May Bank holiday weekend means only one thing to Cornish party goers – the return of the spring Masked Ball!! This year the weather was on our side, with more than kind conditions for pitching our tents on arrival on Friday evening.
A beautiful sky lit up the cliffs of Porthleven as queues formed, filled with glitter, fur coats and masks at the ready. Music blasted until the early hours from the Deck, to give ballers new and old a taster of what was to come over the weekend…
As per usual, a morning wander across the site (once we eventually emerged from our tents!) did not disappoint! Pop up thrift shops, an Italian pizzeria and the renowned wood fire hot tubs, with an unmissable view over the Atlantic, to name but a few of the extras on offer to explore throughout the day.
There was an undeniable buzz across the campsite all day, in anticipation for the night nearly all ballers had been waiting for! Saturday night saw hundreds more party people flock to the clifftops to join the weekenders for a glitter fuelled night of dancing ‘til you drop. With music from stages including the Deck, the return of last year’s favourite the Underworld and Coney Island – and not forgetting the main event: the Grand Ballroom – this year open for 24 hours! The infamous outdoor Pyramid stage saw tribute act ‘Daft as Punk’ play some funky remixes to get the party started. New this year was ‘The Really Shit Disco’ an explosion of pink, blasting some of the best classics from a wacky pink van to an intimate pop up dancefloor. From Whitney Houston to Destiny’s Child – there was a song for everyone to sing to their hearts content! The Jelly Jazz Terrace was a favourite for vinyl lovers, playing pure vinyl tunes – all night long!
Despite a few showers, the mood of our fellow festival goers could not be dampened and the dancing did not stop all night. Our favourite this year was the Durty Disco found at the bottom of the site in ‘The Garden’; the Illumatini Party had us boogie-ing through ‘til morning!
As encouraged by the director Kevin Batt, the glorious sun drew many ballers into the local fishing village of Porthleven, a short scenic walk from the festival site itself. Here you can enjoy a roast in some of the local pubs, recuperate with a refreshing beach walk or continue the party with a pint, before heading back up to the cliff tops for Sunday afternoon’s events.
This year, the gramophone stage hosted a range of chilled events including talks by Lucy Fizz, Steve Heller and regular baller Lizzie Daly from the BBC, who shared the weird wonders of animal sex!
Once again the Masked Ball was a weekend to remember, and with even more glimpses of sunshine this year, what better way to spend your May Bank Holiday weekend?! We’ll be grabbing more friends to boogie with us next year!