Flambards Theme Park in Helston, Cornwall will once again host the Masked Ball, the UK’s leading Halloween party, this October, along with a bass-pumping line-up that is guaranteed to wake the dead.
Taking place on Halloween itself, Saturday 31st October, this year’s crazy carnival is inspired by the cult 1980s vampire movie ‘The Lost Boys’.
Drum and bass heavyweights Hospital Records have already signed up to shake the grand ballroom to its very foundations.
After many long, black, nights of getting DJs to sign deals with devil, deliberating over decor and more than a few demonic laughs the Masked Ball team has finally revealed its plan for more than a dozen differently-themed venues – all designed to thrill, chill and fulfil your freakiest, funkiest and most fevered fantasies.
Things will get dark in The Cave – a massive converted fairground ride, where the Lost Boys promise a techno pit so furious it will rattle the bones of the undead.
The mysterious Aztech area is the spawning ground for the very latest electronic talent. Expect an open-minded atmosphere, some serious techno heads, kohl-eyed divas and a good dose of androgyny.
Elsewhere, fallen angels can finally get into to mirror-ball heaven at the Disco Diner, an NYC-style party hosted by the beat freaks from Future Garden.
Over at The Bandstand, Trifle Gathering will present a twisted showcase of deliciously dark performers from the deepest recesses of the world. This repulsive attraction promises to be shocking, hysterical and downright bizarre – so be prepared for more than just tales of the unexpected.
No Lost Boys extravaganza would be complete without a 1980s soundtrack and – you’ll find that, and much, much, more at Fangz! Its soul-sizzling sound system will be blasting out the ’80s cheese all night long, as Lionel Ritchie would say – but you can also sink your teeth into a tattoo parlour, tiki shack and cinema at this all-in-one nightclub.
Then roll up, roll up – for the Feast of Fools, where crazed clowns and demented dancers will work their black magic on you, in a fairground of freaks hosted by Secret Garden Party stalwarts Bloodstone Arts.
Or you can check in at the Vampire Hotel, but you’ll never leave – and why would you want to, when the vinyl violators from 45 Live have got the lobby rockin’ with funk, soul and jazz. You’ll find a similar vibe at the Boardwalk Cafe, where Jelly Jazz will also be offering some respite from the Ball’s shanty city of electro clubs and fist-pounding techno heads.
Meanwhile, motorheads can get all revved up at the Demon Drive Wall of Death, where a cast of wild and outlandish characters will bring you all the vintage thrills and spills of an original 1920s motordrome.
And, in one of the theme park’s many hidden corners, you’ll find one of the Masked Ball’s darkest clubbing secrets – The Asylum. Don your white gown, leave your sanity at the door and let Loose People help you lose what’s left of your marbles.
As the Lost Boys discovered, no two vampires die the same way – but Death By Stereo is always guaranteed to see them go out with a bang, or maybe even a bhangra – as Sir Vinyl, and some legendary special guests, bring you the very best Reggae, Dancehall, Jungle, World Carnival Vibes.
“2015 is a real feast of mayhem and debauchery and we’re especially looking forward to the ‘Feast of Fools’ area. This has been one of our favourite venues at Secret Garden Party and it’s been really interesting curating it with Bloodstone Arts who have a passion for Halloween celebrations,” commented Kelvin Batt, organiser of the Masked Ball.
“The Demon Drome is just amazing too… but it’s all the surprises and freaks shows that makes the Masked Ball such an adventure from start to finish.”
Hospital Label boss Tony Colman (aka London Elektricity) said: “All of the Hospital family are really looking forward to this one – we’re definitely in for a treat when there’s a Halloween, vampire-filled theme park as a setting! Drum & bass is what we do and our Hospitality shows always guarantee an incredible night. I’ve been busy in the studio over the past few months as well, so I’m looking forward to playing out some new music too!”
This year’s line-up includes Fred V & Grafix, Jelly Jazz, 45 Live, Hospitality, Nu:Tone, Elektricity, London, High Contrast, Danny Byrd, Etherwood, and many, many more.
Camping is limited this year and festival-goers are being encouraged to take advantage of the organised buses available from various towns. However, if you want to go all out, you can hire a Shires Hut (picture the hobbit huts from the film) that includes heating, beds, and electricity. Visit http://hobbithuts.net for further information.
For tickets and details of accommodation and travel options, visit www.maskedball.net
Where: Flambards Theme Park, Nr Helston, Cornwall
When: Saturday 31st October, 2015