Kristian Nairn

Kristian Nairn

Hodor comes to Nelson

The Game of Thrones star will play a DJ set a Spiritbar tonight.

Hodor is coming to Nelson.

The mountainous, 7-foot tall actor best known for playing the gentle giant in beloved TV series Game of Thrones isn’t visiting the Kootenays for anything Westeros-related, however.

Instead, he’s hosting a rave-style party at Spiritbar on April 1. And though he’s now best known as Bran Stark’s loyal guardian, this is the gig that’s been paying his bills for the past two decades.

Joining him for the evening will be Nelson’s Joel West, who will be playing house and techno.There will also be customized Westeros visuals provided by Onbeyond.

Nairn has toured internationally with the show, making appearances at Comic Con and performing at B.B. King’s in New York City. He was also recently profiled by Wired magazine.

Eagle-eyed fans may be surprised to spot Nairn’s face tattoos, which have been digitally removed for the screen and won’t be seen in Game of Throne’s upcoming fifth season.

Nairn doesn’t use a laptop for his music, opting rather for a more traditional console that he feels keeps his connection to the audience pure. His progressive house style often incorporates dialogue snippets from the HBO show, but for the most part the performance will be a multi-hour, pulsing mosh pit party.

Nairn won’t be in costume—it’s a lot warmer in the Kootenays than in the North—but attendees are encouraged to show up dressed as their favourite character, be it a Lannister, Targaryen or Stark.

Advance tickets are $20 and the event will start a 9 p.m. Tickets are available from the Hume Hotel.