Sulley from Monsters Inc, a deep sea anglerfish and a go go girl walk into a tent where Horse Meat Disco is playing… Sounds like the beginning of a weird joke? Think again – this is reality at the Masked Ball.
For all the serious partygoers there was onlyone place to be this May bank holiday: Beacon Crag in Porthleven. The gorgeouslocation high on the cliff tops and overlooking the sea provided once again a stunning background for what is Cornwall’s very best biannual festival, now inits seventh year.
Having a ball (pun intended) was made ridiculously easy by a smart combination of DJs and decor. I felt like Alice inWonderland, thrown from one wicked surprise into another as I made my way over the grounds. Each arena boasted its own atmosphere and performers, from the very alive Raveyard to the groovy Jelly Jazz Circus Tent which could only be reached by crawling your way (yes, you read that right, crawling) through a secret tunnel. Other artists who made their presence ranged from the well known dance act Groove Armada to the south west’s very own DJ Godden who was spinning the plates on the live stage on the upper terrace – a new addition to the summer ball.
Where Cinderella had to leave the ball just before the clock ticked 12, for the party crowd at Porthleven this merely marked the second half of the night. Unlike a Venetian fete, the escapism continued as the masks stayed on after midnight and as diverse as the crowd was in their choice of costumes, from full on gala dress to Rubik’s cube, they all united in the same goal: having the best 12 hours they possibly could.
An aspect of the Masked Ball that get overshadowed by all the dancing and is therefore sometimes overlooked is that it does its bit for charity, by raising money for local causes such as Surfers Against Sewage and The Pants Charity in Falmouth. It should be mentioned as it gives you yet another reason -not that any more reasons were needed – to cover yourself in glitter and glow sticks and dance the night away,
Better rewrite those guidebooks and forget about perfect pasties or beautiful beaches: Cornwall’s real hidden gem (which perhaps isn’t that secret anymore as this year’s event has completely sold out) is
starting the summer in style by showing the rest of the world how to party properly.
The only downside of this otherwise amazing ball: October, which means time for the Halloween Masked Ball, is still half a year away…. I never thought I’d say this when summer has barely started, but could autumn maybe come around a bit more quickly please?