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Nine reasons to go to The Mighty Hoopla

By Amy Smith

The day after Field Day comes the first outing for this new polysexual, pop-tilted day out. Here’s just some of the highlights...

1. Expect a mass dance-pit for Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon where the singing activist will perform a heady mix of David Bowie, Britney Spears, Beyoncé, Rage Against The Machine and Missy Elliott.

2. Marvel at headliners Years & Years – the outfits will no doubt be on point, as will frontman Olly’s dance moves.

3. Let your arms go wild to Snap!, the German duo behind epic ’90s dance hits ‘Rhythm Is a Dancer’ and ‘The Power’.

4. Prepare to huskily join in the intro bit of ‘Never Ever’ with the reformed All Saints. All together now: ‘A few questions that I need to know. How you could ever hurt me so?’ Be aware they have an early set so get yourself to the Sink The Pink stage for 2pm.

5. Bask in the ridiculously funny queer cabaret of sketch comedy The Sex Shells. If you ever wanted to see Nigella Lawson’s drug scandal told to the music of Disney’s ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ – they are here for you.

6. Discover a new feisty singer in Alma, the outspoken 21-year-old Finnish pop star with the huge voice and sherbet-coloured hair. Remember to give her twin sister Anna-Livia some love – she’s Alma’s backing singer.

7. Commemorate Prince as he would have wanted – by drunkenly sing-crying to ‘Purple Rain’ at tribute party Purple Rave.

8. Will Young and Sophie Ellis-Bextor are special guests of the team behind Sink The Pink, the outrageous and wildly fun club night. Expect camp of the highest, grandest order.

9. Get very, very silly with performance art crew Figs In Wigs, who have been known to host pea-eating competitions and perform the odd Backstreet Boys tribute.

The Mighty Hoopla festival is coming to Victoria Park on June 4.

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