Beans on Toast will release his new album 'Cushty' on 1 December 2017, his ninth studio album. Preorder via the Xtra Mile Recordings shop, at Banquet Records, or download through iTunes. Listen to 'Taylor Swift' from the album now, on Spotify.

Ever the protester and provocateur at heart, Beans on Toast doesn’t waste any time getting down to business: “The world is dying" proclaims our favourite barefooted troubadour, ushering the listener into Cushty with a statement that suggests things are anything but. 

Our album entry point this time is 'Open Door Policy', a soaring Beans-eye-view of the modern world that is both epic in scope and poetic in prose. Touching on armageddon, factory farming, big data, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, computer compulsions and the future that may await us, the singer puts his perspective to all of these issues in a sweeping six minutes of superlative songcraft. 

An optimist, pacifist, people's champ, loveable scamp, raconteur, and drunk folk-star; nearly a decade in the game, Beans on Toast has established himself as many different things to many a listening audience. And as our first introduction to Cushty may suggest, Beans on Toast is as bristling with ideas and identity as he's ever been. 

Progressing from the more digitised approach of previous album A Spanner in the Works, new album Cushty sees Beans instead surround his words with the comforting feel that can only come from a full live band. 

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Rounding up an array of incredible musicians and close compadres – Max Thomas (Skinny Lister) on accordion, Matt Millership (Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind) on piano, Jenna Mahone (Lord of the Dance) on fiddle and, of course, long-time musical partner Bobby Banjo plus top dog producer Tristan Ivemy (Frank Turner / Skinny Lister / Will Valley), the perfect team was quickly assembled for the next chapter in the Beans on Toast story. 

Decamping to the homely settings of Giant Wafer Studios, a residential studio in the heart of the Welsh countryside (that, conveniently in-keeping with gang’s ethical compass, solely runs on renewable resources), the band recorded what would become Cushty in just one week. She Drew The Gun’s Louisa Roach even dropped by for a sumptuously soulful duet – 'That's Why I Came To Okeechobee'. 

Glowing with his winning optimistic outlook, 'Jamie & Lilly' is a ballad about a teacher and a nurse that Beans met on the road that celebrates the beauty of the everyday, a sentiment also echoed by 'The A303', a song that finds romance in one of England’s finest roads.
Plus there’s protest songs aplenty: Major Oak stands tall with the trees of Sherwood Forest against fracking, whereas The Ignorant Englishman sees Beans address his views on the UK’s departure from the European Union but also express his new found love for German culture following his recent tour there.

But of course, as with every Beans On Toast record, there's plenty of room for fun too. 'Taylor Swift' is a boogie-woogie drinking song with lyrics you’ll find hard to shake off on your next trip to the pub; 'The Unlikely Gymnast' finds our folk hero feeling flexible after a drunken promise; and 'SGP' is a celebratory ode to the Secret Garden Party, a track written on request by the much loved UK festival before they bowed out in style with their last ever event this year.

Beyond the gates of Secret Garden Party, Beans on Toast continues to pack out tents at festivals all over the world. After sticking to his guns and speaking his mind for so long, Beans on Toast has become something of a cultural icon for many. Still writing, still singing, still smiling and still telling it like it is. Completely original, brutally honest and refreshingly down to earth, and constantly touring – from playing in small towns and local pubs to big cities and legendary stages – Beans on Toast is a one of a kind with a live show that has become a must-see fixture of the global gig circuit. 

This autumn, complete with the full backing of the band who bunkered up with him in Giant Wafer Studios earlier this year, Beans on Toast will be hitting the road once more for a 15-date ‘Double Trouble’ UK tour. Every night, Beans will go to head-to-head with his Xtra Mile label mates Skinny Lister for these double bills throughout November and December. 

Catch Beans at the following dates (see them and buy tickets from our gig page):

OCTOBER (supporting Skinny Lister)

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24 Paris, France – Point Ephémère
25 Antwerp, Belgium – De Roma
26 Köln, Germany – Kantine
27 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Sugar Factory
28 Berlin, Germany – Franz Club (SOLD OUT)
29 Münster, Germany – Skaters Cafe
31 Hamburg, Germany – Knust

NOVEMBER (Europe supporting Skinny lister / UK co-headline with Skinny Lister)

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01 Compenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuset
02 Oslo, Norway – Parktreatet
03 Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Strand
04 Helsinki, Finland – Tavastia
07 München, Germany – Hansa 39
08 Wien, Austria – U4
09 Linz, Austria – Stadtwerkstatt
10 Zurich, Switzerland – Dynamo
11 Stuttgart, Germany - Club Cann
21 Leeds – Stylus
22 Manchester – O2 The Ritz
23 Glasgow – Oran Mor
24 Newcastle Upon Tyne – Newcastle University
25 Sheffield – The Leadmill
28 Birmingham – Glee Club
29 Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
30 Norwich – Waterfront


01 Cambridge – Junction
02 Leicester – Dryden Street Social
06 Cardiff – The Globe
07 Southampton – 1865
08 Exeter – The Phoenix
09 Bristol – SWX Bristol
10 London – Koko

Cushty tracklisting: 

1. Open Door Policy
2. Jamie & Lillie
3. Major Oak
4. Taylor Swift
5. Smells Like Bullshit
6. The Ignorant Englishman
7. The A303
8. SGP
9. The Unlikely Gymnast
10. I Think Everyone Should be Terrified
11. It’s A Funny Old World
12. That's Why I Came to Okeechobee
13. The House That Austerity Built
14. The Sun The Moon And Me / Twitter @beanstoast /


Mull Historical Society is back on the road, touring the UK in November with Mark Eitzel & the American Music Club and Bernard Butler. Grab tickets for the below dates here.

Tour dates are:

November 2017

06 Cardiff @ Clwb Ifor Bach
07 Edinburgh @ Voodoo Rooms
08 Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club
09 Nottingham @ Glee Club
11 London @ St Pancras New Church

Colin MacIntyre has begun recording a new MHS album, the follow up to 2016's Dear Satellite (buy that here), and is currently writing his second novel after his award-winning first, The Letters of Ivor Punch


Seán McGowan will join the esteemed and revered Billy Bragg on tour, supporting him throughout his UK tour in November 2017.

Tour dates are:

November 2017

07 London @ Islington Assembly Hall SOLD OUT
08 Cambridge @ Cambridge Junction SOLD OUT
10 Oxford @ O2 Oxford Academy SOLD OUT
11 Birmingham @ Birmingham Town Hall SOLD OUT
12 Sheffield @ The Leadmill SOLD OUT
14 Liverpool @ Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
15 Edinburgh @ The Queen's Hall SOLD OUT
16 Newcastle @ Wylam Brewery SOLD OUT
18 Nottingham @ Rock City
19 Cardiff @ Tramshed SOLD OUT
21 Southampton @ The Brook SOLD OUT

Seán released his Graft & Grief EP in early September 2017, available now on silver vinyl, CD and download. Buy it here.


Xtra Mile Recordings have released the next in their long-running annual compilation series Xtra Mile High Club Vol. 9 as a digital only album available now for only £3.49. Buy it from Xtra Mile or if you prefer iTunes. You can also listen on Spotify or Deezer.

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Vol. 9 features live performances recorded at Frank Turner's Lost Evenings festival from Camden's Roundhouse in May 2017. The festival won the Association of Independent Music (AIM) Golden Welly Award for Best Independent Festival 2017 in September, with fans voting for the winner.

Main stage performances by Skinny Lister and Will Varley were captured from the Xtra Mile evening on 15 May 2017, as well as tracks taken from each of Frank Turner's four headlining slots. Other performing Xtra Mile artists including Ben Marwood, Ducking Punches, Beans on Toast, Christ T-T, Non Canon, Sam Duckworth (aka Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly) and Rob Lynch recorded separate acoustic sessions in the Xtra Mile Outside Broadcasts truck, XMROB1, over the four days.

Selections from this hotbed of live recording make up the tracklisting of XMHC Vol. 9. Celebrating this incredible moment in time, the tracks included are:

  1. Frank Turner – 'Vital Signs' (Live at Lost Evenings night 2)

  2. Sam Duckworth – 'In Good Time' (XMROB1 session)

  3. Chris T-T – 'Love Me, I'm A Liberal' (XMROB1 session)

  4. Frank Turner – 'Redemption' (Live at Lost Evenings night 1)

  5. Beans on Toast – 'Afternoon in the Sunshine' (XMROB1 session)

  6. Will Varley – 'As For My Soul' (Live from the main stage)

  7. Frank Turner – 'Jet Lag' (Live solo acoustic at Lost Evenings night 3)

  8. Skinny Lister – 'Devil In Me' (Live from the main stage)

  9. Non Canon – 'Home Alone 3' (XMROB1 session)

  10. Rob Lynch – 'Tectonic Plates' (XMROB1 session)

  11. Ducking Punches – 'Sobriety' (XMROB1 session)

  12. Ben Marwood – 'Nights' (XMROB1 session)

  13. Frank Turner – 'Journey of the Magi' (Live at Lost Evenings night 4)

Lost Evenings took place on 12–15 May at the Roundhouse in Camden with Frank Turner headlining an evening bill curated by Frank and OneFest, as well as satellite performances in other venues called Last Minutes. The last day of the festival was Radio 1's Huw Stephens' Label of Love for Xtra Mile and featured only Xtra Mile artists including Skinny Lister, Will Varley, Ben Marwood, Ducking Punches and Non Canon. The award-winning festival returns in May 2018. Limited four-day passes for the 2018 edition sold out in 15 minutes.



Skinny Lister has announced a new 2CD version of their third critically acclaimed album The Devil, The Heart & The Fight with new artwork, live tracks and three brand new songs. This 2CD re-release will be out 27 October 2017 on Xtra Mile Recordings. Preorder on Xtra Mile, Amazon or iTunes (download only).
New songs 'Thing Like That' and forthcoming festive single 'Christmas Calls' lead the second CD of the new package before treating the listener to the frenetic energy of their live performances from the band's biggest sold out London show to date at the Scala, and from the Roundhouse during Frank Turner's Lost Evenings Festival both in May 2017. 

Check out the band playing ‘Hamburg Drunk’ from the Roundhouse here with on the road footage taken from the weekend they performed at Hurricane, Southside and Glastonbury Festivals. 

The bonus disc also features acoustic sessions from Paste in New York and the Xtra Mile Outside Broadcast truck which showcase the musical talents of a band that can not only give a full throttle performance on stage but are also able to strip it all back for more intimate renditions. The disc also features 4 tracks of live band banter, and ends with a lo-fi version of new track ‘Boy Ashore’ which offers an intriguing insight into a rawer and folkier side of Skinny Lister.
The full tracklisting is: 

CD 1
1. Wanted
2. Geordie Lad
3. Tragedy in A Minor
4. Devil In Me
5. Injuries
6. Reunion
7. Beat It From the Chest
8. Hamburg Drunk
9. Grace
10. Charlie
11. Fair Winds & Following Seas
12. Carry

1. Live Intro
2. Thing Like That (new song)
3. Christmas Calls (new song)
4. Band Chat - Roundhouse
5. Wanted (Live at London Roundhouse)
6. Hamburg Drunk (Live at London Roundhouse)
7. This Is War (Live at London Roundhouse)
8. Band Chat – Sessions
9. Injuries (Paste Session)
10. Tragedy In A Minor (Paste Session)
11. Geordie Lad (XMROB1 Truck Session)
12. Band Chat - Bootlegs
13. John Kanaka (London Scala Bootleg)
14. Cathy (London Scala Bootleg)
15. Bold As Brass (London Scala Bootleg)
16. Band chat – Boy Ashore
17. Boy Ashore (new song)
Skinny Lister will tour the album in the UK and Europe until the end of the year, including Xtra Mile Recording's showcase at Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany with previous tour mates Will Varley and Beans on Toast. Dates are:
20 Hamburg, Germany – Reeperbahn Festival Xtra Mile Showcase

24 Paris, France – Le Point Ephémère
25 Antwerp, Belgium – De Roma
26 Köln, Germany – Die Kantine
27 Amsterdam, The Netherlands – Sugarfactory
28 Berlin, Germany – Frannz Club
29 Munster, Germany – Skaters Palace Cafe
31 Hamburg, Germany – Knust

01 Copenhagen, Denmark – Pumpehuset
02 Oslo, Norway – Parkteatret
03 Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Strand
04 Helsinki, Finland – Tavastia-klubi
07 Munich, Germany – Hansa 39 Feierwerk
08 Vienna, Austria – U4 Vienna
09 Linz, Austria – Stwst Stadtwerkstatt
10 Zürich, Switzerland – Dynamo
11 Stuttgart, Germany – Club-CANN
21 Leeds, UK – Stylus
22 Manchester, UK – O2 The Ritz
23 Glasgow, UK – Oran Mor
24 Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK – Newcastle University
25 Sheffield, UK – The Leadmill
28 Birmingham, UK – Glee Club
29 Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
30 Norwich, UK – Waterfront

01 Cambridge, UK – Junction
02 Leicester, UK – Dryden Street Social
06 Cardiff, UK – The Globe
07 Southampton, UK – 1865
08 Exeter, UK – The Phoenix
09 Bristol, UK – SWX Bristol
10 London, UK – Koko / Twitter @skinnylister /


Xtra Mile has had some stock returned from various stores around the world and on their travels they have picked up a few bumps and bruises. Don't worry. the records themselves are in good working order, it’s just the sleeves which are slightly hurt. If you're not too bothered about cosmetics, then perfect! The records are:

Frank Turner - Campfire Punkrock (10 year edition) BUY HERE

Million Dead - Harmony No Harmony (double yellow vinyl) BUY HERE

Billy the Kid - Horsehoes and Hand Grenades (white vinyl) BUY HERE

If you purchase one of the records you will receive one of these 7" vinyl records for free
(while stocks last)!

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Against Me! - Shape Shift With Me (blue or white vinyl) BUY HERE

We also have a handful of fresh, new blue or white vinyl copies of Against Me!'s Shape Shift With Me too, as an alternative to our usual clear copies. The sleeves on those are in perfect condition, so no free records with the Against Me! vinyl.