The Beer! Part 2

Also available for your drinking delights, and putting more cash into the charity pot, is the award-winning Hanlon’s Yellow Hammer.

Big thanks to Hanlon’s Brewery for their support.

Introducing our intrepid host, the marvellous Ms Myers!

After persuading her brother to drive to Stuttgart in 2013 to experience the hallowed lands of the World Beard Championships, Emma found herself in love. She loves nothing more than to tinker with a tache or bouffant a beard, and has a nose for the finest waxes and oils.

Honoured to be compering this fantastic event; audience honking, hooting and hollering is compulsory. A day full of hairiness and hilarity awaits you, in aid of a chopper of a charity!

Make some noise for Ms Myers!

Friday Night Pre-Party

As is traditional with beard and moustache competitions, there’s an official pre-party the night before the big day – because obviously we don’t have enough chance for drinking in just one day!

This year, our first time in Exeter, Yvan Williams of The Oddfellows has offered to host us and we couldn’t be more pleased. The Oddfellows Exeter is the original home of Beard & Tonic, scene of many a beardy (and beery!) night with the South West Beard Club crew, so Mr & Mrs DCBMC are very much looking forward to returning there.

It’s not just about the beer, they also do cocktails and have an impressive food menu, and Yvan’s promising some special things to really make the night go with a swing!

You’ll find The Oddfellows at 60 New North Road, Exeter (EX4 4EP for Google Maps). It’s just down the hill from John Lewis, on the opposite side of the road.

So we’ll see you there from about 8pm, yes? And then we can sort out a sweepstake on the number of hungover competitors on Saturday…

Beard of Destiny

As they went down a storm at DCBMC 2016, we’ve asked Beard of Destiny to return for 2017 and be our House Band!

Comprising Gray Barlow (guitars, vocals) and Ian Campbell (drums, percussion), Beard of Destiny’s music is described by Mrs Oxford Beard Festival (Sooze Higgins) as “a proper mix of styles… most themes are animals, teeth or bubblegum” – we’re not sure whether you’ll be excited or scared, but we promise it will be great fun!

You’ll have a couple of chances to catch this madness/brilliance – they’ll be playing during registration, and between judging and the awards. Listen out for Mrs DCBMC roaring with laughter when Gray introduces the song ‘Larry Grayson Perry’.

DCBMC presents your host for the day: Betty Boom Boom

At DCBMC 2015 Betty Boom Boom was our fearless Beard-Wrangler, coralling queues of competitors and being generally marvellous and super-organised as ‘Executive Assistant in Charge of Assisting the Host’ (© Mr DCBMC 2016).

This year Betty’s making the step up – quite literally – to take the stage as DCBMC 2016 Host. We are absolutely delighted to be able to present you with one of the UK’s most unique burlesque performers. Here’s Betty Boom Boom in her own words…

A theatre trained performer, Betty Boom Boom has been worrying burlesque audiences since 2011. With a unique perspective on anything film or TV related, and a fine array of comedy hairpieces, chest wigs and facial hair, anything could happen in the next 5 minutes! Be very afraid… and/or confused!

And if that has you intrigued, do stay for the evening entertainment – Betty will be performing burlesque routines between our live music acts, and it promises to be like nothing you’ve ever seen!

Betty will be ably assisted by DCBMC 2016 Beard-Wrangler Lauren. A passionate pognophile, Lauren can’t quite believe her luck that she gets to spend a Saturday entirely surrounded by bearded and moustached men. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it…

Photograph credit: Dare to be RARE Photography

Charity Real Ale Bar

The Charity Real Ale bar is back – huzzah! Huge thanks to the fine folk at Bays Brewery for providing it this year, and thanks to Pete at The Duke of Cornwall Hotel for arranging it with them.


4-pint vouchers will cost £10, and £1 per pint will go straight into the charity pot. Marvellous!

Bays’ beers include:

An easy drinking, light golden ale. The unique blend of hops creates lemon citrus overtones which tantalise and refresh the pallet. 4.3%

A well balanced beer, deep amber in colour with a subtle sweetness throughout. 4%

Devon Dumpling
A strong golden beer with a fresh hop character. This ale has a smooth taste with a balanced sweetness throughout. 5.1%


Mrs DCBMC will have a pint of Devon Dumpling – thank you very much!

Evening Entertainment

We love getting together with our friends in the world of facial hair fancying so much, we’re extending this year’s DCBMC into the evening so we can get drunk with you enjoy your company even longer!

After the beauty parade, and Mrs DCBMC counting up the judges scores on her fingers, and Mr DCBMC drawing about 731 winning raffle tickets, stay with us in the Duke of Cornwall ballroom for an evening of live music and burlesque performances – ooh!


Ohio membersCornish 4-piece Ohio comprises Andy Green (vocals,guitars), Andy Morris (drums), Ron Prior (vocals, bass), and Chris White (vocals, guitars). With musical careers spanning over five decades, they play old school, guitar driven, classic rock and Americana – a rocking finish to our evening!

Beard of Destiny

Beard of DestinyA central pillar of the Oxford Beard Festival, Beard of Destiny are Gray Barlow (guitars, vocals) and Ian Campbell (drums, percussion). Described by Mrs Oxford Beard Festival (Sooze Higgins) as “a proper mix of styles… most themes are animals, teeth or bubblegum” – we’re not sure whether to be excited or scared, but it will be great fun!


A folk/acoustic trio formed in Plymouth, Windjammer features DCBMC illustrator Jake Rowlinson (vocals, percussion), Francis Rowney (whistle, accordion, vocals), and Jeremy Bunting (guitar, vocals). They perform original compositions and traditional songs in a variety of styles from both sides of the Atlantic.

Betty Boom Boom

You might think you’ve seen it all, but not until you’ve seen this gal perform… Some of you were lucky enough to see her brilliantly original Magnum PI routine after last year’s DCBMC (yes, you read that right) – I wonder what’s in store for us this time?! In Betty’s own words, she’s putting the err?! in Burlesque!