The Guardian festival blog: Lana Del Rey and V festival: this week’s best UK pop and rock gigs | Music

1 Lana Del Rey

The “gangster Nancy Sinatra” of modern pop is unflappable in her pursuit of Lynchian romance, but her latest record, Lust for Life, is also armed with eerie trap, gothic decadence, Sean Lennon, Stevie Nicks and the sort of track titles (Coachella – Woodstock in My Mind, Summer Bummer) that distil a trashy Californian charm.
Echo Arena, Liverpool, 22 August; The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, 23 August

2 V festival

If there’s a festival home for glossy populist acts such as Pink, Craig David, Clean Bandit, Jay-Z and Ellie Goulding to play untroubled by naked hippy hugs then it’s V, the UK’s most glamorous split-site event. Also present: Madness, future-pop makers Raye and Mabel, the cast of Towie and some on-site vajazzling … probably.
Hylands Park, Chelmsford; Weston Park, Shifnal, 19-20 August

3 Deap Vally

Guitar’n’drums duo Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards get asked about feminism nearly as much as they do…


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