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Hodor! ‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Kristian Nairn Takes Over Levels

Kristian Nairn, better known as Hodor from HBO’s hit show “Game of Thrones,” took over Levels Nightclub on Wednesday night with his electronic music tour, “Rave of Thrones.”

The Irish actor and DJ performed his music to a sold-out crowd. The show was impeccably timed, as “Game of Thrones” made its much-anticipated fifth season premiere this previous Sunday. Though his character on the show is relatively minor, he’s become a well-known character in pop culture thanks to the show’s success.

Many of the attendees used the opportunity to dress up as their favorite characters from the show. It was probably the closest thing to Comic-Con (a convention centered around all things “nerd culture” for those unfamiliar) that State College will ever see.


Nairn took the stage more than an hour after the listed time, leaving some attendees frustrated. In the show, Hodor really only says one word: “Hodor.” Wednesday night, he was a bit more talkative.

“I have a feeling this is going to be a good one,” Nairn said from the stage before starting his set.

The show featured a number of effects to energize the audience. Giant blasts of mists were spread over the enthusiastic crowd during drops. Everything “Game of Thrones” inspired, from swords to dancing women, flashed on the screen behind Nairn during his set. He dropped in a remix of the “Game of Thrones” theme song towards the end of the show.

His progressive house seemed to be a hit with the crowd. Attendees burst out in chants throughout the set, cheering the name “Hodor,” which seemed to put a smile on the DJ’s face. He mixed in some pop hits, like Ciara’s “1, 2 Step,” with his beats.

Though he’s best known for his role on “Game of Thrones,” Nairn has been a DJ for more than 20 years. He will continue on his “Rave of Thrones” tour for the next couple of months with shows in Canada, the United Kingdom, and France.

Check out some of his music below:

Image: Levels

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Sarah Caskie

Sarah is a senior majoring in Journalism. She can usually be found at Saint’s looking up cat videos, or writing about music and stuff. She can be reached on Twitter at @classycaskie or via email at [email protected].

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