Power cuts can’t put a stop to Beans on Toast

Beans on Toast.
Beans on Toast.
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Even a power cut across the whole of Glastonbury Festival this year couldn’t stop the cult singer-songwriter Beans on Toast.

When the storms hit and killed the electricity across the whole of the vast site, most stages had to stop.

But as Beans, aka Jay MacCallister, explains: ‘Glastonbury is kind of at the heart of what I do, it has been for years.

‘I normally do about 20 gigs over the course over the weekend, but I decided not to do that this year, and to put all my eggs in one basket with one proper show.

It was hammering down with rain, and when the power went it was like all my eggs in that basket were taken away, and I wasn’t having that.

‘Glastonbury has never been so quiet, because no-one had any power, so I could play to a full crowd without any PA.

‘I got extra bonus points because every other stage was running behind, but we played through the power-cut so we kept them on time.’

While Beans may describe what he does as ‘drunk-folk’, it does his clever, funny, songs a disservice. With his sixth album, The Grand Scheme of Things, released last week, he tackles subjects as diverse as why children should be enjoying the great outdoors, gentrification, chicken farming and world peace.

A recent tour of the US has also yielded some new material, including his terrible time in Nashville, a place he’d been looking forward to visiting.

‘Like a lot of things when you expect so much, it’s hard to live up to,’ he says. ‘I wanted to write a country song, so when Nashville was mean to me, it was perfect.’

He is at The Wedgewood Rooms on Tuesday. Doors open 8pm, tickets cost £9. Go to wedgewood-rooms.co.uk