Welcome to Coney Island, the Halloween Masked Ball’s newest instalment of fun – and a world where the magical and macabre got jiggy and sired a litter of fabulous freaks, glamorous geeks and utterly grotesque human marvels. It’s going to be a blast and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away.
In just a few weeks’ time, the gates will creak open at the sixth Halloween Masked Ball, which this year takes its inspiration from New York’s infamous pleasure beach and boardwalk. This outlandish event in deepest darkest Cornwall has grown to become Europe’s largest – and most deliciously indulgent – Halloween dance music extravaganza.
The theme of this Halloween’s walk on the wild side is ‘freaks, geeks and human marvels’; a reference not only to the tormented and twisted sideshows on offer, but also to the revellers themselves – the ‘Ballers’ – who dress to excess, party like there’s no tomorrow, and help make the sensory-overloading event the highlight of the hedonist’s calendar it has become.
October 29th sees the Ball return to its Halloween home in Helston, at Los Flambardos – a working theme park, with enough rides, thrills and spills to give Coney Island a run for its money.
For the un-blooded, the Halloween Masked Ball is a rollercoaster ride through a dizzying kaleidoscope of more than a dozen creatively-curated venues, each with its own demented theme and devilishly decadent decor, all set to a scorching musical score.
New for this year is the Coney Island Stage, hosted by club legends Bugged Out, where party perennials Hot Chip will provide the soundtrack to live shows so surreal you’ll be having flashbacks and night-terrors for years.
Jinal’s Technodrome, another new addition not for the faint-hearted, will rack up the thrills as well as the beats per minute with its mind-warping audio-visual violence – just remember to scream if you want to go slower.
Like Coney Island itself, the Halloween Masked Ball is a totally immersive experience with surprises behind every door and every mask. There are live theatre shows, interactive venues, state-of-the-art lights, lasers and special effects – as well as more than 50 DJs and acts, including LTJ Bukem, Camo & Krooked, DJ Yoda, Ewan Pearson, Karma Kid and Felix Dickinson.
Venues to be discovered and digested include the Hospital Records hosted Grand Ballroom, The Asylum taken over by Loose People lunatics, Fangz (the ‘80s disco), Durty Disco’s Warriors Stage, 45 Live’s Big Wheels of Steel and Future Garden’s Disco Diner.
Masked Ball director Kelvin Batt said: “The team and I are really, really, excited about this year’s event. When you step inside Halloween Masked Ball: Coney Island, it’s going to be like stepping into another world.
“It’s such a fantastic venue for our Halloween show and we are using every nook and cranny to give everyone a totally immersive experience. It’s a real privilege to be able to put something like this on.”
The Halloween Masked Ball takes place on Saturday, October 29, at Flambards Theme Park, Clodgey Lane, Helston, TR13 0QA.
Further details including accommodation, coaches and tickets can be found at www.maskedball.net
Date: 29th October
Location: Flambards Theme Park, Helston, Cornwall
Tickets for 2016 are available now through See Tickets. Masked Ball operates a tiered ticketing system with price bands for tickets changing over time – the sooner you buy, the cheaper it is.
Entry is strictly 18+ only.
For more information and tickets visit www.maskedball.net and follow festival news on Facebook @TheMaskedBall
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The competition winners will be announced on 12th October.