LTEC is Australia’s premier NYD dance music festival. A cultural mecca formed to explore the union of music, art and cuisine. Held on the heritage-listed grounds of Werribee Mansion, LTEC returns NYD 2023 to celebrate a decade of dance for its 10th Anniversary Edition.
The last 3 years of Brazilian artist ANNA’s career has seen her reach entirely new heights. Her dedication to honing her craft has seen her perform at Warung, D-Edge, Time Warp, Awakenings, Tomorrowland, DC10 and Movement Detroit, quickly asserting a space for herself alongside the biggest names in techno. On a production front, she’s dropped critically acclaimed music on the world’s most significant record labels; Hotflush, Drumcode, Afterlife, and Domino, remixing works for artists such as Jon Hopkins, and earning the nod of approval from Mixmag, and DJ Mag. ANNA beautifully executes a brand of techno that is as moving as it is impactful, peaking and flowing perfectly for any packed-out stadium or arena.
Bonobo’s rise throughout his career has been unstoppable, and it is no exaggeration to say he is now widely considered one of the biggest electronic artists of our time. His yearly schedule sees him tour across the globe, playing headline slots at Sonar, Lovebox, a main stage performance at Coachella and a sold-out Red Rocks performance. His 2010 album ‘Black Sands’ was a milestone, a record of epic reach and massive emotional pull, followed by 2017’s ‘Migration’ which received a Top 5 position in the UK and was nominated for Best Dance/Electronic album at The GRAMMY’s. Although he seems to have outstripped his own goals and career highlights, Bonobo surpasses these peak moments year after year, proving he’s got plenty more to offer.
DJ Koze is known as an artist that exists a little outside of time. In one sense, his music can take you to places where time seems to stop, stranded in a moment, and there holds an emphasis on dance-floor feelings of nostalgia, connectedness, and a blissful sense of community. In another sense, he is immune to the typical life cycle of hype, influence, and career longevity that typically apply to artists within the music industry. His 2018 album ‘Knock Knock’, DJ Kicks compilation, and countless releases on his imprint label Pampa remain some of the most impactful releases today. With his remix works being some of the most in-demand in the world, music or sets coming from the mind of DJ Koze are entirely infectious, uplifting and timeless.
London-based Elkka is an artist who began her path as a singer-songwriter and has evolved into a multi-faceted producer, DJ and label boss. Sitting firmly in a lane of her own creation, Elkka’s music is a cross-pollination between house, electronica, percussive beats and dreamy vocals. When performing, she immerses herself in her art - from expansive, high-energy DJ sets to her encapsulating live show. After a sensational 12 months that saw Elkka awarded BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix of the Year, Radio 1 Introducing Artist Of The Year, AIM Independent Remix of the Year and nominated for, Breakthrough Producer of The Year in the DJ Mag Awards, Elkka’s momentum continues to propel her to new heights.
The DJ’s DJ turned people’s DJ, Gerd Janson is one of the most highly respected DJs in the world. His genre-less philosophy towards music sees him fuse funk, disco, house and techno, with left-field sub-genres such as synth-pop, industrial, or indie dance. Look no further than his Running Back imprint, one of the underground’s leading labels, a label that houses classic after classic, showcasing quality without being flashy - a style reflected in Gerd’s own music. A DJ versatile enough to rock any dance floor, a DJ who cares about the profession of DJing, there’s a reason Gerd remains one of the biggest selectors the world has on offer.
KiNK’s music is unifying, in the best possible way. With a legacy spanning more than 2 decades, he has become known as an artist who fuses elements of funk and groove into harder styles of techno and house - a sound which has become somewhat of a signature for him. Whether playing a live set or DJing, KiNKs sound explores avant-garde soundscapes, boisterous bangers, classic club tracks, and peak-time emotions, woven together with a seamlessness that pays credit to his endless following. Gracing stages at Nuits Sonores, AVA Festival, DGTL, Dekmantel, Melt, Berghain and beyond, a performance from KiNK is a masterclass in bringing lightness, to traditionally dark and heavy sounds.
Kornél Kovács has cemented his position as one of the most prominent producers and DJs around. Having travelled every corner of the globe more than a few times, and playing renowned institutions such as Berghain’s Panorama Bar, his collaborative imprint label Studio Barnhus is an exquisite example of his sonic prowess. A sound that traverses complex pop, alongside wistful downtempo tracks that straddle home-listening, as well as warm-up into all-night afterparty sounds, that exhibit breakbeat, nu-wave electronic, and techno - all reflective of his early years influenced by the likes of Kraftwerk and Art of Noise. Earning industry acclaim on his albums ‘Bells’ and ‘Studio Marathon’ from Resident Advisor, Mixmag, DJ MAG, Pitchfork and XLR8R, he has gone on to collaborate with artists Moby, Bella Boo & more.
Moxie has forged a career that has taken her to some of the world's most renowned clubs including Fabric, De School, Concrete and Berghain’s Panorama Bar. Early residencies at NDJ’s We Trust slots on BBC Radio 1 led to her longstanding residency on NTS - her weekly show which is now considered an industry staple for showcasing house, disco, techno and beyond. Through her label and series On Loop, Moxie champions everyone from the industries heavyweight names Joy Orbison, and Or:La, to developing artists. In doing so, she’s earned a reputation as one of the underground dance scene’s most beloved names - whether through her witty charismatic radio chat, her energetic sets, or her ongoing passion for sharing undiscovered dance music gems with the world.
Step up for the most entertaining DJ in Australia. Over the last 3 years the name Papa Smurf has become one of the local club scene’s biggest drawcards. However, this is not new territory for the scene veteran; his electrifying personality and euphoric old-school trance sets are a well known to the older heads. At the start of the millennium, Papa Smurf was one of the biggest promoters and names in the local trance scene, synonymous with crowd-pleasing sets and high-energy performances. After hanging up his headphones, it was a one-off booking at the 2020 Pitch Music & Arts festival which introduced the legend and his old-school trance sounds to a whole new generation. What followed was the stuff of local legend. Since then, the recorded Pitch set has amassed over 74k plays, and he has sold out four headline shows. We cannot be more excited to host one of the most entertaining DJs in all of Australia.
Australia’s PARIS, formally known as Made in Paris, is one of the country’s most prolific artists. Attaining global audiences with millions of streams across releases on Stil Vor Talent, Of Leisure and Poesie Musik and having toured Europe, UK, India, USA and Mexico numerous times, the PARIS legacy grows stronger by the day. With 2020 & 2021 Triple J and Double J high rotation adds, numerous Spotify covers, and sets on Australia’s most in-demand festivals including Pitch Music Festival, and Splendour In The Grass, the Sydney artist has paved her path. PARIS has garnered enthusiasts within the industry from Maceo Plex, and Lane 8 to Township Rebellion and Oliver Koletzki, while also commanding attention from Mixmag, Sirius XM and BBC Radio 1 with official remixes for Grammy winners RÜFÜS DU SOL, alongside Cassian and Nils Hoffmann.
There is something vivacious at the heart of Shanti Celeste's work - a bounce, a swing, an uplifting and undeniable pull. Her career to date has been described as a contemporary, U.K. take on the classic Detroit sound. Influenced by the culture and characteristics exuded by early Techno pioneers, Shanti Celeste modernises this in an entirely refreshing way, reflected in her imprint record label Peach Discs, her show on NTS Radio, and her own original productions. Above all else, Shanti has mastered the art of delivering music made to make a difference, made to uplift, to inspire, and to make you move - completely embodying music for an elevated state.
The enigmatic Skin On Skin has quickly become a fan favourite across the world with a unique and forward-thinking blend of smoked-out techno, classic house and alternative hip hop. His bone-shaking debut EP dropped in early 2019 via Steel City Dance Discs, followed by a string of sold-out records, including the launch of his own in-house label and workshop Stay On Sight - featuring collaborations with jamesjamesjames, X CLUB and Willaris. K. Clocking iconic sets at Pitch Music & Arts & more, his most recent Boiler Room debut at AVA Festival cemented a space for him amongst some of the industries biggest names, with his most recent tour selling out in a matter of minutes. Skin On Skin is on track for taking things over in 2023 and beyond.
At this stage in his longstanding career, Stephan Bodzin is very much his own man. His extensive achievements don’t matter to him. He is on a mission to interest and surprise himself, to find new musical avenues and explore different perspectives. Considered one of the most thrilling live shows in techno, his most recent album ‘Boavista’ and its accompanying world tour exhibits his essence beautifully. The music on ‘Boavista’ is bright and colourful, whilst still holding his trademark synth sounds that have long defined Bodzin's output, mostly on his own Herzblut Recordings label, but also more recently Afterlife. Having headlined the world’s biggest stages more than once, from Awakenings, Afterlife, Sonar, Timewarp, Nuits Sonores, and more, he continues to define modern techno, in a way that no one else can.
Through a desire to experiment and push the boundaries of modern club music, X CLUB. was born. Ben Clarke and Jesse Morath, the two creative brains behind the X-CLUB. empire, draw major influence from the iconic sounds of the 90’s warehouse rave movement and modern experimental artists such as Bjaarki, Objekt, Skee Mask, PTU and Clouds. A spontaneous b2b set highlighted their creative similarities, and the pair's ongoing collaboration has grown to gain global online attention, creating reworks of dance-floor classics, and original works that are optimal for any heavy peak-time dancefloor. Having gained support from high-profile artists Mall Grab, DJ Gigola, KETTAMA, FJAAK, and Partiboi69, the X-CLUB. imprint shows no signs of slowing down.
There aren't many local artists with Bella Claxton’s enthusiasm. That infectious energy flows organically into her DJ sets. Think artists like Denis Sulta, Job Jobse and Sally C, and you are almost there. Not only does she share their disregard for genre labels, but also their absolute joy for unearthing dancefloor gems from all decades. That ability to link the old and new is impressive, and she expertly fuse 90s house vocals with modern maximal rave energy. It is a highly irresistible combination that has led to consistent bookings at clubs from Revolver Upstairs to Glamorama. She is also an active member of the local dance music community, enabling local talent to reach a wider audience via her online station, In House Radio. That brand has turned into a regular club night selling out its current home: The Gasometer. She’s also the brains behind one of Naarm’s most popular new event series Hyper Hype, selling out multiple shows since its inception, always with Bella at the helm. Her sound is honest and undeniable, and a huge reason why Novel signed her to their new artist agency, Associated Artists. Bella Claxton is about to go turbo, don't get left behind.
James David/Big-Mac has cultivated a reputation as a stalwart of the Melbourne music scene. Director of President Press and Organised Noise, Big-Mac puts forward a musical education that transports passengers to far reaches of the globe. His appetite for obscure, eccentric sounds exudes an experimental flair. An exuberant and well-crafted DJ that displays depth of music knowledge, ranging from 80s synth-pop to cosmic fast-paced house. Big-Mac has supported the likes of Dusky, Franck Roger, Jacques Renault, Dave Lee, Kris Baha, Mark Blair, RSS Disco, YokoO and more. He has also been booked for bigger events including Living Room Festival, Babylon and this is his return to Let Them Eat Cake. If his 2020 performance is anything to go by, you shouldn’t miss this.
Fosters is a proud Narungga man raised in Melbourne, Australia. The music he creates is inspired by a lived experience walking between two worlds as an Indigenous Australian fighting for his culture to be recognized, whilst trying to advocate and educate others through music, dance and story-telling. Fosters believes that music is inexplicably tied to our nature as humans and we rely on music to facilitate our connections with one another, on social, emotional and spiritual levels. He also believes that there is no difficult conversation that can't be resolved on a dancefloor and implores people to recognize dancefloors as a space that is safe, respected and free of the inhibitions that often tie us to societal norms and practices. Following a huge set from his at Novel’s signature smalltown event, his LTEC debut promises big things.
What started as an impromptu back to back at a Melbourne/Naarm renegade event, Gumm and Luke Alessi have quickly become one of the city's most sought after duos. The pair have supported international heavyweights Stephan Bodzin, Ben Klock and Gerd Janson, plus sold out their first (and only) two headline events they’ve played.
Individually, Gumm has played some of Australia’s biggest stages including smalltown before Âme and Dixon, plus our very own LTEC, released on Ombra International and has signings coming out on Bordello A Parigi and TAU. Luke Alessi is currently unstoppable, with a constant national touring schedule plus releases on Buttress and Mobilee, an official remix for RÜFÜS DU SOL, support from Sasha, Digweed, Lee Burridge and many more.
Katie Pearson is a cornerstone of the Australian dance-music scene. An artist who avoids the tags and pinholes that genres create, Katie has avoided this through a unique, yet authentic musical journey that delves into soulful elements of disco, funk, and Italo, fused with heavier shades of techno, nu-wave, and breakbeat. A peak-time purveyor at festivals like Dark Mofo & Pitch Music & Arts, she has warmed the stage for names like Honey Dijon & Chez Damier. A devout digger, who is a trusted resident of fabled institution Revolver Upstairs, she shares her eclectic taste on airwaves like The Lot Radio & Skylab Radio.
Working as a stylist within the realms of fashion, beauty and music for almost 10 years, UK born and bred Kelly Tee has made a seamless and inevitable transition into the DJ world. Having only played her first gig in March 2021, she has already played some of the most iconic parties and venues within the Australian circuit such as Pitch Music & Arts Festival '22, Tramp Bar (a current monthly resident,) SAS*H, Killing Time, Danse, New Guernica, Circus, One Puf, the Grand Prix and the iconic Revolver Upstairs. Impacting crowds with her high energy presence and eclectic music taste, she intuitively knows how to work a crowd.
Not one to be put into a box, Kelly is known for playing a mashup of electronic genres, from big vocal anthems to minimal, tech house to electronica with some UK flavour's thrown all around and in-between. Expect nothing less than good times, high vibes and punchy basslines from KT.
Holding a strong appreciation for the sounds of Detroit Techno, and Chicago’s House era, Marli reflects these styles in both her original productions and her DJ sets. As a rotating resident of Revolver Upstairs’ renowned Saturday night The Late Show, she’s headlined showcases at Xe54, Glamorama, Colour, and a sold out showcase at the Gasometer with her original series Mood Lab, as well as sets at unique spaces Forum Melbourne, Novel’s signature smalltown Street Rave, Inward Goods Festival, Let Them Eat Cake’s main stage, and Pitch Music & Arts notorious Pitch Black stage in 2020 and 2022.
A well loved name on the local circuit, Marli has warmed the decks for the likes of Gerd Janson, Folamour, DJ Boring, Big Miz, Loods, Sally C, Black Loops, Ben Rau, and Detroit Swindle, showcasing a warm output of electronic, deep house, rave inspired hard house, breakbeat, and UKG. On a production front, her music spans a multitude of genres, offering more than just your average club track. With releases on Yellow Island (BRA), Love Above Records (AUS), Backpocket Slammers (AUS), Revolver Upstairs The Late Show Record Label (AUS), Homage (NY), Velodrome (AUS), Motorik (AUS) and her forthcoming debut EP/record ‘Mood Independent’ releasing via ILIO Records (AUS) already tipped as one of the years best local releases, Marli’s fanbase continues to grow well into 2023, and beyond.
As one part of Melbourne music collective TOAST, Mode B is best known for curating a slew of underground music events at parks, beaches, warehouses, and venues across the city. He’s played in local venues from Revolver to Glamorama, is the co-founder of boutique Gippsland music festival MOTION, and the owner of Beatport charting productions. With a focus on pushing an emotive brand of dance music, Mode B’s sound is layered and varied, with sets characterised by plenty of mood, melody, percussive elements and precise mixing.
Upholding a number of years in the scene and playing at some of Melbourne’s most iconic festivals and club nights including SHELTER, Babylon Festival, PURE, and Revolver, North Barton brings a unique energy and passion to all of his sets. With his two debut releases, "Dreams in Detail" and "Wicked Visions", as well as a number of releases on the way, North Barton is a promising up and coming talent.
Ricky Nord is the curator & host of Club Elevate, a monthly radio show on Area 3000 which showcases local & international artists with interviews and mixes. Ricky’s own sound explores the higher energy side of music, where he delves into techno, trance and breakbeat, whilst also drawing inspirations from his love for Hip-Hop & Rap, which is often featured throughout his sets. Expect fast-paced energy and sentimental melodies when you watch him in action.
Alongside occupying a residency with Melbourne events imprint Gold Haus, Ricky has featured frequently on line-ups throughout Melbourne’s nightlife. Throughout his short career, Ricky has played at Let Them Eat Cake, Beyond the Valley, XE54, Glamorama, Yours & Mine, New Guernica, Bourke St Courtyard, Brown Alley and supported the likes of Job Jobse and JamesJamesJames. Whether it is mixing diverse genres of music or exploring his prized vinyl collections, Ricky Nord always aims to develop, expand and exhibit his sound.
IT automation engineer by day, and Naarm-based DJ by night, Tinika is renowned for her distinctive taste and adventurous track selection. Through sonic exploration, she strives to surprise with each carefully curated mix, and consistently brings an upbeat sense of nostalgia to the dance floor. Tinika grew up heavily influenced by the sounds she selects today, with her output ranging from house, disco, to UK garage, bass, and everything in between.
Tinika has forged her way through the Melbourne electronic scene and has earned herself a spot on the lineup for many of Melbourne’s iconic venues. Drawing on her queer black identity, you’ll struggle to find a genre untouched by Tinika who seems to always give the crowd what they didn’t know they needed.
Willem has built a name for himself as a DJ of note with a unique sound that blends electro, tribal textures, breaks, and trance influences. In a short amount of time, he has played at Beyond the Valley, Let Them Eat Cake, XE54, Revolver, Glamorama, and supported international artists including Ben UFO, Tijana T, Oliver Huntemann and Huxley. As DJ resident for the new club brand React, he is flying the flag of a fresh, unique sound that fuses old-school rave with neo-trance and proto-techno. Willem also makes up one-half of the Gold Haus brand, a young, exuberant team hosting warehouse and club parties with guests like Toni Yotzi, Merve and Escape Artist.
Willem’s productions are causing a stir among those in the know. His debut track, ‘Infinity Love’ on Falling Star Erotica, is a unique composition that is sentimental yet unsparingly tough. With upcoming productions sitting somewhere between hard-hitting Berlin Techno, energetic cosmic breaks, and euphoric halcyon era trance, Willem is forcing his way to the front with a massive sound that is highly impactful - and undeniably his own.
We are happy to announce the visual artists who will be joining us at LTEC NYD 2023. A key pillar of the LTEC experience is the immersive artworks that can be found throughout our festival grounds. These artworks transform our kaleidoscopic playground into a rich and unique space filled with cultural wonderment, and our 10th edition of LTEC invites a host of Australia’s most renowned visual creatives.
Visual Artist - The Bastille
Bayley Mifsud is a proud Kirrae and Peek Wurrong woman of the Gundjitmara nation. A visual artist and painter, Bayley’s Aboriginal and artist name Merindah-Gunya translates to ‘Beautiful Spirit’ in Peek Wurrong language, and was gifted to her through ceremony by her parents and Elders. She began practising Aboriginal art at the age of 5, learning her craft from Elders. To this day, Bayley has collaborated with an array of widely recognised brands, such as Officeworks, Tik Tok, 10 News First, St Kilda Football Club & Yarn Marketplace. Bayley Mifsud as a creative strives to continue the sacred tradition of Storytelling through art, and connects people across the world to Australia’s First Nation’s Culture. Bayley’s work will be brought to life by animations artist Rose Staff, and displayed on LTEC’s Bastille Stage on NYD 2023.
Stage Design - The Guillotine
Fulcrum Designs is the brainchild of Andrew Hawkes. With nearly 10 years experience within the entertainment industry, Andrew’s stage design and décor installation has featured at some of the largest productions in the country. With a passion for symmetry and aesthetic perfection, Fulcrum Designs has become synonymous with pushing the boundaries of immersive stage design. Fulcrum Designs are as adept at curating large-scale festival tours involving complex rigging and scaffolding, to small scale boutique installations with an emphasis on originality. Above all else, Andrew’s passion for art has been the driving force behind Fulcrum Design’s iconic reputation within the creative industry, always curating an experience that lingers with audiences. Fulcrum Designs will be curating and creating LTEC’s Guillotine Stage in 2023.
STUDIO JOHN FISH
Interactive Art Installations
Studio John Fish is a creative team based in Melbourne, with a vision to invoke curiosity and wonderment in people through immersive experiences that push boundaries, and exceed expectations. Through a multitude of visual mediums, John Fish use lighting design and production, stage and decor design, 3D modelling and rendering, sculpture, plus graphic and digital design to create beautifully crafted artworks that capture the imagination. With 15+ years of experience, the work of Studio John Fish has featured at Vivid Sydney, Federation Square, Novel’s smalltown, Strawberry Fields, White Night + more. Having featured at LTEC numerous times in recent years, John Fish’s interactive art will return in an entirely new form at our 10th edition.
Visual Artist - Werribee Mansion
Nick Azidis is a media artist and projection illusionist specialising in large-scale projections. Working in both digital and analog mediums, Nick has compiled a diverse body of work over nearly three decades as a producer, content developer/creator and technician. Striving to tell stories through his work, Nick’s love of projections paired with his technical skill bring a fresh visual perspective to every project, and ultimately challenge the viewers’ perspective. He has delivered projections for the Australian Open, White Night, the ANZAC Centenary at the NGV and Melbourne International Music Week. His ability to interpret creative ideas and create an aesthetic that serves the project is the fundamental basis of all his work - and will be visibly displayed on the historic Werribee Mansion at LTEC 2023.
Interactive Art Installations
Poof Doof is a dance club for all. A community that unites all colours of the rainbow, and one that stands for uplifting and protecting the queer and trans community. Poof Doof works within the Melbourne community to create safe spaces free from violence, racism, sexism, ageism, transphobia, cissexism, sizeism, fatphobia, sexual harassment and gender policing. A staple within the local music scene, The Poof Doof ethos is to dance without prejudice, and have faith in each other. Poof Doof will be drawing on this ethos, and will curate immersive artworks on display at LTEC 2023.
Animations Artist - The Bastille
Rose Staff is a media visual artist from Byron Bay, Australia, now residing in Melbourne. She works with moving image and live performance in a range of settings around the world, from contemporary art installations to large-scale vibrant projections. Using experimental hybrids of traditional and digital art forms, Rose explores the intersection of technology and visual art. Her projects are often site-specific using architectural surface as the premise for her work, and she has featured at Glastonbury Festival (UK), White Night, Vivid Sydney, ACMI, the Gertrude Street Projection Festival & Melbourne Fringe Festival. Using immersive projection mapping, Rose Staff’s work will be displayed on LTEC’s Bastille Stage in 2023.
Welcome To Country
LTEC NYD 2023 is taking place on stolen land. The land of the Wurundjeri, Boon Wurrung, Wathaurong, Taungurong and the Dja Dja Wurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders of past and present, and extend that respect to all Aboriginal, and Torres Strait Islanders who may be joining us. LTEC NYD 2023 will hold a Welcome To Country, led by local First Nation’s Elders.
Just like that, we’re back! The countdown is once again on for us to join together at the beautifully manicured gardens of Werribee Mansion. This time, we celebrate our 10th Anniversary Edition; and what a decade it has been.
LTEC has always stood proudly as a space that allows our punters to explore the union of music and art, with a focus on championing live, local, and world renowned creatives. This year, our attention grows and the fixation unravels – in our passion for freeing experiences in all forms. LTEC has been an event that pursues immersive pleasures, values self-indulgence, and finds satisfaction in all desires. We invite you to say goodbye to the year that has been, and dance your way into the new year, while exploring what we have to offer on our heritage-listed grounds rich with clusters of music, culture, art, cuisine, and community.
Our 10th edition will reveal a complete development of style and vision. While the familiarity of our playground lingers, an open space remains for a more transformative experience. As we enter another year, LTEC will draw upon our last nine editions and create an opportunity to reset and reinvigorate your senses, your passions, your visions.
Looking for a pre-NYD soundtrack? We’ve got you sorted. The Let Them Eat Cake NYD Soundcloud is a complete collection of the last 9 years of LTEC’s creative curators, as well as a sneak peak into what you can expect for our 10th edition. Featuring timeless mixes from internationals Seven Davis Jr, Axel Boman, Ben Pearce, KiNK, Mic Newman and locals Gumm, Bella Claxton, Willem, Aldonna, James Pepper + more, dig into some of our best moments and memories of Let Them Eat Cake.
Stay tuned, plenty more mixes coming soon to preface what you can expect for our 10th Anniversary Edition. Turn it up loud.
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 tenth 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.
- This is a licensed event
- Strictly Over 18’s only
- Photo ID required
- No glass at all allowed onsite
- No alcohol or drugs permitted
- No violence will be tolerated
- No weapons are permitted
- No pass-outs
- Bad attitudes will not be condoned
- No professional recording devices of any kind are permitted
- You may be filmed at this event for broadcasting
- Keep a close eye on your friends
- Drink lots of water and pace yourself
- Familiarise yourself with First Aid locations
- Come prepared for forecasted weather and more (it’s Melbourne)
- All bags will be searched upon entry
- Everyone’s enjoyment of the grounds are dependent on your behavior, please respect it and don't ruin it up for everyone else
- Don’t climb on the trees and stay out of the garden beds, you will be evicted if caught doing either
- Swimming in the ponds are strictly prohibited
- Anyone found in unauthorised areas of the event will be evicted
- The hotel area is only accessible for staff and guests
- Please don’t litter and use the rubbish bins, that is why they are there
- Doors close at 10.00pm.
HOW DO I GET TO LTEC?
We have tried to cover all options to make your transit to and from our special NYD world as easy as possible. You can take the train, grab a rideshare with friends or drive yourself.
Werribee Park is located 35 kilometres west of Melbourne’s city centre, on the Princes Freeway. It is a 30-minute drive from the city over the Westgate Bridge or via the Geelong Road. Take the Werribee South exit to K Road (Take the 2nd Werribee exit – follow sign to Werribee Mansion). Traffic marshals will direct you to car parking from the Werribee South freeway exit on the day.
Trains run to Werribee Station from Flinders Street Station. At Werribee Station you will be met by a bus to take you to the event – it is not possible to walk. Return tickets from Werribee Station are available via Buy Tickets link.
Transfer buses will operate from 11am to 3pm meeting every train. Return transfer buses from the venue to Weribee station will run from 8pm till the final train. A more limited transfer bus schedule will run to cover all trains in between these times. Please note: It is not possible to walk from Werribee Station to event. Werribee train timetable Shuttle buses will be departing between Werribee Station and the Festival Site on a regular basis until the end of the festival. First in first served. Make sure to prebook your ticket and have them ready to ensure a speedy departure. Please take note of where the pick up and drop off points are to avoid confusion when departing the festival.
ONSITE PARKING & CAR PASSES
If you choose to drive to the festival and wish to park your car onsite - you must purchase a car pass. Cars with three or more passengers park for free, no pass needed!
LARGE VEHICLE PASS
If you decide to organise a Private Bus or Party Bus to the festival – you must purchase a Large Vehicle Pass. Your bus will be directed to the Private Bus Park and upon entry, make sure to present your ticket or give it to your bus driver.
UBER, TAXI & RIDE SHARE
If you choose to ride share to the festival, please make sure to familiarise yourself with the pick up and drop off zones. Ubers and taxis will be picking up from this area. You can find these on the festival map.
Charter buses will be departing from Melbourne CBD, return to LTEC throughout the day. The exact pickup spot in Melbourne CBD is on the corner of Victoria St & Nicholson St, in front of Carlton Gardens in the CBD.
There will be multiple bus bays in this spot, where there will be Charter Buses with LTEC signage on them, and Melbourne On The Move staff. Buses departing from Carlton Gardens in Melbourne CBD will depart at 11AM, 12PM,and 1PM direct to LTEC. Buses from LTEC will depart at 10:30PM and 10:45PM, upon the festivals closure, direct to Carlton Gardens in the CBD.
All Charter Bus tickets need to be purchased prior to arrival at Carlton Gardens – you will not be able to purchase them on the day of departure. We recommend arriving AT LEAST 15 minutes prior to your departure time to avoid missing your bus. The bus WILL NOT wait for you. Please note that your name does not need to match Charter Bus tickets.
NO ALCOHOL IS PERMITTED ON BUSES. Travelling from Let Them Eat Cake to Carlton Gardens. When departing the festival, make sure to RETURN to the PRIVATE PARKING / LTEC CHARTER BUS area which is indicated on the Festival Map.
The exquisite 60-room Italianate Mansion and its 10 hectare of magnificent gardens built at Werribee Park from 1874 to 1877 is a testament to the successful partnership between Scottish squatters Thomas and Andrew Chirnside. The pioneering brothers were a driving force behind early settlement in this region, all of which evolved from humble beginnings.
Thomas Chirnside left his homeland of Scotland in 1838 with a few hundred pounds in his pocket, a bible and dreams of a new life in an emerging country. As an enterprising individual Thomas invested largely in stock and land. His younger brother Andrew joined this venture in 1841 and the brothers set about building a lucrative pastoral empire.
With business progressing well Thomas returned to Scotland in 1845 where he fell in love with his first cousin Mary Begbie and asked for her hand in marriage. Her parents did not approve so he returned to Australia alone. With Thomas safely back, Andrew finalised plans for his trip home. But before leaving his older brother asked a favour – to bring Mary back to Australia any way he could.
Andrew returned in 1852, accompanied by Mary as his wife. Thomas never married. Thomas wanted Mary to reside in a home and grounds of stature and serenity unrivalled in Victoria, so he and Andrew he set about building the mansion, which was at the time, also an opportunity to showcase their successful venture to the world. Using the finest materials the Mansion was built in three years for Andrew and Mary Chirnside and their three children, they were joined by Thomas for his last few years.
In keeping with the theme of their elaborate Mansion, Thomas and Andrew Chirnside created an equally stunning garden in a distinctly European style. Like many notable early settlers the Chirnsides were members of the Acclimatisation Society, an organisation that introduced several European flora and fauna species to the Australian landscape. As a result the ten hectares of manicured landscape contain a variety of exotic species combined with Australian natives. The specific designer of the garden is unknown; however it is often credited to W.R. Guilfoyle, Curator of the Melbourne Botanical Gardens from 1879 to 1909.
The majestic gardens feature a colourful parterre, ornamental lake and grotto, glasshouses, heritage-listed trees and expansive lawns Thomas and Andrew passed away within three years of each other, in 1887 and 1890 respectively. Andrew left Werribee Park to his two youngest sons George and John Percy with a proviso that Mary maintain residency in the Mansion for her remaining days. Mary died from a terrible accident in 1908. Her hair caught alight from a bedside candle and tragically she did not recover.
Chirnside ownership of Werribee Park ended in 1922 and changed hands many times until the Victorian Government acquired Werribee Park from the Catholic Church in 1973 and commenced work to progressively restore the Mansion and remaining 400 hectares of land to its former glory.
Once again, Let Them Eat Cake are joining forces with their friends at Treecreds to assist in delivering a more environmentally conscious and sustainable event. For over 5 years, Treecreds have remained dedicated to saving threatened forests, providing an environmental impact consultancy and buying and retiring carbon credit derived from forestry related projects.
As a first step in taking responsibility for event emissions, last year Let Them Eat Cake invested in 22 carbon credits (22 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions) derived from the Tasmanian Forest Protection Projects. This project is not only important in directly saving bushland but has multiple co-benefits including preserving habitat and biodiversity, such as the endangered Tasmanian devil.
This year, Treecreds will again provide a support role to the Festival with a view to decreasing the overall carbon footprint of the event. This will include a carbon offset car-pass program where 10% of all monies collected for car-parking facilities will be donated to Treecreds for investment in the Tasmanian project.
Other environmental initiatives Let Them Eat Cake is adopting this year are:
- Full recycling done onsite
- All food and beverage containers to be compostable or recyclable
- One sound system to be fully solar powered
- Cafe posters and flyers printed on 100% recycled paper
Terms & Conditions
Let Them Eat Cake Festival 2019 (the “Festival”) is operated and promoted by NYD Festival Pty Ltd (ACN 159 727 223) (the “Promoter”) to be held at Werribee Park, Victoria (the “Festival Site”) on New Years Day 2019.
By purchasing a ticket to the Festival or otherwise being granted entry by the Promoter to the Festival, you agree to be legally bound by the following terms and conditions (as amended from time to time). The Promoter may alter or change the Terms and Conditions at any time, by posting changes on www.letthemeatcakenyd.com.au.
Tickets are sold or otherwise provided to you for personal use only. If your ticket is found to be cancelled, damaged or defaced in any way and /or has not been purchased through an authorised ticketing agent you may be refused entry to the Festival. Receipts for purchase of your ticket are not a valid substitute for your ticket. The Festival is strictly an 18+ event. You must present your photographic ID to obtain entry to the Festival Site and carry it on you at all times during the Festival.
REFUNDS & REPLACEMENT TICKETS
All tickets sales are final and binding. The Promoter will not replace lost, destroyed, damaged or stolen tickets. The Promoter will not be required to refund any ticket purchases whatsoever.
The Promoter, in its sole discretion, may make changes or alterations to the Festival without notice, including without limitation changes to the artist line-up, artist performance times, stages, amenities or any other Festival facility or attraction (jointly “Facilities and Attractions”).
The Promoter reserves its right to cancel the Festival at any time due to a Force Majeure Event, which in the Promoter’s sole discretion makes it logistically impossible to continue to operate the Festival. “Force Majeure Event” shall mean anything outside the Promoter’s reasonable control, including without limitation, fire, bad weather, damage to Festival Site caused by bad weather, rain, flood, drought, storm, lightning, act of god, explosion, sabotage, accident, labour dispute, council or police rulings or war.
Ticket refunds are only available if the Promoter cancels the Festival entirely. Booking Fees are not refundable. The Promoter shall not be required to provide ticket refunds (in whole or in part) or other compensation to ticket holders if the Facilities and Attractions are changed or due to poor weather prior to, during or after the Festival.
If you can no longer attend LTEC and wish to resell your ticket, please do so via our official resale platform Tixel via THIS LINK.
The words “Let Them Eat Cake Festival” and associated trademarks, the Let Them Eat Cake Festival logo, artwork, photographs, videos and other material created to promote the festival are exclusively owned by the Promoter (“Festival IP”). Festival IP cannot be used without the prior written consent of the presenter.
No video or audio recordings at the Festival are permitted. You may take photographs with still cameras however such images may only be used for private, non-commercial purposes and must not be publicly displayed. If you wish to use a professional camera or video recorder, you must seek the prior consent of the Promoter.
You acknowledge that the Promoter and authorised third parties will be taking photos, videos and other recordings of the Festival. By entering the Festival Site, you voluntarily and irrevocably consent to photos, videos and other recordings being taken of you by a photographer and/or videographer employed, engaged, or otherwise approved by the Promoter (“Official Recordings”).
You acknowledge that the Promoter shall exclusively own and control all rights (including copyright) in the Official Recordings and you hereby assign to the Promoter all present and future rights in the entire copyright (and all other present and future rights including rights as a performer) throughout the world in all media in perpetuity. You hereby grant the Promoter (and its licensees or representatives), the right to use and exploit the Official Recordings in the Promoter’s absolute discretion throughout the world in all media in perpetuity.
ACCESS TO FESTIVAL SITE
The Promoter fully reserves the right to refuse any ticket Holder entry to the Festival Site if the Promoter in its sole discretion believes that the ticket Holder would be a potential threat to security or the smooth running of the Festival. In the event a ticket Holder is refused entry to the Festival pursuant to this clause, that ticket Holder shall not in any circumstance be entitled to a ticket refund.
There will be no pass outs at the Festival. Once you have exited the Festival Site you will not be allowed to re-enter.
Ticket Holders must wear a wristband at all times during the Festival. If you are caught without a wristband, you will be removed from the Festival Site.
It is a condition of entry to the Festival that all ticket holders must allow Festival staff to search their clothes, bags and other possessions prior to entering the Festival Site. If you fail to do so, you may not be admitted entry to the Festival. If you are collecting tickets at the Festival gate, you must provide Festival staff with valid photographic identification. If you fail to do so, you may not be admitted entry to the Festival.
CONDUCT OF TICKET HOLDERS
You will follow all directions of Festival staff at all times during the Festival.
Community standards of behaviour are expected at all times during the commute to the Festival, during the Festival and during the commute home from the Festival.
The Promoter reserves the right to evict any ticket Holder who does not comply with the Terms and Conditions hereunder.
You are not permitted to bring to the Festival any illegal, dangerous or hazardous materials or anything that could potentially cause harm to the Festival Site or others.
The possession, sale or use of illegal drugs or illicit substances is strictly prohibited, any ticket holder found with such substances in their possession will be refused entry, removed from the Festival Site and/or reported to local authorities.
LOSS & DAMAGE
You must not cause damage to, improperly use, remove, steal or tamper with any public facility, Festival infrastructure (“Festival Property”) or cause any damage to the Festival Site’s neighbouring properties and local communities. You agree that you shall be held fully liable for any loss or damage to Festival Property or other damage caused by your act or omission.
To the fullest extent permitted by law, the Promoter does not accept liability of any nature for the acts, omissions or default of the Promoter or of any third parties providing services in connection with the Festival or any liability for any injury, damage, loss, delay or additional expenses which may be incurred by you at or in association with the Festival.
The Promoter will not be held responsible whatsoever for any loss or damage to any property (including without limitation personal property such as bags, money or other personal items) brought to or purchased at the Festival.
The Promoter does not accept liability for any injury, damage, loss, delay or additional expenses, which may be incurred by you as a result of a Force Majeure Event or cancellation of the Festival due to a Force Majeure Event.
You agree to indemnify and hold the Promoter, its officers, directors, shareholders, successors in interest, employees, agents, subsidiaries and affiliates, harmless from any demands, loss, liability, claims or expenses (including legal fees) made against the Promoter or by any third party due to or arising out of your attendance at the Festival or any breach by you of the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
You agree to hold the Promoter, its officers, directors, shareholders, successors in interest, employees, agents, subsidiaries and affiliates, harmless from any and all liability for all demands, loss, liability, claims or expenses (including legal fees) incurred by you or caused to third parties by you, arising out of your attendance at the Festival or any breach by your of the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
Shashi (They / Them)
OCCUPATION: Part Time Sales Assistant
FAVOURITE ARTIST: Skin On Skin
Meet Shashi, our resident Gorpcore enthusiast. Find them heads down, below the Funktion-One stacks, bumping with the rhythm of the darker styles of music on offer. Having broken in their fresh Salomons, and asserting a good spot front left, you’ll find them locked for the day into night. High BPMs ideal but not critical. When the sun goes down, Gorpcorers come out to play.
Jordan (She / Her)
FAVOURITE ARTIST: Marli
Jordan aka. The Brunswitch staunches through the front gate of LTEC, her bumbag fully stocked with her Watermelon Ice IGET King, and having downed her daily iced oat latte… she’s ready to party. Making her way through the crowd, past the wide-eyed newcomers and those who are choosing to ease into the day - the Brunswitch means business. Her bleach cap sitting firmly on her head, and her iPhone camera perpetually set to .5, she’s memorised the set times, and you’ll find her at the front for the crunchiest prog and breakbeat on offer.
Dylan (He / Him)
FAVOURITE ARTIST: Stephan Bodzin
Fresh off the back of his best on ground performance on New Years Eve, Straydie enters the festival grounds running on 3 hours sleep with only 2 things on his mind: bangers and beers. This is his 5th LTEC in a row and him and the boys are ready to make it count. Straydie is here for a good time, not a long time - and you bet kick-ons is on the cards.
Daniel (He / Him)
OCCUPATION: Stylist / Photographer
FAVOURITE ARTIST: Gerd Janson
“YEEEEHAAAAAWW!” the Cowboy is heard joyfully yelling from a podium at the back of the Bermuda stage. He rips his shirt off with joy and blows his mates a kiss, as the DJ continues to serenade him through a swinging set of pumping techno, and donk. Don’t let the clean cut look confuse you, this Cowboy likes to get down and dirty under the summer sun, and his dance moves prove it’s not his first rodeo.
Susie (She / Her)
FAVOURITE ARTIST: DJ Koze
Techno Princess is straight to the front of the line, and definitely on the guestlist. She’s always on trend - but don’t assume she’s just here for the content. Possessing a sophisticated sonic palette that will give any old heads a run for their money, expect her to be the first one through the gates and the last one to leave.