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
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
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
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.