Masked Ball 2017 – Festival Review

The Masked Ball returned to Porthleven at the weekend, transforming the Cornish cliff-edge into a spectacular party kingdom for thousands of the most extravagantly dressed revellers you’ll see at any festival this summer.

After gradually expanding the festival for the past decade, the organisers decided to slightly scale down the size in order to put on the kind of show that secured its legendary status in the South West.

The result: breathtaking production, brand new venues, and the best Masked Ball to date.

Photo: The Masked Ball

This year’s Masked Ball saw the introduction of The Underworld, a night train journey through time and music, taking you through underground tunnels and dropping you off at mystery locations from years gone by. Without doubt the trippiest area on the site, you never knew where you were going to emerge at the end of the tunnel – you could turn up at a retro New York disco, a 90’s hip-hop joint, or Masked Ball’s legendary world of debauchery, Coney Island.

Another highlight was the Samurai Temple, which gave Masked Ball favourite The Grand Ball Room a run for its money as the most lively place for a late night rave. Hosted by Boogaloo Dee and Durty Disco, the venue’s line-up included a variety of both established and up-and-coming DJs from the UK and beyond, with its enclosed, intimate venue creating a raw and energetic atmosphere unlike anywhere else on the site.

Other venues included the Gramophone, which blasted out beats until 5am at the edge of the cliff; The Hurly Burly bar, which nursed a few sore heads on Sunday with its mellow day-time beats; plus the Deck Tipis, which kick-started the party on all 3 days with a broad-ranging collection of DJs playing everything from funk & soul through to hip-hop, dub, and drum & bass.

After an incredible 10 year journey which saw the Masked Ball transform from a tiny party by the sea to a multi-stage festival hosting the likes of Bonobo, Andrew Weatherall and Basement Jaxx, 2017 was the year the Ball returned to its roots and threw its best party yet, finding the perfect balance in between.

Luckily we don’t have to wait another year for the next Masked Ball, as it returns for its Halloween edition at Flambards Amusement Park this October. If last year’s Halloween Masked Ball is anything to go by, we’re in for another cracker this autumn. See you there!

Early bird tickets are already on sale on the Masked Ball website… get yours HERE!


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