What Is Insomnia?

Everything you need to know about Insomnia Gaming Festival

Insomnia Gaming Festival is a huge gaming event, uniting players for a weekend of gaming fun and interactive exhibitions all under one roof. The prestige event has something for every gamer, from Bring Your Own Computer playing hall to Retro Gaming stalls and even an exclusive first look at some of the greatest games coming out soon! Players, this is everything you need to know about Insomnia.

When & where does it take place?

Not to be confused with the sleeping condition, Insomnia is a festival made for gamers held at the NEC in Birmingham.

There is no minimum age to attend this event, however, children under the age of 6 must always be accompanied by an adult. There are also specific elements of the event that are only for over 18 (you will be asked for ID). Find more information about our age policy here.

Play Games

Insomnia Gaming Festival is a great place for you to do what we all love, play games. Top publishers often bring an exclusive first-play at the gaming event, so be sure to check out who’s coming to the next Insomnia. It’s also the perfect chance for gamers to play with others in competitions like the Fortnite Tournament or enjoy some Indie games that you might not have thought about playing before. There is a wide range of games covering multiple genres, so there will definitely be something there for you!

Do you also play tabletop games? No problem! We have various board games set up at the venue, so you can really enjoy every form of gaming.

What is there to see and do?

There is plenty of things to get involved with. There is a huge Expo Stage where you can find daily competitions taking place, special guests on stage for an event and industry expert panels. From gameshows to Cosplay masquerade, there will always be a show worth watching at the Insomnia Main Stage.

We recommend heading to one of the expert panels, where you’ll get the opportunity to listen to some talented developers and staff at gaming publishers to talk about some of the hottest games coming soon.

Bring Your Own Computer (BYOC)

If you’re not a seasoned veteran of Insomnia, you’re probably wondering what BYOC is? It means Bring Your Own Computer, and it’s legendary. We host the UK’s biggest LAN Party with players bringing their set-up from home to compete in esports tournaments, fight off in multiplayer battles and more. The BYOC room also has its own exclusive social zones so you don’t have to go far if you need to take a break.

Don’t worry if you don’t have your own gaming PC! We don’t want anyone to miss out on the fun so we have an on-site rental team who will be able to kit you out with an impressive set-up for an additional cost, so you have even odds to beat the competition.

Evening Entertainment

The gaming fun doesn’t stop there, in the evenings that are various activities for gamers to get involved in. From pub quizzes to social gatherings and meet-ups, there are plenty of things for gamers to unite in. Please note, some events may have age restrictions.


Yes, you got it! You can even camp at Insomnia! Not outside, but inside and we can guarantee warmth and lots of fun.


Sounds awesome right? Because there is so much to see and do, you will have a unique experience every time you attend the event. So, whether it’s your first time joining us, or you’ve been before, let’s get together and celebrate our passion for gaming.