On October 10th, the famous B.B. King’s Blues Club, situated in Times Square, was graced with the epic presence of 6’10” Irishman Kristian Nairn – or as any Game of Thrones fan would call him, Hodor.
The event was dubbed Rave of Thrones, and as mentioned in the promotional, dressing up was compulsory. Coincidentally, New York Comic Con was being held that weekend as well, so the Rave of Thrones was not only filled with familiar characters from the show, but also cosplay from all walks of life. You had your standard Pokemon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and some other more unidentifyable get-ups. The Game of Thrones cosplay was definitely the most prevalent though. Ravers were reenacting battle scenes and bonding with each other over similar attire, creating a friendly a familiar vibe throughout the club.
The venue was decorated in a Game of Thrones theme, with torches lighting up VIP tables, and ravers drinking from goblets. It was certainly a medieval dance party. The stage was set with carefully arranged wood cutouts of wolves and castles.
Kristian Nairn came to the scene at around 12:30AM after a short sets from Zedd Stark and Trance Rayder, greeting all his fans through their ‘Hodor!’ chants. He noted that this was his first stop on the Rave of Thrones US Tour, and was so happy to be blessed with the opportunity to DJ and make people happy. If it wasn’t for his role on the show, this would have never been possible.
His fans were loyal – everyone was dancing wildly and the energy level sustained throughout the whole night. The venue was quick to fill up after Hodor graced the stage and the heat continued to climb until the party dissipated at close to 4 in the morning.
If you have a chance to catch Hodor and his troupe of ravers during the rest of his tour, do so cautiously. If you’re not a fan of Game of Thrones, you may not be completely immersed, but in any case it is a unique experience that is not guaranteed to happen again anytime soon.
Check out some of the interesting attire you can find at Rave of Thrones below: