Mulletfest returns to Kurri Kurri, Newcastle

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

  • The annual Mulletfest is held in Kurri Kurri, a small town in the Hunter region of New South Wales
  • The celebrated tradition continued on Saturday, where participants flocked to the Chelmsford Hotel to be judged
  • Mulletfest celebrates the well-known and infamous hairstyle, judging competitors on haircut and presentation
  • Hairy revelers from across Australia invited to sing and dance while showing off their favorite hairstyle

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The annual celebration of the iconic ‘business in the front, party in the back’ hairstyle is in full swing as Covid restrictions continue to ease.

All furry revelers can sing and dance as they celebrate their favorite hairstyle at the third annual Mulletfest at the Chelmsford Hotel in Kurri Kurri, Newcastle on Saturday and Sunday.

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

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

Mullet lovers of all ages gathered on Saturday to celebrate their favorite hairstyle as Covid restrictions eased

Mullet lovers of all ages gathered on Saturday to celebrate their favorite hairstyle as Covid restrictions eased

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

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

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

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

Kurri Kurri local Dylan Dudley proved to be a huge success as he took part in Mulletfest for the fourth time in recent years.

Kurri Kurri local Dylan Dudley proved to be a huge success as he took part in Mulletfest for the fourth time in recent years.

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

Mules are judged in a range of categories including ‘everyday’, ‘dirty’, ‘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 children under one year old to 17 years old.

The bizarre celebration caught attention on social media in Russia, the UK, North America and Ireland when it launched in 2018.

Fundraising for the Mark Hughes Foundation helps the non-profit organization fund brain cancer research, treatment and care.

Mulletfest will travel the country throughout 2022 to show off unique hairstyles across Australia.

The third annual Mullet Celebration at the Chelmsford Hotel saw mullet enthusiasts travel from all over to show off their manes

The third annual Mullet Celebration at the 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 certain additional accessories to their performance.

Competitors can compete in a range of categories and age groups to show off their locks with certain additional accessories to their performance.

Everyone got in on the mule action on Saturday with a range of categories allowing kids to show off their mules too

Everyone got in on the mule action on Saturday with a range of categories allowing kids to show off their mules too

Mulletfest 2022 competitors pulled out all the stops to receive a coveted mullet trophy with the title

Mulletfest 2022 competitors pulled out all the stops to receive a coveted Mullet Trophy with the title ‘Best of Them All’ on everyone’s mind

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

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

But for others, including the Oxford English Dictionary, the use of the term mule was “apparently coined, and certainly popularized, by American hip-hop group the Beastie Boys”.

The muleteers competed in a range of categories including 'everyday', 'dirty', 'ranga' and 'vintage', with the winners set to compete in a grand final on December 3.

The muleteers competed in a range of categories including ‘everyday’, ‘dirty’, ‘ranga’ and ‘vintage’, with the winners set to compete in a grand final on December 3.

Mule competitors took to Saturday's stage to compete for a range of category titles

Mule competitors took to Saturday’s stage to compete for a range of category titles

Anything but boring: Competitors brought their A game on Saturday with some adding color to their mules or props to their performances

Anything but boring: Competitors brought their A game on Saturday with some adding color to their mules or props to their performances

List of venues for Mulletfest 2022

January 7 – 9 – Summernats (Canberra, ACT)

February 5 – Motorvation Summernats (Perth, WA)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 21-23 – Gladstone Dookie Hotel (Dookie, VIC)

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