Glastonbury Festival veteran Beans on Toast on making his Theatre & Circus debut

For many, no Glastonbury Festival would be complete if Beans on Toast wasn’t on the line-up – he’s played at every festival since 2008 and was coming to the festival as a punter for over a decade before that.

Perhaps surprisingly, this year will mark the folk singer’s debut in the Theatre & Circus when he takes to the Sensation Seekers Stage amongst a host of other musical talents across the weekend.

Ahead of his performances, we caught up with Beans on Toast to find out more about his plans for the festival.

Q&A with Beans on Toast

Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you got into live performance?

I’m Beans on Toast, a folk singer, a songwriter and a storyteller. I’ve been doing this for many moons. I started writing songs for a grunge band in Essex as a teenager and have been writing songs about all sorts of things ever since.

What’s it like to be performing at this year’s Glastonbury Festival?

Glastonbury is one of my favourite places on earth. It’s almost in my blood. I went to my first Glasto in 1997 aged 16, and since then, I’ve never missed one. I started playing gigs at The Festival in 2008 and have played every year since. That said, I’d never take a show at Glasto for granted, I’m always so happy to be able to be part of it and bring my songs to the festival. This’ll be my first proper show in the Circus field, too. I’ve seen some amazing things happen in that field over the years.

What can you tell us about your plans for the show?

It’ll be me and my guitar singing songs about the world and celebrating its beauty and chaos.

How do you approach performing at a festival like this?

Inspired and excited! Come Saturday, I’ll be fully immersed in Glastonbury, right in the belly of the beast.

Will you be checking out any other acts across the weekend?

Yeah, of course! I’ll be checking out my pals – Jack Francis, Bassie Graice, and Will Varley. Excited to see Oliva Dean on the Pyramid, she was my favourite act last year, playing The Rabbithole then! And I’ll be sure to catch the don, Billy Bragg. Wouldn’t be Glasto without him.

Beans on Toast plays Sensation Seekers Stage in Theatre & Circus at Glastonbury Festival 2024, running from 26 to 30, in addition to other sets across the weekend