Wasteland Weekend Is the Mad Max-Themed Festival We Deserve - Maxim

Wasteland Weekend Is the Mad Max-Themed Festival We Deserve

This bizarre Mojave Desert blowout was straight outta the apocalypse—and beats the hell out of Burning Man.
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The only thing missing was that dude playing the flamethrower guitar from Mad Max: Fury Road.

California's Mojave Desert just hosted a Mad Max-inspired Wasteland Weekend, billed as the "biggest post-apocalyptic themed festival in the world", according to the event's website.

The four-day dystopian dust-up drew costumed mutants, souped-up cars, topless dancers, firebreathers, death metal bands, bounty hunting games, stick fighting, and armored combatants battling in a makeshift Thunderdome. 

Revelers at the annual event must go without electricity or running water—unlike the cushier VIP shindigs at Burning Man—and, from the looks of attendees, they have a far more sinister vision of post-apocalyptic fun. Here's a fairly riveting video from last year's event: 



The first Wasteland Weekend since the release of Mad Max: Fury Road  drew about 2,500 post-apocalyptic obsessives to a desert encampment in California City, California.  

Sadly, there were no sightings of a leather-clad Tina Turner belting out "We Don't Need Another Hero". But hey, there's always next year.

Photos by Mario Anzuoni / Reuters / Landov