Photo by Shannon Cottrell via LA Weekly
Photo by Shannon Cottrell via LA Weekly
Kristian Nairn doing Rave of Thrones at Exchange L.A.

Game of Thrones' Kristian Nairn Promises to "Be a Sweaty Mess" at Rave of Thrones

South Florida Game of Thrones fans don't have to wait until the show's fifth-season premiere on April 12 to experience some of their favorite crazy fantasy action. This week, Kristian Nairn will be sitting on Revolution's Iron Throne.

Nairn, the Northern Irish actor and DJ best-known for playing hulking giant Hodor on the HBO smash-hit series, will be stopping in Fort Lauderdale on his Rave of Thrones tour. There most likely won't be as much blood and guts as you'll find on the small screen, but it promises to be a sweltering dance party full of electronic craziness.

"Game of Thrones has presented us with vast opportunities... all of us in the show," assures Nairn, who's been spinning tracks for about 20 years.

"It's been a super way to boost my DJ'ing up a few notches, and I'm eternally grateful for that," he continues.

The American leg of the tour kicked off October 10 in New York City and will be hitting Gainesville and Tallahassee next week. Nairn made clear that he isn't there to strike dumb DJ poses and "fiddle with phantom knobs." But he will make sure fans have a raging good time. "I will get down and into the zone and be a sweaty mess, like the crowd. And isn't that how it should be?" We certainly think so!

And in case you were wondering, it is 100 percent OK, even encouraged, to come dressed in your best Game of Thrones garb. Since Nairn's character will not be appearing this season, take the opportunity to get your "Hodor!" screaming out of the way during the EDM extravaganza.

Winter is perhaps in full effect, but this show will definitely turn up the heat. "I love Florida," Hodor says. "It's definitely one of my favorite states I have been to so far. Fort Lauderdale is one of those places I've heard people talk about all my life, and I can't wait to see what it's really like."

Rave of Thrones with Kristian Nairn (HODOR) and DJ LinderSMASH. 9 p.m. Saturday, February 21, at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show, plus fees. Call 954-449-1025, or visit

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