My friend and I headed to the O2 Arena to watch country superstar Luke Combs.

Let's face it, country music and London might seem like an odd couple, but the crowd on Thursday nights’ show proved that music transcends borders.

And I confess, I have a sweet spot for all things country.

Maybe it’s because of the escapism, or the catchy beats, or even just putting on a cowgirl hat and living out my southwestern USA dream.

And I definitely felt all of the above whilst watching Combs’ at the O2.

As the lights dimmed and the crowd's excitement reached a fever pitch, Luke took the stage just before 9pm, and what followed was nothing short of a country music extravaganza.

He opened the show with Lovin’ On You, and from that moment on, it was clear that the audience was in for a wild ride.

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He went on to sing popular hits such as Hannah Ford Road, Cold as You and One Number Away - his powerful and raspy vocals, combined with his relatable lyrics are what makes him a genius.

Whether he was singing about love, heartbreak, or simply raising a glass to the joys of life, Combs' authenticity shone through.

He took moments between songs to engage with the crowd, sharing stories and anecdotes that made the arena feel like an intimate honky-tonk.

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His down-to-earth and humble attitude endeared him even further, and it was clear that he appreciated the support from his fans across the pond.

The setlist for the night was a perfect blend of Combs' greatest hits and some deeper cuts, ensuring that both die-hard fans and newcomers to his music were thoroughly entertained.

Standout performances include Beautiful Crazy, Hurricane, and one of my favourite songs ever, When It Rains It Pours, which had the entire arena singing along at the top of their lungs.

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The O2 Arena, with its state-of-the-art acoustics and large screens, provided the perfect canvas for Combs and his incredible band to deliver a visually and sonically stunning performance.

Luke Combs showcased his extraordinary talent as a singer, songwriter, and entertainer, and his genuine connection with the audience made the night feel like a celebration of country music.

And yes, the O2 Arena was invaded by cowboy hats, plaid shirts, and a whole lotta twang.