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The Beards First World Tour

1 Mar
First World Tour poster image_web_event pic
We are super happy to be able to announce our first ever tour to the first world. Its our biggest tour to date.
The Beards The First World Tour.
The USA, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, England and Scotland are amongst a list of first-world countries that can expect a visit this year from the kings of totalitarian beard-rock: The Beards.
‘The First World Tour’ will take in a series of relatively well-off countries, including a run of shows in the group’s homeland, Australia.“People living in developed countries are more susceptible to shaving.” Said the band’s frontman, Johann Beardraven. “They are a high risk group, so it’s important for our message to reach them before it’s too late.”Over time The Beards have gone from strength to strength. After three albums, four filmclips, countless sold out shows across Australia, over two million hits on their Youtube Channel, a place in Triple J’s Hottest 100 (2012) and an ARIA award nomination, The Beards are ready to take their steadfast message into new territories.“The message is: Grow a beard.” Said Beardraven.The tour, which will run from March through to June will see the band playing their home-grown brand of beard-related rock anthems across North America, Europe and Australia, and will include festival appearances at South by Southwest, Canadian Music Week, Bearded Theory and Byron Bay’s Bluesfest.

USA / Canada

Sun 3rd March
The Echo – Los Angeles CA

Tues 12th March
The Continental Club – Houston TX

Thurs 14th March
The Side Bar – Austin TX
Day Time SXSW show

Thurs 14th March
B.D. RILEY’S PUB – Austin TX
Afternoon SXSW Show

Sat 16th March
The Grackle – Austin TX
Day time SXSW show

Sat 16th March
Maggie Mae’s – Austin TX
SXSW Showcase

Sat 23rd March
Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto ON
Day Time Canadian Music Week show

Sat 23rd March
Bovine Sex Club – Toronto ON
Canadian Music Week Showcase show

Sun 24th March
Sons Of Essex – New York NY
Day Time gig

Australian Festivals

Thurs 28th March – Mon 1st April
Byron Bay Bluesfest – Byron Bay NSW

Thurs 25th April
The Gum Ball Festival – Belford Hunter Valley NSW

UK / Europe

Sat 11th May
4AD, Diksmuide, Belgium.

Sun 12th May
Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Mon 13th May
Molotow, Hamburg, Germany.

Tues 14th May
Fraanz Club, Berlin, Germany.

Thurs 16th May
Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Fri 17th May
Nice N Sleazy, Glasgow, Scotland.

Sun 19th May
Bearded Theory Festival, Derby, England

Mon 20th May
Hoxton Square Bar, London, England.

Tues 21st May
Hare and Hounds, Birmingham, England.

Wed 22nd May
Deaf Institute, Manchester, England.

Thurs 23rd May
The Louisianna, Bristol, England

Fri 24th May
Leadmill, Sheffield, England.

Sun 26th May
Scrumpstock Festival, Somerset, England.


Fri 31st May
Jive, Adelaide, SA

Fri 7th June
Amplifier Capitol, Perth, WA

Sat 8th June
Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA

Thurs 13th June
Pelly Bar (Pier Live), Frankston, VIC

Fri 14/th June
Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

Sat 15th June
The Hi-Fi, Melbourne, VIC

Fri 21st June
The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD

Sat 22nd June
The Northern, Byron Bay, NSW

Thurs 27th June
The Cambridge, Newcastle NSW

Fri 28th June
Waves, Wollongong, NSW

Sat 29th Jun
The Metro, Sydney NSW.

7 Jan

2013: The Year of The Beard.

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To all of our bearded fans, and far less importantly, our beardless fans who appreciate beards, we thought we’d give you an update on what to expect from us during the first half of 2013 – The Year of The Beard!

Shows in Australia (January / February)

The start of the year will see us playing selected shows around Australia including performances in Adelaide, Ballarat, Launceston, Melbourne, the Gold Coast, the Ballarat Beer Festival and the Tamworth Country Music Festival. We are proud of what we have achieved in Australia over the last four years – there are now more beards per capita than there have been since the 1970s, and attitudes towards beards and their owners are starting to change. Having said that, bearded Australians still face injustice every day, and we will never give up on our goal to turn this land we call home into the world’s first entirely-bearded nation.

Mini-World Tour: USA, Canada, Australia, UK & Europe (March – May)

After years of fighting beard discrimination on the home front, we are now ready to set our sights on the shaving epidemic that has gripped the entirety of western civilisation for over 100 years. In March we will play a handful of shows across the USA and Canada. Then we will be briefly heading home to perform at Byron Bay’s Bluesfest. In May we will finally get a chance to spread our bearded message to the people of the UK and Europe. Most of the dates for this tour are yet to be announced, so stay tuned for more information.

Australian Tour (June)

In June we will be back home for a full Australian tour that is sure to convince the few remaining doubters that growing and keeping a beard really is the single greatest and most meaningful experience a human being is capable of undertaking.


New Video – Got Me a Beard

12 Sep

The brand new animated film clip for our song “Got Me a Beard”.
Thanks to our dear old friend Chris Edser and his team of bearded animators for all their hard work.

World Beard Day 2012

1 Sep


For World Beard Day 2012, the four members of The Beards travel to distant lands and look at how different cultures celebrate this age-old tradition. For more information on World Beard Day visit


While having a beard is obviously ideal in any climate, it made sense to us that the most fervent celebrators of World Beard Day would probably reside in the coldest parts of our planet, where a beard could add warmth to one’s face and joy to one’s heart. Thus, we sent Johann Beardraven south to Antarctica, where we expected he’d find World Beard Day Celebrations in full swing…

World Beard Day in Antarctica

The small plane I have boarded from Hobart isn’t nearly as full of World Beard Day cheer as I might have expected. In fact, I seem to be the only one wearing a World Beard Day t-shirt – most others seem to be scientist types or hard-core snowboarders. Undeterred, I continue waving my World Beard Day flag and chanting “World Beard Day – Woooooooooo!” at the top of my voice until the half a litre of scotch that I chugged pre-flight kicks in and I fall asleep.

When I wake up, the plane has landed and everyone else seems to have left, aside from the plane’s beardless captain who is shaking his head at me – probably upset that I didn’t invite him to the wild World Beard Day party that I am planning for later tonight. While I am wearing only my t-shirt, thongs and my hairy shorts that I fashioned from some beard-like material that I found at Spotlight, I have full confidence that my impressive beard will protect me from whatever the elements may throw my way. So I belt out of the plane, down the stairs and begin running across the ice, waving the flag furiously and screaming “Happy World Beard Day motherfuckerrrrrrrs!” I just start to notice that the large crowd I was anticipating upon my arrival doesn’t seem to exist, when I lose all feeling in my legs, and go crashing face-first into the ice, knocking myself unconscious.

When I come to, I am in some kind of medical facility. A concerned-looking man hovers over me, asking me if I know what day it is. “World Beard Day biiiiiitch!” I yell back enthusiastically. He looks startled, mentions something about finding me a doctor and hurries off. I start to become concerned that the World Beard Day celebrations may have begun without me so I get gingerly to my feet to have a look around. While it appears that I am in some kind of research station, I am soon relieved to find a rather unshaven gentleman walking around. I begin to engage him in an enthusiastic discussion about World Beard Day, however he just stares blankly at me for a while before muttering something about having work to do and scuttles off. Not to be discouraged, I immediately spot a bloke with an even bigger beard, and march right up to him and exclaim my admiration for his facial hair. Rather than thank me, he scowls and mutters something about wishing he could shave it off if he only had access to hot water. I am taken slightly aback.

Seriously though man”, I say, “how good is having a beard??” Again, just a blank stare.

Aren’t you that fuckhead who was wearing shorts?” he finally says. I’m sure he couldn’t be talking about me, so I change the subject.

Happy World Beard Day!” I say.

Look mate”, he says, “why don’t you just fuck right off.”

Johann Beardraven














Most bearded people living in the world today are free to celebrate World Beard Day without fear of persecution, but there are still some parts of the world where celebrating this tradition is a risk many fear to take. For World Beard Day 2012, Nathaniel Beard travels to China, a country that denies its citizens the right to celebrate World Beard Day as part of an aggressive Government campaign to eradicate Chinese beards altogether.

World Beard Day in China

I’m searching Beijing’s Xi Cheng district for an unassuming noodle house called Bao’s. As I walk through the maze that is Dongshuaifu Hutong, a bustling network of alleys and shopfronts, I am astounded by the total lack of beards here. Not just in this one area, but all throughout the city. In fact, I’ve not seen a single beard since arriving in China three days ago. A grizzled shop-keeper glares at me, stroking his bare face menacingly. I quickly move on. It is the day before World Beard Day, and I’m increasingly feeling that me and my beard are not welcome here. Yesterday I was accosted by a group of police. I couldn’t understand what they were saying but they were yelling at me and frantically pointing to my beard.

Whilst having a beard in China is not illegal, it is actively discouraged by the Government, who regularly release anti-beard propaganda through various state-run newspapers. The Disaster Reduction Press has warned that:

“Beards violate the requirements of hygiene and are not desirable”.

The same article claims that having a beard can lead to baldness. This ludicrous assertion is backed up by the following science:

Beards inhibit the body’s natural ability to radiate heat. This makes the scalp too hot and affects the functions of the brain. To compensate, the body drops hair from the head.”

A recently-released Government health pamphlet has advised that:

Wearing any kind of beard or moustache greatly increases the chances of mouth, brain and face cancer.”

These dubious warnings might sound far-fetched, but the Chinese Government are building upon deeply-held superstitions pertaining to facial hair. Wearing a moustache has long been considered bad luck by Chinese custom, with the belief that facial hair can bring misfortune on the family and relatives of the wearer. Because of old beliefs like this, the Communist Party of China have been able to propagate anti-beard sentiments without needing to outlaw beards. But why this government goes to such lengths to keep China clean-chinned is a mystery. One theory is that with most of the world’s razor blades manufactured in China, shaving is good for the nation’s booming economy. Another possibility is that the People’s Liberation Army fear a bearded uprising if the bearded population is significantly increased. But whatever their reasons, the authorities here clearly do not want the people to grow beards, and while having a beard in China is not a crime, celebrating World Beard Day is.

In 2010, the Chinese Government officially banned all celebrations of World Beard Day. The following year, a small group of Chinese beard enthusiasts staging a World Beard Day picnic clashed with police who arrested four people for attempting to subvert the government.

As I continue down the hutong, I come across a tiny red and green shopfront bearing the name ‘Bao’s’. This is the shop I am looking for. Inside the woman behind the counter looks at my beard and nods, leading me through some curtains into the rear of the building. There, around a small table, sits Bao, the shop’s owner, with two older men. Bao is clean-shaven, but one of the other two men has a long, thin moustache and the other sports a full, neat beard. They are his father and his uncle. Since the ban on World Beard Day celebrations came into effect two years ago, Bao risks arrest by secretly staging a private celebration at the back of his shop. I take a seat and accept a cup of tea, preparing myself for a low-key World Beard Day that will hopefully pass by without incident.

Nathaniel Beard










Despite having more beards per capita than any other region in the world, the Middle East does not tend to recognise World Beard Day. In fact, World Beard Day is only significantly celebrated by one Middle Eastern country, and they do it differently there than anywhere else in the world. To find out more, John Beardman Jr travels to the State of Kuwait.

World Beard Day in Kuwait

Kuwait City: It’s the night before World Beard Day, which is simply known here as Beard Day. In the week I’ve been here, I’ve been learning about the truly bizarre way in which the people of this tiny country observe this day of bearded togetherness.

Kuwait has one of the world’s smallest Christian populations, so it is not surprising that Christmas is not a particularly major event here. But the locals have adopted many of Christmas’s traditions and incorporated them into their much-loved Beard Day celebrations.

I manoeuvre my way through a bustling shopping mall and witness a throng of people buying last-minute Beard Day gifts for their bearded family members. The tradition is that the family members with beards receive Beard Day presents, whilst the beardless members of the family have to select a much-valued possession and witness its destruction as punishment for being unable or unwilling to grow a proper beard.

As I find a path through the crowd of people, I see a familiar figure. The plump man sits on a throne in the middle of the thoroughfare, wearing a red suit and a white beard. He has a boy on his lap and he seems to be speaking to him quite sternly. Though he resembles Father Christmas, I know that this is Mr. Beard Day. According to local folklore, Mr. Beard Day visits all of the world’s children while they sleep on the night before Beard Day. Mr. Beard Day inspects each child’s face, checking to see if they have grown a full beard. If a child is found to be bearded, he or she will be rewarded with an assortment of gifts. If the child is found to be beardless, Mr. Beard Day leaves the child an extensive list of chores as punishment for their failure. As a proud, bearded man, I have to admit that I prefer this beard-related version of Christmas to the real thing.

On the way back to my hotel, I stop at a public square and listen to the local Kuwaitis who have gathered to sing some traditional Beard Day carols. I sing with them for around an hour. As I turn to leave, I am approached by a bearded man who smiles at me.

“Merry Beard Day!” He says.

It may be celebrated in a strange way, but the Beard Day spirit is alive and well in Kuwait.

John Beardman Jr










World Beard Day is celebrated all over the world as a tribute to bearded people, past and present, for their invaluable contributions to human civilisation. However, nowhere on earth is World Beard Day as important to the political hierarchy and social structure as it is in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Here, World Beard Day marks the changing of the guard, as the highest political position of Grand Chair-Beard is elected. For the past 14 years this election has been dominated by Paolo Suarez, so this year, Facey McStubblington of The Beards travels to Cochabamba to find out more about the process, and Suarez’s stranglehold on the top job.

World Beard Day in Bolivia

Cochabamba: As I step onto the street from the airport terminal I am immediately greeted by a wispy-bearded adolescent who speaks broken English with a heavy lisp.
“Fathey, Fathey, please to come with me?” He says urgently. His beard, as I say, is not much, but a beard is a beard. He ushers me to his Suzuki scooter which is clearly older than he is. As we mount the tired steed we get accosted by nearly 20 people handing us fliers. The young man waves them away and speeds off, but not before one of them manages to slip me one of the fliers. It has a picture of a burly, austere man with a huge beard and reads “Vote 1: Paolo Suarez!”

As we ride through the bustling street markets of the city centre I note the high percentage of bearded people and I smile to myself. My chaperone yells over the wind whistling past my ears, “It ith an honour to have you on the back of my bike Fathey. You and your bearded band are all highly revered here”.

I thank him and say, “I’m here to find out about the Grand Chair-Beard election.”

“Ith not thafe to talk here!” he yells curtly and falls silent again. I enjoy the rest of the ride noting that the only exception to all the “Vote 1: Paolo Suarez!” t-shirts is the occasional band t-shirt that reads “The Beards”. I fondly daydream about moving to Cochabamba.

We arrive at a small hut on the outskirts of the city when, in an attempt to break the silence that had befallen our association 10 minutes earlier I say, “That’s a corker beard on that guy!” showing him the flier I had been given earlier. Without more than a glance at the paper, the young man spits violently on it, smattering spittle on my hand in the process. At this point I decide perhaps silence is more comfortable and I continue following without another word.

He leads me down a long hallway to the back of the house. “I am to bring you to my Thithter – Cochabamba’s thaviour.” He finally speaks. “The man on your flier ith a wery bad man. A wery bad man indeed.”

Although a young man in stature, I can tell he is very passionate from the pain in his eyes.

We stop at the final door in the house. In a poorly lit room decorated in The Beards’ photos and accolades stands a single chair with a small framed young woman with a thick, healthy beard seated in it.

I’m so glad you have come.” She says.

Stammering in awe of the beautiful bearded woman in front of me I finally ask, “Who are you?”

She stands, inhales deeply and exclaims, “I am Princess Kamille Feldarez, Fifty-eighth generation Cochabamban, daughter of the late King Pablo Feldarez and rightful Grand Chair-Beard of Cochabamba.”

After a pause that was awkward by anyone’s standards I start, “Well it’s nice to…”

That pamphlet you hold in your hands,” she interrupts, “is a symbol of oppression!”

But this guy has a great bea…”

That guy” she breaks in again, “has rigged every election for the past 14 World Beard Days, AND he murdered my bearded father!”

Surely a beard like this wouldn’t murder another ma…”

NO!!!” She interjects a third time, but her sheer beauty and beard stifles any objection I’d normally take at the offence. She pauses as a tear wells in her eye. “Beards don’t kill people Mr. McStubblington, people with beards kill people.”

Over the next few hours, Princess Kamille tells of how her father and many others have died at the hands of the “great” Paolo Suarez for the offence of having a superior beard to his. She shows me photos of her father King Pablo Feldarez’s beard which brings tears to my eyes for its beauty. She speaks of how he had trained her and her brother to grow beards in preparation for their eventual reign as the next in line to the throne. Kamille pleads with me to use my influence to advocate for her and her brother’s fight to liberate the larger beards of Cochabamba, so that all may be free to grow large, unrestrained beards for generations to come.

Please vote 1: Princess Kamille Feldarez.

Facey McStubblington


New video teaser.

20 Aug

Buy tickets to The End of The World (for beardless people) Tour

19 Aug

Here are the links for buying tickets for The End of The World (for beardless people) Tour

28/9/2012 – Beach Hotel, Byron Bay

+ Starboard Cannons.


29/9/2012 – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra.

30/9/2012 – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra.

4/10/2012 – The Spotted Cow, Toowoomba

+The Snowdroppers & Kim Churchill.

5/10/2012 – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast

+The Snowdroppers & Kim Churchill.

6/10/2012 – The HiFi, Brisbane

+ The Snowdroppers & Kim Churchill.

10/10/2012 – The Club, Bundaberg

+ StormChasers & Kim Churchill.

11/10/2012 – Great Western Hotel, Rockhampton

+ StormChasers & Kim Churchill.

12/10/2012 – Magnums, Airlie Beach

+ StormChasers & Kim Churchill.

13/10/2012 – JCU Unibar, Townsville

+ StormChasers & Kim Churchill.

14/10/2012 – The Jack, Cairns

+ StormChasers & Kim Churchill.

24/10/2012 – Bar On The Hill, Newcastle

+ The Snowdroppers & Kim Churchill.

25/10/2012 – Wollongong UniBar, Wollongong

+ The Snowdroppers & Kim Churchill.

26/10/2012 – Baroque Bar, Katoomba

+ The Snowdroppers & Kim Churchill.

27/10/2012 – Beachcomber Hotel, Central Coast

+ The Snowdroppers & Kim Churchill.

1/11/2012 – ANU, Canberra

+ The Snowdroppers & Kim Churchill.

2/11/2012 – The Metro, Sydney

+ The Snowdroppers & Kim Churchill.

3/11/2012 – The HiFi, Melbourne

+ The Peep Tempel & Guthrie.

15/11/2012 – Prince of Wales, Bunbury

+ The Snowdroppers & Gay Paris.

16/11/2012 – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River

+ The Snowdroppers

17/11/2012 – Rosemount Hotel, Perth

+ The Snowdroppers & Gay Paris.

18/11/2012 – Indie Bar, Scarborough Beach

+ The Snowdroppers & Gay Paris.

22/11/2012- Karova Lounge, Ballarat

+ The Snowdroppers & The Stiffys & Bakers Digest.

23/11/2012 – Queenscliff Festival.

24/11/2012 – Queenscliff Festival.

29/11/2012 – Royal Oak, Launceston


Please contact bookers for full refund.

30/11/2012 – Republic Bar, Hobart.

+ Guthrie

1/12/2012 – Jive, Adelaide.

2/12/2012 – Jive, Adelaide.

The 2012 End of The World (for beardless people) Tour

6 Aug

Triple J, The Harbour Agency and Street Press Australia present:

The Beards:
The 2012 End of The World (for beardless people) Tour

By now, everyone has heard about the various ancient prophecies predicting some sort of apocalypse at the end of this year. There’s the Mayan prophesies, the Incan and Egyptian prophesies, the prophesies of Nostradamus, as well as a host of prophesies from the people on the Internet. Every single one of these prophesies, if misinterpreted correctly, forecasts that this year could mark the end of the world as we know it. But there’s one prophecy that’s still relatively obscure, and it predicts that on December 21st, 2012, the world will end – for people without beards.

This age-old foretelling has prompted the world’s most beard-related theme band to spring into action. From September 28th, The Beards will embark upon their biggest Australian tour to date, in an attempt to convince as many cleanchins as possible to repent before it’s too late.

The 2012 End of The World (for beardless people) Tour will see the band take their three album back-catalogue of songs about beards throughout Australia, with dates in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Hobart, Perth, Fremantle, Bunbury, Margaret River, Newcastle, Wollongong, Byron Bay, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns and more.

For more information on the prophesies and the ancient parchment found by The Beards visit.


Kate Miller Heidke tour nearly sold out!

3 Aug

The Kate Miller Heidke Tour is almost completely sold out, but there are still a very limited amount of tickets for the following shows. Follow the links for tickets

All shows supported by us… The Beards!

Adelaide 9th August – The Gov

Perth 11th August – The Astor

Melbourne 16th August – The Corner—third-show

Sydney 23rd 24th August – The Metro

Brisbane 26th August – The HiFi

We will be playing at all Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane shows on this tour, sorry Darwin and Canberra.

All shows start at 7:30 pm.



7 Jun

Thursday June 7, 2012

Victorian Police Chief Ken Lay’s crusade against the beard looks one step
closer to coming into fruition. His blatant and outright discriminatory wish to
see beards (and less importantly tattoos and moustaches) banned for all officers
in the Victorian Police Force has received backing from members of the
almost-entirely beardless State Government. The one MP brave enough to have a
beard, Gavin Jennings, has shown that that’s where his bravery ends, and is
towing the line.

We the bearded publicly condemn Ken Lay and ask that he stand down immediately
from his position as Victorian Police Chief Commissioner. It is our view that
Mr Lay would be better fitted to front a Victorian-era Police Force rather than
being in charge of policing a democratic state In Australia in the year of 2012.

We encourage all members of the Victorian Police Force, and also people
everywhere, to grow beards in protest. We see what Ken Lay is trying to do and
we will not be held down. He may not be able to grow a beard, but we can.

The Beards support Kate Miller Heidke

24 Apr

We are hitting the road in August to support Kate Miller Heidke as she launches her new album “Night Flight”.




Thur 9th Aug – The Gov – Adelaide

Fri 10th Aug – The Gov – Adelaide

Sat 11th Aug – The Astor – Perth

Tue 14th Aug – The Corner – Melbourne – Sold out

Wed 15th Aug – The Corner – Melbourne – Sold out

Thur 16th Aug – The Corner – Melbourne

Thur 23th Aug – The Metro – Sydney

Fri 24th Aug – The Metro – Sydney

Sat 25 Aug – The HiFi – Brisbane

Sun 26t Aug – The HiFi – Brisbane


for more info visit



Check out Kate covering our song “You Should Consider Having Sex With A Bearded Man” at the  2012 Apra awards.


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