“Give us back our hydro” – Glaswegians rage after Edinburgh’s “nicks” location in new film by Will Ferrell


The big news in cinema over the past few days has undoubtedly been the release of Will Ferrell’s new comedy “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” on Netflix. Co-written by the Anchorman star, the film follows the adventures of aspiring Icelandic musicians Lars (Ferrell) and Sigrit (Rachel McAdams) as they represent the Nordic island nation in the legendary song contest.

And while Glasgow movie buffs will love being able to spot the scenes that were shot at Glasgow Airport, the fact that Hollywood felt the need to transport our beloved SSE Arena to Edinburgh for the film left far less than ‘happy.

After seeing the CGI’d Hydro on the streets of Edinburgh, a Twitter user wrote: “Edinburgh stole the Glasgow Hydro, give us back our Hydro”.

Another commented: “The Eurovision film is decent, but the only thing that really triggers me is that the host city of Edinburgh, and the host place is the Hydro… which is in Glasgow . ”

Enlightened in colorful glory as the location for Eurovision, the film depicts it as being located along George IV Bridge near the National Museum of Scotland, as part of an intrigue that sees the capital playing the contest host annual international song.

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Other Edinburgh locations featured in the film include the Royal Mile, Princes Street Gardens, Ross Fountain, Calton Hill, and Arthur’s Seat – Glasgow Airport actually doubles as Edinburgh Airport for a scene.

Although obviously in the area of ​​fiction for the film, Hydro has hosted major international events since it opened in September 2013.

MTV hosted the EMAs at the riverside arena in 2014, who saw characters like Nicki Minaj, Enrique Iglesias and U2 appear before a combined 700m global audience.


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