On Thursday, March 26th, 2015 the realm invaded the beautiful Downtown LA club The Exchange LA for a night of Rave of Thrones. The progressive house event was themed after the very successful HBO hit series, Game of Thrones. It featured Northern Irish DJ/actor Kristian Nairn aka “Hodor,” a beloved character from the show, and opening for him DJ Adam Auburn.
Walking into the venue was a hallway covered in look-alike characters from the show. A designated crew wearing very committed costumes represented the main cast flawlessly; from a beautiful blonde haired “Daenerys” to a gigantic “The Hound,” who towered over ecstatic fans waiting to get a photo with him as he carried a fake chicken. A crowd-favorite, the very handsome, fur-covered “John Snow”; who heard random rants from fans yelling “You know nothing, John Snow!” (Those familiar with the show know exactly what that means.)
The venue provided a perfect dance floor and balcony for club goers to scatter around and get their feet moving early on as DJ Adam Auburn got things started at around midnight, the pseudo cast lined-up along the stage while soldiers in full armor portrayed a fight to the death. “John Snow” gave some words of wisdom and as he raised his sword up high, fake snow fell from above; the icy North had taken over. A single violinist emerged and played the show’s theme song beautifully, and Kristian Nairn soon appeared behind his decks.
The gargantuan dj, standing at 6’10, with stars tattooed on his temples, and an awesome two-tone beard, greeted his kingdom and thanked them for being present. He was left on stage with “Cersei Lannister” and “Daenerys Targaryen” dancing at his sides and he quickly got busy with his hands. His character on the show doesn’t speak much, other than to say his infamous name “Hodor” and on this night, he only spoke through his hands.
Nairn has been a dj long before entering his acting career with Game of Thrones; and as the place vibrated all night, this was evident. The massive wall behind him displayed images of fire, lights, and the intimidating iron throne. As clubbers danced away, snow once again fell from above, and they welcomed it with open arms.
DJ Hodor has combined his love for music and Game of Thrones and this night brought us the best of both worlds. It was the perfect blend and welcoming environment for fans and club goers.