THOUSANDS of enthusiastic music fans braved the wet, biting weather on Saturday to attend the Nelson Mandela Bay Music Festival at the St George’s Park cricket ground. The show signalled the closure of the celebrations of Nelson Mandela’s legacy which are observed every year in July, the month of his birthday.All artists on the bill were in attendance and each gave it their best. It was amazing to hear fans still screaming for more even when the show ended. The fans carried on shouting “ENCORE, ENCORE, ENCORE!” “Despite the wet and chilly weather, the show was a winner. Also bearing in mind the short time the organisers had to prepare and market the show, it was a huge success,” said one of the fans. An enthusiastic Vuvu Poppy Sidina wrote on the City of Champions Facebook page that: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the organisers for a wonderful show . . . I enjoyed the show!!!” Absa Dumezweni said: “It was epic (I) loved it.”Fans sang along to each and every song.Eastern Cape homeboys Nathi and Vusi Nova, MXO and Sliq Angel did not disappoint.Thebe took the thousands of fans through a memorable journey with his all-time popular song Ungawa Kum . . . Fak’isafety belt wena” and many more. Professor topped the show with an awesome icing of his own. Lilitha and Nosisi Mavela brought their heart-warming female voices to that great line-up.Noxolo Nqwazi, executive director of the municipality’s sports, recreation, arts and culture department said: “The week-long festivities were designed to bring life to the city in celebration of Mandela Month. The Saturday show lived up to its expectation of being a closing show for the month and we are pleased with how everything went.”City of Champions president Mazizi Msutu gave his heartfelt thanks to those music lovers who, despite the chilly weather, had come to have fun.“To our partners and sponsors, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, media partners, KQfm, Tavcor Motor Group, Sun Boardwalk, Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism and Event Hire Network and most importantly to the fans, City of Champions would like to say big ups for your unwavering support. If people can come to support the show like they did on Saturday, then you really know you have true friends,” added Msutu.“The world record attempt on the Largest Bus Dance as led by Mafa Bavuma and Amaza Ntshanga with DJ Mthi was a great experience for the fans,” Msutu said.