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Las Vegas Review Journal Features Kristian Nairn DJ Set from The Linq Hotel

This past weekend, DJ Kristian Nairn took the US by storm with an appearance at San Diego Comic Con and multiple DJ gigs in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Vegas. Las Vegas Review Journal caught up with Kristian Nairn at his DJ set in Las Vegas at The Linq Hotel. Check out Review Journal’s feature below:

Most people know him as Hodor, the gentle giant in the HBO megahit “Game of Thrones.” But Kristian Nairn’s DJ roots run deep and he spent a sunny Sunday afternoon making his Las Vegas pool party debut at The Linq Hotel. Sunday’s set marked his third time in town, with prior gigs taking place at Ghostbar in the Palms and Sushisamba in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian.

Fans packed into the pool, danced, drank and played games such as giant Jenga and beer pong with buckets. Several people, including at least one pool employee, stopped and took pictures in front of the DJ booth. Nairn would occasionally look up and flash a smile, but most of the time he kept his eyes closed and rocked his head to the beat. “I had to come down here specifically for this,” said Jake Gallen, who lives in Las Vegas. He called the experience of seeing the 6 foot 10 inch man who plays the beloved character in person “surreal.”

There were some reminders of the series for attendees who may have leaned more toward just being fans of the show. A throne made of pool noodles in front of the DJ booth, huge inflatable golden dragons that floated in the pool and “Game of Thrones” banners were pinned up around the pool deck. Although the show began its seventh season this month, Nairn’s character died in the sixth season, which aired in 2016.

Nairn, 41, was always a musician and actor, but he preferred to perform music. He said he performed at a gay club in Belfast, Northern Ireland, for years and saw a lot of work. Then “Game of Thrones” happened.

The set he plays hasn’t changed much, but Nairn said he was lifted to the international stage. He isn’t worried about being typecast or having the fame of Hodor follow his music career wherever he goes. “People are so sweet to me all the time because of Hodor, what’s to complain about?” he said.

Nairn said the show has made it so he can perform anywhere, and he wants to tour forever. “I don’t see why not,” he said. “Until I fall over.”

Nairn’s Radikal Records debut “Up / Beacon (feat. Leanne Robinson)” is currently available for digital purchase and streaming worldwide. Nairn’s debut single “Up/Beacon” is available now on iTunes, and streaming on Spotify, Beatport and Bandcamp. Nairn’s follow-up single “4Love (feat. Salt Ashes)” is also available for digital purchase and streaming worldwide.  Purchase “4Love (feat. Salt Ashes)” now on iTunesBeatport, or Bandcamp. You can also stream the single on Spotify or SoundCloud.

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