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