“Best of all, this stage runs over two days – in previous years it’s just been one day or the other. Now we can get twice the number of original bands on.
“The crowds demonstrate that there’s definitely an appetite for it.”
Amsterdam’s singer Ian Prowse added: “Some people say Mathew Street is all about the tribute acts, but having a stage like this which showcases original music from the city shows that there’s far more to it than that.
“This is the biggest street party we have all year and it’s been great to see everyone out enjoying themselves, and listening to so much new music, and all for free.”
New for this year was the new world stage, with tributes to artists from Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Acts included AC/DC UK , Crowded Scouse and the Bryan Adams Experience.
At the Tunnel Stage, fans danced to Elevation (U2), Roxy Magic (Roxy Music & Bryan Ferry, Space Oddity (David Bowie and Dios Salve a la Reina (Queen).
The Water Street stage featured tributes to acts from America, with sets from The Sounds of Simon (A Tribute to Simon & Garfunkel), Positive Impact Classic Motown, The Beached Boys, Glory Days (Bruce Springsteen) and Black Eyed Peas.
Last year’s festival generated an additional £20m for city businesses – £5m more than the year before.
Monday’s line-up will see the introduction of the 53 Number Ones stage at Derby Square, showcasing all of the chart-topping hit singles to have come from the city.
It will start with Lita Roza’s How Much is That Doggie in the Window, and go right through to Atomic Kitten’s number ones from the first few years of the 21st century.