Mighty Hoopla

London's no pretensions pop extravaganza is back. Peter Gray reports.

Mighty Hoopla Festival
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If only all of London’s music festivals could be this much fun. The Mighty Hoopla takes the accepted festival formula and doesn’t so much turn it on its head as flip it over and tickle its belly.

The festival was cancelled on 2020 due to the pandemic but the highlight of 2019’s festival was Mel C belting out a stirring rendition of Say You’ll be There, surrounded by a bunch of drag queens dressed as Baby, Scary, Ginger and Posh. You won’t get that at Glastonbury.

Its exactly this type of cheeky fun that makes the festival such an engaging and welcome addition to the London Festival season.

This year’s extravaganza will see pop legends En Vogue join a host of stars for the day long event. The band, who enjoyed a string of massive hits in the 90s with tracks like Hold On, Lies and You Font Have To Worry, will be certain to fire up the crowd with their intoxicating mix of r’n’b and soul.

Joining En Vogue at the event will be Cheryl. The X Factor Star began her career as a member of UK pop sensation Girls Aloud before establishing herself as a solo artist with massive hits like Call My Name and Fight For This Love.

Other artists lined up to perform include Becky Hill, Eve, Raye, C&C Music Factory, Lisa Maffia, Whitfield, Gabrielle, Atomic Kitten and Betty Boo.

The Festival is the brainchild of several LGBT+ crews from the London club scene. Sink The Pink, Guilty Pleasures, The Glory, Ultimate Power, Massaoke, Figs in Wigs – all had a hand in putting the event together.

Glyn Fussell from pansexual party collective Sink The Pink says ‘Mighty Hoopla happened as a reaction. I wanted to inject the fun back into festivals and for the day to feel like a high-energy celebration. We’re not taking ourselves too seriously and the whole day will have a carnivalesque sense of humour.’

This summer’s event will mark the 4th Mighty Hoopla and it will once again be hosted in a London Park although details of which one are still to be announced.

The Mighty Hoopla will take place on the 4th of September 2021.

More information about the festival can be found here.

For information on other great music festivals in London, please click here.

-London's Best Events-
What: music festival
When: 4 Sept 2021
Where: Brockwell Park