Did you know that there is a mullet festival?

23/05/2019

Belgians have launched an unusual event: the first European mullet festival.

Featuring short hair at the front and longer hair at the back, the mullet was particularly popular between the 1970s and the 1990s. Nowadays, it is considered old-fashioned and in poor taste. However, this MacGyver-style haircut is gradually making a comeback.

Some fans of this hair style, who have joined together in the non-profit association "Les amis de la coupe mulet" (The friends of the mullet), have decided to honour it by organising an unusual event. The result was the first European mullet festival, which took place on Saturday 18 May 2019 in Boussu, Hainaut province.

What was originally supposed to be a small event with a few hundred people, quickly attracted attention on social media in several countries. In the end, around 1,500 people, whether filled with nostalgia or fans of self-deprecation, came to Boussu to celebrate the mullet. There was plenty of humour, with a range of different activities such as rock concerts, a competition for the most beautiful mullet and a hairdressing workshop for those brave enough to take the plunge.

However, this is not the first event of its kind in the world. In February 2018, the Mulletfest was held in the small town of Kurri Kurri, Australia, giving some 150 mullet fans an opportunity to show off their beautiful manes.