When did Mighty Hoopla become one of the biggest pop moments of the calendar year? From its very first outing back in 2017, pretty much. And, of course, this year is no exception with R&B royalty Kelly Rowland headlining Saturday (3rd June) and the unparalleled brilliance of Years and Years closing the festival on Sunday (4th June).
Elsewhere on the stellar line-up are Flo, Confidence Man, Kelis, Natasha Bedingfield, Róisín Murphy, Loreen, Beverley Knight, Jake Shears, Aqua and Sophie Ellis-Bextor to name a few. Phew. And yep, for only the second time ever, it’s a two-day affair, so you can take your hangovers into work on Monday with a smile on your face.
“I’m very very excited to be back headlining the very fab queer extravaganza that is Mighty Hoopla,” says Sunday’s headliner Olly Alexander. “It’s been amazing to watch the festival grow over the years and I’m really thrilled to be part of such a stellar lineup of artists I really love! I promise to bring pleather, giant toilet cubicles, PVC and the gayest show ever to Brockwell Park. Together our collective gay power will be unmatched! It’s going to be really sexy and fun and I can’t wait.’”
Beyond the lineup, “practically every stage on the site will be upgraded and reimagined for 2023,” say organisers Glyn Fussell and Jamie Tagg. “Punters can expect to see not only a much bigger production right across the park, but also new stages for emerging live acts, pop-up and comedy shows, as well as a brand-new dance tent filled with some of the best LGBTQ+ DJs and performers on the scene. This will be our first major site upgrade since moving to Brockwell Park and we can’t wait to show everyone to see what we have in store.”
With a line-up that is truly diverse and inclusive, the 50,000 festival goers (across the two days) will once again be dazzled with performances from a variety of popstars, drag artists, comedians, and DJs across seven stages. But be quick – it’s nearly sold out.
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