The Hot 100: who to watch out for in 2018

Hot 100 Panel: Ones to Watch

Cucina Povera / credit: David Boyson Cooper

We pick out those whose doings in 2017 suggest a very exciting year is ahead

Every year, there are people, organisations, venues and more that don't quite make our Hot 100 list but who we believe are worth keeping an eye on in the coming year. A list as fiercely debated as this one can't of course include every creative project in Scotland but we're always taking note of any omissions who have works in the pipeline.

The National Theatre of Scotland is second on the list thanks to a storming year but actor Adam Kashmiry, the star of and inspiration behind NTS' powerful and moving Adam, is certainly one to look out for in 2018. Edinburgh-born actor Lewis MacDougall gave a terrific performance in January drama A Monster Calls and with a few projects currently in the works, he'll likely pop up in a future blockbuster.

Former Scottish Comedian of the Year finalist Gareth Waugh had a fairly successful run at the Fringe this year with his debut solo show Honestly? so we're eager to see what he returns with next August. In the world of books, look out for news of follow-ups from Saltire Society First Book of the Year nominee Ever Dundas as well as up-and-coming spoken word and short story writer Chris McQueer.

Glasgow-based three piece Still House Plants, who released their full-length debut earlier this year, will hopefully be back with more in 2018, while Edinburgh trio The Honey Farm will no doubt be taking over the Scottish rap scene with their upcoming debut. Glasgow DJ, radio host and librarian Sofay, part of Optimo 20 this year, will imminently be on lineups around the country and we're also really keen to hear what producer Cucina Povera serves up next.

The Aberdeen Art Gallery, which has been closed for a major redevelopment, will be open by the end of the year and it'll be interesting to see what their 2018 programme brings. Finally, the V&A Dundee, Scotland's first design museum, opens its doors in 2018, celebrating Scottish creativity as well as design from around the world.

Check out The Hot 100 2017 now.

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