LET THEM EAT CAKE

An architecturally abstract, lush in its sonic component and audaciously indulgent gathering, Let Them Eat Cake is a festival like no other. It takes plays at the Werribee Mansion, paying homage to it’s rich history of decadence and splendour. This festival is a coming together of all the vast facets of electronics and sound, together with the onstage antics that match them in  a high level of quality and attention to detail. This is suitably complimented by a fascinating  mix of artisan food and cocktail bars. Let Them Eat Cake, now in its sixth year,  leaves many other festival for dead, but rest assured, this festival will not leave you wanting.  The Melbourne Critique spoke with Jerry Poon, festival founder and part of The Operatives, who will also be gracing the decks at Let Them Eat Cake, this New Years Day, 

Jerry, lets kick things off, how has the festival grown since its inception 6 years ago?

It was always a brain cell of many different crews coming together. This festival represents all the different genres of music that we do, play, mix and explore, situated in these lush grounds that are beautiful and of high quality but not to far from the city. Since then we have increased the festival capacity but kept that high level of quality on all fronts including  food and drink, as well as, with regards to all the facilities.  The festival is multifaceted in terms of its different stages and types of art that it represents.

You’ve mentioned the grounds on which the festival takes place, what does this give to the event, in terms of ambience and other things?

You know it has such a strong history of being used for events, as it was when  a couple of Scottish buggers built it, in that initial time when they built it, we had heard stories of decedent parties going in the mansion. It can be perceived as a strange thing to pay homage to, but we are carrying on that decadence into the future now. The grounds and the gardens and the trees have so much history, and it really gives it that sense of character, because it was built for that.

And you’re playing a set with The Operatives on the day? Tell us what is the key to playing the perfect set?

I think it is unification of all these different genres of music and this is particularly true for my set.  This set will feature a range of musical elements: from a healthy input of break beats spanning  from dance hall  all the way to drum and base genres. This eclectic set is dynamically placed within the festival program which already has a a very strong overarching disco and house music aesthetic. The stage that I will perform at has more of a focus on broken beats. I think that including this eclectic range of elements in the festival is also going to be another selling point in the festival future: as this event keeps going it is imperative  to maintain a huge range of different musical and art genres, a variety food and of all those things that delight the senses.

What also helps set this festival apart from the rest of the pack?

I think that beside the ideas of diversity and all inclusiveness which a lot of festivals strive for, we also have a simple and practical advantage of being close to the city.  The other pivotal element is the overall quality of service : this  is something we don’t skimp on. You’re not going to get canned UDL drinks for $12 or $15. In terms of food  we invite some of the best mobile caterers in town. There is a strong focus on everything that encompasses a day of entertainment and experience. This is a full experience: everything is looked after-  you don’t find yourself searching for a bathroom or searching for water at this event.

Our festival doesn’t leave you wanting more, everything you can need is there for you.

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