historicbuilding #gig #livemusic #scottishmusic #soulmusic #nofilter #cityofculture #ukcityofculture #cityofculture2021 #ukcityofculture2021

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Not just Glasgow's neighbour anymore, Paisley's place on the five-strong shortlist for UK City of Culture 2021 is well deserved. The bid has galvanised (and included) its residents, with the project's director Jean Cameron a proud and vibrant figurehead. (CA)

18 Scottish Ballet

The Hot 100 2017: 20–11

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In the expert hands of artistic director Christopher Hampson, our national ballet company has had an impressive year of firsts. Not only did Scottish Ballet deliver a ground-breaking digital season viewed online around the world, but it played the Royal Opera House for the first time in the company's 60-year history. (KA)

17 Ela Orleans

The Hot 100 2017: 20–11

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Composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist Ela Orleans has been hard at work since her Scottish Album of the Year Award nomination for Circles of Upper and Lower Hell, having recently created and performed a live score for Canadian director Guy Maddin's anthology of short films Cowards Bend the Knee as part of Matchbox Cineclub. (AQ)

16 Art School

In the Vic just now with
@laurenlaverne 👋 @bbc6music

#bbc6musicfestival #bbc6music

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With a revamped kitchen and sound system, the Arty remains the hub for eclectic club nights and hipper bands. Despite being the venue of choice for legendary DJs like Andrew Weatherall, it maintains a programme of eclectic and more marginal art events. (GKV)

15 Summerhall

The Hot 100 2017: 20–11

With reported ticket sales up a third on last year and the usual complement of Fringe First and Total Theatre Award wins, Summerhall continued to be an indispensable part of the Edinburgh Festival. Outside of August, Nothing Ever Happens Here (NEHH) is one of the city's best live music outlets. (DP)

14 Ben Reade & Sashana Souza Zanella

When the champion Joan Roca came to play 🤗👨🏻‍🍳

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As well as continuing to curate a programme of international culinary creativity at the Edinburgh Food Studio, Ben Reade and Sashana Souza Zanella are frequently involved in other innovative projects. Reade and Ian Wilson's veggie street food pop-up, Eating House at the Meeting House, was a huge Fringe success. (LS)

13 Denise Mina

The Hot 100 2017: 20–11

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Crime fiction writer, graphic novelist, playwright and broadcaster Denise Mina showed yet another side to her talents with the true crime fiction of The Long Drop, based on the Peter Manuel killings. That shift proved to be a wise choice when the book earned her the esteemed Gordon Burn Prize. (BD)

12 Sub Club

The Hot 100 2017: 20–11

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At 30 years young, Sub Club continues to buck trends in an era of closures and downgrading, with longtime residents Harri & Domenic keeping Glasgow's clubland buzzing. The knock-on effect for Scottish and UK club culture is immeasurable. (BD)


The Hot 100 2017: 20–11

The Scottish Queer International Film Festival has been going from strength to strength each year, with the 2017 programme featuring queer filmmaking hero Bruce LaBruce, the ever popular Feminist Porn Night, a Babadook Ball and various events that examine what it means to be LGBTQ+ in different communities around the world. (AQ)

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