TRAVIS SHOW CONCERN!

The boys play a benefit for the famine relief charity Concern...

TRAVIS are to headline a special one-off gig in EDINBURGH for the African famine relief charity CONCERN.

It will be the band’s first UK appearance since spring 2002, and their first gig since drummer Neil Primrose broke his back jumping into a swimming pool in France last summer.

Other Scottish heroes Teenage Fanclub and Delgados are also on the bill for the show at the Usher Hall on June 22.

The band have become increasingly politicised recently, and the band have revealed that this has had an impact on their new album. See next week’s NME for more.

The gig is part of the Sunday Herald’s campaign to promote the work of Concern, and highlight the current catastrophic famine in Africa. The situation, which has been overshadowed by the war in Iraq, has become worse than was predicted and is now reaching crisis point.

It is the second benefit gig that has been organised for Concern. The first at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, headlined by Belle And Sebastian with support from [/a] and [a], raised £50,000 for the charity.

Tickets for the Travis gig, priced £18.50 and £22.50, go on sale this morning (Sunday) (May 25). They are available from [url=]travisonline.com, and from the Usher Hall box office. All profits will go to Concern, which is a non-government organisation, carrying out emergency relief and sustainable development work.