BEST OF THE FESTIVALS: MIGHTY HOOPLA

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Best for: Those who celebrate queer culture, pop music, kitsch cabaret and everything in between.

Location: Brockwell Park, London

Date: Sunday 3rd June

Age: As a festival, 2 years this year, however Mighty Hoopla existed before as a Butlins weekender. Hi-de-hi indeed, campers. We were there for last year‘s inaugural affair.

Exclusives: Not only are TLC an exclusive, it’s their first ever UK festival set. Despite numerous hits on this side of the Atlantic (Waterfalls, No Scrubs, Creep, Unpretty… You already know all this), their KOKO date last May was their first ever UK show. Which seems CrazySexyNotcool.

The music: Aside from TLC, Lily Allen is taking a break from Twitter to showcase tracks from upcoming fourth album, No Shame, and no doubt bring the bangers from Alright, Still (Smile, LDN), It’s Not Me, It’s You (The Fear, Not Fair) and Sheezus (Hard Out Here, Air Balloon). All being well, she’ll also be spouting no-nonsense thoughts on the state of the nation, with her trademark giggle reassuring us that we’re all having a good time. Girl group royalty Melanie C, Nadine Coyle and Melanie Blatt will be present, as well as a plethora of 90s pop stars including B*Witched, 5ive, Vengaboys and Irish boyband super-duo Boyzlife. Add in solo female artists from the last few decades (Belinda Carlisle, Louise & Louisa), something for those who favour a little less bubblegum (MNEK, DJ Luck & MC Neat and former Jungle vocalist Andro) and DJs (Fearne Cotton, Gok Wan & Jack Saunders) and you’ve got something for everyone (with an open mind…).

The rest: With stages hosted by drag troupe Sink The Pink, cheese(y music) connoisseurs Guilty Pleasures and South London’s home of weirdly wonderful nights, The Grand, expect the party to end all parties. If Spice Girls dance workouts, Massaoke (yes, that’s mass karaoke) or Jurassic Parties (yes, that’s partying with dinosaurs, clearly) aren’t your thing, give your pretty little head a wobble and make them your thing. If you’re lucky you might also find some Old Dirty Brasstards and a Fleetwood Mac themed club-night show (AKA Fleetmac Wood). And if that wasn’t enough, you can get the part going a little earlier by riding the Vengabus there (from Dalston), and keep it going a little later with the official afterparty at Electric Brixton, hosted by Melanie C.

The food: Fezzie-food royalty Annie Mae will be serving the cheesiest Mac N Cheese to compliment the cheesy theme running throughout the day, or for the more traditional Hoopla-ers, What The Dickens serve the sort of stuff for the greatest of UK delicacy expectations. However, if you turn your nose up at that sort of meat, Young Vegans and Fat Gay Vegan have got your back. If you’re looking for something to suck on, Poptails take pleasure in making Mini Milks look like basic bitches, and if that doesn’t cure your sweet tooth some Bad Brownies should do the trick.

Tickets: You’ve missed various stages of early bird prices (they gave you plenty of warning) but you can still get them for a BARGAINOUS £42.50, and find out more info, on the Mighty Hoopla site right here. Get tickets for the Vengabus here, and the afterparty here.

Get in the mood with this playlist exclusively curated for TRASH by Coco & Shirley; two London based drag queens whose podcast Afternoon T just launched the second series. Shirley says, “Lip-sync your lips off”:

Cover photo: Robert Gershinson

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