Sunset Sweatshop

Based: Cape Town

Sunset Sweatshop is a proudly South African feel-good rock band with reggae and folk influences!
Sunset Sweatshop started in October in late 2016 when frontman Ian Heyns (Good Luck Johnny) began collaborating with guitarist Rossouw Wentzel. It was not long after that they were joined by bassist Richard Dicks (Good Luck Johnny, Cherry Vynil), guitarist Nicholas Forbes (The Ballistics, Cherry Vynil) and drummer Victor Green (Ryno Velvet, De Wallen) 

The band kicked off their career with a well-received debut show at Llamaland 2016 and continued to make appearances at well know local events including Bok Radio Kosfees and Koeksisterfees (US Woordfees)
In early 2017 the band, under the guidance and expertise of producer Dane Taylor, recorded and released their first single “Move It” which soon began to make waves on local radio stations.

In March 2017 Nicholas Forbes left the group, but was promptly replaced by guitarist Duke Negus (Blynd Tyger) before heading up to perform at Splashy Fen Festival 2017, which marked a great milestone in the bands career.

After the release of the music video for “Move It”, the track continued to receive attention from local radio stations, landing number-one spots on PukFM and Bok Radio as well as featuring in a number of top charts on various others.

Throughout 2017 the band made appearances at popular local events such as the Stellenbosch Craft Beer Festival, Cape Town Pizza and Pasta Festival, Brandewyn en Boereworsfees, FedHealth MTB Challenge, as well as performing at the 2017 Corona Sunsets J-Bay Open.

In September 2017 the band was nominated for three categories at the Bok Radio Awards. They reached yet another milestone by taking home the award for ‘English Song of the Year’ for their hit single “Move It”, as well as performing the track live at The Grand Arena to a crowd of five thousand.

Sunset Sweatshop is currently working on new tracks in the studio, which may be expected to be released within the months to come. The band is also preparing for a number of upcoming festivals this year, including Llamaland 2017, Befokte Fees, Darling Brewery Summer Beer Festival, and Up The Creek Festival, which will take place in January 2018.

Awards
Bok Radio // Song of the Year 2017 – English
Best Pop Song for ‘Move It’ in the October 2017 Akademia Music Awards

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