Love always wins. Mighty Hoopla, South London’s best festival, finally returned to Brockwell Park this summer after a covid-hiatus, and delivered one of the strongest line ups including legend Jimmy Sommerville, Cheryl, Jodie Harsh, Gabrielle, Bimini, Horse Meat Disco, Atomic Kitten, Alexandra Burke, Sonique, Becky Hill, and many many more nostalgia-fuelled bands and both established and emerging queer icons alike.
Stages included ‘Club Hoopla’, ‘Pleasure Palace’, ‘House of Love’ and a spectacular main stage, which this year, featured a gigantic new Mighty Hoopla golden logo. Following the footsteps of major stars who performed in previous years (remember these amazing TLC and Chaka Khan shows?), pop goddess Cheryl, in her top form and an incredible pink-glitter bodysuit, delivered a professional show which truly electrified fans. The star performed her hits Call My Name and Crazy Stupid Love with elaborate choreographic movements and an amazing backup band.
RuPaul’s UK Drag Race band United Kingdolls performed their hit ‘UK Hun’ in the ‘Pleasure Palace’ to a packed audience who couldn’t resist singing along their famous “bing bang bong” chorus. Gay icon Jimmy Somerville took the House of Love stage around 9pm to perform his greatest hits including Smalltown Boy and Don’t Leave Me This Way backed up by an impressive orchestra of violins, guitars and synths, setting the tent on fire. It was live music at its best. Gabrielle, scheduled on the main stage, brought everyone together to sing, kiss, love for a wonderful moment of ballads and romantic songs.
Hoopla is a true celebration of inclusivity, differences and love, providing a platform for emerging and established LGBTQ+ artists and performers, while delivering a safe and welcoming event for audiences and attendees from all horizons. Partners this year included Netflix, East Creative, Impulse London and Scruff. These brands keep engaging with the festival and the LGBTQ+ community in creative and smart ways.
A programme of the biggest names in pop and beyond, from the nostalgic to the new, Mighty Hoopla continues to grow year after year and attendance, new glitter booths and a VIP area cement the festival’s significance.
Hosted on Saturday 4th September, Hoopla delivered wild and wonderful acts, comedians, DJs and parades. All the artists performed amazing sets and the audience was in full form.
Tickets for 2022, over the Queen’s jubilee (3rd and 4th June), are already for sale with major headlines to be announced soon. Earlier than that, Mighty Hoopla Weekender will take place in January 2022 and feature Sophie Ellis-Baxtor, The Vengaboys, Ultra Naté among other fantastic artists.