buttonTravis @ Olympic Hall, Seoul (1st Mar. '09)

Give Yourselves A Round Of Applause

      While there's no denying that Travis turned in a solid show at Seoul's Olympic Hall, the near capacity crowd gathered were the real stars of the night. Demonstrating an unparalleled level of fandom, the audience absolutely worshipped the U.K.-based act from the moment they appeared filling the venue with amazing vibes that made for a truly unforgettable experience for band and fans alike.

Travis      Travis opened with "Chinese Blues" and "J. Smith," the first two cuts from last year's Ode to J. Smith. Guitarist and vocalist Fran Healy climbed atop of Neil Primrose's bass drum during the latter and hoisted his guitar above his head in an epic pose as fans roared their delight and eagerly snapping photos with their cell phones. Healey asked "Do you want to dance?" prior to the start of "Selfish Jean" from 2007's The Boy With No Name and instantly had nearly all of Olympic Hall grooving along to the track's poppy, garage rock-ish rhythms.

      Having made their Korean live debut at the 2008 edition of the Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival, the country's largest summer concert, Travis smiled broadly as many sang along to tracks such as "Writing To Reach You" and eagerly waved their arms in the air during "Love Will Come Through." Healy paused after the latter to comment how blown away he was by the crowd's reception. He hadn't seen anything yet.

Travis      During the next song, "Closer," audience members spread across different areas of the room threw dozens of paper airplanes and confetti at the start of the infectiously sweet chorus. Others picked up the paper planes once they landed and sent them sailing overhead again as the song continued. With the entire crowd cheering, the band stopped just before the final chorus as attendees took over, loudly singing the end of the track. Completely taken aback, the beaming Healy quickly proclaimed "That's the coolest thing that has ever happened on stage. We'll never forget that. That was amazing. Thank you." He then requested that someone pick up all of the paper airplanes after the show so he could take them home.

      Popular single "Side" was expectantly well-received and "Falling Down" from their 1997 debut, Good Feeling, sent the crowd into near hysterics as Healy made his way into the middle of the audience to sing.

Travis      Chants of Travis echoed through Olympic Hall as soon as the band made their exit. Healy returned alone with his acoustic guitar to play the B-side "20." His band mates joined him for "Ring Out The Bell" with bassist Dougie Payne assuming vocal duties on the number.

      Wanting more Travis, a second encore was called for. Wishing not to disappoint one of the best crowds they had ever played for, the band were happy to oblige. All members gathered at center stage for "Flowers In The Window" and everyone sang as Healy played acoustic guitar. At one point he lifted his arms to clap as Payne reached over to strum and guitarist Andy Dunlop held down the strings while the audience laughed at the comedic gesture. Healy gushed "I don't think there is another group of people like you," prior to obvious favourite "Why Does It Always Rain On Me?" The more than 4,000 people in attendance all gleefully jumped up and down as it ended.

Travis      Coming back for a third encore, Travis fittingly closed out their almost two-hour set with Good Feeling's "Happy." Unsurprisingly enough, patrons were still begging for more as the group said their final good-byes. A magical experience for band and attendees alike, this is a performance that will not be forgotten by Travis or Seoul music lovers anytime soon.

-- set list --

Chinese Blues/ J. Smith/ Selfish Jean/ Writing To Reach You/ Re-Offender/ Something Anything/ Long Way Down/ Love Will Come Through/ Closer/ Side/ Driftwood/ Falling Down/ Sing/ My Eyes/ Song To Self/ Before You Were Young/ Turn/ 20/ All I Want To Do Is Rock/ Slide Show/ Blue Flashing Light/ Flowers In The Window/ Why Does It Always Rain On Me?/ Happy

report by shawn and photos by hanasan
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