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
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:
*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.
Indoor Camping will be available to over 16yrs only. This will be going on sale soon.
Fast travel to insomnia62
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. 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. 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.
All the latest information about our event can be found by following our social channels:@IGFestUK and @IGFesports.
All ticket queries please contact our ticket agent: 0844 581 0800. They can help with issuing carers tickets, lost tickets and any issues you may now have with attending our event. Full event T&Cs HERE
Do I need to bring ID?
Day Visitors - you do not need ID to check-in, only to purchase alcohol onsite
Weekend & BYOC visitors - ID is required to ensure you have the correct wristbands. If you are unable to provide ID you will be given an under 18 wristband
Proof of age documents we will accept are:
- A Passport (Not a photocopy)
- Driving Licence
- A Proof of Age Card bearing a PASS hologram
- A Ministry of Defence identity card
- A National identity card issued by an EU member state
I'm bringing a child, do they need a ticket?
Any child aged 6 or under is given free access to the show, they do not require a ticket. We advise that children under the age of 16 are accompanied by an adult
Can I transfer my tickets to another event?
Unfortunately not, tickets are non transferable between events.
What do I get for Priority?
Must arrive before the show starts, we can not guarantee entrance once the show has began. Meet and greet timings will be announced on the day via our Twitter channel @IGFestUK. We are limited to capacity allowances and can not guarantee you will be seen for a meet and greet.
Do you provide disabled/carer tickets/discounts?
We do not provide concessions, however we can provide a free carer ticket for those who receive Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payments. In order to gain a carer ticket, please contact our ticket agent with a scan or picture of the attendee's DLA/PIP letter, the attendee's order number (found on their eticket) and the carer's full name and email address.
I'm a parent with no interest in gaming, do I still have to buy a ticket?
Yes, anyone coming into the event needs a ticket. For those who just wish to wait or pick up from the event, there are public areas with seating outside the hall
Cosplaying at Insomnia
We would advise that if you are planning to use public transport to the Venue that you wear normal clothes and any cosplay weapons you are planning to bring with you are discreetly out of view of the general public until you arrive, this to ensure you do not cause unnecessary panic or distress on your way. Once you arrive at the venue you can change here although we do not have changing rooms we do have a number of toilets. Any weapons may be checked by a security manager once you attempt to enter the event and they will be tagged to show the weapons are safe. Once you leave the venue any cosplay weapons should once again placed discreetly out of view of the general public.
Those intending to cosplay at the NEC should pay attention to the following list of items that are banned from the event. Please do not bring any of these items with you.
* Metallic blades
* Deactivated firearms / realistic metal guns
* Functional bows or crossbows
* Heavy wooden or metal baseball bats
* Any item capable of firing a projectile
* Anything sharp or pointed that could cause injury
We recommend for all things relating to the venue including any disabled support you require please head to www.thenec.co.uk
Food and drink
There are ample catering facilities onsite catering for all customer needs. If you have specific dietary requirements we recommend you bring this with you to the event.
How much is parking?
You can purchase your tickets on site. Parking charges: BYOC - £5 for the duration of the event, Weekend festival - £5 per day, Day visitor - £5 per day. Insomnia will have designated car parks, these will be signposted.
Is there anywhere to leave/store luggage?
Yes, there are cloakrooms which will charge £1 per item and will be open during show hours.
Items cannot be left overnight, any items left at the end of the day will be transferred to lost property.
BYOC - What do I need to bring?
- Tower/console/laptop · Monitor (just one please unless you have a VIP ticket!)
- Headset (no speakers please!)
- Mouse and mat
- Kensington Lock (highly recommended for both PC and Monitor)
- A surge protected SURGE PROTECTED Four way power strip
- ID …….what types do we permit?
- Insomnia BYOC ticket
With your ticket you are allocated the relevant space, this can be for a tent, airbed, camp bed, roll mat. We request you bring the correct If you are outside your allocated area we will ask you to take down your tent to bring you in line with the area size you have purchased.
Age restrictions for indoor camping
Camping is available for anyone who is 16 and over, we do not allow anyone under 16 in to camp. You are required to bring ID in order to collect your indoor camping wristband. Please see our terms and conditions on ID requirements here
How big is my pitch?
Allocation of spaces
Spaces are allocated when you arrive for the best chance to pitch by your friends we ask that you all arrive together
What are the showering/changing facilities?
There will be individual electric showers available in the Indoor sleeping area as well as communal changing facilities.
Alcohol at the Pub Quiz
You may bring sealed and unopened Q-Jacker purchased alcohol into the Pub Quiz. No other alcohol will be permitted into the quiz. There will also be a selection of bars inside the quiz serving a variety of drinks. Alcohol may not be taken out of the hall. (More specific details around this, and the check-in process will follow in the new year!).
Can I film/take pictures at Insomnia?
Yes, you are welcome to take pictures or film within the event as much as you like, provided you do not plan to use anything for commercial purposes. However, if you are going to film other people we suggest you get their permission first.
What happens with pictures taken at Insomnia?
By entering the festival site you agree to grant the Event permission to use your image in any publicity, marketing or promotional materials. Please refer to our full T&Cs HERE
Insomnia62 is coming. Let the games begin.
This Easter Bank Holiday 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, 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.