What is NERG?

Nerg is a retro gaming event which first started in 2013. 2023 will be the 9th event(where have you been?) It’s all about re-creating the 80’s arcade. A mix of video arcade, pinball and console games as well as traders selling retro goodness.

Where is the event held?

The event is held at the Gateshead International Stadium(Sports Hall)

What about parking?

Gateshead International Stadium has free parking

What is the date of the event?

The event is held over two days: Saturday 8th July & Sunday 9th July 2023.

What time can I bash buttons (do the doors open)?

The doors open at 10:00am on both days.

Can we eat and drink at the event?

Food(hot and cold) and beverages (alcoholic and non alcoholic) will be available to purchase at the event.

How much will it cost to play the games?

All machines at the event are set to FREE play. All you have to pay is the admission price and you can play until throwing out time.

I’m addicted, where can I get these machines?

There are forums(support groups) out there that cater for the arcade collecting market. Just ask a member of staff and they will gladly point you in the right direction.

Can I buy any of the machines which are at the show?

Some, not all, of the machines will be available to purchase after the event. A notice will be placed on a machine if it’s for sale.

What can I do on Saturday night?

The NERG after show party will be taking place on Saturday evening at Four Quarters in Newcastle. Billy Mitchell will be demonstrating his Pac-Man skills and if you retain your NERG wristband, you’ll get a 15% discount on all purchases !

My wife/husband/partner wants to come with me but isn’t interested in gaming?

That doesn’t stop you making a weekend of the event. There is the sightseeing in Newcastle, the nearby shopping at Eldon Square and the Metro Centre and there is also the day time socialising(drinking)!

I want to be there for the full weekend, where can I stay?

There are plenty of hotels in the area. A lot of the NERG team will be staying at The Ramada Encore.