The official entertainment lineup Wasteland Weekend 2023!
Taking place September 27th-October 1st, you can expect to see internationally-known performers ranging from bands, solo artists, and various acts on our Main Stage, and throughout the event.
Read about our official event rules here, and check out the map here.
Yes, the Death Guild Thunderdome will return! In order to participate, you’ll need to sign up ahead of time here:
SIGN UP FOR THUNDERDOME
In addition to the official schedule, there are a ton of unofficial, community, and tribe-created events that go on at Wasteland. Check out the Community Unofficial Event Schedule here, which will be continually updated getting closer to the event.
(We do not maintain, edit, or officially endorse anything on that schedule, but there’s definitely some great stuff in there!)
Once AT Wasteland, you’ll find official and unofficial events listed on the big event board at the Dauntless Express Corp (DXC) camp, just inside the Wasteland Gates on Main St:
MILITIA VOX is the “voice of rebellion!” Dubbed “one of the greatest rock vocalists of her generation“ this badass goddess has performed with Cyndi Lauper, Twisted Sister, Living Colour, L7, Candlebox and John Petrucci. Her recent duet “PUSH COMES TO SHOVE” by supergroup Bad Penny, features M with heavy metal icon Rob Halford of Judas Priest (2022 RNR Hall of Fame Inductee). She is also the kickass frontwoman of all-female band Judas Priestess and is featured in the rock documentary “They Say I’m Different” about fuck rock icon Betty Davis. Militia’s mesmerizing presence, raw power, 4 octave range and alt metal sonic style will leave you shook!
Electrifying neo alternative rock artist Élishia Sharie effortlessly synthesizes elements of 80s classic rock with 90s grunge to create an aggressive, cross-generational sound that she contrasts with an unapologetically gritty, soulful vocal.
FLEISCHKRIEG will be assaulting our main stage once again – bringing that industrial energy to the Wasteland.
You might know Jason Charles Miller from his music, his Dungeons & Dragons DMing, his voice acting, or his performances on our stage! We’re pleased to welcome him back to WW!
Check out their unique brand of ROCK now on their official website here.
Soldiers of Destruction
Originally founded in 1981, London punk band Soldiers Of Destruction played around 40 shows with such legends as the Exploited, GBH, UK Subs, and Peter And The Test Tube Babies. Despite having no record deal and never recording anything, the band gained a loyal following eventually headlining venues. Now located in Las Vegas, Soldiers Of Destruction are back with a vengeance.
Check out their website for more.
This all-femme alt post punk band hails from Los Angeles, CA. Fronted by guitarist/vocalist Xtine Reckless (daughter of legendary reggae musician Fully Fullwood), with Rie Li Rebel on bass, Major Jett on drums and Oze Roarz on guitar. Xtine and the Reckless Hearts are a ferocious force to be reckoned with! Check out their latest music video “Dead Weight” now!
Anthea is a symphonic metal band from Los Angeles. They blend progressive, power, and thrash metal with a theatrical edge. They’ll be taking the Main Stage Thursday, September 28th. Check out the music video for “Tales Untold” here.
Death Guild Thunderdome
We are thrilled to announce the RETURN of Death Guild Thunderdome!
You can sign up to ‘fight’ using the link here.
World Famous Wasteland Weekend Swimsuit Contest!
(Online sign ups end September 21st, and onsite sign ups end September 29th at dark.)
Sign up here
Masuimi Max and Chaos Rites
The ultimate threesome: 2022 AltStar Hall of Fame winner, Masuimi Max and her Chaos Rites fire troupe bring sexy thrills and danger like you’ve never seen before! The perfect trifecta of wild, wicked women, coming to our main stage.
Car Show and Car Cruise
Wasteland Weekend is the largest gathering of Mad Max-style cars in the world, and you can get an upclose look at them during our CAR SHOW.
Join us Friday afternoon at 2pm in the field behind the main stage for the chance to see these creations all gathered together. It’s also when our judges award beautiful custom wasteland-style trophies for the best machines in multiple categories.
To enter, just get your vehicle to the car show area. But it must be fully-themed to enter and our staff reserves the right to exclude vehicles that don’t quite make the cut.
(If your vehicle has won 1st place in any category at our Wasteland car show before, you are not eligible to compete, but please show it off (and bring your trophy if you have it!) Other than that, all vehicles should be eligible.)
Saturday afternoon at 3:30pm, join us as the Wasteland armada rolls through the open desert. You don’t even need to be driving – hitchhikers are often given a chance to jump aboard one of these awesome machines.
Vehicles MUST be properly themed or they will not be allowed to join (and our staff’s word on this is final).
If you want to join as a passenger and don’t already have a vehicle to hop on, we will have a designated “hitchhiking” area near the car cruise entrance so those drivers with some extra space can see you.
Last Chance Casino
The longtime lair of semi-fair games is returning to Wasteland City!
Risk your bottle caps to win fabulous (and ridiculous) rewards, as well as experiencing the unique casino atmosphere! What happens in the Wasteland Casino… sometimes takes multiple tries to wash off.
For more on the use of bottle caps at Wasteland, read #24 on the FAQ page.
Watch short films from all over the world in competition to win the coveted Irradiated Laurel.
All audience members can use our new wireless headphones inside the Wasteland Theater (find the theater near the Command Center or look for the big domed tent).
You can see the 2023 schedule here.
The archery range is back bigger and better! We’ve added axe throwing and more!
Full details about where, when, and what you can throw/shoot at:
The Costume Contest
No advance registration necessary, just show up at 6:30pm!
Free fire spin area for attendees (experienced only)
Open Friday and Saturday, 8:30om-11 pm, 12:15am-2am
You may not spin at Hades during closed hours or when a fire safety person from the event is not present.
You may not use any mechanical fire devices (propane, flame throwers, etc.) just the usual fire tools (poi, staff, etc. etc.)
Fire breathing may only be performed by those very experienced in it, and only when the wind is completely dead.
If you are considering doing any fire breathing, you must inform the supervising fire safety at Hades before you commence.
The Remote Control Car DEATH RACE!
Even bigger, better, and wreckier this year. It’s not too late to take part with your own remote control car.
Wasteland Weekend is an immersive event, but it is not a full LARP event (Live Action Role Playing). It is absolutely acceptable to come out to Wasteland and simply enjoy yourself AS yourself and not engage in any of the role playing, game, mission aspects (as long as you’re always dressed in-theme, of course). But for those who like to dive in a bit deeper, there are plenty of ways to make yourself feel even more like you’re inside a post-apocalyptic movie.
Plenty of tribe camps (especially those inside the theme zone and inside the gates of Wasteland City) offer quests and interactive adventures throughout the event. For example, the Trading Outpost 364 Trade route offers new and old Wastelanders alike a unique way to experience the event. Walk a trade route to designated camps ready to barter, or help protect a merchant from raiders as a hired guard. You can learn more at the Trading Outpost 364 page.
You can browse the unofficial event schedule for these and you can also check the event board on Main St outside of the Dauntless Express (DXC) camp.
Some tribes have long-running stories and “feuds” with other tribes that go back years and years, so even if you’re not actively participating in some of this live story-telling that goes on, you can keep your eyes open for some dramatic (and/or silly) developments and shenanigans that can happen around the city. Just always be sure that whatever Wasteland lore you’re creating doesn’t interfere with someone else’s good time, and that whoever you are interacting with won’t misunderstand what you’re up to. We’re all there to have a good time, first and foremost and the larping at Wasteland tends to be pretty light-hearted.
WASTELAND RADIO! 88.3 FM
Be sure to tune an FM radio to 88.3 once you’re on or near the event site to add a whole other level to your post-apocalyptic immersion.
Juggers of the Wasteland
The Puppets Of The Apocalypse!
A long-running Wasteland favorite, keep your eyes peeled in the theme area for some special appearances by the maddest, maxiest(?) puppets you’ve ever seen. They tend to pop up in the strangest places, telling stories, singing songs, and even tending bar occasionally.
Nuke Review Theater
The independently operated Nuke Review theater! They feature nightly post-apocalyptic film screenings (with snacks!), playable arcade, barter and feats of bravery.
The Friday Formal
If you’ve ever been to the Wastelanders Ball in Los Angeles, you know what amazing fancy outfits Wastelanders have put together over the years. Friday nights at Wasteland are another chance to show of your Wasteland finest.
The Friday Formal is simply a SUGGESTED event-wide theme for the evening, that some tribes and locations are known to embrace. (The Wreck Room has been known to roll out the red carpet, and if you show up at the Atomic Cafe looking Wasteland-fancy on Friday night, you just might get handed a champagne cocktail (while supplies last).