Thou­sands have a scream as city re­joices

Slessor Gar­dens hosts mu­si­cal party fea­tur­ing acts in­clud­ing Pri­mal Scream and Be Char­lotte as city cel­e­brates the open­ing of the V&A

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - PAUL MA­LIK pa­ma­lik@the­

The city of Dundee came to­gether last night to cel­e­brate the open­ing of the V&A.

Around 10,000 cul­ture lovers par­tied the night away with Pri­mal Scream and lo­cal lass Be Char­lotte un­der the daz­zling light show of award-win­ning artist Jim Lam­bie, spe­cially com­mis­sioned for the open­ing.

De­spite an af­ter­noon down­pour, the heav­ens stayed closed for the most part, al­low­ing ev­ery­one to re­main fo­cused on the spec­ta­cle in front of them.

This af­ter­noon will see an­other 10,000 arts, mu­sic and dance fa­nat­ics de­scend on the city’s new­est cul­tural venue, while the doors to Kengo Kuma’s mas­ter­piece are opened to the pub­lic for the very first time.

Danny Wil­son front­man Gary Clark will head­line the sec­ond day this evening, while Same Jeans singer Kyle Fal­coner will get the party started in the af­ter­noon, play­ing a mix of View favourites and crowd-pleasers from his re­cently re­leased solo record.

The city and its new­est cul­tural cen­tre were broad­cast live to the na­tion, mean­ing the hun­dreds of thou­sands who missed out on tick­ets were still able to join in.

Fife’s own Edith Bow­man pre­sented the en­tire con­cert, which was trans­mit­ted on BBC 2 and will be avail­able to watch again for the next week on the cor­po­ra­tion’s catch-up ser­vice, the BBC iplayer.

Lewis Ca­paldi was one of the first ever un­signed artists to reach 25 mil­lion streams on the mu­sic web­site Spo­tify and played a care­fully man­aged set to open pro­ceed­ings.

Be Char­lotte might not yet be a house­hold name, but she played one of the big­gest shows of her ca­reer at Slessor Gar­dens to an en­thu­si­as­tic au­di­ence.

The proud for­mer Mor­gan Acad­emy pupil spoke of her de­light at be­ing able to per­form at the open­ing of such an aus­pi­cious build­ing and seemed truly de­lighted to be play­ing in her home town on such a large scale.

Char­lotte will per­form again this af­ter­noon, with an­other pop-filled set along­side fel­low Dundee artists An­drew Wa­sy­lyk, St Mar­ti­ins, Kash­mir Crows, and SHHE.

Head­lin­ers Pri­mal Scream led the ec­static crowd through their hit-filled set.

Led by the tal­is­manic Bobby Gille­spie, they band per­formed clas­sics from the Mer­cury Award win­ning al­bum Screa­madel­ica and more – in­clud­ing Come To­gether, Movin’ On Up and Loaded.

Their per­for­mance was fol­lowed by a Jim Lam­bie-pro­duced light show wor­thy of Kengo Kuma’s mas­ter­piece.

What he showed us was the build­ing is a blank can­vas, ours to do with as we see fit.

If it is to change our for­tunes, it re­ally has to in­volve ev­ery sin­gle one of the 150,000 of us who call this most beau­ti­ful cor­ner of the coun­try home.

In a live tele­vi­sion broad­cast, Dun­dee­born ac­tor Brian Cox de­scribed the mu­seum as “over­whelm­ingly beau­ti­ful”.

He said: “They call Dundee the City of Dis­cov­ery, but I’ve al­ways thought of it as the city of sur­vival be­cause it’s a tough old town.

“The peo­ple of Dundee have been not well treated over the years. Dundee has had its prob­lems, but its never been the peo­ple.

“They are amaz­ing folk, and that’s why I al­ways come back.

“And when you see this (the V&A), it’s like the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the in­ner Dun­do­nian, and that’s what I think is so in­cred­i­ble about it.”

Courier editor-in-chief Richard Neville said: “What strikes me is that ev­ery time you see a bit more of the build­ing, and a bit more of the wa­ter­front chang­ing, you can see the en­ergy lev­els here ris­ing.

“If some­thing like this can cre­ate such en­thu­si­asm and a sense of pride, then that can be a real driver for the city.”

This af­ter­noon’s fes­ti­val is untick­eted and will be free to en­ter.

Above: Tal­lia Storm on stage last night. Right: Fire­works light up the night sky above the V&A. Pic­ture: Jack Green.

Bobby Gille­spie, left, of Pri­mal Scream gets the crowd go­ing at the 3D Fes­ti­val. Lewis Ca­paldi, top, and Be Char­lotte on stage at Slessor Gar­dens. Pic­tures: Steven Brown.

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