A Scots broadcaster who will present coverage of tonight’s 3D Festival to mark the opening of V&A Dundee says the museum will put the city “on the worldwide stage”.
Primal Scream, Lewis Capaldi and Dundee’s own Be Charlotte will be joined by a host of creative organisations for a series of special collaborations at Slessor Gardens on the first day of the festival.
The headliners’ performance will be broadcast live on BBC 2 Scotland from 9pm, fronted by Edith Bowman.
The Anstruther-born presenter says she can’t wait to head back to the city which was once her “metropolis”.
She told the Tele: “I am really excited about this – so many people are talking about it.
“When I was growing up, this was my closest big city and big lights. It was my metropolis.
“Me and my pals used to go to all the gigs at the Caird Hall so I’ve got a lot of love for Dundee.
“I’m really excited to be part of this regeneration of the city, which is a long time coming.
“Edinburgh and Glasgow get all the attention, but hopefully the museum will change that for Dundee. This is going to put Dundee on the worldwide stage.
“Primal Scream are one of our most successful musical exports so who better to sign off tonight? But it’s great that so many people are involved.
“This event and the museum are going to shine on a lot of the good things about Dundee because it’s a city that’s not known around the world in the way it should be.
“I’m just looking forward to coming back because whenever I’m home, I always take my kids to the Olympia, and I’ve done that for years.
“I’ve seen first-hand how this incredible building has taken shape in the last few years and can’t wait to see inside.”
Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie says he loves the fact the V&A will be inclusive to folk from all walks of life. He said: “Getting this museum is a fantastic thing.
“High culture should be available to everybody. It should be taught at school. It keeps us divided, it’s class wars.”
About 10,000 people will descend on Slessor Gardens tonight with thousands more expected tomorrow for the non-ticketed second day.
And there should be no need for ponchos and wellies as the weather is set fair.
Grahame Madge, a spokesman for the Met Office, said: “Today shows as reasonably clear, with probably a less than 10% chance of a shower in the evening. The temperature will be round about 12 to 13C, and the wind is reasonably light.
“After 4pm today, there will be bright spots of clear sunshine into the evening.
“Tomorrow day time will be mostly overcast, and temperatures will range from 11C to 14C.”
Earl Grey Place West and East, South Crichton Street and South Castle Street are closed until 6pm on Monday.
Riverside Esplanade is closed for its entire length until 10pm tomorrow, and Thomson Avenue is closed until 6am on Sunday. South Commercial Street is also closed until 10pm tomorrow.
Dock Street, from Whitehall Crescent to Commercial Street, Union Street – from South Marketgait to Yeaman Shore – and Whitehall Crescent, from Crichton Street to Dock Street, will shut from 3pm today until 7pm tomorrow.
Buses will not be running along through their normal Crichton Street/Whitehall Street/Nethergate route, instead stopping on Ward Road, Seagate, the bus station and Commercial Street.
Gates for the festival open at 5.30pm today with music starting at 5.55pm. Tomorrow’s performances start at 11am and run all day.