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KEEP THE FAITH

It’s been three years since indie electro-pop favourite Shura released debut album and allround top bop Nothing’s Real. Now that little bit older, bolder and based out of Brooklyn, “Shu”, aka 28-year-old Aleksandra Lilah Denton, is back with new album Forevher, a sonic love letter to faith, lust and falling in love.

when we meet on the set of our cover shoot, Shu – dressed comfortably in slacks and DMs – is fresh off the stage from her performance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, and it’s clear that she’s still on a high.“I went with my twin brother, Nick, and his boyfriend,” – yes, Shura has a gay twin-come-bff and yes, we are jealous – “And my girlfriend. Just the four of us. Nick’s boyfriend and my girlfriend had never been before and were terrified after all of the mud that we’d warned them about, but luckily the weather was incredible. No lost wellington boots, no flooded tents, none of that. They were both pleasantly surprised.”

As well as taking to the fabled Glasto stage alongside a troupe of much celebrated “Pride nuns” (tinyurl. com/DIVAshuglasto), this year also saw one of Shu’s biggest musical influences perform – none other than Ms Janet Jackson. How was seeing one of her idols up close and personal? “Janet was the first show I went to see after I played. It was a bit of a mad dash, but it was so lovely to see her. I honestly felt like I was on drugs… Dad dancing on a natural high basically describes my Glastonbury this year.”

In fact, the whole experience left Shu feeling “really emotional” – a side effect she hadn’t been expecting. “After I played, I had this really lovely day. I was high for a lot of it – not on drugs, just on life. I was dancing around, having a lovely old time, and then on the Monday I had this moment where I realised what had happened and I just felt really grateful. Me and my brother made a spaghetti bolognese together and talked about how great life was and how lovely it was to spend those four days together. I felt really moved by the whole experience”.

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We’ve got a treat for all you music fans this month. To celebrate the newly rebranded HearHer Music Festival, we’re giving you a choice of gorgeous covers with two of the fest’s headliners. So once you’ve downloaded the digital issue featuring “lesbian Pope” Shura, get yourself to your nearest shop and pick up a hard copy with Zulu Pop Princess Toya Delazy. Digital readers can also enjoy exclusive behind the scenes snaps from our south London shoot with the lovely Shu. Also in this issue… Actor and musician Carrie Brownstein on rumoured romances, homonormativity and Sleater-Kinney’s new album LGBTease: Roxy Bourdillon heads to Harpies to find out what really goes down at a queer strip club I’m Jenny Schecter and so are you: Why the divisive L Word character deserves a second chance How To Be A Gentlewoman: Carrie Lyell talks to Elle editor Lotte Jeffs about mastering the art of soft power in hard times Is drinking culture changing? Danielle Mustarde investigates the “sober curious” trend Mandu Reid: The new leader of the Women’s Equality Party on being visible and audible as a black bisexual woman Queervial Pursuit: Show off your sapphic smarts with our lez/bi brain teasers What’s it like to be director of the world’s first vagina museum? PLUS Travel, horoscopes and much, much more!