Maui Waui presents The Masquerade Ball @ Earlham Park 14 June 2014

Maui Waui Presents ‘The Masquerade Ball’ at Earlham Park, Norwich, 14 June, 2014. Review and photos by Richard Shashamane

Maui Waui visited Norwich this weekend for an eleven hour one-day festival extravaganza at Earlham Park next to UEA, in an impressive, large blue big top.

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From about 4pm and for around four hours the wonderful 17-piece Swingmachine played tunes by the likes of Glen Miller, greeting a constant stream of arrivals in an array of excellent and creative masks. For those who had not bought a mask there were facilities in the ‘creative zone’ to make one’s own. With a large stage, a Frank’s Bar, and a Fish Finger Sandwich stand, walkabout cabaret from Theatre of Escapades everything was in place for a memorable night, and memorable it was.

Electro swing djs, whose beats got faster the longer the night went on, featuring Tallulah Goodtimes, Bedwell, Swing Gipsy et al., burlesque from Natalya Umanska, and more live music from Lunatrix and Band of Fools.

The event was really well attended, even clashing with an England World Cup match and overcast skies, none of this got in the way of fun by an enthusiastic crowd and a brilliantly organised event by Maui Waui. It was lovely to see Earlham Park used in this way.

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The Nanas of Theatre of Escapades

The Nanas of Theatre of Escapades

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Natalya Umanska

Natalya Umanska

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Many thanks to all at Maui Waui, Silas, Theatre of Escapades, Jerry Tye, Kat Grand and all the performers.

Maui Waui is proud to present to you- “The Masquerade Ball”

Come to the biggest park in Norwich to enter the Maui Waui world. Set inside a huge big top planted on the lawn, there’s big things a shwinging – Dancers, DJ’s, Bands Canape’s, Cocktails and much much more…..
We are starting early, come at 3pm to catch the start, we will be opening the cocktail bar and getting stuck in to classic games – Earlham Park is very comfortable place to be!

It’s a Masquerade Ball – you have got to bring a mask! Buy one, make one, find one or hire one – everyone makes such a fantastic effort with the costumes and dressing to impress, let’s get the best masks out and show them about! – PRIZE FOR THE BEST MASK!

Food will be provided throughout the event! Its hungry work – Swinging……

Kicking off the music at 4 – SWINGMACHINE!!

A full, perfect and fantastic 17 piece orchestra.
These guys have been playing for years and from all over East Anglia – Classic traditional dancing swing. It’s a extravaganza how long they will be playing for us during the afternoon and into the evening at Maui Waui’s Masquerade Ball


Lunatrix take the acoustic elements of the past and combine them with electro-swing, live drums and electric guitars into a fusion of past and contemporary.
With influences ranging from Reggae and Jazz through to Drum n Bass and Techno, each member brings their own unique flavour and talent to the mix. Combining continental brass, blistering guitars and powerful vocals, the Lunatrix sound is crafted to make people dance, lose their inhibitions and be inspired.


With their selection of Balkan and Gypsy notes, this band of fool’s leads you astray to dance the night away!

DJ’s –


Long standing amazing DJ who has been at Maui Waui from day 1! Captivating and grabbing the crowd to dance and swing to her music, Tallulah bangs out only the best tunes in Electro Swing and we are delighted to have her on stage again!


Also a favourite for Maui Waui, long standing in the Norfolk Dance scene Bedwell plays the harder side of bouncy electro beats – Not to be missed


Recently getting the whole room shaking at Maui’s Gypsy Swing last year the Swing Gypsy returns to spin tunes right down at ya!

+ Many more DJ’s to be spinning throughout the night!


Natalya Umanska is coming down to tantalise and seduce you with her fantastic new show, burlesque to make you laugh and sweat, a cracking spectacle.

With walkabout performers and cabaret acts joining in the fun, this Masquerade Ball is going to be a stonker!

The Ball is at Earlham park in Norwich, STARTS AT 3PM – Please get there early to make the most of what Maui Waui has to offer you! Finishes late!

Remember Dress to impress!

Tickets cost £20 – Very limited numbers! Please visit – tickets can be bought on the home page. Please enter the names of everyone you are buying a tickets for in the box above “Buy Now” as all tickets will be collected under names on the door.

“Who’s that?”
“She dances so very well!
“If only we knew”
“She’s a masquerade dancer…… Perhaps we will see her again at the ball…..”


words and photos (c) richard shashamane 2014


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