A series of Dundee musicians will herald the opening of the V&A today.
The museum finally opens its doors to the public, with lucky ticket-holders given their first glimpse of the £80 million attraction. Across the road, in Slessor Gardens, celebrations to mark the opening continue with the second day of the 3D Festival.
The event will feature a host of on-stage performances and a number of family activities.
Things kick off at 11am as musician SHHE – otherwise known as Su Shaw or Panda Su – takes to the stage.
She said: “Dundee is special – it doesn’t show off in ways that other cities do – so maybe in the past you had to work harder to find that out.
“I’m excited to be joining some incredible local artists on-stage to celebrate its opening.”
Keeping the music going from 11.50am will be Kashmir Crows, a six-piece based in the city.
The group – who have been likened to bands such as Arcade Fire and Black Keys – play a mix of alternative rock, indie, soul, blues and funk, and are a familiar act on the local music scene.
Lead singer Ian Black, from Lochee, said: “We pride ourselves on being a Dundonian band and to be a part of the biggest cultural event in Dundee for generations, we’re totally over the moon. We’ve been rehearsing and have just played at the Glenfiddich Festival Experiment so we’re on a roll. We can’t wait to play for everyone.”
Dundee two-piece St Martiins are next up, performing a set at 12.40pm. Featuring Katie Lynch and Mark Johnston, they claim to have crafted a “unique sound” through music “laced with dark tones”.
Katie said: “The V&A is bringing something new to the creative scene here in Dundee, which has been needing a good refresh. We’re extremely lucky as a band and I want to see more people get the chance to get involved in the music business. Today’s going to be great – we’re so happy that we were asked.”
At 1.30pm is Andrew Wasylyk, the alias of Dundee writer and producer Andrew Mitchell.
He describes his work as being “cinematic nostalgia” with “elements of Baroque pop and the influence of classic 1970s songwriters”. Andrew said: “It’s a privilege to be involved and to play a small part in the opening of this new chapter for the city. I’m a fan of Kengo Kuma’s architecture and I’m excited to see the V&A evolve and grow with the local communities. I’m really looking forward to performing with a nine-piece ensemble.”
Kyle Falconer (pictured above) – frontman of The View – is the most familiar name on the bill and he will appear on-stage at 2.30pm. The Dryburgh lad has been on tour promoting his debut solo album No Thank You of late, and is expected to perform hits from that LP along with a few well-known tunes from the band that made him famous.
Another familiar face appears at 3.30pm in Be Charlotte (pictured above, last night) – the stage name of local singer Charlotte Brimner.
She continues to make a name for herself, having signed a record deal earlier this year and performed last night before Primal Scream on the first day of the 3D Festival.
Rounding the day off will be Danny Wilson icon Gary Clark, who’ll play a solo set to his hometown from 4.30pm before being joined by Sistema – the children’s schools orchestra – at 4.50pm to bring the festival to a close. Gary found fame with hits like Mary’s Prayer – which is expected to get an outing today.
Organisers say the festival is all-standing and entry is via two gates on Thomson Avenue.
Those attending aren’t allowed to take food or drink but outlets will be available.
There will be a host of other activities taking place at Slessor Gardens, including a special event involving The Beano – where children can complete a comic cell in an attempt to break a world record.