Lukas Nelson & The Promise Of The Real // Lucy Gaffney // Live Review // The Ulster Hall // Belfast

Lukas Nelson & The POTR: Setting Belfast’s Ulster Hall Ablaze with Their Electrifying Live Performance

Belfast’s Ulster Hall has witnessed the rise and fall of countless musical legends, hosting legendary acts that have left an indelible mark on the city’s cultural fabric. On June 22nd 2023 the hallowed venue welcomed a contemporary force to its historic stage – Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real (POTR). The dynamic blend of rock ‘n’ roll, country, and blues brought forth by Lukas Nelson and his band breathed new life into the Ulster Hall, captivating the audience with their infectious energy and raw talent.

Before we get to Lukas, we have the lovely Lucy Gaffney, a local artist along with her brother Thom taking us on a sonic journey through her songbook with a plethora of easy on the ear tracks that have the Belfast crowd captivated from the off. A succinct set lasting only a mere 22 minutes, Lucy made an impression on the Ulster Hall faithful and no doubt picked up more than a few new followers this evening. You can find out more about Lucy here:


As the son of music icon Willie Nelson, Lukas Nelson faced both the blessing and the burden of a legendary lineage. However, Lukas has proven himself to be much more than a mere descendant of a celebrated country outlaw. With The Promise of the Real, Lukas Nelson has forged a distinct sound that seamlessly merges his influences while carving his own path in the music industry.

The moment the stage lights illuminated Lukas Nelson & The POTR, the Ulster Hall brimmed with anticipation. As the band launched into their first song, a surge of adrenaline coursed through the audience, setting the tone for an unforgettable evening. Lukas Nelson’s gritty yet soulful voice filled the grand hall, effortlessly captivating the crowd. His guitar prowess, reminiscent of rock legends, ignited the atmosphere, casting a spell that held the spectators in awe.

The synergy between the band members was palpable, the finest musicians country can fine, each contributing their unique musical expertise to the mix.  Thunderous drumming provided a pulsating rhythm, while  melodic basslines grounded the music with precision. skillful percussion added texture and depth, enhancing the band’s overall sonic palette. Together, they created a sonic force that reverberated throughout the Ulster Hall.

Lukas Nelson & The POTR treated the Belfast crowd to a diverse setlist that showcased their versatility. From bluesy ballads to raucous rock anthems, the band flawlessly transitioned between genres, keeping the audience on their toes. The air crackled with energy during performances of fan favorites like “Find Yourself,” “Set Me Down on a Cloud,” and “Forget About Georgia,” each song drawing an impassioned response from the audience.

One of the evening’s highlights was a spine-tingling cover of Lukas’ father’s classic, “Every Time He Drinks,He Thinks Of Her” The rendition paid homage to Willie Nelson’s timeless legacy while adding Lukas’ unique touch. The crowd erupted in cheers, witnessing a passing of the torch from one generation to another, as Lukas Nelson embraced his father’s music and made it his own.

Lukas Nelson & The POTR left an indelible mark on Belfast’s Ulster Hall that evening. Their live performance was a testament to the power of music, transcending genres and bridging generations. As Lukas Nelson’s star continues to rise, his ability to captivate audiences with his passionate delivery and genre-bending sound becomes increasingly evident.

In a world hungry for authentic and soul-stirring musical experiences, Lukas Nelson & The POTR deliver in spades. Their live performance at Belfast’s Ulster Hall was a testament to their ability to command a stage, leaving no doubt that they are a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.

Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real’s electrifying live performance at Belfast’s iconic Ulster Hall showcased their extraordinary talent, undeniable charisma, and boundless musicality. Lukas Nelson’s powerful vocals, combined with the band’s tight-knit chemistry, created an enchanting experience for the audience. The night served as a reminder that music has the power to unite, inspire, and transport us to a place where our spirits can soar. Lukas Nelson & The POTR carved their place in the storied history of the Ulster Hall, etching their names among the iconic performers who have graced its stage. As the Belfast crowd weaved their way out onto the streets there were smiles far and wide, the love of country music is as strong as ever here in Ireland and with C2C hitting this very city in for the first time in 2024 things are looking up!

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