Billy Curtis

Masked Ball 2019 | Festival Review

We were at the Masked Ball last weekend as Porthleven hosted its annual spring shindig.

Taking place a few weeks earlier than its traditional slot at the end of May, weekend ticket-holders were greeted by glorious sunshine as The Masked Ball flung open its gates for its 12th edition.

As always, the Masked Ball’s music line-up covered many facets of the underground electronic sound, with the likes of Optimo, Psychemagik, and Felix Dickinson joined on the bill by drum & bass legend Roni Size.

The Masked Ball Festival 2019 Line-up Poster | NextFest

Running from Friday afternoon through to Monday morning, the opening evening provided us early birds with the perfect opportunity to get warmed up and familiarise ourselves with the Masked Ball’s many nooks and crannies (of which there were many!), ready for the main event on Saturday.

Walking around the site it was clear to see the incredible attention to detail that had gone into producing the many micro-venues scattered across the cliffside, illustrating exactly why the 3,000 capacity festival has earned legendary status among South West partygoers.

Photo: Emily Metcalfe

The festival’s 24-hour stage, The Grand Ball Room, hosted the weekend’s more high-profile names, with Optimo, Powder and Francis Inferno Orchestra manning the decks on Saturday night before Psychemagik rounded off proceedings on the Sunday.

Elsewhere, those seeking something a bit heavier were treated a hefty dose of drum & bass over at The Lazer Shack, which hosted Roni Size as part of Saturday night’s D&B takeover.

The camping area being right in the middle of the site made it a lot easier to drag ourselves away from the Grand Ballroom when it was time to turn in, and a lot easier to get going again in the morning.

Not a bad view to wake up to, either…

Photo: Emily Metcalfe

The open-air Gramophone stage was our go-to while the sun was shining, along with the Deck, which got our weary feet moving again while we took in the spectacular views across the bay. The rest of the festival was spent getting lost among all the weird and wonderful little venues.

2019 marked 12 years for the Masked Ball, and while the organisers have resisted the temptation to expand the capacity, the festival’s reputation continues to grow, so it’s no surprise the festival has gained recognition from the likes of Resident Advisor and the Guardian, who ranked the Masked Ball among the 10 best under-the-radar festivals in Europe.

Fortunately for all us South West party folk, we don’t have to wait another year for the next instalment of The Masked Ball, as it returns for a Halloween edition at Flambards Amusement Park in November 2019.

Earlybird tickets for The Halloween Masked Ball are already on sale on the Masked Ball website, with super earlybirds up for grabs at just £30 (+transaction fee).

The Halloween Masked Ball Cornwall | Flambards Theme Park

Grab yours HERE!

For full event details, plus photos, videos and ticket info, head to our Halloween Masked Ball festival page.

If last year’s Halloween Ball is anything to go by, we’re in for another cracker this autumn. See you there!


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