Edinburgh stars in new Will Ferrell film

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga is the new Will Ferrell comedy on Netflix . The film was made on location in Edinburgh last year . Edinburgh locations featured in the film include Victoria Street , the Royal Mile, Princes Street Gardens, the Ross Fountain, Calton Hill and Arthur’s Seat. The SSE Hydro in Glasgow has been transported to Edinburgh’s Old Town in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga.

The comedy stars Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as two Icelandic singers given the chance to appear in the famous song contest.

It was filmed in Edinburgh and Glasgow last year and in the plot the event takes place in Scotland’s capital.

However, the decision to move the iconic 14,300-capacity concert venue caused controversy among viewers after the film was released on the streaming service on Friday.

Twitter user Greagsy posted online: “Watching Eurovision on @NetflixUK. Edinburgh bloody stole the Glasgow Hydro, give us back our Hydro.”

William Derek wrote: “The Eurovision movie is decent, but the only thing that really triggers me is that the host city is Edinburgh, and the host venue is the Hydro… which is in Glasgow.”

Will Ferrell filmed scenes at Glasgow Airport back in October last year 

Angela MacDonald said: “I watched this this morning. Wasn’t too sure of it to begin with but I loved it. It’s a fun love letter to Eurovision and the cameos are great!! Loved seeing the Hydro all lit up… but ruuuuude having it billed as ‘Edinburgh’ – eugh!”

Kenny from the Block posted: “Watching this terrible Eurovision film on Netflix. Irrationally angry that they’ve put the Hydro in Edinburgh.”

The film also riled viewers with a scene where Glasgow Airport doubles as Edinburgh Airport.

Gary Fleming posted: “Currently watching Eurovision Song Contest: Story of Fire Saga.

“I could suspend disbelief that the Hydro was doubling for some place in Edinburgh but putting a sign saying ‘Edinburgh Airport’ on Glasgow Airport? Naw, that won’t do at all.”

Hollywood A-lister Ferrell co-wrote the movie which also stars former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan.

A spokeswoman for Film Edinburgh, which is charged with attracting major productions to the city, said: “You can imagine the excitement when the production team approached us with a parody of the world’s ultimate song contest, the Eurovision Song Contest.

“‘Why Edinburgh?’ we asked, to which director David Dobkin replied that he loved the city and it would be the perfect location for a parody about the Eurovision Song Contest.

“The city hosted the real Eurovision Song Contest back in 1972 and this was our chance to host it again.”

The Moxy hotel , Edinburgh Airport.

The Moxy hotel is a brand new hotel which opened last year at Edinburgh Airport.

Moxy Hotels brand celebrates its third Scottish launch in two years.

The hotel chain, a Marriott International brand , the 230-room Moxy Edinburgh Airport creates 36 jobs.The hotel’s design will be book-themed, inspired by the Scottish capital’s Unesco’s Cities of Literature status.

This will be the brand’s sixth UK site and is set to be followed by a second Edinburgh hotel in the Fountainbridge area in 2020. The chain’s first city-centre location in the UK was launched last month, when it opened the doors to Moxy Glasgow Merchant City and there is also a Moxy Aberdeen Airport.

The Edinburgh Airport hotel will be led by Fiona Mackenzie, who was recently been appointed to the role of “captain”, the brand’s take on a general manager position.

Ayrshire-born Mackenzie has more than 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, including at prominent sites such as Turnberry, One Devonshire, Inverlochy Castle and Cromlix.

Mackenzie said: “Edinburgh Airport is the perfect location to launch Moxy’s playful spirit and bring something different to the plethora of hotels that are here. The brand has quickly gained a reputation for offering something edgy and distinct. We intend to stand out from the crowd.”

En suite rooms at the Moxy (there are 230 of them in total) have everything you could need of an airport hotel, sleek lighting, clean lines, free wifi and most importantly, supremely comfortable beds. All of which could be experienced later. Now it was time to dump the bags and get back to the blossoming party, in part being fuelled by Copperhead Gin. Named after a notorious alchemist in search of the elixir of life, the ‘alchemist’s gin’ as it’s labelled is based on five essential botanicals – angelica, juniper, cardamom, orange peel and coriander seed. Those subtle flavours make for a nicely refreshing Gin and Tonic. Already available in a number of hotels in the Capital, watch for Copperhead popping up in more venues around the city quite soon. “Anything can happen at Moxy…” was the reply when I asked about the ethos of the place. Within reason obviously. The millennial-focused boutique hotel brand, designed for ‘today’s hyper-connected, techy global traveller’ ensures a great atmosphere and fun vibe. That said, Bowie, Conan Doyle, James Bond as well as a whole host of famous faces from across the decades feature in the books and LPs randomly scattered around the shelves.

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