Insomnia the Gaming Festival | It's Never Just A Game



Gaming! Esports! D&D! Excitement! Drama!

Our stages at Insomnia Gaming Festival are back to entertain you all weekend long with a variety of game shows, panel talks, podcasts, cosplay shows and so much more! We have more announcements coming so keep an eye on this page and our social media to keep up to date! 

It’s time we had the opportunity to wear the costumes we choose and have a platform that celebrates it! Costume and Play want to give you the opportunity to show off your costume skills, perform as your character and enjoy the community experience of costuming together.

Honouring and welcoming all ability levels of cosplay, this is a great place to get started in the cosplay world or simply show off your creation! The Community Masquerade will carry a series of categories the judges may choose to award you with.

The Hot Seat

The ultimate gaming trivia show! See creators go head to head and be crowned champion of the Hot Seat!

Our band of (brave?) adventurers are heading to #i70 to bring a live D&D show that you’ll never forget. Chaos is guaranteed, betrayal is a possibility and adventure is all but certain. Head to the Insomnia Stage to catch an unmissable experience and maybe even a big fluffy d20… You don’t need +3 intelligence to know you won’t want to miss this!

Featuring Josh Strife-Hayes, Rage Darling, BillieTrixx and Callum Upton

MiyukiPanda and her co-host BillieTrixx present “Panda’s Embarrassment” where two Embarrassments of pandas go head to head to decide who are the elite in a game show where they will test their knowledge of the gaming world with a fun little bonus at the end. Who will be victorious?

MrGregles Drums

Back by popular demand! MrGregles will be joining us to drum along to the best in video game music and you will have control over the screens and filters live!

Wee Chat is an anarchic chat show at Insomnia Gaming Festival featuring guests, new music, and agony “antlers” Rudy all set under the umbrella of Wee Global. Presented by Claire Lim

Join Jackbox Games developers as they play games with you, the audience! Test your trivia knowledge, compete with others in drawing challenges, and outwit your opponents in clever word games as we play through a variety of party games. Hosts Belia Portillo and Jake Kulkowski along with 8 world-famous content creators will be entertaining you for two hours of laughs during this panel segment.

Join host Wee Claire and our special guest voice actors as we bring you a brand new Improv Stage Show for i70, Additional Voices!

Best described as ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’ meets Gaming, this is a part panel show, part improv game show where the points don’t matter!

Featuring our special guests Stephanie Panisello, Doug Cockle, Nicole Tompkins, Maggie Robertson, Nicholas Apostolides, Neil Newbon and John Robertson!

So make sure you join us at the Insomnia Stage, Friday at 5pm, as it’s finally time to hear from the people that are the Additional Voices!

The Dark Room for Kids

You awake to find yourself in a Dark Room… Relive the thrill(?) of 80’s text-adventure gaming in this live-action comedy show!




After a successful and baffling tour of Singapore, Australia and London, the deranged live-action videogame THE DARK ROOM returns to Insomnia!

– A new map specially built for i70
– New features
– DLC expansion The Dark Lighthouse
– more pisstakes of gaming than ever before!

Come watch! Come play! Will you succeed and win £1000? Or die and be brutally murdered
by the rest of the crowd?

Weekend & BYOC Ticket holders will receive an email containing their EXCLUSIVE discount for Dark Room tickets!


The World Famous Pub Quiz™ returns to Insomnia!

Enjoy rounds of general knowledge, gaming trivia, gaming music and more in this adults-only fun-filled evening of community antics that one guy in the survey once said was “a bit much”.  Not only that, The World Famous Pub Quiz™ is proud to support our partner Special Effect. Get your team ready and remember, winners don’t use phones. So to round up: Trivia. Charity. Nonsense. Singing. Are you drinking yet?


Friday 7th Only


Head to the Festival Stage to take part in the Just Dance showdown! The best dancers will take part in the final Just Dance showdown on the Insomnia stage at the end of every day!

Struggling with Football Manager? Leaking goals and dropping points? You need The Football Manager Show. ⚽️

Join Tony Jameson and Arron Falloon LIVE at this Aprils Insomnia as they take you through a live Tactics Garage, guest interviews, and maybe even a Search For A Star that may/may not be Matt Doherty!

Friday 7th – 16:00

Raw Fury 2023 Games Showcase

Hosted by Raw Fury

Melanin Gamers – The Importance of Diversifying Your Network

Hosted by Creative Anzy


Hosted by Mavitivo


Relive the epic weekend of Insomnia70 esports finals!


Spectate the grand finale of the brand new 2023 tournament! Watch the best of the best battle it out for a slice of the HUGE £10,000 prize fund!


The biggest games in esports all in one place! Witness legends made in CS:GO, Rocket League, League of Legends and Overwatch 2

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