It might still be cold, windy and grey as the UK battles through the final weeks of winter, but the bass-pumping sound of summer can be heard in the distance, and there’s no better way to get into the party spirit than looking ahead to the annual Masked Ball in Cornwall, which kicks off the summer festival season.
Now in its 11th year, this year’s Masked Ball will be travelling through time and its theme is “ A Voyage Through the Underworld.” Party-goers will be transported on a time train that stops off at various venues throughout the site that is carved into the cliffs near Porthleven on the south coast of Cornwall.
“A Voyage Through The Underworld is a new concept that we’ve been working on for a while and are really lucky to be able to say that we can roll it out this year,” explained Kelvin Batt, the Director of the Masked Ball. “We’ve got a train to pick people up at Masked Ball Central Station and transport them around a series of themed venues, where they can hop off where they like – and really go off the rails. I think everyone’s going to be pretty blown away!”
Kelvin added: “It’s a full journey and we know that’s what the Ballers want – back to the tunnels and shenanigans instead of a stage with some music coming out of it. We want to present a sensory overload.”
This year’s venues will take revellers on a decedent trip through musical eras, and they can stop off at a 1930s speakeasy club, a 1970s Bristol Dub Club, a 1970s New York disco, and a vintage Hip Hop Joint.
As always, the multi-chandeliered and draped Grand Ballroom will be hosting the finest DJs, and The Terrace allows people to dance against a backdrop of the spectacular Mount’s Bay. Also returning will be The Garden with its twisting trees, vegetarian Disco J, and revellers will be able to revisit Balls Deeper at a venue which is entered via a slide into a giant ball pool.
Bedlam will also be making a comeback; the pimped-out pyjama party accessed through a wardrobe featuring a maze of beds and cuddly toys and proved to be a huge hit a few years ago.
The Masked Ball is renowned for its line-up of electronic DJs and this year won’t disappoint. So far, confirmed acts include Hot Chip and Craig Richards, Honey Soundsystem, Horse Meat Disco, DJ Marky and MC GQ, 45 Live, Austin Ato, Bocawoody, DJ Food, Dicky Trisco and Pete Herbert, Durty Disco, Felix Dickinson, Honey Soundsystem, Horse Meat Disco, and the South West favourites Jelly Jazz.
Running over the long Bank Holiday weekend from 26th to 28th May, 2017, the Masked Ball starts the festivities on Feast Friday, with a long table feast in the Grand Ballroom followed by dancing until the early hours. On Saturday, the main Grand Ball will run from 6pm until 6am, and for those whose feet can’t stop dancing, the Sunday Service starts at noon and ends at midnight.
Tickets for the full weekend, including the Friday feast, are £59, while general Masked Ball tickets to include camping for both Saturday and Sunday are £49.
There is no better way to kick off the festival season in the South West, so dust off the tent, glam up in your most creative attire, and get ready for a party that will shake the cliffs of Cornwall.