The Masked Ball has already unveiled the biggest line-up in its history to celebrate a ‘decade of decadence’ on May 20-22 – but these stellar acts only provide the soundtrack for what is essentially a no-holds-barred party with pizazz, perched on a cliff top in Cornwall.
Over the past ten years the group of friends behind the festival calendar’s funkiest and freakiest event have let their imaginations run riot, sending revellers on immersive adventures where senses are dazzled. The Ball is a cornucopia of creativity and the multitude of individually-themed venues, together with the crowd itself, are as much the stars of the show as the headliners.
This year, ‘Ballers’ are cordially invited to attend a soiree at ‘The Manor’- a colonial-style mansion that is home to the most demented and debauched members of the aristocracy. These landed gentry, who prove there truly is low life in high society, will be hosting three diverse days and nights of Cornish chaos – including a long table dinner, the ‘Ball’ itself and the most surreal village fete ever staged.
This wicked weekender begins with ‘Feast Friday’ – a demented and debauched dinner and disco, featuring a sumptuous spread of Cornish cuisine, to be held in The Manor’s red-carpeted and chandeliered Grand Ball Rroom, with its sensational views over Mount’s Bay. Attendees can burn off the calories on the dancefloor when Fabric London heavyweight Craig Richardstakes to the decks for the after-dinner disco – or retire to the ‘The Study’, for chilled cocktails and a comfy aesthetic, with Alfresco Disco, NYC Soundsystem, and Horse Meat Disco.
‘Celebration Saturday’ sees Ballers dress up, get down and go wild as they explore the maze-like Manor’s multiple ‘rooms’ – The Scullery, The Butler’s Pantry, The Play Room The Birthday Room and more will take guests on a bizarre and beautiful journey. Attendees will dress to impress as they party ‘till dawn at an event inspired by the infamous ‘Beistegui Ball’ – a rambunctious rave thrown by that most eccentric of aristocrats, the Count of Monte Christo. This centre-piece to the weekend will be co-headlined by the mighty Groove Armada and eclectic 2ManyDJs.
On ‘Survivor Sunday’ The Manor will host a Village Fete in the afternoon, featuring pig racing, veg bowling, a coconut shy and slippy-slide – plus live performances from comedians and theatre acts, before headliners Basement Jaxx close the festival with a DJ set during the night.
All of this only scratches the surface of the mayhem, magic and madness that is the Masked Ball – an event where discovering the unexpected is part of the experience.
When: 20th – 22nd May, 2016
Where: Porthleven, Cornwall, UK
Tickets: From £50