After hearing rave reviews from some friends, we couldn’t wait to head down to Cornwall for the Masked Ball festival to see what all the fuss was about.
Arriving at the festival on Saturday afternoon, we were pleasantly surprised at how well organised the parking and entry to the festival was. It took no time at all to get in through the rainbow entrance and setup our tents.
Set on a bank overlooking the cornish coastline, this is one of the most picturesque festivals we’ve been to, especially in the UK. The views soon disappeared though, as some typical Cornish weather closed in.
High winds and drizzle may have caused other festivals some serious issues but the the Masked Ball team are obviously experienced in extreme weather conditions and had everything under control. Infact, the misty conditions only added to the scene as daylight faded and the bright festival lights took over.
Over the following 2 days, we got see some great acts, such as Andrew Weatherall, Bonobo, Crazy P, Stanton Warriors, Simian Mobile Disco, Norman Jay MBE, Joey Negro, Cuban brothers, Ewan Pearson, Congo Natty, Psychemajik and way too many more to mention!
The soundsystems were loud, crisp and clear with an impressive lighting show too, befitting of a much larger festival. Some serious time and effort had been put into this with several stages of varying sizes supplying plenty to keep you interested. Outside the tents, there were visual treats aplenty, including a fire breathing dragon and giant disco ball skull!
The best thing about the Masked Ball for us, was not just the great acts, not the well thought out production, but the revellers who made this festival unique and amazing. The very idea of the Masked Ball is to get dressed up, bring your best self and party! This was certainly done with aplomb, with almost everyone making an effort to dress up to the occasion.
The vibe was one of the friendliest we’ve experienced at a festival. An overriding feeling that everyone had left their egos and problems at home to just come and party. A rare but welcome thing of beauty!
We’ll definitely be going to the Masked Ball again and we don’t have long to wait, with their Halloween themed ball in October. Early bird tickets are on sale for that now.
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