Rave of Thrones - Prince Bandroom, September 2014 [Gig Review] - acid stag

Rave of Thrones: Prince Bandroom, September 2014 [Gig Review]

Words by Alex Milne.

On Thursday 4 September Kristian Nairn, aka Hodor, came to the Prince Bandroom in Melbourne to rave it up with Game of Thrones and house music enthusiasts alike. It was a night for fans of the show to get dressed up in Westerosi garb, listen to funky tunes and check out the guy who makes a living off carrying a small child on his back.

Dressed up in my wolf t-shirt, I was meant to be Jon Snows faithful direwolf ‘Ghost.’ I thought that I had done a pretty tidy job of throwing together a decent last minute costume. Gearing myself up to collect on a best – dressed award, I stepped into the Prince Bandroom and immediately realised that I was in way over my head.

Westeros had come to Melbourne.

The Prince was decked out in all things Game of Thrones. The banners of houses Stark, Lannister, Baratheon and Targaryen were displayed proudly around the room. The giant Iron Throne of Westeros sat on stage with everyone’s favourite psychopath, Joffrey, seated upon it. Clips from the show itself were being played on a screen behind the DJ booth. But what was absolutely stand – out was the incredibly high standard of the cosplay that the crowd had delivered.

Danaerys’, Drogos, Jon Snows and Varys’ were abundant. People were dressed in dragon costumes, wolf costumes, kings, queens and ladies in waiting. Of note was a guy covered entirely in white paint dressed as a White Walker, and a guy dressed as Hodor himself, with a box of Raisin Bran on his back. Very clever.

During the supporting act of I OH YOU DJ’s there was a great performance put on by Joffrey and a stripper in a giant wolf costume. He proceeded to take off his clothes and give Joffrey a lap dance. All in the spirit of the theme I guess.

The main supporting act, Ego was notable for the clever humour that he brought to the show. He opened with a video of Cersei Lannister singing Iggy Azalea’s ‘Fancy’ in a unitard followed by Daft Punk’s ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’ sung by Arya, Jaime and Tywin Lannister. A personal favourite was a remix of ‘Sexual Healing’ superimposed with Daenaerys / Drogo sex scenes and Kanye / Kim Kardashian motorbike scenes from the Bound 2 clip.

Kristian Nairn’s entrance on stage was precluded by the appearance of a White Walker replete with glowing blue eyes and funky dance moves. Who knew these mythical creatures from beyond The Wall are actually pretty ripped?

For all the attention being placed on the Game of Thrones theme, Hodor – I mean Kristian Nairn’s – DJ skills are actually pretty solid. With a background of working with the likes of the Scissor Sisters, Mylo and Calvin Harris, when Kristian Nairn promised to play ‘the deepest house in all the Seven Kingdoms’ he did not let us down.

Deep housy beats, heavy drops and pumped up tracks picked up the mood and brought a great party to an already absolutely raving crowd. The gig was hot and sweaty and had everyone in the place going nuts. The only let down of the show was that Nairn didn’t play for longer than an hour.

This was a night that enabled my love for Game of Thrones and house music to coalesce in an evening of, albeit somewhat strange, drinking, dancing and fancy dress. The theme was quirky and well executed and Kristian Nairn is a great DJ in his own right.

Rating: ★★★★★

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