Girls Rock Dublin. Photograph: Kristy Hal

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Chvrches: led by the slight yet mighty-lunged Lauren Mayberry, they bulldoze through Recover and uncork sinkholes of angst on The Mother We Share. Photograph: Dave Meehan

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Chvrches are at their most interesting when they probe various personal and political turmoils underneath their sugary synth melodies

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Lauren Mayberry, frontwoman of Glasgow band Chvrches. Photograph: Getty

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Haim perform on the Main Stage at Longitude Fesitval at Marley Park. Photograph: Allen Kiely.

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