The Great Escape 2016, ones to watch

Renowned for showcasing the next generation of to-be buzzed acts on the underground music scene, this year’s Great Escape, Brighton’s finest festival, is just around the corner.

A lot of established names stand out, such as Stormzy and Mystery Jets, but the smaller print on the initial line-up so far is typically diverse. Here are a few acts to look out for.

Anna Meredith

Anna Meredith has been around for a good few years now, but after the recent release of her critically-acclaimed album, Varmints, she’s finally started to cement herself as a serious force to be reckoned with. If Varmints was anything to go by, with its intriguing blend of acoustic instruments and synths, Meredith’s set in Brighton will be lively and intriguing.

Bleached

Los Angeles punks Bleached are no strangers to sun-kissed summer anthems and will be releasing a follow-up to their excellent 2013 album Ride Your Heart just a month before the festival starts. Bleached’s live shows are notoriously fun, and The Great Escape comes as the perfect opportunity to hear new album, Welcome the Worms, out April 1st, for the first time.

Chastity Belt

Seattle’s Chastity Belt are relaxed as they are confident, with their two albums to date, 2013’s No Regrets and last year’s Time to Go Home, filled with feminist fun – songs like ‘Pussy Weed Beer’, ‘Giant Vagina’ and ‘Cool Slut’ have become underground classics for their irony, wit and accessibility.

Skinny Girl Diet

Skinny Girl Diet are the most exciting punk band in the UK at the moment, with their fat-free anthems taking no prisoners. Their songs, like ‘Silver Spoons’, are political without being passé, taking angst and style and turning them into a mosh-pit-ready manifesto – expect destruction.