The following opening times are for day and weekend ticket holders:
BYOC HALL TIMES:
BYOC opening times 9am Friday to 4pm Monday
BYOC opening times with EAS - Thursday EAS - 6pm* to 4pm Monday
*Subject to change
BYOC CHECK-IN TIMES:
*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.
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.
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.
BYOC and weekend ticket holders, looking for a cheaper accomodation option? Why not use indoor camping! An indoor camping ticket allows you to stay inside the NEC in our designated camping hall for the whole weekend.
Showering and toilet facilities are provided with your ticket along with a 2 x 2.5 meter pitch space per person. You can even combine your pitch space with your friends for a bigger space. Most indoor campers bring a tent with them for privacy/comfort, pop up tents are best as you can't hammer pegs into the floors.
Indoor camping is open to those aged 16 or over only, please bring ID with you to check-in.
Insomnia61 is coming. Let the games begin.
This August the UK's biggest gaming festival returns to the NEC Birmingham.
So get ready for another weekend of non-stop gaming. Where the world’s best players battle for esport supremacy. Where live special guests bring the funny. Where tabletop gamers war and competition and cosplay go hand in hand.
Over three 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 hard core or casual, new blood or old school, console or PC master race, 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. These days the internet has made playing multiplayer games online extremely easy, but many gamers still choose to attend LAN events for the social experience of 24/7 gaming alongside friends for the entire weekend.