Tinged with memories of New Years past, peer through the trees of our familiar playground and witness the kaleidoscopic riches that await. Let Them Eat Cake beckons, and for our eights year, we’re changing pace.
Whether you’ve twirled past years memories away with us, or you’re a new arrival curiously discovering the pleasures that await, Let Them Eat Cake relishes you. Whatever your palate, pleasures, or preferred apparel, you’re welcome amongst our gardens, and we invite you to divulge your secrets with us. Around every corner, you’ll find a treasure, something we’ve put together purely for you.
Let Them Eat Cake’s eighth edition will witness the union of some of music’s biggest names. Electronic artist Jon Hopkins will lead the charge on New Years Day performing a DJ set at the sprawling Werribee Mansion. Joining him will be Detroit house icon Honey Dijon who has stunned Australian audiences in recent years with a highly acclaimed Boiler Room set, alongside Glasgow’s most notorious rising star Denis Sulta.
HAAi, the Sydney ex-pat, UK native will make her first Australian return since appearing at festivals AVA and Innervisions earlier this year, alongside Los Angeles based artist TOKiMONSTA, Amsterdam’s own Tom Trago, and more!
Full lineup at bottom of the presser:
Jon Hopkins (DJ Set)(UK)
The music of Jon Hopkins sits at the intersection of electronic, ambient and techno. This ability to not be pigeon-holed has seen the multi-skilled musician collaborate with a wide range of artist from Coldplay to Brian Eno. He even produced an original film score for the 2010 motion picture ‘Monsters’ which earned an Ivor Novello nomination for Best Original Film Score. His last studio album, 2018’s ‘Singularity’, was a critically acclaimed success and also nominated a Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic album. With many of his recent ‘Singularity’ world tour shows selling out, we cannot be more excited to have this living musical auteur back at Let Them Eat Cake for a highly exclusive DJ set. Image by Steve Gullick. Soundcloud
Honey Dijon (USA)
There is no way that anyone is standing still when Honey Dijon takes to the stage. Her sound is rooted in jackin’ Chicago house and Detroit techno, a sound she adopted from the predominantly black and queer parties she inhabited in her formative years. You could also argue that her keen sense for dancefloor dynamics could’ve been taught to her via an early friendship and mentorship with house icon Derrick Carter, a relationship that unfurled in her a longstanding love affair with dance music. Having graced some of the world’s biggest stages from AVA Festival, Kappa Futur, Dour, DGTL, Primavera and Melt, Honey Dijon has earned a reputation as a raucous party starter. From soundtracking catwalks for Louis Vuitton fashion shows to guest slots at Berlin’s Berghain/Panorama Bar, no one quite lives and breathes the many iterations of house music’s influence as Honey Dijon. Soundcloud
Denis Sulta (UK)
A Denis Sulta set can be like taking a rollercoaster at your local fair, exhilarating and frantic in equal doses. Hailing from Scotland’s dance music capital Glasgow, Sulta fine-tuned his craft working in the Rubadub record store, eventually landing himself a residency at the world-renowned Sub Club. This was followed by a record deal with Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, his debut Sulta Selects Vol 1 project, and his 2015 single ‘It’s Only Real‘, all turning the heads of industry moguls Jackmaster, Optimo, and Four Tet. When you pair that with an AVA Boiler Room set which has now clocked over 1.6 million views, a DJ Award for Best Breakthrough Producer, as well as landing the #26 spot in Resident Advisor’s last ever Top 100 DJs poll, Denis Sulta’s is undoubtedly one of the world’s most sought-after acts. Soundcloud
HAAi is a London based Sydney ex-pat who has the music industry in the palm of her hands. Known for her longstanding, but now defunct, weekly residency at London’s Phonox nightclub, where HAAi spent 6 hours every Saturday night honing in on her sound which fuses psychedelic worldly beats with hard-hitting house, techno and breaks. Having played back to back sets with The Black Madonna, Midland, Daniel Avery, Mall Grab and Denis Sulta, HAAi proved herself to be an extremely talented and versatile selector, a point she proved when she was awarded the 2018 BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix of the Year. If she is not curating her Coconut Beats imprint, HAAi is stunning global crowds at festivals including Glastonbury and Nuits Sonores. Her presence at Let Them Eat Cake this Year will be a highly anticipated one. Soundcloud
California native TOKiMONSTA started her career with a bang, releasing her debut album ‘Midnight Menu’ on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint label, and cementing her place as a formidable musical presence. Gaining a considerable reputation as a producer first and foremost, her collaborations have seen her work with Jessie Ware, Anderson Paak and Kelly Rowland. Maintaining foundations in pop, TOKiMONSTA‘s sound fuses pop vocals with West Coast beats to provide a dreamy, synth-heavy fusion. With 5 studio albums, 12 EP’s and one Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronic Album, TOKiMONSTA also curates her own imprint label Young Art Records, the label which houses her own unique productions alongside the work of Manu Did and CRi. With headline sets at festivals Sonar, Coachella, EDC, Sundara and Electric Love Festival, TOKiMONSTA is a very welcome return to Let Them Eat Cake. Soundcloud
Tom Trago (NL)
A poster child for the Dutch electronic music underground, Tom Trago has been making waves on the highest level for over a decade. Landing his debut release on the infamous Rush Hour Recordings, he quickly became a cornerstone for the Dutch label releasing 3 studio albums for them. His 2010 track ‘Use Me Again (And Again)’ amassed over 1 million plays on YouTube alone and became one of the most recognisable house/nu-disco tracks of its time. When he is not running his imprint Voyage Direct, Tom Trago spends his year touring internationally, co-headlining events like Amsterdam Open Air, Melt, Dekmantel, DGTL and FLY Open Air. Not many can lay claim to fire up a dancefloor the way Tom Trago can. He will be unmissable at Let Them Eat Cake. Soundcloud
Berlin’s Cinthie is regarded as one of the cities most revered and respected figures. Running and curating many record labels, Cinthie is also a host on the cities popular Fritz Radio, owns the Berlin-based Elevate record store, and runs the Stasi Studios complex, an institution which is a production home to figures like Ben Klock and Rødhåd. Cinthie is a prolific producer in her own right too, and she is synonymous with deep, bass-heavy cuts with roots in nostalgic 90s house sentimentality. Fresh from performing at Circoloco Ibiza, Berlin’s Tresor, and ://aboutblank, Cinthie will be a highly welcome addition to the Mansion. Soundcloud
The music of Zach Saginaw, who records as Shigeto, has always cross-wired a host of different musical influences. As a spearhead for the Ghostly International label, the Detroit based producer delves into jazz, hip-hop, funk and folk, carving out a unique place for himself as an electronic music artist who thrives on traditional genres, sometimes filtered through the lens of house music. With headline sets at a plethora of the world’s biggest stages from Sonar to Dour and every other milestone showcase for the highly respected Ghostly International imprint, Shigeto continues to be one of the electronic music scene’s most important flag bearers. Soundcloud
Whether working under his Mandar, Rev – S or NWS aliases, S.A.M.‘s fusion of psychedelic house and techno is unique and accessible in equal spades. As the founder and curator of Oscillat, Delaphine and Dahlia record labels, his labels house works from artists Ricardo Villalobos, Butch and Matthew Dekay alongside his own original productions. Earlier this year his track ‘Fury’s Laughter‘ spent weeks on Beatport’s charts at number one, an infectious slice of summer tech-house that displaced Australian producer Fisher’s massive run at Beatport’s top. In recent times the Danish artist has become a bona fide international DJ, spending most of his days playing globally at venues like Rex, Fabric, Robert Johnson and Sankeys alongside festivals including Amsterdam Open Air Festival and Organik Festival. Soundcloud
Madam X (UK)
A key figure in Manchester’s underground rave scene, Madam X has become synonymous with the cities thriving club culture through her co-founded venue BPM aka. Big People Music and the London based Kaizen Klub. Landing a BBC 1Extra residency early on in her career, Madam X’s genre-bending mixes delve into grime, bass, dub and techno earning her slots at BBC R1 dance tent, Annie Mac’s Lost & Found, Dour Festival, as well as her own show on Rinse FM, and NTS. As the proud founder and curator of her record label Kaizen, her imprint reflects the sound that Madam X purveys: one that defies expectation in a refreshingly unique way, and is ultimately impossible to pin down to just one genre. Soundcloud
Harvey Sutherland (Live)(AUS)
Elegantly fusing the nostalgic sounds of funk, disco, and soul with a modern electronic house sensibility, Harvey Sutherland has earned his stripes at one of the most forward-thinking producers working today. Following a string of EPs on record labels Voyage Recordings, Echovolt Records, MCDE, and Clarity Recordings, the funk synthesist has garnered praise from Gilles Peterson, Jamie XX, Disclosure and The Black Madonna. Weaving between the old and the new, Harvey Sutherland and his band Bermuda have sold out shows across the world, performing at Glastonbury, Nuits Sonores, and London’s Jazz Cafe. Harvey’s upward career trajectory has seen him perform a disco suite alongside the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, as well as directing an 11-piece band in support of New York icon Leroy Burgess. Get ready for one of the most lively shows in all of dance music. Soundcloud
Los Angeles artist, SOSUPERSAM, or Samantha Duenas, is a performing artist and a member of the highly popular Soulection crew. Starting her career as a professional dancer supporting the likes of Ashley Tisdale and Kelly Rowland, she is now widely considered a seasoned DJ and a familiar name on the international music circuit. She is known for the R&B night 143, an LA-based event she co-founded which has become a playground for R&B personalities from Quest Love to Miley Cyrus. She also turned this local event into global one, branded events popping up in cities from New York City to Berlin to Amsterdam. For music lovers, she might be best known for her ‘SUP’ mixtape series, which smartly interweaves her original music with a curation of her favourite songs. The mixtapes would culminate in ‘Garden’, a 6-track EP showcasing her songwriting and R&B vocal stylings. SOSUPERSAM is part of a new school of visionary artist that encapsulates a DIY ethos, a lot of talent, and an even fiercer desire to achieve. Soundcloud
Wax’o Paradiso (AUS)
To tell the story of With a penchant for all things cosmic disco, feel good, and groove-based, Wax’o Paradiso have remained at the peak of Melbourne’s local scene for years. Dubbed the Dimboola triangle of lost groove, Wax’o has popped up in floating rooftop gardens, luscious convents, shipping containers, train yards, supernatural amphitheatres and smack bang under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. United by a penchant for kitsch Australian psychedelia, and a firm belief that Pavlova is indeed the Queen of the dessert, the Wax’o Paradiso family is hell-bent on getting you hell-bent. Having played memorable sets at Strawberry Fields Festival, Pitch Music & Arts, and Freedom Time, their combined talents have taken them overseas to venues ://aboutblank in Berlin, Festimi in Amsterdam and Giant Steps in London, proving the Wax’o brand knows no bounds. Soundcloud
Adi Toohey (AUS)
Amongst the cohort of Australia’s most requested rising stars, Adi Toohey positions herself at the top. The Sydney native grew to widespread acclaim through her weekly radio show Saturday Sunset on FBi Radio, alongside hosting parties with her Rimbombo crew. She is a well-known feature on the local festival circuit with bookings on all the biggest events including Strawberry Fields, Hopkins Creek, Pitch Music & Arts, Dark Mofo and Splendour In The Grass. This cumulative experience has led to overseas performances at international institutions like NTS Radio London, Berlin’s Tresor and //:about blank, and Le Bain in NYC. Garnering appearances alongside Hunee, Moodymann, The Black Madonna, Young Marco and Gerd Janson, Adi Toohey continues to flourish as a selector, moving her stylings and skillset from supporting slots to centre stage. Soundcloud