Mighty Hoopla, the joyous pop extravaganza festival which celebrates love, change and equality, returned on 8th June 2019 to Brockwell Park and delivered a fantastic array of concerts and live performances.
Growing stronger year after year, the event staged a solid list of live acts by the likes of Chaka Khan, All Saints, Kate Nash, Banarama, Cathy Dennis, The Chateau, Fabienne, Gemma Cairney, Hifi Sean, Jamelia, Neil Prince, Guilty Pleasures, Klub Kids, Ultra Nate, and many more. Mighty Hoopla gloriously celebrates freedom, the LGBTQ+ community, and pushes further away conservatism and hate speech.
The festival was founded in 2016 by the collective minds of Jamie Tagg, Glyn Fussell (East Creative/ Sink The Pink), Sean Rowley (Guilty Pleasures), Ally Wolf (The Grand) and John Burgess (Bugged Out). Originally staged at Butlins in 2016, Mighty Hoopla moved to Victoria Park a year later before finding its home in Brockwell Park in 2018 in South London, which becomes trendier every year. Mighty Hoopla is a successful extension of Sink the Pink, the self-described as “antidote to the soulless mega clubs and a collective of queens, club kids, pop superstars, creative juggernauts, flamboyant dancers, and acclaimed designers”.
“This is,” says Tagg, “a new ecosystem for LGBTQ+ events. We had to invent it because no one else had.” Fussell adds “Everything we’ve been working towards felt like it came to fruition at last year’s Mighty Hoopla. It was the happiest day of my life.”
Highlights this year included amazing sets by Buttmizvah (London’s first ever queer Jewish night), Hungama (East London’s gay, hip-hop meets Bollywood night), and Cocoa Butter Club (burlesque, comedy, and music celebrating performers of colour). Sink The Pink, Savage and Bongo’s Bingo on top of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars’ winner, Trinity The Tuck, and Ultimate Power made everyone dance.
Mighty Hoopla succeeds where other festivals fail. It delivers a truly unique party while honouring acceptance, pop and club cultures in completely equal measure. At Mighty Hoopla, people have fun, kiss and dress to celebrate freedom.
A testimony that the festival is becoming more and more significant on the London Summer festival list, sponsors this year included Hunter, Absolut and Barcardi. Hunter offered a full-on immersive interactive experience through Hunter Hunhouse featuring eco-friendly glitter, mirrors, and entertainment by drag queens dressed in Hunter Pride-edition rain boots. Food and drinks stalls, including Arancini Brothers, Cheeky Burgers, Kalimera and Popdogs, offer a delicious choice of cocktails and meals.