Sometimes it feels like all the UK music industry has to offer is jumped up teenage boys and ageing bands making another come back. But hot on their heels are some fantastic British female artists, and girl power doesn't even do justice to the current wave of extraordinary young ladies taking over the airwaves. So from the more established to the new kids on the block, we've rounded up our five favourite female acts, and you can catch them all on the festival circuit this summer. Book those tickets now, because these are the chicks you want to see and they're cruising past those yuppy kids and wrinkled rockers with grace, soul and style…
1. Natasha Khan (Bat For Lashes)
Natasha. Just stop it already. That ethereal voice and those sultry eyes are enough to make us want to turn our attentions to the fairer sex and never look back. From hippy chick to fully fledged musical royalty (via that amazing album cover for the Haunted Man) Natasha has completely seduced us with a unique sense of heritage and style that resonates loud and clear in both her music and her fashion choices. With an Ivor Novello nomination for 'Laura' this year, it wouldn't be an overstatement to say that this is one chick who makes us proud to be British.
Catch her at: Field Day
2. Jessie Ware
The very best that South London has to offer, the Devotion songstress needs no introduction. Its been a long time since we first heard '110%' and we still can't get those shifting, melodic beats out of our head. Despite her stunning looks (we'd pay good money for bone structure like that) her attitude is as down to earth as her lyrics would lead you to believe and the last year has seen her transformed from SBTRKT's understated collaborator to mega watt superstar. We just can't get enough.
Catch her at: Rockness, Parklife, Glastonbury
3. Laura Mvula
Since the release of her debut studio album Sing To The Moon the gorgeous Laura Mvula has been getting a lot of love, most recently being nominated for the coveted Critic's Choice award at the Brits. And in our eyes any girl who cites influences ranging from Eternal to Jill Scott to Erykah Badu just has to be onto something good. And in fact, she looks even better in a turban than Badu does, which is saying something. But its her music we love most of all - listen to Bondye & Lee Jo's Remix of Green Garden on a sunny evening with a chilled glass of vino and we guarantee you'll never look back.
Catch her at: Glastonbury
Another lady from south of the river, this 20 year old BRIT School graduate was heralded by I-D magazine as "one of 2012's coolest new female talents." Collaborations with Rudimental and DJ Tensnake have catalysed what looks set to be an exciting career and the soulful singer songwriter is never one to stand in the shadows in the style stakes either. Most likely to be spotted wearing huge gold hoops and a mop of peroxide blonde hair, we love her Huxley produced 'Waterproof', and her most recent single 'Here' is a sound for the summer.
Catch her at: Live at Leeds, The Great Escape.
5. Rita Ora
The punchy, outspoken Miss Ora may divide opinion but her impeccable Gwen Stefani/Rihanna inspired taste in all things musical and sartorial has taken her from YouTube phenomena to global notoriety at lightening speed. Poppy, commercial and loud she's impossible to ignore and although she hasn't doing anything particularly ground breaking yet we think this girl has a lot more to offer. She's recently collaborated with Dev Hynes on her sophomore album (out this summer) and we're looking forward to hearing what they've come up with.
Catch her at: As One Festival, Parklife, North East Live
Words: Tabi Jackson Gee