By Hope Wisechild
If you’re already craving more festival dress-up fun and summer seems forever away, don’t despair. Or rather, do despair, but do it with hundreds of glamorous party animals in the spooky woods of Cornwall’s the Lizard.Picture: The Masked Ball
This year the usual Saturday night feast of musical mayhem and debauchery has expanded to a full-on festival for lost souls including a warm-up Friday evening bill and two nights’ camping.
Organiser Kelvin Batt has said of The Masked Ball events, which now happen three times a year: “We work hard at being the UK’s biggest intimate festival. We are continually dreaming up new ways to unlock the doors to our wildest party dreams.”
This time that means a crashed-UFO stage in the main woodland arena and an uncanny array of lovingly curated themed venues hosting headline sets from Leftfield, Sister Bliss and Phil Hartnoll plus dozens of dance alchemists including the cream of Cornwall’s DJs.
International festival favourites Incandescence will be presenting their bewitching circus at Carnival of the Damned, and other performers will include contortionists, fire eaters, strongmen, exotic dancers and chainsaw-wielding clowns.
Revellers can wander a zombie-infested fairground, submit to Death by Disco in the barn, commune with the spirits of hard dance in the ghostly church Raveyard, chill out in a heavenly Chapel of Rest and eat at Hells Kitchen.
Camping options include luxury tipis and bell tents and the new, lockable wooden two-berth ‘hobbit huts’ which have heating, mains power, 24-hour security and hot showers – ideal if you like to really dress up.
The Forgotten World kicks off at 9pm on Friday 25th and runs until 6am on Sunday 17th.
Tickets with normal camping or hobbit huts are still available from local retailers and at http://www.maskedball.net/tickets/. All tickets include car parking and special bookable buses will run from local towns.Picture: The Masked Ball
To make the most of all their fantastic work on the site, the organisers of the 18+ event will this year also be staging a child-friendly early evening Creepy Crawly Ball in the Friday.
Kids will get a chance dance in the desolate UFO arena, try out the scary funfair rides, taste the devilish fare at Hells Kitchen and enjoy puppet shows, storytelling and a Pirate treasure hunt.
There will be freaky face painters on site and prizes to be won for ghoulish fancy dress and scary dancing. (Scary dancing at the adult event is not considered noteworthy.)
The Creepy Crawly Ball takes place from 4 – 7pm on Friday 25 October.
Tickets cost £5 from http://creepycrawlyball.co.uk/tickets/ or local retailers. Under 3s get in free.
The Masked Ball donates more than £5,000 annually to local causes including Falmouth’s Pants Cancer Charity and Surfers Against Sewage.