The Game Music Foundation is pleased to announce the fifth edition of the widely acclaimed Game Music Festival. On May 4, 2024, the Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Center will once again host a celebration of video game music, with two live concerts showcasing music from The Last of Us and Baldur’s Gate 3.
Additionally, the same-day educational program will give music enthusiasts and aspiring composers the opportunity to participate in masterclasses, panel discussions and meet the brilliant minds behind the featured soundtracks. Tickets are available today at gmfest.com.
The 2024 Game Music Festival kicks off with “The Sounds of the Fireflies,” a musical journey through the unforgiving but optimistic world of The Last of Us. With 80 awards, over 17 million copies sold and the TV adaptation being the most watched project in HBO Max history, both installments of the Naughty Dog masterpiece have left a strong impression on the hearts of gamers worldwide. The BAFTA-nominated original score composed by Gustavo Santaolla perfectly matches the game’s emotional landscape. From oppressive, life-threatening situations to dark, melancholy moments and heartbreaking decisions, his music enhances each scene and creates an emotional spectacle. To enhance the event, Gustavo Santaolla himself will be on stage with the Philharmonia Orchestra, captivating the hearts and minds of the audience.
“Baldur’s Gate 3”, which has taken the gaming world by storm and is critically acclaimed and beloved, makes its epic musical debut with the second concert of the 2024 Game Music Festival, “The Symphony of the Realms”. A beautifully crafted world, a charming cast of characters, an interesting story and freedom of choice, along with the mesmerizing music of Borislav Slavov, undoubtedly contributed to the overwhelming success of Baldur’s Gate 3. Various aspects of the gaming experience are perfectly reflected in the film music and will delight the audience with the melodious tunes as well as the memorable battle themes. This concert by the Philharmonia Orchestra, accompanied by the Hertfordshire Chorus, will take the audience on an unforgettable adventure through the Forgotten Realms. Borislav Slavov will attend the event as a special guest.
Game Music Festival is not only for concerts but also offers many educational events. Between the shows on Saturday 4 May, the GMF 2024 educational program will take place, including master classes and various sessions. Participants will have the opportunity to meet industry professionals, improve their skills, and learn tips and tricks in video game music production. Attending these events is invaluable for anyone planning to get into game composition or sound design. More details about the educational program will be released at a later date.
“We are delighted to once again present Game Music Festival in London,” commented Game Music Festival founders Marta and Mateusz Pawlak. “Previous editions of GMF clearly show that this is the perfect place to showcase what our festival is all about – celebrating the art of video game music. As in previous editions, we are fully dedicating ourselves and leaving no stone unturned to provide our audience with an extraordinary musical experience. The core of our mission The aim is to promote the video game music genre and with this year’s program we aim to attract the attention of the gaming community and iconic music fans alike. We hope that both our regular listeners and newcomers will be delighted with the result at London’s Southbank Centre.”