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Travis: Scottish rockers to play classic album The Man Who in full this June and December
Paving the way for indie bands such as Coldplay and Keane in more recent years, Scottish quartet Travis produced some of the most iconic songs of the late nineties and early 2000s, including hits "Driftwood" and "Why Does it Always Rain on Me?". The band found international success with their second album The Man Who (1999) which spent nine weeks at number one on the UK Albums Charts; selling over 2.7 million copies in the UK and going nine-times platinum.
In more recent times, Where You Stand (2013) found its way to number three on the UK charts, while 2016's Everything at Once debuted at number five; giving the band their sixth and seventh top 10 UK albums. But it is The Man Who which Travis remain most famous for, and as the album prepares to turn 20, the band will to perform the record in full in a series of live concerts in 2018.
Announcing the news on Facebook, Travis posted "Super excited to announce that following our triumphant headline shows at Manchester Bridgewater Hall and On Blackheath Festival last September, we are bringing ‘The Man Who’ back to the stage for a limited run of dates this June and December."
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Travis: 20 years of chart success
Travis originally came together in Glasgow and consisted of friends Francis Healy, Andy Dunlop, Neil Primrose and Dougie Payne, who were all studying at art college in 1990. While the band started as a project just for fun, the quartet decided to take it more seriously after graduation, having gradually started to accumulate a cult following. They recorded their debut album Good Feeling with producer Steve Lilywhite in just a few days, and achieved five top 40 hits from the release. Riding the Britpop wave of the late 1990s, Travis' chart success continued in the proceeding years. Seminal album The Man Who spawned iconic singles "Why Does it Always Rain on Me?" and "Writing to Reach You", and propelled the band to nationwide success.
By 2000, they were touring with the likes of Oasis and Dido, and secured another number one on the UK album charts with third release The Invisible Band. Singles "Sing" and "Flowers in the Window" became household hits and led the band to the Brit Award for Best British Group for a second time in 2002. The next couple of years would see the band take a break after drummer Neil Primrose broke his neck in a swimming pool accident, but he recovered and they made their comeback in 2007 with album The Boy With No Name, co-produced with Brian Eno. A year later came the release of Ode to J. Smith which, although seeing considerably less chart success than its predecessors, is considered by many critics as the group's best record yet; earning a spot in Q Magazine's Best Albums of 2008.
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