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10 Years Of Breakfest

For a decade now, Boxing Day in Perth has belonged to Breakfest. Staged in the unique setting of the Belvoir Amphitheatre, the boutique festival is the work of Perth’s premier party crew Boomtick. From the scorching afternoon to the finale under the stars, it’s a guaranteed block-rocker. Or as tech-funk hero Lee Coombs says of his favourite Breakfest in 2004: “The place was rocking like nowhere else; basically monkeys jumping around on bananas”.

With its all-day menu of broken beats, Breakfest holds serious weight with DJs from abroad (no mean feat for a festival in the world’s farthest-flung city). Speaking to inthemix a couple of months back, the Plump DJs were buzzing about the prospect of fronting the 10th birthday. The line-up this time is an all-star affair, welcoming back Breakfest alumni like Soul Of Man (2001, 2002 and 2005), Freestylers and Freq Nasty (both 2006). Presiding over it all are infamous hip hop originals 2 Live Crew performing deviant anthems like Pop That Coochie, Who’s Fucking Who and Face Down, Ass Up.

The Breakfest story began back in 2001, christening the stomping ground of Belvoir Amphitheatre with Krafty Kuts, Soul Of Man and Tayo. The boom years of breaks in the early part of the decade saw the likes of Stanton Warriors, Scratch Perverts and Drumattic Twins take the stage, with that storming back-to-back session from Lee Coombs and Meat Katie in 2004. Over the years, the Breakfest family has expanded to include acts like the Jungle Brothers, Z-Trip, Qbert and Fort Knox Five.

To help celebrate the 10th anniversary milestone, Boomtick has called on some of its past (and upcoming) guests to wax lyrical about what makes Breakfest so great.

PLUMP DJS

Original breaks warriors the Plump DJs have a long history with Breakfest, having first headlined the event in 2002 (not long before they dropped their acclaimed entry in the FabricLive series). Boomtick say “if Breakfest were a person, the Plump DJs would totally be our BFFs”, and it looks like the feeling is shared.

THE FREESTYLERS

After bringing the live band in 2006, The Freestylers will be keeping it lean and mean in DJ mode this time. As Matt and Aston identify in this video, they’ve got a special something going on with Perth crowds, so expect nothing less than a breakneck session.

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