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The Insomnia Gaming Festival has been running in the UK for over 20 years and has grown to become the UK’s biggest event of its kind, regularly attracting audiences of 70,000 people to it’s Summer Insomnia festival.

Insomnia is not just about games (although there are plenty of those!), it’s an event that celebrates the culture of gaming, with all the latest merchandise and gaming technology as well as stage shows and opportunities to meet the biggest gaming influencers and content creators; all of this in addition to the hugely anticipated areas of the show that include esports, retro gaming, table top games, virtual reality gaming, the indie zone and Insomnia’s renowned Cosplay Parades!

Omega Events, the team behind some of Ireland’s biggest pop culture events including Dublin Comic Con and GamerFest are delighted to be bringing the excitement of Insomnia Gaming Festival to Dublin for the very first time!


Youtubers Attending Insomnia

  • Pyrocynical
  • Call Me Kevin
  • Nerdout! Music
  • Allcast Irish Gamers
  • John Romero
  • Naoise O'Hare
  • Impact Game Station
  • Little Mar Man
  • AntiTinkerBell
  • Discreet

Some more names may be added before the event and news about Insomnia can be found at Insomnia Dublins Twitter page, some highlights are below.

There will be a retro gaming section also for you older gamers out there!


Do you have fond memories of Billy Mitchell’s Donkey Kong high score? Did your thumbs fall off as a child playing Contra? Was NBA your Jam? Or maybe you haven’t got a clue what we’re talking about and would love to know more.

Insomnia Dublin’s Retro Zone is the place to relive your childhood memories (or find out what your dad means by ‘Space Invader Champion’). If you can vaguely remember it, it’s almost guaranteed to be part of our Retro Zone, and all free to play. Past games on display have included F-Zero, Donkey Kong, Taiko: Drum Master, PaRappa the Rapper, Excitebike, Frogger, Bubble Bobble, Double Dragon, Out Run, CastleVania, and much more. So many more, that if we listed them all here we’d double our web hosting bill!

Want to take part of gaming history home with you? We’ve got you covered there, with a fantastic range of retail available. If you’re itching to start a collection, or pick up the gold Ocarina of Time that completes it, be sure to stop by the Insomnia Dublin Retro Zone and see what’s on offer!

Event Information:

Omega Events Ltd. is a ground-breaking partnership involving the teams behind Dublin Comic Con, GamerFest and GXI. With over 20 years combined experience delivering some of the most memorable and innovative shows in Ireland, this unique partnership with Player1 Events will see a truly world class gaming festival coming to the RDS Dublin on the 9th & 10th of November 2019.

Tickets for Insomnia Gaming Festival Dublin now available via

PS. I will also be attending this event on the Saturday and hope to run into some fellow Irish gamer's!
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