The sensitive Scots rockers hit the road early next year...

TRAVIS have announced an arena tour for early 2004.

The band – whose Christmas show at London’s Alexandra Palace with [a][/a] on December 20 has now sold out – kick off the jaunt on March 6 in Blackpool.

The dates are as follows:

Blackpool Empress Ballroom (March 6)

Manchester Apollo (7)

Glasgow SECC (11)

Newcastle City Hall (14)

Birmingham NIA (17)

Bridlington Spa (18)

Reading Rivermead (20)

Bournemouth International Centre (21)

Cardiff Arena (22)

Plymouth Pavilions (24)

Brighton Centre (25)

Doncaster Dome (27)

London Hammersmith Apollo (28)

Tickets are onsale from Friday morning at 9am – [url=]click here after then or call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.

Travis release a new single on December 15. ‘The Beautiful Occupation’ is the second track to be lifted from the band’s new album ’12 Memories’, after the Top Ten success of ‘Re-Offender’ earlier this year.

All profits from the new single are to go to Warchild.