DIARY: EVENING OUT WITH ... MTV AND TRAVIS - Rachel Minter tags along with 300 spotty teenagers

4.30pm Reporters Minter and Lee are on their way to watch Travis record a set, which will be broadcast on MTV as part of its Storytellers season (that gets the PR bit out the way). We are instructed to wait at Paddington for Anne O’Neil, MTV’s head of sponsorship.

4.30pm Reporters Minter and Lee are on their way to watch Travis

record a set, which will be broadcast on MTV as part of its Storytellers

season (that gets the PR bit out the way). We are instructed to wait at

Paddington for Anne O’Neil, MTV’s head of sponsorship.



4.35pm A stream of spotty adolescents who are later identified as fans

descend upon us. There’s still no sign of the MTV sales team. A bossy

girl guide type asks us if we are fans or competition winners.



We are told to form an orderly queue for the coach. It already feels

like a school trip and we haven’t even had any cheese sarnies and

crisps.



5.30pm Stuck in traffic This gives us plenty of time for bonding with

MTV’s sponsorship manager Damon Lafford, who impresses us with his vast

knowledge of Chiswick, contemporary literature and Dutch Master

paintings.



Not your average sales guy, according to ex-salesman Lee.



6.30pm Arrive at studio Hurried to our seats by harassed stage managers

in black leggings. We are disappointed to discover we will be sharing

our private audience with the band with 300 teenagers.



7pm Travis appear on stage The audience is silent. Tales of the band

huddling around a heater, strumming tunes borrowed from Oasis and

dreaming of fame, only help endear them to the crowd.



8.30pm Q and A session gets underway. Lee urges Minter to ask singer

Fran Healy what his favourite star sign is. Healy reveals that Driftwood

comes from discovering his first metaphor while watching Cheers when he

was ten.



11pm Pile back onto the coach Fans start singing Driftwood.



12am Paddington station Having had no food all evening, Minter and Lee

rush to Burger King.



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