The brilliant musicians for whom Bush paved the way
Alexandra Pollard
10:47 30th July 2015

30 July 2015: It's something of a rite of passage for young musicians in this day and age, particularly female ones, to be compared to Kate Bush. Too often, this comparison is lazy and inaccurate - but there are many, many musicians to whom it undoubtedly applies.

Bush burst onto the scene in a blaze of glory back in 1978, with her acclaimed debut album, The Kick Inside, released when she was just 19-years-old. Once she reached the ripe old age of 21, she decided to take a 35-year break from touring. 

It's not the conventional career trajectory for a musician - but then, there's very little conventional about Kate Bush. Over the past forty years, her distinctive sound, her blend of art and pop, and her unflinching aesthetic have influenced generations of brilliant musicians. Here's just 15 of the people she most inspired. (Though we can only hope none of them are so inspired they take 35 years off touring.)