New Year at Truro Cathedral

For the first time in Truro Cathedral’s history, guests are welcomed into the historical building to celebrate the entrance to the New Year in the truly unique fashion of an opulent masquerade. Participants to the event are encouraged – and required – to dust off their finest ball gowns and tuxedos as the dress code is strictly black tie accompanied by a masque of their choosing.

To the backdrop of the cathedral’s Gothic Revival design, live music will be provided by The Electric Swing Circus and The Showhawk Duo, both with an impeccable track record of getting people to the dance floor. Once the live bands have reached the end of their set list, partygoers can continue to conquer the dance floor in the form of a silent disco. Drinks will be served in Tarquin’s Secret Gin Lounge where local DJs will also be playing all night long.

Upon entrance, guests will be welcomed on the red carpet by captivating fire breathers, stilt walkers and bewitching aerialists, adding the magical flair to begin the last evening of 2021. The attendees will then enjoy fresh welcome drinks and elegant canapes as they are greeted by the melody of the cathedral’s organist. At midnight, the cathedral bells will ring the New Year in with their iconic chimes before the celebrations continue until 1.30 AM.

The first musical act of the evening is The Electric Swing Circus, a live 6-piece fusion of saucy 20s swing and stomping electro beats. With an explosive sound that reverberates back through time, the band hotfoot their way through everything from rock to electronica, house, big beat and rock n roll, all with their own unique style of swing. Since the band first formed in 2011, it has toured four continents and played major festivals – now, however, it is ready and excited to bring the party to Truro Cathedral.

The second musical act of the evening is The Showhawk Duo, consisting of classically trained guitarists Mikhail Asanovic and Jake Wright. The duo has dazzled audiences worldwide with their spectacular approach to playing the guitar, breaking down barriers between acoustic and electronic music. Whether playing old-school trance classics or modern funky house, their live show knows no boundaries and will leave guests amazed on the dance floor.

The event is organised by Quick Panda Productions, led by Ian Whittaker and Ben Hall, who is behind other successful events such as Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival and The Great Estate.

The Directors of Quick Panda Productions, stated: ‘New Year’s Eve is something that should always be celebrated in style, but perhaps more so this year following the pandemic. The evening symbolises a fresh start and with our masquerade the objective is to create truly unique memories for people in an extravagant way. We are beyond thrilled that Truro Cathedral is our location for this event, as the gothic design provides the ultimate surroundings to this enchanted evening. Early bird tickets are selling fast so we would encourage people to secure their tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.’

Prices start at £45 but are expected to rise in the coming weeks. Discount is available on request for NHS workers. Visit www.greatestatefestival.co.uk/nye or the Facebook event for more information and to purchase tickets.

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