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Inside ‘world’s largest post-apocalyptic festival’ as Mad Max fans enter dystopian desert

Thousands of Mad Max fans will descend onto a California desert this week for the return of Wasteland Weekend.

Event organisers call it ‘the world’s largest post-apocalyptic festival’ where end of the world costumes are mandatory.

This immersive festival, which was inspired by Mad Max films, aims to recreate a dystopian society.

Fans will have to fork out around $245 (around £180) to spend the five days in the Mojave Desert – located close to a defunct Nuclear test site used during the Cold War.

In 2019, over 4,000 people showed up wearing ripped fishnets, leather undies, and tatty cotton clothes before a costume contest decided who was the best dressed.

The wild festival, which has been going for 10 years, was cancelled by the pandemic in 2020.

What is the plan for its return? How will Covid-19 affect things?

Car rides



Attendees drive their ATV vehicles during Wasteland Weekend festival
Attendees drive their ATV vehicles during Wasteland Weekend festival

Thrill seekers can head to the ‘Dogs Of War’ camp to take a ride in the replica cars from Mad Max 2 The Road Warrior .

Even better, attendees can bring their own vehicles to drive around the desert.

There will also be a ‘Death Race’ as “remote-controlled emissaries of mechanized mayhem” battle it out in a no holds-barred demolition race.



festival-goers dress up and cruise around in their ATV vehicles
Many festival-goers dress up and cruise around in their ATV vehicles

Sporting activities

Those eager for activities can take part in archery tournaments or shoot arrows at an archery range.

There will even be a ‘Post-Apocalyptic Swimsuit Contest’ on the main stage.

The website states: “In the shadow of the Waterworld-themed Trading Outpost 364, Wastelanders design and display outfits that harken back to when the world had enough water to take for granted.

“We hear if you get near the front rows, the smokers might toss out some cigarettes, not to mention a generous splash of Aqua Cola.”

Live Music

Throughout the five days there will be live music from DJs and heavy metal bands.

DJ CorpseToe will be performing along with the Dead Animal Assembly Plant.



Wasteland Weekend
Many attendees turn ‘dystopia’ into a photo opportunity



Wasteland Weekend
There’s usually costume contests at the festival too

Fire

Once it gets dark – there will be an area designated for fire spinning.

While performers perform, fans can practice fire spinning safely.

Film festival

If that all sounds a bit too hectic, festival goers can kick back and go to the Wasteland Film Festival.

New post-apocalyptic films will be shown so that people can immerse themselves in an end of the earth atmosphere.

The Juggers

A three-day tournament of “bloody, glorious, football played with a dog skull” called the Jugger will also return.



A woman poses for pictures in her car during Wasteland Weekend festival at the Mojave desert in Edwards, California
A woman poses for pictures in her car during Wasteland Weekend festival at the Mojave desert in Edwards, California



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Guests can expect cabaret shows and even more fun

Cabaret

A brand new feature this year is the Hotel Sasswood camp where a cabaret show will be performed.

The website teases: “Dolly Mama is going to take you on a journey. Be ready to go on a wild ride, Mama will take care of you.”

There will also be a casino that uses special bottle caps as currency, missions, bounty huntings, marketplaces and crafting workshops for people to enjoy.

Speaking after the last festival, one of the founders, Jared Butler, told Mojave Desert News: “When you’re out there and everything looks different, you do get this sense of escape, that’s one of the things people gravitate to about the event.”



Wasteland Weekend festival
Thousands of attendees are expected to attend the festival

Inside 'world’s largest post-apocalyptic festival' as Mad Max fans enter dystopian desert
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Covid-19

Those attending must be fully vaccinated and be able to show proof.

You will be denied entry if you are positive for Covid-19 or have been exposed to anyone who has.

If you have been afflicted with symptoms within 48 hours of the event, you will be asked to not go.

If a person has traveled to a country that is subject to quarantine or travel restrictions within 14 days, they are prohibited from attending.

Inside 'world’s largest post-apocalyptic festival' as Mad Max fans enter dystopian desert
Anurag Reddy
I'm a 29-year-old travel enthusiast, travel and nature photographer, Computer Science graduate, and Mass Communication student. I have seen different shades of life through traveling and lived different lives through reading. With every word I write, I travel within, and I understand myself better. Writing helps me discover myself, and that paved roads for me to choose writing as a profession.
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