Around 50 000 visitors over three days

POTSDAM / INNER CITY – The applause for pop diva Kim Wilde was still in the rainy air, as the Social Assistant Elona Müller Preinesberger announced the message on Sunday evening: “We will advocate for a twelfth Stadtwerke Festival 2012.” Tens of thousands of visitors have shown that this event “is the right idea for Potsdam,” said the Deputy, which was introduced by refreshing presenter Ulrike Finck previously erroneously as “Miss Müller-Preisinger”. The music fans cheered. Despite some showers the Lustgarden was also filled well on the third day of the festival. And no, the weather is not “Paffis revenge”, as many guests attached it to the fate of the ex-city works manager Peter Paffhausen.

The highlight of the evening: between swaying and shuffling the visitors with Robin Gibbs hit parade, which was launched by the ‘Bee-Gees’ co-founder with “You Win Again”. He was more than narrow again after hospital stays that were forced upon him after a tour break in Brazil in April and May. Sympathetically, the 61-year-old asked the spectators several times if they were alright. Gibb took a while to really get to his voice, but could rely on from the start to a fantastic backing vocal trio. He invited everyone the to cuddle to the classic ballads ‘Woman in love’, ‘How deep is your love’ – the younger people in the audience knew it as the cover of Boys Group “Take That” – before hitting the dance floor again to “Night Fever” and to “Staying Alive”. Robin Gibb said goodbye with his favorite gesture, two thumbs stretched into the night sky, and left a happy and dried up audience.

In the early evening the Eastern cult band “City” animated in their capital city anthem “Berlin” to sing along. During a mini-competition at the front of the stage people were asked about their knowledge of Kim Wilde lyrics. Winner Heike Jurk sang the ballad “Cambodia” so tuneful (“I take singing lessons”) that the 44-year-old MAZ-reader from Berlin could sing the song again – before her idol, as a reward. Kim Wilde liked it, she applauded and chatted briefly with her fan before the 50-year-old herself – elegant and sexy in black – went on stage. Heike Jurk was overjoyed: “I never would have imagined that I would meet Kim Wilde”. When the British pop icon of the 1980s delivered her hits “Chequered Love”, “You came” and “Kids in America”, the fans, at least in the first rows, gave her very committed vocal aid.