Victoria’s hottest boutique day festival, Let Them Eat Cake, is back for its 6th instalment in 2018 and after some serious deliberation, a list of the festivals’ top 5 must-see acts has been curated…
Although the Australian summer party circuit officially kicked off with the highly regarded Strawberry Fields Festival, dance music lovers acknowledge Let Them Eat Cake (LTEC) as the most tantalising drawcard of the festival cycle. Previous slices of ‘Cake’, have boasted artists such as Kerri Chandler, Bicep, Dj Koze, Jamie XX, Carl Craig, Dusky, Oliver Huntemann and Motor City Drum Ensemble. It has proven a difficult task to narrow down such a jam-packed line-up to just a handful of must-sees without causing offence!
Festival curators, Novel, have announced their most substantial, drool-worthy line-up to date and you’d be kicking yourself if you missed out this New Years.
Frank Wiedemann heads the stacked LTEC bill and will perform live as one half of globally renowned German techno duo Âme. Wiedemann is no stranger to hard work, splitting his time between a busy global touring schedule (where he plays live and produces material for Âme), running his own record label, Innervisions, with compatriots Dixon and fellow Âme member Kristian Beyer as well as collaborating with Australian born singer, Ry X on their ‘Howling’ project.
The German producer presents as an honest and humble musician, dedicated to his craft of creating desirable dance music. Wiedemann’s high-class production is driven by a necessity to feed his creative appetite, which results in alluring and often hypnotic melodies.
As the sun sets on New Years Day, a blissful euphoria will transcend upon the Werribee Mansion as LTEC revellers are treated to a Frank Wiedemann live masterclass.
Something to look forward to Howling – Howling (Ame) remix:
Mall Grab burst onto the international scene in 2015 with a succession of progressive, low-fi house tracks, which catapulted the 23-year-old Australian into the dance stratosphere. Born on the New South Wales North Coast, Mall Grab is somewhat of a sample-based house prodigy who oozes professionalism and lives by the mantra that ‘dance music is supposed to be about fun’.
From performing for the prestigious ‘Boiler Room’ in Paris, to joining the notorious DC-10 family for ‘Circoloco’ – Mall Grab has collected his fair share of frequent flyer points.
Let Them Eat Cake party-goers can expect a funky, eclectic and thought-provoking array of tracks that are insatiable and infectious from start to finish. A likely highlight of Mall Grab’s New Years Day set would be his latest release for Hot Haus Records, ‘B.F.O.D.A.A.S’.
Watch Mall Grab dominate his Boiler Room debut in Paris, 2016
Acclaimed German DJ and producer Stephan Bodzin will also return his mammoth live show to Australian soil for the New Year. Bodzin is a techno pioneer and global festival favourite owing to his enchanting live performances and electric on-stage energy. As he twists and turns knobs on a customised midi controller, Bodzin’s face and body warps to the sound of the drubbing beat – his movement infectious.
For those that haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing a Stephan Bodzin live performance, you are in for a real treat. The energetic German producer is known for his deeply captivating sets that will grab you by the proverbial balls.
As much energy as Bodzin permeates, he receives back in spades from his Australian crowds. PSA: Prepare for a sensory orgasm at Let Them Eat Cake.
(Need visual cues in order to get the juices flowing? Check out Bodzin’s epic 2015 Boiler Room set here:
Apparat (DJ set):
Enigmatic German producer Apparat is arguably the most intriguing name on the bill for the 2018 instalment of ‘Cake’. Apparat’s impending performance down under shall continue Australia’s understandable love affair for German artists.
Apparat has generated a cult following, owing to his involvement as a 1/3 member of Berlin-based and critically acclaimed electronic music group, Moderat. Having avoided being ‘confined to a definitive style’, Apparat is able to morph between genres and is accredited for exploring experimental soundscapes.
Prepare for Apparat to spin some of the tunes that influenced his Berlin lifestyle in the early 00’s as well as a selection of current tracks that appeal to his creative sensibilities. Punters will witness a special performance from the Skitkatapult label boss as he charms them with equal parts of mystery and uniqueness.
Eating Hooks provides some Moderat inspiration and an absolute belter of a tune to get you psyched:
Jackmaster, the glorious Glaswegian geezer and ‘Numbers’ label boss has ‘more options up his sleeve than just about any other DJ’ according to Resident Advisor’s glowing assessment.
Taking up a residency alongside Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones and The Martinez Brothers at DC-10’s wild ‘Circoloco’ parties, Jackmaster has cemented himself as a madly talented (and just plain mad) artist.
The Scottish born lad is a purest of sorts, preferring to display his skills on the decks exclusively without the need to produce or remix. This point of difference acts as a secret weapon for Jack, as he spontaneously unleashes an array of ready-made house, disco, funk and techno tracks on eager ravers.
Having said this, it is Jack’s mannerisms and rowdy nature that have earned him the number 1 party boy title around the world and posture him atop the must-see list of 2018.
The Tweak-a-holic disco mixes are overflowing with super nostalgic 80’s tracks, check out #4 in the series
Let Them Eat Cake NYD runs from 11AM – 10PM at Werribee Mansion. Tickets available from https://letthemeatcakenyd.com.au/
Written By: Josh Pavlou