I was recently writing up my best concerts ever and Sunday night's gig just ran up the charts into the top ten. This gig is very hard to review as I couldn't’t possible bring you to that intense atmosphere in the tent. I arrived early and parked up at the barriers in front , I was never going to miss one of my all time favourite bands playing right on my doorstep. For many years now I have wanted to see Travis live and never got the opportunity until now. I had built up this night for months and the sole reason for being in Kilkee was Fran and the lads. They arrived out to a huge response from the crowd and ripped into selfish jean from the last album “The Boy with No Name”. I was in awe for the whole gig and had to pitch myself to feel like I was actual there, I described the weekend already as magical and it was all down to these guys. Every song was flawless. All these songs I grew up to and wore out on every format from tape, mini-disk to CD were being blasted out right in front of me. The band themselves were visible excited by the energy of the crowd. We were standing right in front of Andy and he was like a little child he was so excited during songs. Many jumps and leaps later he started to scale the tent as you can see from the pictures below. The crowd went mental from there on in. Not alone did the crowd go mental so did the security they were dancing and clapping like mad and I have never meet such nice security dudes. Would like to thanks one of them personal for getting me the set list, which is currently being framed along with the ticket stub. The set list was amazing and played all the classics I personally would have love if they played just "The Invisible Band" but that's just plain greedy and with a back catalogue like theirs you cant please them all. The tracks from the new album "Ode to J.Smith" are just getting better every time I hear them and just float into the set list like they were always there. As I have already said, this is in my top ten gigs and if you take a look at the archive section of Travis official site Fran says this:
“Here are my top 10 shows of all time in no order.
1 Mexico City Sports Palace 1st time
2 Taipei Summer 2008
3 New York Irving Plaza 99 where that dude pulled a knife on me!!
4 Headlining Glastonbury
5 T in the Park 99 in the tent
6 Cois Fharraige Festival 2008 Last night. Off the scale. The loudest crowd we ever played for.
7 The Cavern Club Liverpool 2004
8 Detroit Clutch Cargos 2007
9 Headlining Roskilde
10 ummm...yet to play”
Can be viewed here: http://www.travisonline.com/tourarchive/2008/09/07/?s=756
That cements it as one of the best gigs of my life. At one point Fran introduced their Swedish keyboard player clause and asked the crowd to chant his name during the keyboard solo. The noise was deafening! Fran also conducted the world’s largest pogoing at a gig ever. The crowd pogoed throughout WDIAROM and the noise once again was unreal. The noise was even commented by the band as the loudest crowd ever and they couldn't’t even hear themselves think.
How does a band surpass that live gig, I could die happy now.
I will post three videos as soon as youtube speeds up and probably change the text around (Not great today due to my hungover state and lack of sleep) thanks for reading and thank you Travis xx
Oh and come back to Ireland very soon!
01 Selfish Jean (Video Below)
02 Eyes Wide Open
03 Writing to Reach You (Video Below)
04 Pipe Dreams
05 Beautiful Occupation (Video Below)
06 Side (Video Below)
07 Love Will Come
09 J Smith *
10 Somthing Anything *
11 Long Way Down *
12 Song to Self *
13 Sing (Video Below)
15 Good Feeling
16 All I Want To Do Is Rock
17 Turn (Partial Video Below)
18 Flowers in the Window (Acoustic Bliss) (Video Below)
20 Blue Flashing Light?
21 Why Does It Always Rain On Me
*New Tracks from "Ode to J.Smith" out on the 29th of September
more pictures on my flicker page here http://www.flickr.com/photos/30350025@N07/
Travis- Selfish Jean Live at Cois Fharraige 07/09/2008
Travis- Writing To Reach You Live at Cois Fharraige 07/09/2008
Travis- Beautiful Occupation Live at Cois Fharraige 07/09/2008
Travis- Side Live at Cois Fharraige 07/09/2008
Travis - Sing Live at Cois Fharraige 07/09/2008
Travis - Turn Live at Cois Fharraige 07/09/2008 (Cut off due to memory full sorry)
Full Video of Turn Here just bad quality http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=K6sJM7c2pwc
Travis - Flowers in The Window Live at Cois Fharraige 07/09/2008