‘Mad Max’-Themed Festival Brings Out the War Boys and Girls; Check Out Some Cosplay

     September 29, 2016


Many of the Oscar winners involved with Mad Max: Fury Road got up on the Academy Awards stage and warned viewers at home about global warming. Well, last weekend, the Wasteland arrived in the form of a Mad Max-themed festival in the Mojave Desert.

Dubbed “Wasteland Weekend”, fans of the George Miller film franchise gathered for “the world’s largest post-apocalyptic festival” from September 22-25 in Bakersfield, California. According to Wired, there’s even a narrative going on:

The end of civilization has left a scrappy band of survivors to pillage a scorched, dead planet. Some 2,500 people — the largest crowd in the event’s seven-year history — braved this brutal world last weekend, settling into themed tribes like Skulduggers and Vermin Vagabonds.

Attendees shot and posted photos and video to social media throughout the rampaging festivities, including a creation of the Thunderdome, a War Boy welcome through the gates, and cosplay on cosplay on cosplay. Some even came as tribes, coordinated by similar costumes. “Some will be well prepared,” Jared Butler, Wasteland’s event director and cofounder, said. “The others, well, they’ll be poorly prepared, but they’ll look fabulous.”

Burning Man is a thing of the past. See highlights from the festival below. You can even hear the crowd chant, “Two men enter, one man leaves,” as Thunderdome hopefuls enter the arena.

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