The Hot 100 2010 - Mark Millar, Kevin Bridges and Alasdair Gray take top 3 spots
Our annual chart of the top creatives in Scotland
The Hot 100 is a list of Scots who've made a sizeable creative splash in 2010. It includes musicians, artists, writers, actors, fashion designers, technological innovators, shop owners, festival directors, record label heads and one mad cyclist. Painstakingly compiled, researched and ordered by List staff, it covers the cultural year at a glance and, though controversial, should also be seen as a huge slap on the back for Scottish talent. We didn't spit out a superstar in 2010 – James McAvoy, David Tennant and Kelly Macdonald are all absent from this list for example – but there were plenty of candidates closer to home who we were delighted to include, and a few we were glum we didn't have space for. Disagree with our choices? Appalled at our number one? Then get commenting!
100 Forest Café
The Forest celebrated a decade of anarchy as an arts café and held the biggest, best Forest Fringe ever in 2010, but ends the year under threat of closure. The List are right behind their cunning campaign to buy their building using only a JustGiving page, though. Save the Forest! (KI)
99 King Creosote
Innovator, entertainer, Crail-dweller
The Fence Records founder continued his folk-rock reign with an album essentially intended for piracy (you weren't allowed in to hear the performance-only album unless you'd brought recording equipment for sharing it); plus a run of UK gigs, including a belter on Eigg and The List's 25th birthday party. (CS)
98 Max Richter
Off the scale composer
Following 2010 album Infra – the fruits of his collaboration with choreographer Wayne McGregor and visual artist Julian Opie for the Royal Ballet – the Fat Cat-signed, Edinburgh-based composer's upcoming calendar includes scoring David McKenzie's Ewan McGregor-starring film Perfect Sense. (HB)
97 Alison Peebles
The award-winning actor and director enjoyed an industrious year, directing Tony Roper's enduring hit The Steamie as well as the acclaimed Dirty Paradise for the Tron and Zoë Strachan and Louise Welsh's Panic Patterns for Glasgay! She also found time to tackle the demanding role of Sister Aloysius in John Patrick Shanley's Doubt at the Tron. (AR)
96 Patrick Grant
The designer originally from Edinburgh capitalised on his efforts rejuvinating the Saville Row tailors Norton & Sons by scooping the prize for Menswear Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards. His revived E Tautz brand (once a favourite of Winston Churchill) now exemplifies contemporary, gentlemanly cool. (JE)
95 Kath Mainland
Keeping the Fringe fires burning
The boss of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe is no doubt busying herself with 2011-related matters, but she may be able to bask in some impressive 2010 stats: 40,254 performances of 2453 shows in 259 venues meant another box-office busting August. (BD)
More than just a café
Domenico del Priore and Melanie McCallum's café-deli-kitchen-gallery-community hub on Glasgow's Southside has been shaking up the local eating scene all year with good food, unusual events, a few provocative stunts and huge amounts of energy. (DR)
Accounting for taste
Not content with still being one of Glasgow's finest clubs (guests this year included James Blake and Actress), Numbers have taken their parties to some of Europe's biggest cities and established their own label in 2010, punting artists like Roska, Untold, Jessie Ware and Mr Mageeka. (DP)
92 Chemikal Underground
This year saw CU sign quirk-pop outfit, FOUND, release an audiobook version of Scot-lit anthology The Year of Open Doors and cement the Phantom Band's success with album two, The Wants. (CS)
91 Susan Boyle
The Briton who's got talent this year hit number one in the US and UK album charts simultaneously with her second effort The Gift. Like her or not, SuBo's mega-stardom can't be ignored, even by The Pope. (JE)
90 Ewan McGregor
Post-Star Wars, McGregor's climb back to creative respectability continued in earnest this year with a couple of very fine performances. He was excellent as the troubled ghostwriter in Roman Polanski's The Ghost and he really went beyond the call of duty as the jailbait love interest in I Love You Phillip Morris. (PD)
89 Susan Triesman
Ramshorn Theatre titan
Having been at the helm of the Ramshorn and Strathclyde Theatre Group for 26 years, director Susan Triesman is stepping down at the end of this year. This follows a tumultuous 18 months of battling to save the Glasgow institution from closure while putting together a triumphant programme in 2010 that included Stephen Greenhorn's Passing Places and Stephen Jeffreys' The Libertine. (AR)
88 Nic Green
Groundbreaking feminist theatre-maker
The creator of the celebrated Trilogy added to her growing reputation in 2010, successfully transporting the five-star piece of feminist theatre to London's Battersea Arts Centre before returning to Glasgow's Arches for a short run. Green also unveiled a new show at Arches Live, Fatherland, Motherland, which explored her rootless cultural identity. (AR)
87 Lloyd Meredith
Lloyd Meredith's Peenko blog has set the high water mark for the Scottish blogosphere, and helped shape a productive and communal web force to support Scotland's local music scenes. In 2010 he co-founded Olive Grove Records, ran the Scottish Bloggers and Music Sites Awards (BAMS), and won the Scotblogs Award for Best Music Blog.
Like Peenko? Then try some of these other List-recommended music blogs:
Coordinates the Music Alliance Pact, a global project promoting local music from blogging countries the world over. Was also saved from deletion this year by an internet campaign supported by artists including The National.
Run by Edinburgh's Matthew Young. A blog and a passionate indie label championing Inspector Tapehead, The Savings and Loan, Trips & Falls and Meursault among others.
A site designed to celebrate all things Scottish around the world, and run by Scots who have moved abroad. Regular contributors include BBC Radio's Vic Galloway.
Hub for grassroots, up-and-coming Scottish bands with regular reviews and idiosyncratic Q&A-style 'K&A' interviews.
This year helped run the 'Aye Tunes vs Peenko' series of gigs. The blog is now going it alone with an 'Aye Tunes presents' gig planned for the near future.
Dance duo with Turbo boost
The brash, ravey house style of young Perth duo Clouds is set to take off in 2011, with work forthcoming on Tiga's Turbo Recordings label. In the meantime, check out 'Liquid' on Fake Blood's Blood Music or catch them at the Arches' New Year's Eve party in Glasgow. (DP)
85 Alan Bissett
Acclaimed author steps out
The Falkirk-born novelist has steadily been turning his hand to plays and performance and this year was a leap in that different direction. He took The Moira Monologues on tour, appeared in Gregory Burke's Battery Farm and his play Turbo Folk was nominated in the Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland. (BD)
84 Lung Ha's
Pioneering theatre company
Long known for its groundbreaking work, Lung Ha's, the Edinburgh-based company working with actors with learning difficulties, celebrated a watershed year, winning a CATS award for Best Ensemble for Huxley's Lab and tackling classic texts for the first time: adaptations of Chekhov's short stories 'Romance with a Double Bass' and 'The Two Volodyas'. (AR)
83 Peter Capaldi
A Tucker-free year
A consolidating year for our numero uno from 2009 with Capaldi giving himself a beefier role in the second series of BBC4's hospital-set comedy, Getting On, and appearing as a grieving parent in an episode of the Jimmy McGovern-created series, Accused. (BD)
82 Rod Jones
The Idlewild bassist put out a new album, A Sentimental Education (available to fans through an innovative, waste-free pre-order system), in early 2010, followed up by a solo dates. He also worked with Emma Pollock to lay down the Fruit Tree Foundation – First Edition compilation: an album written and recorded by Scottish musicians as part of the mental health-supporting Music Like A Vitamin project. (JE)
81 Carol Ann Duffy
Poet Laureate thrives
A certain wedding might keep the Scottish Laureate busy in '11, but during her first full year in the post, Duffy has written odes about David Beckham's achilles injury, volcanic ash and those who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS. (BD)
80 Braw Gigs
Noisy Embra DIY gig promoters
Focusing on the noisy, experimental scenes, but with a reliable 'good music is good music' policy, 2010 saw solid-gold sets from warped-popper James Ferraro plus virtuoso guitarists Steffen Basho Junghans, C Joynes and James Blackshaw. A much-appreciated kick up the avant-garde for Edinburgh's musical landscape. (CS)
79 Frightened Rabbit
2010 marked the release of third album The Winter of Mixed Drinks as well as Frabbit being signed by label giants Atlantic Records. After two sell out gigs at the Barras, the future looks bright for the Selkirk natives. (HG)
78 Brew Dog
The irreverent, iconoclastic and fast-moving brewers from Fraserburgh attracted 1350 online investors with their Equity for Punks scheme, opened a bar in Aberdeen and marketed the world's strongest beer, End of History, using tasteful taxidermy. As you do. (DR)
Comedic and literary nights
It's the place where 'literature, boy scouts and comedy collide' and their regular events (hosted by the effortlessly dry Ian Macpherson) have showcased talents such as Alan Bissett, Magi Gibson, Douglas Maxwell, Aidan Moffat, Ewan Morrison and Luke Wright. (BD)
76 Steven Thomson
Glasgay! Producer extraordinaire
Despite massive cuts to its already modest budget, Scotland's biggest celebration of LGBT culture returned in rude health once again under the auspices of Steven Thomson. The programme, based around the theme of 'relationships', included a new play from Louise Welsh and Zoë Strachan and a new discussions strand as well as the usual mix of music, clubs, talks and special events. (AR)
75 Malcolm Middleton
Renamed former Arab Strap chap
No assault on the Christmas number one spot this year for our Malcy, but be sure to give anyone you hold dear a copy of his double live CD to unwrap on the 25th. He's even given himself a new moniker, Human Don't Be Angry, with wonderful live work soon to be followed by a record. (BD)
74 Tracer Trails
Homespun gig promoters
Massively supportive of Edinburgh's strong alt-folk movement, this tiny DIY promoter showed big love to gig-goers, with it's August church-held festival, Retreat! plus performances from Calvin Johnson, Wire cover star Alasdair Roberts and Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides. (CS)
73 Kathryn Howden
Ubiquitous stage actress
One of Scottish theatre's best-kent faces, Kathryn Howden continued to tackle challenging roles in 2010, appearing alongside her brother Lewis for the first time in Linda McLean's powerful Any Given Day and convincingly portraying a woman making the painful transition to the afterlife in Every One, Jo Clifford's lyrical meditation on death. (AR)
72 Nick Barley
Book Festival boss
One of two ex-List editors in this 100 going on to fresh pastures (see also: Alice Thompson) is Nick Barley who shaped an impressive debut Book Festival. He introduced guest selectors, the Unbound strand of night-time entertainments and exclusive online stories while the standard set of top literary names showed up. (BD)
71 La Cheetah
New club earning its spots
The List has been impressed with the breadth and quality of clubs at this basement venue in 2010, with Mount Heart Attack, Stay Plastic, Jelly Roll Soul and Banjax joining old favourites Slabs of the Tabernacle and Inner City Acid in raising La Cheetah to a par with Sleazy's or Stereo. (DP)
70 Louise Welsh
Literary tour de force
In a busy year the Glasgow University Writer in Residence produced three critically acclaimed new works: a new novel, Naming The Bones, and two new plays, Memory Cells, performed at the Edinburgh Fringe, and Panic Patterns, a Glasgay! commission for the Citizens Theatre, co-written with Zoë Strachan. (JE)
69 Peter Maniam
One of the driving forces behind Scottish hip hop, Maniam's company Moving in Circles produced the annual Castle Rocks Breakdance Championships this Fringe, and the first ever Set It Off Street Dance Championships. Not to mention their tasty wee contribution to this year's Breakin' Convention, the crowd-pleasing HipHopScotch. (KA)
Castle storming promoters
Regular Music are Scotland's oldest music promoters with acts like Mogwai, Brian Wilson, Primal Scream, The Flaming Lips, Runrig and REM, to name but a few, booked to appear on their bills. Each summer, Edinburgh Castle's Esplanade is transformed into a 8000 capacity stage, which in 2010 was the venue for another series of sold-out shows with performers including Rod Stewart and Simply Red. (LW)
67 Laura Fraser
Lip Service actor
Prolific Glasgow-born actor Laura Fraser reappeared on our tellies this year in Lip Service, a BBC3 show billed widely as Scotland's answer to The L-Word. Divisive but horrendously addictive, the show was lent a certain credibility by Fraser's portrayal of semi-neurotic architect, Cat MacKenzie, as she dealt with the perils of twentysomething life: internet dating; the career ladder; the omni-present ex. At times the show teetered on the brink of implausibility, featuring a version of Glasgow that many locals would fail to recognise and enough steamy bits to keep viewers goggle-eyed throughout (how many viewers had actually frigged someone off in a morgue of late, you were left wondering).
Some critics noted how few 'real lesbians' were involved (with the exception of writer, Harriet Braun, and Heather Peace as DS Sam Murray). Was Lip Service different to your previous roles?
I have played a lesbian about five times. I did another female ensemble a few years ago for HBO about suffragettes but this was different. I love working with such strong groups of women.
How accurate do you think the depiction of Glasgow and its gay scene is?
It illustrates what a beautiful, vibrant city Glasgow is. It was so lovely to be able to go home at night. On the downside, our costumes were all autumn-wear, so we had bare legs in mid-December. I have never been so cold.
66 Cargo Publishing
The Year of Open Doors short story anthology captured the independent spirit of Scottish contemporary literature. Company head Mark Buckland then organised an accompanying audiobook, and put together the line-up for The List's 25th birthday party. Not bad for a 23-year-old. (JE)
65 David Greig
In demand playwright
As well as being one of the most instantly recognisable names to Scottish theatre audiences, playwright David Greig is also doing rather well elsewhere. His sparky two-hander Midsummer made a winning return at this year's Fringe while Dunsinane, his ambitious, funny sequel to Macbeth, created for the RSC, scored widespread critical and popular acclaim. (AR)
64 Dam Mantle
We already loved Tom Marshallsay's dubby, bass-heavy, kaleidoscopic electronic music – bleeping, softly convulsing drum machines and synthesisers in the HudMo style. Then we saw him live; a blur of arms, engrossed with a neurosurgeon's focus, woodpeckering the air and grinning. So were we. (CS)
63 Synergy Concerts
Unique and independent promotions
In 2010 Synergy, run by the effervescent powerhouse Grainne Braithwaite, brought us Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Deerhunter, Fuck Buttons, elfin princess Joanna Newsom plus Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan among others. No mean feat. (LM/CS)
62 Martin Wishart
Michelin-starred Leith chef
In nearly ten years running his Michelin-starred restaurant Martin Wishart has picked up plenty of awards, but this year's AA Chef's Chef of the Year, voted by fellow chefs from around the UK, must count as one of the most prestigious. (DR)
61 RM Hubbert
Tattooed, talented acoustic guitarist
Self-deprecating, amiable guitarist Hubby played support slots for Sir Richard Bishop and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, brought out sublime album First and Last on his 'ethical' DIY label, Ubisano and paid homage to Sparklehorse in a collaboration with The Unwinding Hours. Next year's album will feature Alex Kapranos, Alasdair Roberts and Emma Pollock. (CS)
60 Alan Warner
Oban author returns to his muses
Alan Warner may have initially resisted calls for a sequel to The Sopranos but with The Stars in the Bright Sky, he propelled the story of Manda, Kay and co into the year 2001 with vigour. The result was a spot on the Booker longlist. (BD)
59 Grid Iron
Site-specific theatre specialists
The multi-award-winning company had a particularly productive and successful year, collaborating with Lung Ha's on the eerie, dystopian Huxley's Lab, reuniting with playwright Douglas Maxwell for coming-of-age drama Decky Does a Bronco at the Edinburgh Fringe and staging an acclaimed new version of Frank Wedekind's Spring Awakening at the Traverse. (AR)
58 Park Circus
This Glasgow based film distributor continues to lead the way (among other things) in digital restoration and putting great old films back where they belong. This year they've delighted film fans with reissues of Five Easy Pieces, From Here to Eternity, Chaplin comedies, a whole load of early Frank Capra films and much more. Selling old rope has never been so appealing. (PD)
57 Katrina Brown
Glasgow International festival director
In her first year as director of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art (GI), Katrina Brown's strong programming helped consolidate GI as one of the UK's most vibrant, diverse and forward-thinking visual art events. Local stars like Jim Lambie, David Shrigley and Douglas Gordon were all represented alongside an international cast including Gerard Byrne, Christoph Büchel, Fiona Tan and Jimmie Durham, many with their first ever Scottish or UK showings.
How was 2010's GI for you?
Just amazing. We had a 27 per cent increase in visitors on 2008, which is incredible considering we opened on the day the Icelandic volcano exploded and Glasgow Airport was closed for eight of the festival's eighteen days.
What do you put the increase down to?
I think the reputation of any event like this builds incrementally over time, but also our programme and those of the participating organisations was really ambitious. I absolutely loved the David Maljkovic exhibition we held and the temporary Dadaist arts café Le Drapeau Noir was great too, but I could spend all day picking favourites.
Was Susan Philipsz' Turner Prize win for her Lowlands installation at GI a particular source of satisfaction?
The festival was only two weeks of the year, but Susan's success feels like it's kept going ever since. Her win is another reminder of the extraordinary constituency of artists who are capable of working on the world stage we have here in Glasgow.
56 The Phantom Band
We wants … we gets
Radio 1 sessions, the ringing endorsement of Vic Galloway and a raft of top reviews for their second album, The Wants made 2010 a career-defining year for the Glasgow sextet. Calling them a Caledonian blend of NEU!, Late of the Pier and The Beta Band does only a small amount of descriptive justice to their uniquely brilliant sound. (JE)
55 Holly Fulton
ECA grad fashionista
Prizes, prestigious stockists and seeing Sarah Jessica Parker wear one of her dresses in Sex and the City 2 … it has been a tumultuous year for Holly Fulton. The Edinburgh College of Art graduate's art deco-inspired breastplate necklaces and graphic print frocks have marked her card as a talent that will endure. (AB)
54 Daniel Sloss
The Fife comic consolidated on his breakthrough of 2009 with another full Edinburgh Fringe run with My Generation, performing at Latitude and delivering a BBC3 pilot episode of The Adventures of Daniel which featured Ed Byrne in a dream sequence as a bullying schoolboy. (BD)
53 Bob Servant/Neil Forsyth
Anti-spam hero and his biographer
This year, former burger van magnate turned Dundee's most famous anti-spam vigilante Bob Servant (pictured, on the bench) hit the bestseller lists with his book Delete This At Your Peril. Assembled by Servant's biographer Neil Forsyth (pictured beside Servant), the book is a compilation of the Broughty Ferry resident's correspondences with fraudsters the world over. In each case Servant successfully manages to whip the scammers into a baffled frenzy with his questions, complications and non-sequiturs. He took time away from the computer to answer our Q&A.
What's been the highlight of your 2010?
A few months ago I was in Doc Ferry's bar in Dundee and bought a round of five drinks just before a joiner crashed his Ford Transit into the traffic lights outside. He broke his collarbone but, amidst the confusion, I never paid a penny.
Are you considered a celebrity in Dundee?
Are you taking the piss? I've been a celebrity in Dundee since before the word was invented. My books have taken things into a different realm, though. Men want to be me and women want to carry my shopping.
Who are your favourite emailers?
Probably the Russian brides. Some of them were absolute corkers. They looked like they were out of the Argos catalogue. And not the shoe section.
Who would top your personal Hot 100 list?
The boy that does the horoscopes in the Dundee Evening Telegraph.
52 David Leddy
One of the most innovative theatre practitioners at work in Scotland today, David Leddy revived two of his most exciting works, relocating the gothic melodrama of Sub Rosa to a Masonic lodge for the Edinburgh Fringe, and returning to Glasgow's Botanic Garden with his boundary-pushing piece of promenade audio theatre, Susurrus. (AR)
51 Alice Thompson
Top rated crime novelist
The former List editor and Woodentops keyboardist published her finest novel to date with The Existential Detective getting the big five stars from her former employees, as we dubbed it 'remarkable' and 'a deeply moving and compelling read'. (BD)
50 Douglas Gordon
Workaholic art superstar
He may live in Berlin these days but the fêted contemporary artist can still draw the home crowds. Having revisited his earliest success, '24-Hour Psycho', as part of this year's Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, and designed the sets for Rufus Wainwright's tour, Gordon also found time to create a special souvenir cover for The List. (AR)
49 Traverse Theatre
Theatrical hit factory
Scotland's new writing theatre goes from strength to strength, and has established itself as a benchmark of quality at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. This magazine awarded its Fringe programme no less than four five-star reviews for outstanding shows such as DC Jackson's My Romantic History and Daniel Kitson's It's Always Right Now Until It's Later. (AR)
48 Cry Parrot
Glasgow's finest DIY promoters have brought us some wonderful shows this year, the highlight being The Ex with Brass Unbound. While earlier DIY scenes have been guitar based, Cry Parrot have done a great job of reaching out to the city's different underground scenes, so you can hear noise, dubstep and indie on the same night. Their parties at SWG3 have been a blast too. Cheap, non-profit, ethical, non-elitist: Cry Parrot, we salute you! (SS)
47 Karen Dunbar
Funnywoman turned serious actress
Ayrshire-born actress, singer and comedian Karen Dunbar added another feather to her already richly festooned cap with her acclaimed performance as Mrs Harris in the English National Theatre's revival of Ena Lamont Stewart's classic play Men Should Weep. (AR)
The big boy of big gigs
DF endeavoured to bring King Tut's back to greatness in its 20th year. Rock'n'Roll Damnation and Summer Nights showcased the cream of the local crop, while T in the Park brought diverse treats like Broken Social Scene and Jay-Z. To cap it all DF head Geoff Ellis won a Lifetime Achievement gong at the UK Festival Awards. (LM)
45 Cora Bissett
Acclaimed actress and director
While Cora Bissett cemented her reputation as one of Scotland's most respected performers in 2010, turning in a fine performance in the revival of David Greig's Midsummer, she also won plaudits as a director, with the harrowing exploration of teen prostitution and sex slavery, Roadkill, as well as a production of Franca Rame's powerful An Arab Woman Speaks (in which she also starred). (AR)
44 Alasdair Roberts
Trad folk troubadour
Gracing the front cover of leftfield music bible Wire's March 2010 issue marked a moment of well-earned recognition for the guitarist and songwriter, and 2011 promises a European tour with kindred spirit and similarly unique explorer of the folk tradition, Joanna Newsom. (HB)
43 Rock Ness
Kevin Bridges, The Strokes and Howard Marks brought comedy, indie and a working pub respectively to Rock Ness in 2010, complementing the typically heavy barrage of dance titans, and making it a splendid three days. The event was rewarded at this year's Festival Awards with the Best Line-up prize. (JE)
42 Khalid Abdalla
Rising Glaswegian actor
You may remember him from Spooks or as a terrorist in United 93 or as the adult Amir in The Kite Runner. This year Glasgow boy Abdalla went global with a nuanced and intense performance in Paul Greengrass/Matt Damon conspiracy thriller Green Zone. (PD)
41 Mogwai/Rock Action
Post-rock giants and label founders
Whilst fans hold their breath for January's tour dates, Mogwai avoided idle thumbs this year by releasing live album Special Moves, recording 2011's new album, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will, signing to Sub Pop in America and releasing tour documentary, Burning. Not bad going. (LM)
40 Richard Wright
Turner Prize-winning artist
As if to prove that his triumph at the Turner Prize awards ceremony was no fluke, the painter returned to the city of his training with a highly acclaimed exhibition of new work at Glasgow's Modern Institute. Meanwhile, at the other end of the M8, he unveiled his largest and most complex permanent work to date, in the west stairwell of the Dean Gallery. (AR)
39 Mark Cousins
Foundation-founder and First Movie-maker
Cousins' Iraq-set feature documentary The First Movie was undoubtedly one of the best films released this year. His work in film education and awareness also continued with the 81/2 Foundation (eightandahalf.org) and he recently accepted an invitation to act as advisor to the EIFF in these difficult financial times. (PD)
No rest for gig-promoting captains
Paul Cardow's unit continued their sterling work in Scotland's musical capitals. Jumping 35 places in 2010's Hot 100, PCL booked rarities like Quasi and the sublime Michael Rother-led Hallogallo, plus touring big guns, and prime local acts in Sneaky Pete's and Captain's Rest. (LM)
37 Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth
Artsy installation duo
Educated at ECA, this collaborative duo (Coleman is now based in London, Hogarth in Edinburgh) exhibited the offsite installation Staged through the Collective Gallery at Edinburgh's City Observatory in August. It was one of the Edinburgh Art Festival's most visited shows, and added to the pile of positive notices the pair are collecting nationally. (DP)
Still loving your ears
Their weekly Sunday night at the Sub Club came to an end earlier this year, but JD Twitch and JG Wilkes have kept the name alive as curators of exceptional events (including SWG3's Electric Frog Street Carnival) as well as globetrotting DJs. Their Fabric 52 mix was one of the year's finest. (DP)
35 Les Garçons de Glasgow
Glasgow's style gurus
Glasgow photographers Jonathan Pryce and Daniel Stern launched their blog, Les Garçons de Glasgow, in October 2009, but in the year or so since, have put on their first exhibition, photographed Paris Fashion Week, unveiled own-brand clothing, and styled Comme des Garçons' window display for W2. All that, and they still find time to snap Glasgow's most beautifully dishevelled, done-up, understated and stylish amateur clothes-horses on the streets. (CS)
34 The Arches
Underground, overground …
The Arches' major new achievement this year has been the offsite Conflux performance project, helmed by former artist in residence Al Seed, but it's been a pretty strong year all round, with charismatic director Jackie 'Hurricane' Wylie involved in almost anything exciting happening in Glasgow. (KI)
33 Grant Morrison
Cosmic comic book legend
Not content with adding a shot of insanity to the fictional DC Universe, particularly with his continued run on Batman, Morrison's also been the subject of a feature-length documentary Talking With Gods and perhaps more bizarrely stars as the villain in My Chemical Romance's new video for 'Na Na Na'. (HN)
32 Martin Creed
The Glaswegian who won the Turner Prize for exhibiting a light switching on and off in an empty room exploded back onto the scene at this year's Edinburgh Festival with the exhibition Down Over Up at the Fruitmarket, and a mix of dance and scatology entitled Ballet Work No.1020 at the Traverse. (DP)
31 Douglas Maxwell
Playwright Maxwell branched out in several new directions in 2010, producing his first musical (The Bookie) and an updated version of Wedekind's Spring Awakening set in Calvinist Scotland. Grid Iron's revival of his first success Decky Does a Bronco was a Fringe hit while his bleakly funny monologue Promises Promises, about a disaffected schoolteacher, was arguably his most powerful work to date. (AR)
30 Canongate Publishing
Edinburgh publisher prospers
Just another great year for Canongate with Nick Cave showing up at the Irregular multimedia night co-hosted with the Edinburgh International Film Festival while notable publications came from Alasdair Gray, Yann Martel, David Shrigley and Philip Pullman. (BD)
29 Allan Hunter and Alison Gardner
Glasgow Film Festival team
Hunter and Gardner are the co-directors of the fledgling Glasgow Film Festival. If figures are to be believed, the 2010 festival bucked the economic trend and saw a significant increase of bums on seats. It's not difficult to see why. This relaxed, multi-stranded and open-minded festival is easy and pleasant to attend, affordable and all-inclusive. (PD)
28 Steven Moffat
Time Lord and supersleuth writer
Already a minor cult figure for his shows Press Gang and Coupling, and some of the revived Doctor Who's finest scripts, the Paisley-born producer and screenwriter took full control of the Time Lord's adventures in 2010, co-creating the BBC's well-received Sherlock adaptation in his spare time. (DP)
27 Morag McKinnon
Respected short and TV director McKinnon has been on our radar for a while now and with her debut feature Donkeys (a follow up of sorts to Andrea Arnold's Glasgow-set drama Red Road) she did not disappoint. It's one of the year's best films. (PD)
26 Edwyn Collins
Edinburghian comeback kid
After two cerebral haemorrhages in 2005, sometime Orange Juice singer Collins' recovery was determined and inspirational. This year's Losing Sleep – featuring members of Franz Ferdinand, The Cribs and The Drums – was his first full album since his illness, meaning the critical acclaim must have tasted twice as sweet. (DP)
25 Made in the Shade
Continuing their mission to steer us away from High Street shopping towards Scotland's quirkier DIY, handmade and vintage offerings. 2010 highlights included MITS (lovingly run by Carrie Maclennan and Clare Nicolson) moving to new headquarters at the Barras and establishing weekly indie market, Supermercado. (CS)
24 DC Jackson
Rising playwriting star
As well as rounding off his acclaimed Stewarton Trilogy in 2010 with the enjoyable The Chooky Brae, playwright Jackson scored one of the must-see hits of this year's Fringe with his insightful exploration of thirtysomething relationships, My Romantic History. (AR)
23 James Robertson
Although Robertson's epic chronicle of Scotland in the latter part of the 20th century And the Land Lay Still narrowly missed the Booker longlist, the ambitious and expansive novel earned the Saltire Society's Scottish Book of the Year award, cementing the author's place as one of Scottish literature's most powerful voices. (DP)
22 Jupiter Artland
Outdoor art paradise
The outdoor sculpture park in the grounds of Bonnington House in Midlothian reopened for summer 2010, showcasing works by leading contemporary sculptors and land artists such as Jim Lambie and Cornelia Parker. As well as working on next year's programme co-owner Robert Wilson will be kept busy in the coming months with his new role as chair of the Edinburgh Art Festival. (AR)
21 Martin Compston
The boy's got soul
Who knew a lad from Greenock could dance as well as he does in enjoyable period drama Soulboy? It's been a crucial year for Compston, very strong performances in Soulboy and Donkeys aside, this 26-year-old did not stop working, and as a result he has a very healthy roster of future releases. (PD)
20 Tom Kitchin
Expanding the capital's culinary horizons
The kid from Kinross is now firmly on the radar of discerning diners nationwide, nabbing Best UK restaurant in the Observer Food Monthly's awards, as well as a fourth AA rosette. He opened up a second restaurant, Castle Terrace, in Edinburgh in July. (DR)
19 Che Camille
Chic style shop
Displaced New Yorker Camille Lorigo, Glasgow's fashion fairy godmother, has abandoned the Argyll Arcade and taken over an unlovely brick cube in the Barras, filling it with young designers, tailors, models and, at the weekends, knit-your-own-robot crafty types. With the city's most anarchic cafe, it looks set to become the East End's new cool HQ. (AB)
Glitch-happy electro stars
The Errors boys released their career-best album, Come Down With Me – a vocal-less but hyper-catchy set of mini-electronic masterpieces – topped off with a joint tour with The Twilight Sad, a remix album (Celebrity Come Down With Me) and a List cover where they gamely agreed to get trussed up like S&M gimps. All credit to them. (JE)
Web guy takes to the small screen
A bumper year for the former 'internet sensation' as Brian Limond became a dad while the first full series of Limmy's Show! came to BBC Scotland. Giving Glesga street humour a trippy Chris Morris twist proved a big success. (BD)
16 Danny MacAskill
Tricksy cycle psycho
Street trials pro rider Danny Macaskill continued to astound over 20m YouTube viewers with his skills in 2010. He released a new video Way Back Home, in which he performed tricks on Scottish landmarks along the length of the country, and starred in the feature-length documentary Find, which followed the Skye-born cyclist's travels through the highlands joined in awe-inspiring stunts by some of the world's best BMX riders.
How would you sum up your 2010?
It's been a year of ups and downs. I started on the back foot as I broke my collarbone three times last winter. I'm still not fully healthy but I just managed to put a film together for Red Bull and one for DigDeep, both of which I'm really happy with. I've been lucky to spend the healthy half of my year how I wanted, travelling back to Skye and filming.
How does Way Back Home compare to your earlier videos?
It meant more to me as it represents Scotland as I see it. I was able to get all my friends and family involved so it felt more personal. I wanted to make a film people from Scotland would look at and think 'I'm from there.'
What are your plans for 2011?
Just to ride as much as possible, and maybe make more films.
Who would top your personal Hot 100 list?
I suppose my biggest Scottish influences would be Dave Sowerby and Mark Huskisson, who both filmed Way Back Home.
15 Frankie Boyle
Rabble-rousing comedian diversifies
With Channel 4's Tramadol Nights, the ex-Mock The Week panellist has added sketch show to his bow of cruelty. He has also started publishing his own comic strip about Rex Royd, a Lex Luthor-esque supervillain in Mark Millar's CLiNT. His sell-out tour bubbled along nicely with gags about child abuse, rape and cancer, while in Reading he had a very public spat with a 'fan' who objected to his material about Down's syndrome. Just another year in the quiet old life of Scotland's most genteel comedian. (BD)
14 Sylvain Chomet
Fancy French illustrator
Over half a decade in the making, Belleville rendez-vous writer/director Chomet's stunning Edinburgh-made and set feature animation The Illusionist was finally unveiled at the glamorous opening gala of this year's Edinburgh International Film Festival, and a classic of Scottish cinema was born. (PD)
13 Jackie Kay
Teller of tales
Long celebrated for her poetry collections, plays and sparkling collections of short stories, which drew on her background as a mixed-race child raised by white adoptive parents, Jackie Kay turned to the memoir form this year, scoring a bestseller with Red Dust Road, which movingly explored her upbringing and search for her birth father and mother. (AR)
12 Johnny Lynch
Fences with Silver Columns
You may know him as The Pictish Trail; or one-half of Silver Columns; or Fence record label boss and host of idyllic festival events such as Home Game (Anstruther) and this year's new Away Game (Isle of Eigg). If Johnny Lynch doesn't have multiple clones then we'll eat our copy of his brand-new, 50-track, vinyl-only album, In Rooms. He tackles our questions.
What have been your highlights this year?
Playing live in clubs and at dance festivals with Silver Columns – and supporting Underworld – was a million miles away from anything I'd done before. Our first Away Game was the best event Fence has ever put on – everything about that weekend was perfect. Touring with two brilliant comedians, Josie Long and James Acaster, was great fun: it made me think about performing in a totally different way.
2010 also had some horrific lows – my mum's been really ill and I was in a terrifying car crash. I think I've laughed, cried, sweated, drank, stressed, danced and exerted myself more than ever. My ultimate highlight of the year has to be my mum getting better.
Who would top your personal Hot 100 list?
I have to say Limmy – his BBC2 show had me in stitches. I was astonished that a show so weird, challenging and original was commissioned. (Nicola Meighan)
11 Alan Davie
Falkirk's finest abstract artist/musician
Scottish artist and tenor saxophone musician Davie turned 90 years old this September gone. Falkirk Council celebrated Davie's remarkable life and work with a four-month celebration of his work and everyone was reminded that Davie truly is the daddy of the Scottish beats. His bold abstract paintings and more recent screen prints took residency in and around his hometown of Grangemouth and the artist even made a few appearances. Scotland was served with a long overdue reminder of the breadth and brilliance of the work of Scotland's very own Jackson Pollock. (PD)
10 Belle & Sebastian
Long-beloved Glaswegian minstrels
The latest chapter in the Glasgow band's ongoing love affair with pop, and their first album in four years, Write About Love features a sonic palette that only those with a lifetime immersed in classic pop music could produce, and earned them career-best album chart positions in both the UK (number 8) and the US (number 15). Triumphant opener 'I Didn't See It Coming' manages to pull off the patented B&S trick of being simultaneously atmospheric, melancholic, anthemic and funky – exactly the sort of multi-faceted killer combination that makes 'The Boy With The Arab Strap' a staple of indie dancefloors everywhere.
Drawing 2010 to a heady close with last weekend's Bowlie 2 – the sequel to the legendary 1999 B&S-curated festival at Pontin's Holiday Camp that inspired the All Tomorrow's Parties festival phenomenon – and three shows at the Barrowlands, it's great to have them back. (HB)
9 Tilda Swinton
Queen of Narnia and the art house
If you blinked at the beginning of 2010 you would have missed Swinton's nutty cameo in Jim Jarmusch's even nuttier existential hit man thriller Limits of Control. A near career best performance followed in Italian dynasty epic I Am Love and come the year's end she was still doing it for the kids as the White Witch in Narnia adventure, The Voyage of the Dawntreader.
She's also actually been doing a lot more than that for the young ones. The 81/2 Foundation (eightandahalf.org), a cinema appreciation and education project Swinton founded with filmmaker and broadcaster Mark Cousins continues to go from strength to strength with the help of National Lottery Funding. (PD)
8 Biffy Clyro
Arena-filling west coasters
Simon, Ben and James have continued to pilot the Biffy juggernaut to success this year. Building on the commercial and critical acclaim of last year's Only Revolutions, they've racked up a series of Best Album nominations, including Mercury, Kerrang and iTunes; a few Best Video awards for the shirtless piracy of 'The Captain'; and a slew of high-ranking festival appearances in the UK and around the world, including T in the Park (their gazillionth appearance), Roskilde in Denmark and Summersonic in Japan, where Simon Neil underwent his eye-catching peroxide transformation. There have been rumours circulating that they're due to start recording a new album after completing their sell-out arena tour this month; until then, fans can console themselves with a copy of the Lonely Revolutions b-sides album, which was sneakily released in August on the band's website, or catch them at the Edinburgh Hogmanay Concert in the Gardens, where they'll be headlining. Lastly, in breaking news, they've had 'Many of Horror' nabbed by X Factor's Matt Cardle for his Xmas number one assault. (NB)
7 Karen Gillan
This time last year, few people outside of her inner circle had heard the name, but now Karen Gillan has a miniature doll of herself. Or more specifically, in the form of Amy Pond, the all-new shiny assistant of Matt Smith. This young pair have managed to breathe life into Doctor Who and helped ease the pain of those grieving the loss of David Tennant. Gillan's opening appearance in the post-Russell T Davies era was as a WPC strippogram, a fact weighted with irony given that this Telford College graduate made her telly debut in a 2006 episode of Rebus. Since then, she's cropped up in Channel 4 'comedy' series, The Kevin Bishop Show, and Beeb horror drama for teens, The Well, but 'Amy Pond' will prove to be a career-defining role. She also cropped up beside James Nesbitt in a supernatural thriller entitled Outcast and ends a triumphant year with the traditional Doctor Who Christmas special. (BD)
6 Susan Philipsz
We interview Glasgow's second Turner Prize winner
It was eerie, beautiful and moving. Cyclists, office workers and riverside drunks alike would stop, still, in the middle of Glasgow, and just listen. For two weeks in May, Susan Philipsz' Glasgow International-commissioned Lowlands, which last week was the first sound installation ever to win the Turner Prize, echoed out from speakers positioned under the three main bridges over the Clyde. Philipsz' own, raw, untrained but still ethereally lovely voice, singing three different versions of the same old Scots lament (the ballad 'Lowlands Awa'') is a landmark Turner win for a number of reasons; not just because it's another feather in the cap for Scottish art. As with (fellow Glaswegian) Richard Wright last year, Philipsz' work is not archly conceptual – something the Turner is often criticised for. Lowlands' connected with people's emotions as well as their intellects, and was arguably the strongest, most beautifully rounded work on the Turner shortlist because of that. It was also created for the public – even Wright's purportedly accessible, gallery-based frescos only ever reached an already art-friendly audience.
So 2010 has been quite a big year for you …
So much has happened it doesn't feel like I could have fitted it all into one year! I've had exhibitions in St Gallen, a big commission in Helsinki; obviously one of the highlights was getting to come home to Glasgow for GI [she lives in Berlin], then immediately after that there was the Turner nomination and the commission from Art Angel in London.
You've said before that you haven't really exhibited much in the UK. How did it feel to be asked to come back and create something in your home town?
Oh, when [GI director] Katrina Brown invited me I was just over the moon! I've never been invited to show in a public space in Glasgow before, so walking around trying to find a site meant that not only was I back in Glasgow, but I was experiencing the city in a completely different way, as an artist. Of course I was familiar with the three bridges that cross the Clyde – they're iconic, they say so much about the history of Glasgow, and they look incredible. When you go underneath, though, it hits you. The dark underbelly of Glasgow. It's a completely different experience under there, so I was thrilled they could accommodate my request – it was a big ask, taking over that space. And then, of course, the volcanic ash cloud descended, which meant I was stuck in Glasgow and got to spend loads of extra time with my family.
What do you think it was about Lowlands that connected so readily with both the judges and the public?
Well, the song I used is so old now that people might not know it. But I think it had a resonance there because it's about a sailor who drowns and comes back as a ghost for a final farewell to his lover. The Clyde has so many dark stories to tell. There was a bunch of flowers tied to the railings at the site [of Lowlands]; it's apparently a place where there are many suicides – until recently they had a man who was employed to pull the bodies out of the river. This note, on the flowers, it just said 'Why did you do it?' Being down there, watching people on the Clyde Walkway who weren't expecting it suddenly hear the song – a couple of times I did see people crying. That said, there was also a guy who wandered up to me, bottle in hand, and he was like 'can you hear, can you hear … singing? There's voices!'
And the Turner nomination?
Oh my god, I had no idea! I got this phone call from Penelope Curtis [chair of the Turner Prize and director of Tate Britain], and she said 'Well, you've probably guessed why I'm calling.' I really hadn't! I was thrilled to bits. I was worried, though – I was nominated for this work in a public space, and they're not ever going to be able to recreate that situation under the bridges in Glasgow in a gallery. But the Turner Prize exhibition has given it a second life: it's much more intimate, showing in an empty space, where you just experience the song in its purest form. People have really been able to spend time with it there; lying down, closing their eyes. You couldn't have done that at the Clyde.
Capital label goes international
'This was the year we figured out how to do things properly,' says Dominic 'Dom Sum' Flannigan, the Edinburgh-based co-director of record label LuckyMe. The sometime graphic design agency is run by a loose collective of 20 Scots, including acclaimed young electronic artists Hudson Mohawke and Rustie, and fellow founder Mike Slott. You could even call it a multinational now the members are based as far afield as London and New York.
'In 2010 we consolidated things by running our business more as a label,' says Flannigan about an organisation that has operated less formally for half a decade, its core members having met at Glasgow School of Art. 'In the past, we made our living from doing lots of design work and live events, whereas this year we did fewer clubs and put out more records.'
Already these lower-key releases have been critically welcomed. They include the debut double EP Cool World by Glasgow band American Men (pictured); tracks by New York electronic artist Machinedrum, the label's first non-UK signing; and more recently, work by Jacques Greene (who also has work forthcoming on Night Slugs) and Montreal's Lunice.
'So in the space of a year we released everything from math rock to electro to hip hop to house,' says Flannigan. The Blessings, his group with longtime production partner Martin 'Fine Art' Flyn, also released a record this year, this time on Nod Navigators, an offshoot of Amsterdam label Kindred Spirits.
From LuckyMe's point of view, though, Flannigan's abiding memory is of one of the more grand-scale events his label has put on throughout the year: its showcase set at Barcelona's SONAR festival in June. 'It was amazing,' he says. 'We played to something like 8500 people in a primetime Saturday night slot against the headliners of the festival. We're talking about artists like Dizzee Rascal and The Chemical Brothers, and we still managed to pack out the arena we were playing in.' (DP)
4 David Shrigley
Stark, dark scribbler extraordinaire
The monochrome art brut of this Glasgow-adopted illustrator/artist can now be found scrawled across duvets, doodled over birthday cards, or, as of this year, collated in a shiny Canongate-published 'best-of' book entitled What The Hell Are You Doing?
Shrigley's scribbly, deformed depictions of noses being punched, and egg-headed babies reaching for swords are definitely not to be dismissed as puerile pictures though. Beneath their death metal exterior often beats a marshmallow heart, with a poignancy and grotesquely cute humour that makes his prolific output a constant source of enjoyment. His 2010 highlights included a solo show of self-aware stuffed animals, insulation-filled waders and made-up utensils at the Kelvingrove as part of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art; a List magazine takeover; various eclectic DJ sets; a noble battlecry for the Save the Arts campaign (including a brilliantly straightfoward short film laying the issues on the line) and a nicely irreverent animated ad for Pringle. More, please. (CS)
3 Alasdair Gray
Polymath won't slow down
It's nearly 30 years since Alasdair Gray published Lanark, his groundbreaking first novel, which led Anthony Burgess to hail him the 'greatest Scottish novelist since Walter Scott'. The writer and artist is now 75 years old, but if you thought the advancing years would lead to an easing in his work rate, you'd be wrong.
In fact the novelist, short story writer, poet, playwright and painter seems busier than ever. Having published his collected works for the stage, A Gray Play Book, at the turn of the year, Gray went on to collect his beautiful and intriguing portraits, paintings, posters and murals in the impressive coffee table book, A Life in Pictures. Collected Verse, meanwhile, brought together his published poetry with new works.
The enduring relationship between the two major strands of Gray's creative output, writing and painting, was celebrated with gusto in the highly acclaimed exhibition Gray Stuff at Edinburgh University's Talbot Rice Gallery. The collection of sketches, cover designs, theatre posters, murals, diaries and log books provided a fascinating insight into the artist's working process and a loving testament to Gray's industry and endless curiosity. (AR)
2 Kevin Bridges
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A couple of years ago, Kevin Bridges was just another comic hammering away at the circuit and trying to get noticed amid an ever-hectic field of stand-ups. After appearing on that McIntyre thing in the summer of 2009, his profile skyrocketed from being a hit in his homeland to having his name mentioned in households across the UK. Consequently, his debut Fringe run resulted in the sold-out signs being put up outside his venue while the comedy judges gave him a thumbs-up too as he gained an Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Newcomer nomination.
But this year, it has all gone very, very right. The Clydebank laddie played two gigs with a combined attendance of 26,000, released a debut DVD that has outsold Scottish legends Billy Connolly and Frankie Boyle in this year's Christmas rush and, far more importantly, he's jumped up ten spots in our Hot 100 poll.
1 Mark Millar
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Mark Millar is one of Scotland's most prolific creatives, constantly inventing new characters, concepts and imaginary worlds. He's been a superstar to comic fans for years, bringing a sharp wit and a love of widescreen action to The Authority, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Wanted (which got a big screen adaptation in 2008 starring James McAvoy and Angelina Jolie), Superman, Wolverine … the list goes on and on. But in 2010, Millar stepped into the mainstream, beyond the world of comic-books. A quick run through his year includes the release of the movie adaptation of Kick-Ass, a maverick superhero story packed with biting comedy and gritty violence (not to mention controversial pre-teen assassin Hit Girl) that topped the US and UK box office; the launch of Millar's magazine CLiNT, featuring contributions from Frankie Boyle, David Mitchell and Quentin Tarantino; and starting principle photography on Miracle Park, his directing debut, working exclusively with Scottish cast, crew and locations. Meanwhile in comics, he continues to revel in his creator-owned titles: Kick-Ass 2, Nemesis (already picked up for the cinema by Tony Top Gun Scott) and Superior have been flying off the shelves, regularly outselling more established titles such as X-Men and Spider-Man.
And finally... The 'Also Rans'
It's not been a great year for everyone. Here are a few Scots who ever so narrowly missed out on the main list..
ITV's popular experiment in the power of schadenfreude, I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, welcomed former poo pusher Gillian McKeith onto the show this year, with spectacular results. The 51-year-old Perther suffered several fainting fits, claimed at different points that she had rabies, was hearing voices and that she was pregnant. She then went on to wear a red swimsuit in a Baywatch-themed shoot for Heat magazine, inadvertently becoming the new pin-up for primetime TV's sadistic, rubbernecking goons (aka the general public).
Last year's number 39 has slipped out of the main Hot 100 list thanks to a consistent run of stinkers, culminating in a performance as the swarthy bell-end you love to hate in Jennifer Aniston rom-com The Bounty Hunter. After Law Abiding Citizen, Gamer and The Ugly Truth last year, we've still got Burns, in which Gerard Butler, yes, plays Rabbie Burns, to look forward to.
The former PM found himself vilified this year after calling a Rochdale pensioner a bigot, a gaffe that confirmed the Kirkcaldy MP's status as a charisma vacuum. Not even harping on about how he'd saved the banks could save Gordon, and Labour's crushing election defeat left him time to go back to Kirkcaldy and reflect more on how much he agreed with Nick.
For a short while, around the general election, Campbell enjoyed a revival as one of the government's most articulate spokespeople, showing particular pleasure in turning Sky news anchor Adam Bolton purple with rage. He appears in this list for his nomination for a Literary Review Bad Sex Award, for some steamy sections of his novel Maya.
Naughtie is currently enjoying brief infamy after he accidentally replaced the letter 'h' with a 'c' in culture secretary Jeremy Hunt's last name live on BBC Radio 4's the Today programme. The mistake was compounded when Andrew Marr made exactly the same mistake a few hours later. The slip means that 'Naughty Naughtie' deposes Frankie Boyle as the most famous Scottish C-word user of the year.
In Emily Maitlis' painfully odd BBC2 documentary covering the life, loves and weird hair of billionaire Donald J Trump, one of the most painful and oddest moments was when the 'Scot' met some of his long lost Aberdeenshire cousins near to where he has commandeered some coastline to build his new golf course. After shaking hands with the locals he then decided to rename the Menie Dunes as the 'Great Dunes of Scotland'. What a Jeremy Hunt.