The 15th Bit Gen Gamer Fest will be held at The Ottobar on July 30, featuring music from and inspired by video games. Image courtesy of Bit Gen Gamer Fest.

After hitting the pause button for three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bit Gen Gamer Fest is rebooting to bring video game music back to Baltimore for the festival’s 15th year.

The video game music festival will be held at The Ottobar starting at 3 p.m. July 30, and will feature 18 bands across two stages.

John DeCampos, executive director of Bit Gen, said he is excited for the festival’s return after it was last held in 2019.

“Putting Bit Gen on hiatus these past few years has been tough, but I couldn’t be happier to be back,” DeCampos said in a statement. “We’re really going to bring the house down for year 15, and I can’t wait to welcome back or fans to help us do it.”

Attendees can purchase tickets for $38 apiece in advance at www.bitgengamerfest.com or for $45 apiece at the door.

The festival will include covers of songs from video games as well as music inspired by video game sounds.

This year’s event will feature performances ranging from local bands like Master Sword from D.C. to Indiana headliner Knight of the Round, who create heavy metal covers of songs from the Final Fantasy games.

Visit the festival’s website for the full lineup of performers.

Festival attendees will be able to play video games with free-to-play arcade machines and a wall of console games, and fill their hunger bar by eating from local food truck The Hotdog Hideout.

Bit Gen Gamer Fest was started in 2006 at Load of Fun Studios with just four bands, and it has since grown to more than a dozen bands each year. Over the years, the festival been held at various Baltimore venues, including Sonar, Bourbon Street, Rams Head Live and most recently The Ottobar, where it has been held for the last four festivals.

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