Loyal fans of reigning Road March King Machel Montano refused to allow him to leave the stage, even after he delivered a 90-minute performance at Fantasy Carnival’s “Blockbuster Saturday” event, held on Saturday night at the Queen’s Park Oval car park in St Clair.

Chanting, excited fans showered the Soul Train Award winner with four encores (and sprays of champagne) for his 2015 release, “Like Ah Boss”, as he tried to close his set well after 3 a.m. on Sunday.

“Like Ah Boss is a runaway hit,” Montano declared afterwards. “It went down best and even though it’s a new song, we were able to open and close with it and get a very favourable response. The Fantasy crew always has good vibes and good energy, that’s why I like to perform for them and even though I know a lot of people are still in Christmas and Old Year’s mode, I’m happy that they came out with energy for soca and Carnival.”

From as early as 10 p.m., patrons began lining up for entry with all shapes and sizes of coolers in tow. Whilst in the queue, patrons exchanged New Year’s greetings and began “popping” bottles and sharing drinks with friends and strangers alike—a clear indication that the night was about celebration.

DJs Arelon D Art Man and Degannes played a wide selection of old and new releases, with radio announcer Stevenson “Shal” Marshall serving as the mike/hype man leading up to Montano’s performance and Jason “Hollywood Sachy“ Valentine closing the show.

Radio DJ Shurland “Tweez” Glasgow introduced Montano by his new moniker, “Monk Monte”, at 1.57 a.m. and immediately the crowd erupted with ecstatic energy.