Travis unveil tender new single 'Bus' and reveal 2024 UK tour

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Travis have released a new single titled ‘Bus’ and have unveiled plans for a UK headline tour in 2024. Discover more details below.

The track serves as the third preview of the Scottish band’s 10th studio album ‘L.A. Times’, scheduled for release on July 12 via BMG (pre-order/pre-save available here).

Frontman Fran Healy croons in the chorus of the delicate and introspective song: “I thought it was just us/ Waiting on this bus/ Waiting on a gust of wind to blow us away/ Away to better days, away to better days.”

Healy shared in a statement: “I was on holiday, staring out the window, watching all the boats bobbing on the sea. I was trying to write a song and nothing was coming. It reminded me of all the years I spent waiting for buses. You never think it’s going to come, but if you wait long enough it usually turns up.

“Looking out at the sea at all the little sailing boats, I imagined all the bands and artists sitting in them waiting for that freak gust of wind to blow them to fame and fortune. We caught a huge one in ’99 so I can testify to the random nature of it.”

Healy continued: “In the middle of all these thoughts came a cool little melody and the song was written a few minutes later.”

Accompanying ‘Bus’ is an official video, shot in Scotland and directed by Healy. The visuals include a cameo appearance from actor, comedian, and podcaster Adam Buxton – a friend of the band.

“I’m honoured to have at least part of my face featured in the new video from a band I love,” said Buxton. “The dream is to one day land the full body cameo, but you’ve got to start somewhere.”

The video depicts Travis waiting at a bus stop in the Highlands while Healy daydreams of an escape. The band also performs the song at the roadside to pass the time. However, when a yellow and green double-decker eventually arrives, it drives past the musicians.

Additionally, Travis have announced a UK headline tour for this winter, including a show at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London on December 13.

Other performances are scheduled in Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Wolverhampton, Nottingham, Margate, Bristol, Eastbourne, Sheffield, Newcastle, and Glasgow throughout the month.

Tickets will be available for general sale at 9am BST next Friday (June 14) – you can purchase yours here. Alternatively, fans can access a pre-sale by pre-ordering ‘L.A. Times’ here (no purchase necessary).

Travis’ 2024 UK tour dates are as follows:

DECEMBER

05 – O2 Academy, Leeds

06 – Albert Hall, Manchester

08 – Olympia, Liverpool

09 – The Halls, Wolverhampton

10 – Rock City, Nottingham

11 – Dreamland, Margate

13 – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

15 – Beacon, Bristol

17 – Winter Gardens, Eastbourne

18 – Octagon, Sheffield

19 – City Hall, Newcastle

21 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow

Travis will also be supporting The Killers on their UK and Ireland arena tour this summer. Speaking to NME in March, Healy said: “It’s gonna be great. We’ve been friends for years and years now and Ronnie [Vannucci Jr.] and Brandon [Flowers] are the sweetest guys.

“It’s nice to be a support band again too. I love being a support band. It reminds me of when we supported Oasis. We went on every single night to blow them off the stage which is what a good support band should be doing. You go on, the other band watch you from the wings going, ‘Fuck’. And then they come on and do a better show because of it.”

Travis’ previous single, ‘Raze The Bar’, features The Killers frontman Flowers and Coldplay’s Chris Martin.