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Luke Bryan C2C Festival

Venue: 3-Arena, Dublin, Ireland

Date: Sunday 8 March, 2015

By Paul  Nicholson


Luke Bryan won the 2014 CMA Entertainer of the Year award. If anyone was dubious about how, then they haven’t seen him perform. His show is definitely not just about the singing. His stage presence, interaction, charm, and wit are all readily served up in abundance to an audience full of swooning chicks, and envious, admiring guys.

Headlining the night was never going to be an easy task for the 38-year-old Georgian. The level of talent was of such a standard that any of them could have headlined similar events. In fact, Florida Georgia Line were so good, that they seemed like an impossible act to follow. Not that this phased him. He arrived on stage with his Skinny Black Jeans, Black and brown suede and leather boots, blue T-shirt and, of course, his trademark black cap, which was turned back and forth throughout.

He arrived on stage to a tumultuous welcome, wearing skinny black jeans, black and brown suede and leather boots, blue T-shirt and, of course, his trademark black cap, which was turned back and forth throughout. He launched straight into the opening track of his massive Crash My Party album, “That’s My Kind Of Night”, quickly followed by his earlier cult hits “All My Friends Say” and “Rain Is A Good Thing”.

He looked genuinely happy to be here, and seemed immensely proud that audiences outside of the usual Country catchment area were so enthusiastic and knew all the words to his songs.

The crowd were cheering when he stood on stage and proclaimed: “You know who else’s ass is Irish?” pointing to his chest, he yelled, “This ass is Irish! So y’all can call me Luke O’Bryan for tonight!”

As well as all his hits, he also brought out his keyboard, draped it in an Irish tricolour, taken from an excited girl in the crowd, and announced that as it was the last night, he was going to have a Luke Bryan Karaoke session, and invited the fans to just shout out a band’s name and he and the band would play and sing, which he duly did, including Garth Brooks’ “Much Too Young To Feel This Damn Old”; Brooks and Dunn’s “She Used To Be Mine”, Alabama’s “Mountain Music”, and Alan Jackson’s “Hoochie Coohie” – which he said afterwards: “I can honestly say that’s the first time me and the band have EVER played and sang that song together.” – He rounded the impromptu session with a chorus of Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” to much cheering.

Other highlights for me were “Roller Coaster”, “Drunk On You” and “Drink A Beer” – which always has a poignant edge to anyone who know his personal story behind the lyrics.

He gyrated through the rest of his set, which had the women purring for more, and he didn’t disappoint.

He rounded the night off with an elongated version of his massive hit “Country Girls (Shake It For Me)”, before spraying the audience with cans of Coors Light before exiting the stage with everyone in awe of what they’d just seen.

“I can tell y’all I’ll definitely back,” he said before leaving the stage. I can tell him…I’ll be there when he does”

Star-Rating: 5 out of 5 (If it could get any higher than that…it would!!)

Full Set-List:

That’s My Kind of Night

All My Friends Say

Rain is a Good Thing

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

Roller Coaster

Play It Again

Someone Else Calling You Baby

Shut It Down

Much Too Young (Too Feel This Damn Old) [Garth Brooks]

Mountain Music [Alabama]

She Used To Be Mine [Brooks and Dunn]

Hoochie Coochie [Alan Jackson]

Cruise (Chorus) [Florida Georgia Line]

Do I

Crash My Party

Drink a Beer

Drunk on You

I Don’t Want This Night To End/Dynamite

I See You

Country Girl (Shake It For Me)




Annette Gibbons
Hi, I’m Annette, I have been a huge country music fan since the early 90s those were the days we were lucky enough to have CMT in the UK. I enjoy nothing more than listening to country music whilst having a cold beer (or a moonshine) with friends. I try to as many gigs as I can here in the UK and in the USA; I think of Nashville as my second home and I am lucky to have made some amazing friends in Tennessee. Think Country is something I am very proud of, I just want to share my love and passion of all things country music related with you all.
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