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Opening Times

The following opening times are for day and weekend ticket holders:

Fri

10:30 AM
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06:00 PM

Sat

10:30 AM
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06:00 PM

Sun

10:30 AM
-
06:00 PM

Mon

10:30 AM
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06:00 PM

BYOC HALL TIMES:

BYOC opening times 9am Friday to 4pm Monday
BYOC opening times with EAS - Thursday EAS - 6pm* to 4pm Monday

BYOC Network planned to turn off at 3pm on Monday

BYOC Power planned to turn off at 4pm on Monday


*Subject to change

BYOC CHECK-IN TIMES:

Thu

09:00 AM
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11:00 PM

Fri

09:00 AM
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10:00 PM

Sat

09:00 AM
-
06:00 PM

Sun

09:00 AM
-
06:00 PM

Mon

closed

 

*If you arrive at the event outside the check-in times listed above, we cannot guarantee you entry to the event.
**Thursday check-in will require an EAS

GOT AN EAS TICKET?

If so, you can gain entry into our LAN arena hall from 6:00pm Thursday evening. Don't forget, EAS tickets can only be added to BYOC & Weekend Festival tickets.

HOW DO I CHECK-IN?

We'll send you an email nearer the time to clarify exact locations, but you'll need:

  • Your ticket with clearly visible barcode: print the ticket out, or display it on a handheld device like a smartphone or a tablet
  • ID is required for all BYOC ticket holders, and all CAMPERS; and you won’t be able to check-in without it!


BYOC: under the age of 18? Make sure to fill out our Under 18 Consent Form.

Camping: is available to over 16yrs only.

Getting Here

POSTCODE: B40 1NT

NEC
North Ave
Birmingham B40 1NT
UK

Fast travel to insomnia61

If you're heading to Insomnia by train, you'll find us located less than a ten-minute walk from Birmingham International Railway Station. You won't even need to step outside. You'll find many train services connect directly to Birmingham International, however if you're travelling from further afield you may need to catch a connecting train at Birmingham New Street, which is only a 15 minute journey away. Barely time for a powernap.

For more information call National Rail enquiries on 08457 484950.

The Ticket Factory has events across the UK, from the finest theatre to the hottest gigs. And now, if you’ve booked with Virgin Trains, they are offering you 25% off travel.

August Bank Holiday Rail Works

August Bank Holiday trains to/from London Euston

No trains will run into or out of London Euston station on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August (Bank Holiday weekend). This is to allow Network Rail to prepare for HS2 (high speed railway) as part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan.

Train services will run between Birmingham Moor Street and London Marylebone to a revised timetable, however Chiltern Lines trains are expected to be extremely busy. The advice is not to travel on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August unless absolutely necessary.Click for further information

National Express coaches can be a cost effective way of travelling to London and many other UK destinations.

London Midland – Chase Line electrification

From 13 August buses will replace trains between Walsall and Rugeley Trent Valley. This is to allow improvement works to enable electric trains to run, providing a faster and more frequent service in the future. Click for further information.

Highways England works

M6/A38(M) works – Junction 6 (Spaghetti Junction)

Highways England is carrying out essential repairs and water-proofing at Junction 6 (Spaghetti Junction) throughout the summer period. Traffic management will be in place during the works, including:

  • Closure of the Gravelly Hill and Tyburn Road approaches to the A38(M) for the duration of the works, both weekdays and weekends.
  • Full weekend closures of entry and exit slip roads at J6 of the M6 until 28 August.
  • Full weekend closures of the A38(M) into and out of Birmingham until 28 August.
  • The M6 itself will remain open throughout the works.

Find more information and a pdf leaflet to download here.

National Express West Midlands ticket offer

National Express West Midlands are offering a special £12 weekly bus ticket on routes 65, 66, 67, X3, X4 and X5 during the Spaghetti Junction works. The ticket can be purchased from the Birmingham Travelshop on Corporation Street.

M5 works – Junction 1-2 - Oldbury Viaduct

Throughout the summer period Highways England will continue the major scheme to repair a 3km section of the M5 at Oldbury Viaduct between junctions 1 and 2. From 24 July capacity on this stretch of motorway will be considerably reduced. The traffic management supporting this scheme will involve a contra flow system with two narrow lanes in each direction supported by a 30mph speed limit. Long delays are expected. Click for more information.

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) business travel support

Are you a business or organisation affected by the Highways England works?  Would you like some help talking to your staff about their transport arrangements?  Email connected@birmingham.gov.uk and we will put you in touch with a member of the TfWM team.

Coach services are operated by National Express and Megabus, with over 120 daily services from across the UK to Birmingham Airport. From here you can get to the NEC in a matter minutes on the free air-rail link.

If you're jumping on a bus in Birmingham City Centre you can take the 900 service (one every 15 minutes, takes 30 minutes) or the 97 (one every 30 minutes, takes 45 minutes).

Local bus services also run every 30 minutes throughout the day to Solihull (service 966) and Coventry (service 900).

You'll find the NEC and Birmingham International Airport both clearly signposted from all motorways and major routes including the M42,M40 and M6.

With 16,500 car spaces available, it’s also fair to say parking shouldn’t be a problem. Once you’ve parked you can either take the free shuttle bus or walk to the halls using our signposted footpaths.

If you're using your trusty sat nav to get here simply enter the postcode B40 1NT.

The NEC is just minutes away from Birmingham International Airport, making it ideal for our many international guests to get here. Simply jump on the free and fast air-rail link to Birmingham International Railway Station which only takes 90 seconds and runs every two minutes. When you arrive just head straight through to the NEC. Boom.

Accommodation

Indoor camping

We have changed the way camping now works at insomnia. Tickets will now be sold on a pitch size, not per person.

The pitch size options are:
  • Lone Wolf - 4 sqm (1.7m x 2.4m) size with 1 ticket
  • Group - 6 sqm (3m x 2m) size with 2 tickets
  • Clan - 9 sqm (3m x 3m) size with 3 tickets
  • Guild - 12 sqm (3m x 4m) size with 4 tickets
We recommend you bring a tent which fits the space allocation per pitch as these dimensions have been taken from average sizes for tents fitting that amount.
You will not be allowed to use any space outside of your allocated area. 
You will be allocated your pitch when you check-in at the camping hall if you wish to camp next to friends who have a separate pitch you will need to arrive at the same time. Get there early to avoid disappointment.

Insomnia61 is coming. Let the games begin.

This August the UK's biggest gaming festival returns to the NEC Birmingham.

Prepare yourself for another weekend of non-stop gaming. Watch the best players battle to be the UK Masters. See special guests perform their shows in front of your own eyes. Take part in tabletop wars, and show us what you got in our Cosplay Masquerade.

Over four glorious days you'll get to try out a host of latest games and cutting-edge VR tech. You'll also get to watch live Q&A panels, grab discounted gear, take part in community tournaments and so much more. So whether you're hardcore or casual, new blood or old school, console or PC, grab your Insomnia61 tickets and join us in celebrating the very best in gaming culture.

WHAT DOES BYOC MEAN? WHAT ARE THE 'LAN GAMING HALLS'?

BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer / Console) is a ticket-type for the Insomnia Gaming Festival, one which allows you to bring your PC or Console to the event for the weekend in order to connect to and game on our LAN.

A LAN or Local Area Network is the technical term for a whole bunch of computers connected over the same network; When Insomnia started back in 1999, the internet wasn't as fast as it is today, so in order to get high-speed multiplayer gaming experiences players attended LAN events like ours. Thanks to the Internet, we don’t need to do that anymore, but LAN means so much more to the people who are part of it. It’s a community of gamers that you won’t find anywhere else. Take part in massive multiplayer games, play Werewolves at midnight, but don’t HONK your horn, in the UK’s biggest LAN.

 

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