Luke Dyson @lukedyson www.lukedyson.com

The UK’s largest pop music festival Mighty Hoopla wrapped up 2023’s festivities today down at sunny Brockwell Park. The festival, which offers a truly inclusive and diverse atmosphere, continues to go from strength to strength with yet another stellar line-up of pop icons, noughties nostalgia and queer excellence.

Following day 1 which welcomed Kelly Rowland, Nadine Coyle, Kelis, Flo, Aqua, Natasha Bedingfield and much more – day 2 saw more sunny sets from Years & Years, Jake Shears, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Confidence Man, Roisin Murphy, Eurovision queen Loreen and many more.

Headliners Years & Years made a grand return to the main stage following their 2017 headline performance and they came back bigger and better than before. Olly Alexander delivered an impeccable set with breathtaking vocals that brought the crowd together for fan favourites “Eyes Shut” and “Desire” – accompanied by the Trans Voices Choir. The set welcomed guests a plenty, including Girls Aloud icons Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh, plus Jake Shears who joined Olly for a hypercamp rendition of “Filthy Gorgeous”.

Throughout the rest of the day highlights included stellar sets from Hoopla heroes Jake Shears, Confidence Man, Roisin Murphy and Dagny plus introducing the Hoopla audience to incredible superstars of tomorrow such as Tom Rasmussen, Gloria Groove, Trove Stryke and Leo Kalyan.

Alongside the plethora of music talent, Mighty Hoopla continued to celebrate drag and cabaret performers, with shows from drag troupes The Cocoa Butter Club, Faggamuffin and Polyglamous alongside the likes of Danny Beard, Bourgeois & Maurice and Lady Lloyd.

For the dance heads, sets from Radio 1 DJs Jaguar and Arielle Free, Kiddy Smile, The 2 Bears, Joshua James and Midland kept the crowds hyped throughout the day. Pleasure Palace welcomed a heap of big time fun filled sets, including Gemma Collins festival debut, the Don’t Cha Disco with Kimberley Wyatt, Swiftagedon, Emo Hour, George Michael Disco, Ex-Idol featuring Diana Vickers, Chico and much more.

Speaking about the weekend, organisers Glyn Fussell and Jamie Tagg say “Wow, what an amazing weekend. Mighty Hoopla you are INCREDIBLE!!! It’s been such a joy to make Hoopla even bigger and better – to bring over 60,000 people together for a weekend that celebrates acceptance, diversity in all its forms is EVERYTHING! We’d like to thank all of the performers, Hoopla teams, our sponsors, charity partners and of course – the best crowd there is – those singalongs are next level, every year. We’ll see you next time…!”

With 60,000 festival-goers (across the two days), Mighty Hoopla also welcomed a wonderful variety of popstars, drag artists, comedians and DJs across their seven stages. True to Mighty Hoopla’s roots they continue to elevate queer performers and voices and are pleased to support many charities through their community fund as well as having Not A PhasePositive East and Stonewall as their main charity partners.

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