Pri­mal Scream rock V&A’s open­ing night £80m mu­seum cel­e­brates with mu­sic and dance

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY JAMES WYLLIE

Peo­ple from across the coun­try gath­ered last night to cel­e­brate the open­ing of Scot­land’s new­est cul­tural land­mark.

Dundee’s £80m V&A mu­seum opens its doors to mem­bers of the pub­lic for the first time to­day and a week­end of fes­tiv­i­ties was last night kicked off by rock­ers Pri­mal Scream.

The Glas­g­we­gian five­piece took to the stage at the city’s Slessor Gar­dens un­der a daz­zling light show by award-win­ning artist Jim Lam­bie which was spe­cially com­mis­sioned for the open­ing.

Rev­ellers had queued around the block to gain en­try to the 3D Fes­ti­val, in­clud­ing brav­ing a hefty af­ter­noon rain shower, and had also packed out bars, cafés and pubs across Tay­side in prepa­ra­tion.

Or­gan­is­ers laid on a care­fully con­sid­ered sched­ule with a raft of lo­cal tal­ent through­out the day, lead­ing up to the head­lin­ers.

T h i s i n c l u d e d a per­for­mance by hun­dreds of Dundee school­child­ren who had been per­fect­ing their rou­tine for weeks.

Other dancers kept the lo­cal theme, with one group dressed as Beano favourite Dennis the Men­ace while a Su­per Mario-themed per­for­mance al­luded to the city’s video gam­ing her­itage.

V&A Dundee at­tracted at­ten­tion from across the globe this week as me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing The Press and Jour­nal, Arte­facts in­clud­ing a book from 1480 and the largest sur­viv­ing piece of the Ti­tanic are some of the hun­dreds of pieces on show at Dundee V&A.

The mu­seum’s ex­hi­bi­tions have all been in the works for a num­ber of years and or­gan­is­ers this week spoke of their de­light that mem­bers of the pub­lic will now be able to discover some of Scot­land’s hid­den were in­vited to sam­ple Kengo Kuma’s ar­chi­tec­tural mas­ter­piece and the eclec­tic range of items within.

This con­tin­ued last night with the con­cert broad­cast live on BBC 2 and pre­sented by Fife DJ Edith Bow­man.

Tele­vi­sion view­ers across the coun­try were treated to sets from Dundee artist Be Char­lotte and Lewis Ca­paldi, who was one of the first un­signed mu­si­cians to reach 25 mil­lion streams.

The events con­tinue to­day with per­for­mances from other Tay­side artists in­clud­ing An­drew Wa­sy­lyk and St Mar­ti­ins.

And the fes­tiv­i­ties will once again build to a crescendo when some of the big­gest names in Scot­tish mu­sic take to the stage, with sets from Gary Clark, front­man of 80s pop group Danny Wil­son, and The View singer Kyle Fal­coner.

This af­ter­noon’s fes­ti­val will be free and does not re­quire a ticket. En­try to the V&A this week­end has com­pletely sold out. It will be open to ev­ery­one from 10am on Mon­day.

ENTERTAINMENT: A week­end of fes­tiv­i­ties was kicked off by Glaswe­gian rock­ers Pri­mal Scream un­der a daz­zling light show

Tal­lia Storm per­forms on stage at the 3D Fes­ti­val

Fes­ti­val crowds queue to get into Slessor Gar­dens

An In­dian dance group from Dundee’s Dud­hope Cen­tre

Scot­tish Bal­let per­form­ing at the 3D Fes­ti­val

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