Insomnia Gaming Festival | A Celebration Of Gaming


It’s the summer of i69! After our first event back we are warmed up and ready to go bigger and harder for Insomnia Gaming Festival #i69 at the NEC, Birmingham this August bank holiday weekend 26th-29th. Join us to celebrate all things gaming and for the UK’s Biggest LAN Party!

Founded in 1999, the Insomnia Gaming Festival originated as the i-Series; a small LAN (Local Area Network) event where gamers could come together and play together as part of one community. Today, our focus on bringing the community together is just as strong, as we welcome 40,000 visitors to Insomnia and our LAN parties have grown to the biggest in the UK, seeing 2,800 gamers in one space for a weekend of non-stop, 24-hour gaming. 

Expanding from the LAN, Insomnia is a diverse show for gamers of all backgrounds, identities and ethnicities to come together and celebrate everything that we love about video games and popular culture. From brand new and upcoming releases, Cosplay, Indie games, Tabletop games, gaming content creators and much more, Insomnia Gaming Festival isn’t just a gaming expo, it’s a celebration of all things gaming.


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Why is the Expo not open on Monday?

We spent a lot of time thinking about this one. In previous years, the Monday of Insomnia has been an interesting day. We understand that everyone wants to have as much time as possible to explore and game but looking at feedback from our community as well as from our surveys, the majority of guests that are with us for the full weekend usually head home either Sunday night or early Monday morning. We would much rather bring 3 days of the best experiences possible than stretch it too thin and leave people disappointed with a lacklustre final day.

Is the BYOC Friday to Sunday too?

Nope! The BYOC will remain Friday to Monday (from Thursday for Priority ticket holders) as it has been at previous events.

Why no Early Bird?

We spoke to our community and had some great feedback that the Early Bird promotion that we have run pre-pandemic is actually not as good as our own Loyalty System so we made the decision to not run Early Bird for our 2022 events. We are also actively working on improving the Loyalty System to benefit everyone who attends Insomnia, not just the BYOC. We hoped to have these improvements rolled out for i69 but it’s taking longer than we anticipated to make sure it’s perfect. We thank everyone for their patience and hope to have news soon!

Where can I find all the latest info and announcements?

All the latest information about our event can be found by following our social channels: Twitter @IGFestUK, Facebook/IGFestUK, Instagram @IGFestUK & Youtube/IGFestUK.

Find our full Info and FAQ page here!

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