Mighty Hoopla

Mighty Hoopla is London's no pretensions, non stop pop extravaganza. With music from Chaka Khan and All Saints, fun and games and hopefully some summer sun, this is one London music festival that you really won't want to miss! Peter Gray reports.

Mighty Hoopla Festival

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 highlight of last year’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 legend Chaka Khan join a host of stars for the day long event. Khan, who recently returned to the charts with her single Like Sugar, will be certain to fire up the crowd with her massive catalogue of hits including Ain’t Nobody, I’m Every Woman and I Feel For You. The legendary diva will also be showcasing songs from her new album, Hello Happiness.

The album has a much more contemporary sound than the artists recent releases with production duties handled by Switch who has previously achieved success working with the likes of M.I.A, Beyonce and Rihanna.

Other artists lined up to perform include All Saints, Jamelia, Liberty X, Kate Nash, Bananarama, Guilty Pleasures, Samantha Mumba, Tove Lo, Sink the Pink, Massaoke and The Cocoa Butter Club.

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 3rd 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 8th of June 2019.

More information about the festival can be found here.

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