In the space of five years, Mighty Hoopla has become an unmissable event in the London LGBTQ+ calendar. The festival is always a genuinely joyous day out during which you’re guaranteed to bump into at least ten people you know and for whatever reason, it’s always inexplicably rain-free — we’ve just jinxed it, haven’t we.
The best thing about it is the line-up, which is a glorious smorgasbord of nostalgia acts you didn’t know we’re still going, up-and-coming names, and pretty much every drag queen worth their salt working in the capital. One minute you’re watching Jamelia belt out Beware of the Dog on the main stage, the next you’re in a cabaret tent with Charity Shop Sue behind the decks. Basically, It’s pure, unadulterated campness.
And in another bit of good news, this is the first year that the event’s being spread over two days instead of one — one of which is the extra Jubilee bank holiday, cheers Liz — so it’s double bubble when it comes to performers. Who can you look forward to? Well, topping (in the only sense of the word) the bill on Friday is Steps, followed by Sugababes (the original line-up of Mutya, Keisha and Siobahn, you’ll be happy to hear) on Saturday night. Below these pop powerhouses, you’ve got hot queer talent in the shape of Pablo Vittar and Big Freedia, nostalgic dances acts like 2 Unlimited and Cascada, and some of the capital’s best club nights waking up a little earlier than normal, like Little Gay Brother, OutHaus and U OK Hun?
Gather your gals together and start planning your lewkz, because summer just isn’t summer without Mighty Hoopla.
Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th June, Brockwell Park, SE24 9BJ, Nearest Station: Herne Hill