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Folkestone: Travis play The Man Who in its entirety at Leas Cliff Hall

By Angela Cole

It was one of those iconic moments in music, the stuff of fans' legend.

When Travis lead singer Fran Healy started singing Why Does it Always Rain On Me at Glastonbury in 1999, it started to rain. For fans of the 90s band - and many who weren't fans - it was a moment of goosebumps and enduring memories.

Now the band will play the album The Man Who from start to finish in Folkestone. They can't promise rain but the magic of an album which spent 11 weeks at No.1 and sold almost 3 million copies - spawning singles Writing to Reach You, Driftwood, Turn and Why Does It Always Rain On Me - will still be there.

Travis will perform The Man Who in Folkestone
Travis will perform The Man Who in Folkestone

To date Travis have enjoyed five Top 10 singles and more than 8 million record sales, including the album Everything At Once in 2016.

Here, bassist Dougie Payne talks about the album and reliving it so many years on.

I do remember when we finished recording it... we were thinking 'This is very different.' The atmosphere was really magnetic. And it still has that magnetism.

I hadn't listened to the whole album all the way through for years... seriously, years. It's been really interesting to rediscover it. There were songs that we haven't really performed over the years, such as She's So Strange, but now I think 'hang on, that's pretty good, now I re-listen to it.

It makes me think of that period in our lives... There were some really enjoyable moments - it was a really good time in our lives. We had all been sharing a manor house in London and then we got our first flats. I remember, my mum and dad came to stay at mine while we were writing the record, during a break. We popped round to Frannie's for Sunday lunch and he'd just been writing the hidden track. He was buzzing and he just started playing it all the way through, and it was full of swear words and my mum and dad sat there quietly and listened and then my mum said "well, that was nice, Frannie."

Travis the band
Travis the band

We are all really excited to be playing the album like this... It's so good to have a record that has united people's conscious in quite such a meaningful way. I did wonder for some of it how is this going to work live? It means representing songs in a really different way. The album is only 42 minutes long so we will certainly be playing other material. We have lots of it - we are still writing all the time.


Travis will be performing The Man Who at Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone on Thursday, June 14. They will be supported in Folkestone by London four-piece Turin Brakes. To book tickets at £44.65 visit atgtickets.com

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