Girls wearing fairy wings and glitter twirled around while a guy dressed as a White Walker creepily watched over the crowd on one of the staircases. Hip white dudes with perfectly coifed 'dos danced wildly with Dungeons and Dragons fans and kandi girls clad in fuzzy leg warmers. There's pretty much no other place where these worlds collide but a Rave of Thrones blowout.
Game of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn drew hundreds of people for his DJ set at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale last Saturday night. Of course, plenty arrived in costume, representing all imaginable characters from the HBO hit series. We spotted everyone from Oberyn Martell to an airbrush-abbed Khal Drogo -- the latter of whom manned the DJ booth for a while and posed with fans for pictures before opener DJ LinderSMASH took over.
Fake plants adorned the sides of the main DJ booth, with a banner of Kristian Nairn's menacing Hodor face staring out into the audience. Girls onstage danced with swords on fire and dueled with one another while a shirtless, well-sculpted dwarf wowed the crowd by dancing by the DJ booth almost the entire night.
Thumping, bass-heavy house and trance music kept everybody moving and the booze flowing. And there, moving meant seriously any kind of dancing at all. Guys in plaid literally jigged on the main floor, shirtless guys in gold pants or dudes in tie-dyed shirts punched the air with their fists, and young couples awkwardly swayed, looking a little unsure how to dance.
The main floor became more crowded and out of control as the night went on, and Nairn still hadn't shown up three hours after the show began began. Drunken cries of "Where's Hodor?!" rang throughout the crowd, but the longer the music played, the less the audience seemed to mind that Hodor was nowhere to be seen.
After what seemed like an eternity, Nairn finally walked onstage at 12:30 a.m. to deafening roars and whoops from the audience and said something unintelligible mixed with "Thanks for letting me play."
Nobody seemed to mind that he couldn't understand what Nairn was saying. What did they care? Hodor was here!
One girl dressed as Daenerys Targaryen even managed to high-five the 6-foot-10-inch Nairn before a bouncer shooed her off the stage. A big hit with the crowd was an eight-bit version of the Game of Thrones theme song.
Even though Nairn played for only about an hour, Saturday night was all about unity and pure fun: teens and 20-somethings from all social backgrounds drunkenly bumping and grinding and contributing to the warm (not just temperaturewise) atmosphere, all in the name of Hodor.
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