The Masked Ball is a spectacular all night party staged in Cornwall by some friends and since its conception in 2006 it has grown into a multilevel party kingdom where themed venues range from outrageous to downright unsavoury and spectacular, where a mélange of fascinating entertainment emanates from the many nooks and crannies in the ultimate ringmaster’s den of iniquity: myriad rooms, dens, dance floors, hidden bars, bathtubs, world-class dance clubs and an unrivaled line-up of underground international DJs…
Cornwall’s biggest dance music festival has added some huge new names to the line-up for its summer shindig.
The Masked Ball is going full steam ahead this May by offering thrill seekers a trip like no other – a time-travelling train journey into The Underworld on a site carved into a stunning clifftop location in West Cornwall.
And now its has added some real giants of the electronic music scene to its already bouncing line-up.
Masked Ball director Kelvin Batt said: “We’re delighted to add Hot Chip and Craig Richards to the already steaming Grand Ball Room disco line-up. Hot Chip will be joining Craig, San Francisco gay techno pioneers Honey Soundsystem and ball residents Horse Meat Disco.”
Acts previously confirmed included a smattering of Masked Ball favourites, brushed up with a roster of exciting new acts including: 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, Jelly Jazz, Justin Robertson, Loose People, LTJ Experience, Man Power, Norman Jay MBE, PBR Streetgang, Psychemajik, Shit Robot, Spiritual South, Space Echo and Tiger and Woods.
Kelvin added: “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. 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!”
“It’s a full journey and we know that’s what the Balllers 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.”
In keeping with Masked Ball tradition, some of the venues are being kept hush-hush, but organisers have revealed the train’s stops will include a 1930s speakeasy club, a 1970s Bristol Dub Club, a 1970s New York disco, and a vintage hip hop joint.
Kelvin added: “This is like a journey through a musical museum. You buy your ticket, take the ride and get off at a venue that takes your fancy. Just make sure you mind the gap.”
In addition to the party towns on the magical mystery tour, the Masked Ball will also feature the multi-chandeliered and draped Grand Ballroom and The Terrace that overlooks 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 entered via slide into a giant ball pool.
The Masked Ball will also be going back to Bedlam, the pimped-out pyjama party accessed through a wardrobe featuring a maze of beds and cuddly toys – which proved a huge hit a few years back – and descended into a huge pillow fight, where feathers flew.
“We’re taking the Masked Ball back to its roots,” said Kelvin. “We’re focussing on the event and shenanigans so we can immerse the ballers more in the surroundings.”
The Summer Masked Ball takes place from Friday, May 26, to Sunday, May 28, at Beacon Crag, Porthleven, TR13 9LA.
The Friday night warms up with a long table feast in the Grand Ballroom followed by dancing until the early hours. Saturday is the main event running from 6pm until 6am, while the Sunday Service starts for the dedicated decadent at noon, ending and midnight.
Tickets for the full weekend, including the Friday feast, are now on sale at £69. Original Masked Ball tickets to include camping for both Saturday and Sunday are £55.
The Masked Ball isn’t just about the music, its a surreal and strange sideshow in a night time wonderland. A myriad of rooms, dance floors, dens, hidden bars and unpredictable nano-venues.
Arrive at the portal after dusk and take a journey through dark tunnels transporting you into iconic venues and the legendary parties that happened within their walls..you could journey into a Brixton Squat in the 80s, Chicago blues club in the 40s or iconic New York discos in the late 70s.
The Grand Ball Room
The original ball room. The crown jewel of The Ball since 2006 cut into the cliffs of the manor garden. With stunning views over Mounts Bay expect the red carpet, chandeliers and boogieing until dawn.
Disco till Dawn a little piece of New York cool comes to Cornwall. Attention-whore hipsters, rowdy lesbians and off-duty DJs compete for space on the dance floor ft. music from some of the finest collectives in the South.
Cut into the Cliffside in 2012 one of the most beautifully situated venues with stunning views over the Atlantic and solid musical curation by the South West’s funkiest promoters Jelly Jazz. An especially popular place on Sunday to slurp copious amounts of hangover-battling bloodies.
Durty Disco – The Samurai Temple
Delicate pink blossom floats under the crisp blue sky in a tranquil setting in the mountains of Japan. In the distance a harsh but clean thudding incises the ears. Your horses nostrils flair as a sharp kick to the ribs jolts him forward. Deep bass and piercing treble hits you like a solid wall as your horse slides to a halt. People flooding the streets like water pouring over the broken banks of a river, climbing and clambering over one another to achieve their ultimate goal. Bells clang and crowds separate and two by two the mighty samurai approach through a sea of red and black lanterns hanging like vultures overhead. Marching towards the temple engulfed by the din of the crowd the samurai halt. Silence ensues as the sea of bodies watching, willing, waiting…
Kernow Springs Eco Spa
Kernow Springs Eco Spa return to the ball for another year. Their wood burning hot tubs, Sauna yurt, showers and chill out lounge are guaranteed to add a little more glam to your Ball. Read more and book here.
Car Parking / Campervans
If you are driving to the Ball you will need to purchase a car parking ticket.
Car parking tickets are £15 and are valid for the entire weekend, Friday to Monday.
Please note that these tickets do not include entry to the festival.
Buy them here.
The Hurly Burly
The Hurly Burly travels to UK arts and music festivals with a solar powered venue, equipped with a stage, lighting, P.A. and cinema.
We provide entertainment, spectacle, sparkle and performance for all with our transcendent dance, comedy laughs, theatre of the absurd and magical treats. All backed by a life affirming eclectic soundtrack of gypsy jazz, electric funk, Detroit soul, West African rhythms, swampy blues and the best of indie, pop and repetitive beats.
For more information about tickets, head over to The Masked Ball’s official website here.