Hair we go! Australia's annual 'Mulletfest' kicks off

Hair we go! Australia’s annual ‘Mulletfest’ kicks off with hundreds of contestants flocking to fringe festival to show off their luscious locks

  • The annual Mulletfest is being held in Kurri Kurri, a small town in the Hunter Region of New South Wales
  • Celebrated tradition continued on Saturday, where entrants flocked to the Chelmsford Hotel to be judged
  • Mulletfest celebrates well-known and infamous hair-style, judging competitors on haircut and presentation
  • Hairy revellers from around Australia invited to sing and dance while showing off their favourite hairstyle 
  • The annual celebration of the iconic ‘business in the front, party in the back’ hairdo is back in full swing as Covid restrictions continue to ease.

    All hairy revellers can sing and dance while celebrating their favourite hairstyle at third annual Mulletfest at the Chelmsford Hotel in Kurri Kurri, Newcastle, on Saturday and Sunday.

    Mullet-enthusiasts of all ages were seen showing off their manes on Saturday.

    The annual celebration of the iconic 'business in the front, party in the back' hairdo is back in full swing as Mulletfest returns to Kurri Kurri, Newcastle

    The annual celebration of the iconic ‘business in the front, party in the back’ hairdo is back in full swing as Mulletfest returns to Kurri Kurri, Newcastle

    Mullet-enthusiasts of all ages gathered on Saturday to celebrate their favourite hairdo as Covid restrictions eased

    Mullet-enthusiasts of all ages gathered on Saturday to celebrate their favourite hairdo as Covid restrictions eased

    Marleene Sutherland from Buladelah was all smiles as she attended the Mulletfest at the Chelmsford Hotel in Kurri Kurri, NSW

    Marleene Sutherland from Buladelah was all smiles as she attended the Mulletfest at the Chelmsford Hotel in Kurri Kurri, NSW

    Mulletfest is an annual competition and celebration to raise money for the Mark Hughes Foundation

    Mulletfest is an annual competition and celebration to raise money for the Mark Hughes Foundation

    Kurri Kurri local Dylan Dudley proved to be a huge hit as he entered the Mulletfest for the fourth time in recent years

    Kurri Kurri local Dylan Dudley proved to be a huge hit as he entered the Mulletfest for the fourth time in recent years

    Mulletfest is an annual competition and celebration to raise money for the Mark Hughes Foundation.

    Mullets are judged in a range of categories including ‘everyday’, ‘grubby’, ‘ranga’, and ‘vintage’ with winners set to compete in a grand final on December 3.

    The competition is even open to children with categories for kids aged under one through to 17. 

    The odd celebration gained attention on social media in Russia, The UK, North America, and Ireland when it first kicked-off in 2018.   

    The fundraiser for the Mark Hughes Foundation helps the non-profit organisation fund brain cancer research, treatment, and care.

    Mulletfest will be touring the country throughout 2022 to show off unique hairdos Australia wide. 

    The third annual celebration of the mullet at Chelmsford Hotel saw mullet-enthusiasts travel from all over to show off their manes

    The third annual celebration of the mullet at Chelmsford Hotel saw mullet-enthusiasts travel from all over to show off their manes

    Competitors can compete in a range of categories and age groups to show off their locks with some adding props to their performances

    Competitors can compete in a range of categories and age groups to show off their locks with some adding props to their performances

    Everyone got in on the mullet-action on Saturday with a range of categories allowing kids to show off their mullets too

    Everyone got in on the mullet-action on Saturday with a range of categories allowing kids to show off their mullets too

    Competitors in Mulletfest 2022 went all out to receive a coveted mullet-trophy with the 'Best of Them All' title on everyone's minds

    Competitors in Mulletfest 2022 went all out to receive a coveted mullet-trophy with the ‘Best of Them All’ title on everyone’s minds

    The famous, or infamous, business-at-the-front, party-at-the-back hairstyle has a speckled history.

    About 1500 years ago, Byzantine scholar Procopius described a group of young men who wore their hair long at the back and short over the forehead.

    But for others, including the Oxford English Dictionary, use of the term mullet was ‘apparently coined, and certainly popularised, by American hip-hop group the Beastie Boys’.

    Mulleteers competed in a range of categories including 'everyday', 'grubby', 'ranga', and 'vintage' with winners set to compete in a grand final on December 3

    Mulleteers competed in a range of categories including ‘everyday’, ‘grubby’, ‘ranga’, and ‘vintage’ with winners set to compete in a grand final on December 3

    Mullet competitors took to the stage of Saturday to compete for a range of category titles

    Mullet competitors took to the stage of Saturday to compete for a range of category titles

    Anything but boring: contestants brought their A-game on Saturday with some adding colours to their mullets or props to their performances

    Anything but boring: contestants brought their A-game on Saturday with some adding colours to their mullets or props to their performances

    The Mulletfest 2022 Venue List

    7th – 9th January – Summernats (Canberra, ACT)

    5th February – Summernats Motorvation (Perth, WA)

    25th – 27th February – Chelmsford Hotel (Kurri Kurri, NSW)

    18th – 20th March – Sodens Hotel (Albury, NSW)

    15th – 18th April – Rocky Nats (Rockhampton, QLD)

    20th – 22nd May – The Golden Dog Hotel (Glenreagh, NSW)

    17th – 19th June – The Logan Village Hotel (Logan Village, QLD)

    1st – 4th September – Red Centre Nats and Monte’s Lounge (Alice Springs, NT)

    14th – 16th October – White Hart Hotel (Murrurundi, NSW)

    21st – 23rd October – Gladstone Dookie Hotel (Dookie, VIC)

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