Travis thought they blew their big moment at Glastonbury

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Back in 1999, Scottish rock band Travis had their big moment at Glastonbury Festival. As the band took to the stage following a sunny day, the skies opened and drenched the crowd while they played their huge hit 'Why Does It Always Rain On Me?'.

It’s one of those iconic moments that has gone down in Glasto history, yet the band don’t remember it quite that way. Speaking on White Wine Question Time, frontman Fran Healy actually said they thought they had blown their big moment at the infamous festival.

“We felt like we'd done a bit of an average show,” he told host Kate Thornton.

“It was a big chance for us and we sort of blew it and it was like 'Better luck next time, lads.' We just left. We just left Glastonbury!”

Fran Healy of Travis performs on stage at the Glastonbury Festival in 1999 (Photo by Pete Still/Redferns)
Fran Healy of Travis performs on stage at the Glastonbury Festival in 1999 (Photo by Pete Still/Redferns)

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Lead guitarist Andy Dunlop agreed, saying although it may have felt like a moment for the audience, for those on stage it was just another gig.

“It was really one of those things that just passed me by,” he admitted. “I mean people looked miserable and it was raining. It wasn't really one of the things that you felt, 'Oh, this is history!'”

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While Dunlop stayed at Glastonbury to enjoy the free hospitality – “I don't think I turned up until the Wednesday, I think everyone was going mental!” he admitted – Healy went home, which is when he discovered their set had actually been very well received.

“I got back that night… turned on the telly. It was Joe Whiley and John Peel… And they were talking about us and talking about how we were the band of the weekend. They showed us playing, and it was amazing!”

Healy says it just proves that the experience for the artist and the audience can be so very different.

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“Really when you're in the moment you're dealing with, ‘I can't hear myself. I'm out of tune. Oh no, it just started raining and everyone's really upset at me.’ So yeah, it was the absolute polar opposite of it so you never really know where you stand really!”

The following year the band went on to headline the festival playing the famous Pyramid Stage on Saturday night, with David Bowie on the Sunday night.

Andy Dunlop said their performance didn't feel that special and that everyone just looked miserable because it was raining! (Photo by Pete Still/Redferns)
Andy Dunlop said their performance didn't feel that special and that everyone just looked miserable because it was raining! (Photo by Pete Still/Redferns)

Twenty-two years after the historic moment, Dunlop says moments like that often only really feel like something special after the event.

“I think with most points when they sort of pivot, you don't really notice at the time,” he told Thornton.

“It's only after that you sort of start thinking 'OK that was kind of a big, a big deal.'”

Travis are re-issuing their debut album Good Feelings on vinyl and are asking fans to contribute artwork for the album cover.

Hear Fran Healy and Andy Dunlop discussing the ‘magic’ of making their first album in the latest episode of White Wine Question Time. Listen now on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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