27th June | The Louisiana

Having previously donned the cover of (then) Bristol Live Magazine in 2016, it’s been some years since the release of Shura’s debut LP, Nothing’s Real, and I think I speak for most at In Stereo when I say we’ve been anxiously awaiting her return.

For those unfamiliar, Shura makes the kind of cool, unassuming synth-pop you always wished you were listening to, whether privately in your bedroom, through the comfort of headphones, or amidst friends, on the stereo at a party or with AUX cable permissions in the car. Any time is a good time, as her music requires only as much introspection as you’re prepared to give it, but certainly doesn’t lack that depth.

Following the breakout success of her 2014 single ‘Touch’, which racked up plays in the millions, and a 2016 debut LP that accumulated numerous end of year accolades, Shura’s earnest and inclusive lyricism quickly earned her status as a queer pop icon. It seems only fitting then that her live return to Bristol would be in the midst of Pride season.

Recently dropping singles from her upcoming sophomore album, forevher – the wonderful ‘BKLYNLDN’ which reflects on same-sex love and desire with woozy abandon, and ‘religion (u can lay your hands on me)’ – anticipation for this show could not be higher and tickets have already sold out.

It’s a rare treat to see such a sorely-missed artist premiere her new material, and even more so in the intimate setting of Bristol’s Louisiana.

Hear Shura’s ‘BKLYNLDN’ right here: