The Eastern Cape Tourism Agency has given the organisers of the 8th annual Ebubeleni Music Festival in Port Elizabeth the thumbs up.

The three-day music festival which also includes a comedy show kicked off on Friday with hip-hop versus Gqom and Amapiano show.

The main event, which is headlined by a number of household musicians, is in full swing at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

CEO of Eastern Cape Tourism Agency, Vuyani Dayimani says, “A good quality product offering ensures consistency support and loyalty from ordinary people and patrons. So it is a vote of confidence to the organisers but also the support they are getting from all the stakeholders it has ensured there is a good quality product offering that makes people want to come.”

Nelson Mandela Bay interim Mayor Tshonono Buyeye has applauded the Ebubeleni Music Festival for marketing the city and contributing to the local economy.

“Accommodation is at an all-time high. We are getting the figures although they have not been confirmed. People are coming in numbers to our city, coming from other cities and they are spending time in the city. As you know this event is not a once-off event,  it is not a one-day event, it’s a three-day event. People have been here since Friday and they are spending in the city and that has a huge impact on the city economy,” says Buyeye.