PAX Prime, which is largely considered to be the O.G. of Penny Arcade Expos, doesn't kick off until the weekend of September 3, but that doesn't mean we can't start getting excited right now. A portion of the 70-strong exhibitor list has been released alongside the announcement of this year's musical acts -- a ledger (posted in full after the break) which leads us to the inevitable conclusion that PAX Prime 2010 might be the comic's largest gala to date.

PAX Prime's "bigger and better" convention hall will play host to big names like 2K Games, Capcom, EA, Microsoft, Nintendo and Ubisoft. The main stage will see a cadre of returning musical acts, including Anamanaguchi, Jonathan Coulton, MC Frontalot, Metroid Metal, The Minibosses, Paul and Storm and The Protomen.

Tickets are available now at $35 for single-day passes and $55 for three-day passes. Given the incredible speed with which tickets for PAX East sold out earlier this year, interested parties probably shouldn't hesitate to register.
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PAX Brings Gaming Music Icons to Seattle Labor Day Weekend

SEATTLE – June 28, 2010 – A heavyweight lineup of gaming culture's best known music acts will perform for thousands during PAX at the Main Theatre in Downtown Seattle on Friday, Sept. 3 and Saturday, Sept. 4.

The three-day party celebrating gaming culture is bringing a wide range of music acts from comedy rock to chiptune punk to progressive metal. This will be the first appearance at PAX for The Protomen's Mega Man-based rock operas. Returning to PAX after a long absence is fan favorite the Minibosses. The full line-up of groups include

Anamanaguchi
Jonathan Coulton
MC Frontalot
Metroid Metal
The Minibosses
Paul and Storm
The Protomen

"Music is an integral piece of the gaming culture. We use it not only to express ourselves but also to bond with other gamers," said Robert Khoo of Penny Arcade. "These artists and their concerts are one of the PAX events our fans consistently rave about."

The annual gaming festival brings tens of thousands of gamers from across the globe to celebrate gaming and includes panel discussions, concerts, tournaments and a huge exhibition hall. Some of the industry's biggest names in pen-and-paper, tabletop, CCG, PC and console video games will show off their latest. More than seventy exhibitors have already signed up including 2K Games, Capcom, Disney, EA, Microsoft, NCsoft, Nintendo, Turbine, Ubisoft, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Wizards of the Coast.

The pre-registration cost is $55 for three-day and $35 for single day passes. The passes are all-access for events, concerts, parties, panels and freeplay areas. Only "sealed deck" tournaments, which require new physical product in order to be played, have an additional fee.

PAX registration is at http://www.paxsite.com/paxprime/registration.php.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.