The time has come for the creatures of the night to rise and wake the dead at the nation’s weirdest and wildest dance music event, held in a working theme park.
For the uninitiated, the Halloween Masked Ball is a rambunctious rave from beyond the grave that will transform Flambards, in Helston, Cornwall, into a crazy carnival for lost souls.
The theme this year is the cult ‘80s vampire flick The Lost Boys – the perfect backdrop to sleep all day, party all night and never grow old.
After many long, black nights of getting DJs, bands and performers to sign deals with Devil, Cornwall’s doyens of dance and debauchery have revealed the arenas and line-ups for more than a dozen crazily curated venues – all designed to thrill, chill and fulfil your freakiest, funkiest and most fevered fantasies.
Drum and bass heavyweights Hospital Records will shake the grand ballroom to its foundations, bringing the likes of High Contrast, London Elektricity, Danny Byrd and Nu:Tone to the deepest and darkest reaches of Cornwall.
While the bass rumbles in the dome, elsewhere the music is as diverse and varied to awaken the dead of all persuasions.
Live psychedelia in the form of rock mentalists The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and The Strange Doors – the UK’s most authentic tribute to The Doors – sets the stage for the Feast of Fools where crazed clowns and demented dancers will work their black magic in a fairground of freaks.
The Asylum begs you to leave your sanity at the door and tune in to 12 hours of anthemic house madness with vocal grooves and uplifting melodies from some of Cornwall’s finest DJs along with special guests from London’s underground scene.
For those who like their music darker and faster The Cave – a massive converted fairground ride – promises a furious techno pit to rattle the bones of the undead; featuring the likes of Silkworm, Carly Foxx and Simmer.
The twisted beats of electronica fill the mysterious Aztech stage – a spawning ground for the very latest electronic talent featuring MJ Cole, Boohl, Youth Culture DJs and Elephino bringing the finest pumping house and electronic grooves.
Over at The Bandstand, alternative theatre troupe Trifle Gathering presents a twisted showcase of deliciously dark performers. This freaky sideshow promises the shocking, the hysterical and the downright bizarre – so roll up and be prepared for some tales of the unexpected.
No Lost Boys extravaganza would be complete without a ’80s soundtrack and so get down at Fangz! – the nightclub that time forgot. It’s a club with a tattoo parlour, a tiki shack and cinema – so get pumped up with the ’80s cheese, all night long as Lionel Ritchie would say…
Check in at the Vampire Hotel where the lobby is rocking with Coldcut’s Jon More, DJ Format, DJ Suspect laying down the funk, soul and jazz. You’ll find a similar vibe at the Boardwalk Café, where Solid Steel’s DJ Cheeba and Chris Read will be joining Jelly Jazz.
The delicious grooves continue at the Disco Diner where fallen angels slip into mirror-ball heaven, with an NYC-style party hosted by the beat freaks from Future Garden featuring Eric Duncan and Paramida.
Motorheads can get revved up at the Demon Drome, where a cast of outlandish characters bring the vintage thrills and spills of an original 1920s motordrome complete with a wall of death.
As the Lost Boys discovered, no two vampires die the same way – but Death by Stereo is always guaranteed to see them go out with a bang, or maybe even a bhangra as Sir Vinyl bring you the best reggae, dancehall and world carnival vibes with special guests Coco Taxi and Smutlee.
Masked Ball organiser Kelvin Batt said: “2015 is a real feast of mayhem and debauchery and we’re especially looking forward to the Feast of Fools area. This has been one of our favourite venues at Secret Garden Party and it’s been really interesting curating it with Bloodstone Arts who have a passion for Halloween celebrations.
“The Demon Drome is just amazing too but it’s all the surprises and freakshows that makes the Masked Ball such an adventure from start to finish.”
The Halloween Masked Ball takes place on Saturday, October 31, at Flambards Theme Park, Clodgey Lane, Helston, TR13 0QA. Further details including accommodation, coaches and tickets can be found at www.maskedball.net