Saturday, 25 October 2014

#savethemale


Campaigner Simon Howes met me at the last Liverbeards get together at Baltic Fleet to officially accept my £306 raised for CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) at BeerdFest. CALM are a  men's mental health charity raising awareness to try and reduce suicide and #savethemale.

The great thing about beards is they have such potential to bring people together. I love chatting to chaps about the whys and whens of their awesome beards, and because over the years I've papped a lot of stranger's beards in the street I get to hear little stories from all over - and you know what they say - the truth is often stranger than fiction!

One of my fav all time beard shots was a guy John from Birmingham Coach Station... a massive Gandalf-beard he had, then there was a biker dude in Palm Springs, California who I beard-stalked down the strip into a hat shop then popped up with my weird British accent asking for a pic haha beard blogging is fun I tells ya!

Next year BeerdFest returns on World Beard Day September 5th 2015 so save the date and get growing for the show ;)

Thursday, 23 October 2014

BeerdFest 2015


Save the date! World Beard Day 2015 is Saturday September 5th so let's do another BeerdFest 

Plenty of time to grow something epic for the show, make your own 
or just keep it free for spectacular hirsute pursuits! 

Liverpool has embraced the bearded brothers who bring it on the TASHWAG catwalk 
with hundreds of people attending the 2014 meet, 
let's make 2015 bigger and better!!!

WIN BEER & RESPECT 
Registrations are open at beerdfestliverpool[at]gmail[dot]com 
Simply send us your name and category (beard/ moustache/ partial/ fake) and stay tuned for more news of what/ where/ why and how! 

Monday, 29 September 2014

CALM down it's just £306




So so proud to tell you that BeerdFest raised a STONKING £306 for CALM this year ^_^ Just £22 keeps the CALM helpline team by the phone for an hour waiting to take calls. 

On Saturday September 6th, hundreds of bearded brothers and supportive sisters got together to find out who had the Best Beard and Moustache in Liverpool at BeerdFest 2014. Liverpool's favourite annual Beard and Moustache Contest, offering beer and respect to winners plus a signed picture of patron Brian Blessed, was another hairy success with bearded chaps coming from as far as Brighton to take part.

Thanks especially to my beardfancying compadre Becky Pope from our new Baltic venue Constellations, and all the other judges - Roger Phillips, David Dade and Cutthroat Pete - for giving up their time and expert opinions...
Much thanks to the tech team Tom, DJ Richie Vegas and pappers Dave Walker, Hannah Cassidy, Kayley Cope, Jim Moody, Dave Colbran, Adrian Wharton and Gary Phillips ensuring we have awesome pics and a mini movie to go with our happy memories... And thanks muchly to my musical pals Joe Kelly, Simon McKelvie, Neildsy, Me and Deboe, Derek King, Kyle Lee, Darren Eedens and Liz Owen who all showed up to share their many talented energies to make the festival the best ever - onwards and upwards to 2015 now!


Local 'thatch' of The British Beard Club the 'Liverbeards', set up after meeting like-minded souls at the original BeerdFest in 2012. Liverbeard co-creator, Drew Johnson is a fan of the contest: "It's such a great night. There's a lot of love in the room for all things bearded and it's a great opportunity to meet new friends." The Liverbeards next meet is Tuesday September 30th at Baltic Fleet pub from 7pm if you'd like to come and join us for a celebratory drink.


BeerdFest is proud to support men's mental health charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably). Campaigner Simon Howes says: "With suicide now the biggest killer of men under 50 in this country, it is brilliant to see such a great partnership between BeerdFest and CALM continuing.  Every year it gets bigger and better, much like some of the beards that enter, and we're thrilled to be able to work with such a great bunch of men and women who love their beards and care about men's wellbeing."

Jodie has produced a beard blog www.tashwags.blogspot.com since attending the World Beard & Moustache Championships in 2007.  
 
The next Beerdfest will be on World Beard Day Saturday September 5th 2015. So you better get growing for the show now, y'hear! 

Send all your enquiries to beerdfestliverpool at gmail dot com










Tuesday, 16 September 2014

BeerdFest: The Movie


So glad that Gary Phillips came along to enjoy BeerdFest, he made us this ace little promotional video so we can enjoy some highlights at leisure! Coming soon, CALM proceeds raised and interviews with all our winners ^_^







Tuesday, 9 September 2014

#mandown

BeerdFest 2014 Best Beard winner Michael Legge refuses to be a #mandown
BeerdFest is proud to support men's mental health charity CALM and here to prove the point are a few of our World Beard Day BeerdFesters proving it's tough to be miserable with a badass beard!

The Man Down campaign is all about raising awareness of the fact that suicide is now the biggest killer of men under 50.  It’s about encouraging men to recognise when they are finding life difficult and talk to someone, rather than reach a point of crisis, and it’s about encouraging us all to look out for our mates…
BeerdFest contestant Nick Ballam refuses to be a #mandown

Help CALM have a big impact on Wednesday September 10th by backing the campaign, find and print off your sign using the link below, take a selfie and share it on your networks, including #ManDown & #WSPD14
Former BeerdFest champ Michael O'Brien refuses to be a #mandown
The fairer sex can get involved too - there's a poster for girlfriends, wives, partners, mums etc ^_^  For more information on the #mandown campaign visit https://www.thecalmzone.net/2014/09/mandown-launches-wednesday-on-merseyside/

Liverpool musician Joe Kelly refuses to be a #mandown

And remember a beard is for life, not just for BeerdFest ;) To join the mailing list email beerdfestliverpool at gmail.com and we'll keep you informed of any upcoming bearded fun and games in Liverpool.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Fuzzfest Success


Thanks to everyone who helped, competed and attended BeerdFest for World Beard Day 2014!

Pictured is our winner of Best Beard Michael Legge who travelled all the way across from Rotherham, Yorkshire to take away the most coveted award of the evening, and deservedly so ^_^

Other winners were: Martin Doherty from Crosby for Best Moustache, Michael Wallage from Derbyshire for Best Partial Beard, Delia Brady-Jacobs from Liverpool for Best Fake, Steve Walsh from Liverpool for Beard Worth Talking About, Dean Palmer from Wallasey for Baltic BILF and Mycroft Milverton from Liverpool for Best BeerdFester - phew! that's a whole lotta catwalks!

Thanks especially to my beardfancying compadre Becky Pope from Constellations and all the other judges - Roger Phillips, David Dade and Cutthroat Pete - for giving up their time...
Much thanks to the tech Tom, DJ Richie Vegas and pappers Hannah Cassidy, Kayley Cope, Jim Moody, Dave Colbran, Adrian Wharton, Gary Phillips and Dave Walker ensuring we have awesome pics to go with our happy memories this weekend...
And thanks muchly to my musical pals Joe Kelly, Neildsy, Me and Deboe, Derek King, Kyle Lee, Darren Eedens - who just about made it travelled up from sunny Wales - and Liz Owen who all showed up to share their many talented energies to make the festival the best ever - onwards and upwards to 2015 now ^_^

I'll keep sharing pics from the big day as I get through them and update how much we raised for CALM as soon as we know...

If you're in Liverpool or surrounding areas, do join me for a recovery beer with the Liverbeards in the Baltic Fleet Tuesday September 30th from 7pm

Thursday, 4 September 2014

A winner's perspective...


We caught up with last year's winners Mycroft (Freestyle champ) and Dave (Partial champ)...

What did you most enjoy about taking part?


Mycroft: I enjoy the whimsy of it. Celebrating something everyday and mundane in a reverential fashion. I love that the beard has the power to bring together and unite people from all walks of life and interests.

Dave: Simply being part of a warm, friendly gathering and meeting new and interesting folk, topped off by a message from a true legend. Seriously, how many people have ever chinned a polar bear in their tent?

Brian Blessed returns this year as patron for the contest & has sent us goodies for the winners! - Ed.

What are your winning tips?

Mycroft: There's a lot of astounding beards in the contest. Character is essential. Be impressive, be memorable!

Dave: Revel in Your eccentricity! 










Will you be returning this year to defend your title?


Mycroft: Yes I will. The contest is getting tougher every year though. Of course I would love to win a hat trick but I'm facing some rather bristling competition this year.

Dave: I hope to defend my title this time round, it would be nice to win but it's not just about that eh?

Who is your beard-spiration?


Mycroft: Grizzly Adams, Yoffy and my dad!

Dave: My friend Mark Wainy Wain and the wonderful Brian Blessed!