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Event Details

VIDEO GAMES LIVE Returns to Headline, 
The 2nd Annual
Dublin International Game Music Festival

The Plan for 2016:

Days 1 and 2:  Seminars and Smaller Concerts at the RDS, April 29 and 30,2016

On April 29th and 30th, attendees will gather at the RDS Convention Center for two days of concerts and presentations relating to video game music, video games, and their creation.  

Live Music:  Performances on the RDS auditorium stage will feature talents such as "The Triforce Quartet," "The Spooney Bards," and "The Dublin Chamber Ensemble," among others.

These concerts will also present a special "Celtic Link" performance by the "DIT Traditional Irish Music Ensemble," debuting excerpts from the upcoming CD "The Celtic Link; featuring themes from The Legend of Zelda."

The impetus to create "The Celtic Link" was born at the 2015 festival, when the audience themselves, so moved by the DIT Ensemble's performance of the great game music themes, insisted the DIT ensemble needed to be recorded and a CD released.  A successful Kickstarter campaign followed.

Seminars:  The musical performances will be interspersed with numerous seminars designed for aspiring game music creators, performers and fans.  Included will be:

  • A presentation on new game music technology by Craig Stuart Garfinkle
  • Blizzard Director Terran Gregory and will Composer Neal Acree will discuss their collaboration in creating stunning Blizzard trailers and cinematics.
  • A preview of "Conductrix, A View from the Podium," Eimear Noone's upcoming 3D and VR conducting tutorials.
  • A handful of select Irish game developers will show off their latest projects.
  • The European premier of the game music and sound documentary "Beep"
  • And much more, yet to be announced.

The Demo Derby

One of the highlights from the seminars of 2015 was the composer "Demo Derby."  For the derby, 15 composers had their music played for the audience and our panel of visiting composers.  Our composers then gave advice and critiqued the composer's work.  

In 2015 only an hour was scheduled for this event, but due to the number of composers that wanted to participate but couldn't, this year the Demo Derby will be extended to at least 2 hours.

Must attend festival to present.

The Cosball

Scheduled for the evening of April 29th, we will bring back our "Cosball" (cosplay ball) to a local Dublin nightclub where we will give away prizes for the best costumes and play dance remixes of our favorite game music.  7:00 PM, The Opium Rooms


Once again, on May 1st, 7:30 PM, at the Convention Center Dublin, Video Games Live will take the auditorium stage for a very special presentation.  

Half orchestral concert, half rock and roll blow out, Video Games Live will perform the great game themes such as Skyrim, Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft Montage, Kingdom Hearts, and more, accompanied by synchronized gameplay images and lights.  A limited number of VIDEO GAMES LIVE ONLY tickets are available.

For this performance, all of our visiting composers will conduct their own works - a rare treat to experience for the game music fan.

World Premier Performances

In year one of the iDIG festival, during the Video Games Live show, there were a number of World Premier performances.  One of these was the first of its kind, "Crowd Created" version of a game music theme.  

Featuring legendary game music performer, "Malukah" (over 60 Million YouTube views), a world wide crowd created orchestra joined forces with Eimear Noone and 134 musicians and singers on stage to perform Eimear Noone's "Malach" from "World of Warcraft, Warlords of Draenor."  The resulting video has since had 76K+ views on YouTube and over 1.5 million views around the world.

Crowd Create the Theme from HALO

For 2016, the iDIG Music Festival has an even greater video challenge planned for their Video Games Live show.  The team is currently attempting to set a Guinness Book of World Record for the most number of individuals to ever contribute to a single music video. 

With this goal in mind, for 2016 the festival has chosen to re-create the "Theme from HALO" as their star composition.

On February 3rd, 2016, the approvals came through and now the mad dash has begun to distribute parts and collect videos from musicians around the world.  You can read more about this endeavor, or sign up to participate, at this link:

About the tickets:

A festival ticket gains access to the two day festival on April 29th and 30th, and the Video Games Live show on May 1st.  Festival tickets start at €85.

A limited number of Video Games Live Only tickets are also available.  Video Games Live Tickets start at €40.

A big thanks again to all of you who have been so kind to us and have supported our event!

About the tiers:

All tickets are general admission within designated areas, delegated by tiers.  Click the images in the upper left for the approximate outline of tiers.

Tier 1:
  • Best seats in the house for the Video Games Live Concert
  • Priority access to all events.
  • VIP "Meet and Greet" with our visiting VIPs
  • A special gift collection from the iDIG Music Festival Team, such as a signed first score page and poster
  • A special digital download of music to be collected from our visiting artists
  • Priority admission to the "Cosplay Ball"

Tier 2:

  • Best seats in the house for the Video Games Live Concert
  • Priority access to all events
  • Priority admission to the "Cosplay Ball"

Tier 3:

  • Standard house seats for the Video Games Live Concert
  • Standard admission for all events
  • Standard admission to the "Cosplay Ball"

Tier 4:

  • Back balcony seats for the Video Games Live concert
  • Standard admission to all events
  • Standard admission to the "Cosplay Ball"

The First Dublin International Game Music Festival, April 2015:

In April of 2015, the inaugural Dublin International Game Music Festival (iDIG Music Fest) brought some of the most well respected talent in the video game music industry to Dublin for a three day celebration of the art-form.  

In attendance were Grammy winner Christopher Tin (Civilization), Russell Brower (Audio and Music Director for Blizzard Games; World of Warcraft, et all), Neal Acree (Blizzard Cinematic Composer), Eimear Noone (Blizzard Composer and Conductor) Craig Stuart Garfinkle (Blizzard and Baldur's Gate DA II composer) video game performers Jillian and Andrew Aversa, piano virtuoso J.J. McNamara and many more.

All of the 2015 attendees have pledged to attend in 2016 (subject to availability), along with some soon to be announced additional guests!

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Event Location


The RDS and CCD, Dublin, IE

The RDS and Spencer Dock North Wall Quay, Dublin,


Eimear Noone / Craig Stuart Garfinkle / Video Games Live / Tommy Tallarico / World of Warcraft / Legend of Zelda / Final Fantasy / Halo / Blizzard / Russell Brower / Neal Acree / Final Fantasy Distant Worlds / Legeng of Zelda / Symphony of the Goddesses