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Luke Combs @ AFAS Live, Amsterdam

CONCERT REVIEW: Luke Combs Plays Phenomenally During Huge Amsterdam Show

As we are witnessing a Country-music resurgence, and perhaps even reaching new heights of Country music in European countries including The Netherlands, one of the genre’s stars Luke Combs came to play a sold-out show in Amsterdam’s AFAS Live. Combs has had a steady career since he broke out with his single Hurricane, but the cover of Tracy Chapman‘s Fast Car took the singer-songwriter to new heights and evidently solidified his place as a powerhouse in the industry.

For us, it was the first-ever time we witnessed a Country performance of this magnitude in Amsterdam, and we were blown away by Luke Combs‘ talent, likability and stage presence, a feeling that extended to his band members as well.

While a country show, or this country show at least didn’t include too many theatrical aspects and elaborate stage setups, it was evident that the focus was on the music and the connection between the artist and the audience. The country star did however bring out huge screens that displayed lyrics, bits and pieces of music videos and live feeds on all band members, as well as many shots from fans in the front rows singing and dancing along to the songs.

In between songs, Combs often briefly shared stories or anecdotes regarding the song they were about to play with a red cup in his one hand, and the microphone in the other, which further engaged the crowd and showcased his down-to-earth personality. The man could not have been more comfortable on stage.

With his discography now ranging 4 albums, with the popular latest release Getting Old released earlier this year, Combs‘ focus did not rest solely on this album. The show could much rather be described as a well-rounded representation of his entire body of work, taking hits and fan favourites from all albums, the next getting an even bigger reaction than the one before. Especially the last few songs, where Combs and his band played a string of popular and upbeat songs including Hurricane, 1, 2 Many, When It Rains It Pours, and Beer Never Broke My Heart quickly following each other up.

Combs seamlessly transitioned between upbeat songs and the more emotional ones, creating a dynamic setlist that appealed to a wide range of fans. Even if you didn’t know the song at hand, Combs‘ introduction made you curious to listen and connect with the lyrics, further enhancing the sense of intimacy and connection between the artist and the audience. I could go on and on about the interaction between the band and fans, as it was clear that this connection was a cornerstone in tonight’s performance. After the last note was sung, Combs hung around on stage for several minutes to sign several items for a lot of the fans in the front row.

His remarkable vocals, genuine stage presence, and heartfelt connection with the audience created a night that will be etched in the memories of fans for years to come. The popularity of the show showcased the immense growth and potential of the country music scene in the Netherlands and we for one are hoping this trend lives on.

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Glenn van den Bosch