Welcome to The Ball

An event first organised by four friends back in 2009, which saw 200 ballers come together in a tent in Porthleven, the Masked Ball has grown into a bi-annual festival of multi-layered venues and twisted surprises.

Both the Spring and Halloween Balls are renowned for their artistic creativity, imaginative site layouts and voluptuous entertainment.

Attracting throngs of costumed revellers alongside the dance scene’s biggest talent, the events are infused with the promise of forbidden fruit and illicit indulgence.

Over the last nine years, we’ve been graced with world-class DJs and performers, including Grandmaster Flash, Sister Bliss, Groove Armada, Joey Negro, Ben Pearce, DJ Yoda,  Phil Hartnoll (Orbital), Bonobo, Andrew Weatherall, Norman Jay MBE, Simian Mobile Disco, Rob Da Bank, Nightmares on Wax, Stanton Warriors, Craig Richards, Portishead’s Andy Smith, and Hot Chip.

The Masked Ball is owned and operated by Arc Live, the events company started by Ball founders Kelvin and Alec, run from their hometown of Porthleven.

"A myriad of rooms, dance floors, dens, hidden bars, unpredictable nano-venues, eccentric humour and epic raves with a soundtrack of New York disco, primal chants, cosmic guitar licks and terrifying techno."

2017 Video

“The best festival I've been to... and I've been to a lot!...”

Bez

“Probably one of the most beautiful, up for it and dressed to the nines crowd you can possibly imagine”

247 Magazine

“A playground for the most hedonistic party adventurer”

Cornwall Live

“Thank you Masked Ball, you’ve returned to your inner soul and made a truly great festival....”

Culture Fly

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