The Masked Ball 2019 | Festival Preview
Cornwall’s clifftop party kingdom returns for the Spring edition of its triannual shindig this weekend.
Heading into its 12th year armed with a 24-hour license, the Masked Ball kicks off the South West festival season in spectacular style, welcoming 3,000 revellers to Porthleven for a full weekend of music and misbehaviour.
What is the Masked Ball?
Famous for its surreal themes and myriad of micro-venues, the Masked Ball is an immersive festival experience unlike any other.
Having started as a small gathering more than a decade ago, the festival has expanded to include an annual Halloween event and, most recently, a special NYE edition.
In the words of Kelvin Batt, Director of Masked Ball Limited: “For me, the Masked Ball is a proper party in a unique location, nothing more, nothing less.
“The event began as a party by friends for friends, and we’re proud to say we cut the ledges that the tents sit on out of the cliff ourselves, I think that attitude really shines through today.
“We’re lucky the crowd makes it, everyone’s there for one reason: to have a good time. You won’t see anybody videoing or track ID-ing despite the talent on offer, and I think we’re quite unique/lucky for a dance event in that respect.”
Down the years the Masked Ball has hosted some hugely impressive names, including Bonobo, Hot Chip and Andrew Weatherall – a feat made all the more impressive when you consider that the festival literally takes place at the ends of the earth.
And this year is to be no different, with a roster of esteemed artists from the underground electronic scene lined up to perform across the Masked Ball’s many stages, covering all facets of the genre.
While there isn’t a ‘main stage’, as such, the festival is centred around the Grand Ball Room. This is where you’ll catch the more high-profile artists such as Optimo and Francis Inferno Orchestra.
Cornwall is, as always, well repped on the line-up, both in terms of DJs and stage curators. This year’s festival will feature takeovers from South West party hosts Algorythm and Cornish DJ/producer Crawford‘s Dad Bod Boogie.
The Masked Ball operates an open door admission policy, so weekend ticket-holders are free to go and check out the many attractions Porthleven and the surrounding areas have to offer.
The site itself is Beacon Crag, less than one mile from Porthleven harbour overlooking Mount’s Bay.
The last few final release weekend tickets are up for grabs at £95*, or £55* for the Saturday.
*Transaction fees apply.
For those seeking a more luxurious festival experience, the Masked Ball are offering hot tub sessions and a variety of glamping upgrades. More info on those, here.
THE MASKED BALL 2019
Dates: Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th May 2019
Venue: Beacon Crag, Porthleven | TR13 9LA
Artists: Optimo, Roni Size, Psychemagik, Powder, Francis Inferno Orchestra, Felix Dickinson, Body Hammer, + many more
Tickets*: Weekend Camping: £95 | Saturday: £55
* Transaction fees apply
Check out our review of 2017’s Masked Ball, HERE.
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