Analog On Tap – Going Back To The Basics

Sir Thomas Brewery Company Sir Thomas Brewery Company Photos by Yolanda Saayman

Analog On Tap – Going Back To The Basics

By / Event Coverage / Monday, 14 October 2019 15:19

The launch of the Analog On Tap series took place at the Sir Thomas Brewery Company and gives this pizza and craft beer joint, a sense of extraordinary.

Co-owner Nico, says that for those passionate about creativity and music, this is the place to be. It’s a niche for those who support authentic music and the music, well that’s like brewing the perfect craft beer. It takes a special blend of ingredients to create something unique and they are extremely proud and honoured to be part of this music experience.

The 32-year old Neve sound desk has 54 channels for Grammy Award-winning sound engineer, Franco, to master the perfect output for good old fashioned, stripped-down, rock and roll. At first glance, you see these old toppies on a mission of their own, pushing and pressing buttons on a dashboard that makes the cockpit of a Boeing 747 look like child’s play, at least for those looking in.

The line-up did not disappoint and the shed was filled to capacity with an eclectic crowd: groupies, true-to-nature rock and blues fans, family, friends and perhaps a few curious that wanted to hear what all the “raw and robust” music hype was all about.

The young Matt Carstens, who started jamming in pubs in Limpopo before hitting Cape Town, opened the stage. Matt writes his own songs and creates music with his guitar and loop pedal. His lyrics are profound and the tunes have a laid-back feel, quite fitting for the intimate venue.

Arno Carstens turned the notch up quite a bit, proving why his sound is lasting, playing to the crowd with hits going back to his Springbok Nude Girls’ days and using the Analog On Tap stage to premiere his new single 'Empire Of The Night'.

The venue also hosts the Orgasmic Music Gallery (OMG) where Arno’s fine art was on display.

Closing, and captivating the audience to no surprise, with a blues-rock performance, was the Albert Frost Trio, with Albert Frost on guitar and vocals, Schalk Joubert on bass and Jonno Sweetman on drums.


Everyone simply adores frontman and guitar legend, Albert Frost. His energy on stage is contagious and not only is he absolutely brilliant in his craft, but also very charming and engaging on stage and for those who don’t know, Albert and Schalk share bragging rights to have been to every Oppiekoppie Music Festival, since inception. Needless to say that they have earned their stripes in the music industry.

Was it worth the hype? Hell yeah!

Do it again? Definitely!

Analog On Tap. Remember the name and be sure not to miss out on the next sound sensation at the Sir Thomas Brewery Company.


Yolanda Saayman

Yolanda Saayman

Yolanda Saayman is a professional photographer, writer, adventurer, traveller, music fanatic and a lover of the light!  According to what others say, She has a gift of making a whole person visible and an affinity for capturing the human spirit.  Her photographic style has been described as avant-garde, a fusion of documentary photography, photojournalism and the decisive moment, keeping it natural and real.  Yolanda has had her work published in various magazines, newspapers and online media publications and as an events photographer. Yolanda has covered events such as the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, The Loeries Awards, Mnet’s Lifetime Achievement Awards, SPAR Tussen Die Sterre, Cape Town Folk & Acoustic Music Festival, Table Mountain Blues Festival, Up The Creek Music Festival and Afrikaburn.

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