What’s On At BARBERFEST 2021?


BARBERFEST is a unique blend of learning, inspiration, brand experiences and networking – and tickets are on sale now. Taking place on Monday 5 July, the very first BARBERFEST will take place at the Hilton Brighton Metropole. Get tickets here for just £15!

What’s on?

We listened hard about the stuff you love about events, and the stuff you don’t. It’s an experiential event for barbers and men’s hair professionals with live demos, competitions, business advice and leading brands.

Head here to see the Barberfest Floorplan!

The stages

We know you want to immerse yourself in both creative and business education, so we’ve got two separate stages – the Modern Barber Inspiration Stage and the Business Learning Stage, sponsored by the NHBF.

Here are some of the amazing names confirmed across the two stages. Stay tuned for details of many more!


Business Learning Stage, sponsored by the NHBF

10:00am Phil Jarman, Shifting Your Mindset: Marketing, Business Growth and Customer Delight (Not Satisfaction!), co-owner Carlo & Co

10:45am Matt Allen, You’re More Than A Barber, You’re A Brand, branding expert and project manager

11:30am Carl Hinder, How to Make Sure Your Clients Never Say ‘No’, business coaching specialist

12:15pm Andrew Cannon, Is it Possible to Build a Barbershop Brand?, CEO and co-founder of Ruffians

1:00pm Tom Chapman, Can A Barber Save A Life?, founder Lions Barber Collective

2:30pm Sam Campagna, Building A Sustainable Team Through Employment, creative director Alternative Barbering Co

3:15pm Mike Taylor, Why Apprenticeships Are Vital For Our Industry, founder of Mike Taylor Education



MB Inspiration Stage

10:00am Great British Barbering Academy

10:45am Teddy Edwards Cutting Rooms

11:30am MVRCK by Mitch Ambassadors – Baldy and Kade Burgess

12:15pm Cresswell Barber Co

1:00pm Tariq Howes and Male Avenue Grooming

1:45pm Toni & Guy Art Team

2:30pm Keri Blue and Greygory

3:15pm Dark Stag ambassadors AJ Rapture and Bridey Jo

4:00pm Raw Talent Barbering Competition Winners Announced


The brands

You want to get to know brands that will help you build your business and make your life easier. So we’ve got pop-up stands from brands including Dark Stag and MVRCK by Mitch, as well as separate learning zones. We’re keeping things intimate, by keeping the event small. There will be a maximum of 20 stands so you can take your time and make real connections with people and brands.

Brand pop ups include brands such as…

The networking

And finally, we know you want a place to hang out and chat with your industry peers and drink a beer (no pressure though!), so you’ll love the (two!) Networking Hubs, which are sponsored by MVRCK by Mitch and PPL PRS Music.


The competitions

The Raw Talent Barbering Competition, sponsored by VTCT is brought to you by Modern Barber Magazine, BARBERFEST and Mike Taylor Education with the aim of giving a much-needed platform for barber students and junior barbers to showcase their skills.

Excitingly, the final will take place live in our competition area. It’s time for the next generation of barbers to show the industry what they’re made of. And the best news? There’s a £250 prize up for grabs and Dark Stag goodies! Find out more about the comp here.

Contestants were asked to provide up to four images of ONE haircut they have done as well as a short description of the look and the inspiration behind it in order to enter. Big congratulations to the finalists – announced here,


Here’s the timetable for the competition:

Competition timetable


(competitors to make their way to the competition area at 10.45am to set up)

11am Freshers


(competitors to make their way to the competition area at 12.15pm to set up)

12.30pm Graduate


(competitors to make their way to the competition area at 1.45pm to set up)

2pm Post Graduate


(competitors to make their way to the Business Learning Stage at 3.30pm)

4pm Raw Talent Barbering Competition Winners Announced on MB Inspiration Stage


Ticket info

This event has now taken place.

Entrance policy
Barberfest is open only to trade and professional visitors over the age of 14. Management reserves the right to request proof of age from individuals who look under 14 and refuse entry if this is not provided. Under no circumstances will prams, babies, pushchairs or buggies be permitted. No exceptions will be made. Face coverings will be mandatory inside the venue and entry without a face covering will not be permitted.
Refund policy
In the event that an exhibition or conference is forced to cancel due to the Coronavirus, we will issue a full refund to ticket holders. Should the Government impose restrictions on visitor numbers that are lower than ticket sales, we will return ticket money on a last-in, first-out basis.
Other than Covid-19, all payments are non-refundable unless otherwise stated. Any requests for refunds must be received in writing within 21 days following an event and will be reviewed by management with no guarantee of a reimbursement. Should a refund be issued, it will incur a 10% administration fee. The company accepts no responsibility for circumstances beyond its control.


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