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WPGM Reviews: Mighty Hoopla 2022 (In Pictures)

Photographer: www.lukedyson.com

After welcoming over 50,000 festival goers to Brockwell Park over the two day extravaganza, the UK’s largest pop music festival, Mighty Hoopla just wrapped up its biggest and best festivities to date, having expanded to a two day festival this year due to unprecedented demand.

Friday (June 3) headliners STEPS closed the main stage with a euphoric set that – incredulously – marked their first ever festival appearance.

The pop icons performed a set of chart topping hits from start to finish, including UK #1’s “Tragedy” along with Sink The Pink, “Stomp”, floor fillers “5, 6, 7, 8”, “Deeper Shade of Blue” and new releases “Scared of the Dark” and “Heartbreak In This City”. The set from one of pop’s most well loved groups kicks off the start of their 25th anniversary celebrations.

Saturday (June 4) headliners SUGABABES – arguably one of the UK’s most iconic girlbands – made a triumphant return to the Mighty Hoopla stage for a London festival exclusive set packed with chart topping hits and their signature harmonies.

Fans have long awaited the original line-up of Mutya Buena, Keisha Buchanan and Siobhan Donaghy to appear together once again and perform hits “Overload”, “Push The Button” and “Too Lost In You” to rapturous applause.

On Friday, June 3, Blue returned to the main stage following the announcement of their first album in over seven years, for a brilliant performance of fan favourites and hit singles including “One Love”, “All Rise” and “Too Close” as well as brand new single “Haven’t Found You Yet”.

Performing in London for the first time since 2018 was legendary singer-songwriter Anastacia who’s era-defining hits “I’m Out Of Love” and “Left Outside Alone” guided the South London audience into an iconic sing-a-long. Elsewhere, Mae Muller got the crowd moving at the main stage as the Sun shone down whilst she performed her recent hit “Better Days”.

On Saturday, June 4, hot off the heels of her Brixton Academy shows, special guest Jessie Ware brought her disco infused alternative pop to the main stage. Brazilian pop star and drag queen Pabllo Vittar brought high energy and killer falsettos over at The Bump stage. Kate Nash also delivered a roaring performance with her 2007 hit “Foundations” bringing the crowd together as one.

Other highlights included legendary Macy Gray who delivered an amazing set of bangers, and Self Esteem, who stormed the mainstage with her contagious indie pop, as well as celebrated “Torn” singer Natalie Imbruglia, and UK electronic duo Basement Jaxx, with pictures captured by London-based photographer Luke Dyson.

Mighty Hoopla is set to return to Brockwell Park next year for another incredible inclusive and diverse line-up of popstars, drag artists, comedians and DJs across the site. Stay tuned for early bird tickets.

Photos by Luke Dyson

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