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Kyle Falconer on Dundee: ‘We’ve always been standing on the shoulders of Edinburgh and Glasgow but it’s our time now’

Kyle Falconer will join the likes of Primal Scream and Be Charlotte by performing at the opening of the V&A Dundee this week.

Kyle Falconer

The View frontman has been announced as the latest name appearing on the main stage on Saturday during the 3D Festival in Slessor Gardens.

Up to 20,000 people are expected to attend the festival next Friday and Saturday as the long-awaited £80 million design museum finally opens.

While Friday night’s event headlined by Primal Scream is sold out, Kyle will take to the stage at 12.30pm the following day at the non-ticketed Saturday programme.

With The View on indefinite hiatus, Kyle has been touring his debut solo album No Thank You.

But he admitted to feeling a tiny bit relieved when he finally got the call inviting him to play at next Saturday’s opening.

“At the start when everyone was getting invited to play I was a bit put out because I hadn’t been asked,” Kyle told the Tele.

“I thought it’s because The View haven’t been doing anything for a while, but then I got the call so it’s all good. I’m really glad to be playing and the line-up looks cool.”

The Primal Scream gig will be screened on BBC2 from 9pm and Kyle, who recently announced he was expecting his second child with fiancee Laura Wilde, said he was proud to see his home city finally in the spotlight.

“It’s a great time for Dundee, it feels like the city’s in transition at the moment,” he said.

“We’ve always been standing on the shoulders of Edinburgh and Glasgow but it feels like our time now.

“Not just with the museum but everything’s getting better. Even the leisure centre looks great now.”

Kyle’s appearance on Saturday is part of a day dedicated to celebrating the very best creative talent in Scotland.

His performance will be followed immediately by fellow Dundonian Be Charlotte and former Danny Wilson frontman Gary Clark.

Philip Long, director of V&A Dundee, said: “The demand for tickets to Friday evening at the 3D Festival highlights the invaluable support the event and the museum has enjoyed, and Saturday is another great opportunity to get involved and celebrate the wonderful creative talent the city has to offer on the day V&A Dundee officially opens.”