Olly Alexander promises ‘the gayest show’ at Mighty Hoopla 2023 as Kelly Rowland tops line-up

Olly Alexander performing

Mighty Hoopla, a now essential calendar entry for LGBTQ+ pop fans, is back for 2023 with Years and Years’ Olly Alexander and Kelly Rowland headlining.

The two-day festival will return to London’s Brockwell Park on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June, and Olly Alexander is promising to bring pleather, PVC, and “the gayest show ever”.

Speaking about his return to the festival, Alexander said: “I’m very very excited to be back headlining the very fab queer extravaganza that is Mighty Hoopla! 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!!

“Together our collective gay power will be unmatched! It’s going to be really sexy and fun and I can’t wait!’”

As ever, the 2023 Mighty Hoopla is a jaw-dropping roster of queer icons and allies, including The Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears, Kelis, Diana Vickers, and Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

Aqua, Confidence Man, Beverley Knight and Natasha Bedingfield will also take to the stage across the weekend.

And because it’s Mighty Hoopla, the weekend will also be packed with performances from noughties icons, including Vengaboys, Samantha Mumba, Jamelia, and, amazingly, Rachel Stevens.

Someone create a Mighty Hoopla 2023 playlist immediately.

On social media, the gays declared the line-up as “the best ever”, with Rachel Stevens actually trending on Twitter after the announcement.

The festival will also include DJ sets, comedy shows and drag performances.

Glyn Fussell, who organises Mighty Hoopla, said those behind the festival had “listened to what people want.

“I truly believe that this year we have delivered the most mind blowing line up with the full width and breadth of the pop universe.”

Tickets are priced at £114.50 plus booking fee for the whole weekend. Saturday tickets can be purchased for £69.50, and Sunday tickets start from £54.50.

Tickets are available to buy from Mighty Hoopla’s site now.