On February 29th, 2020, in the last days before the Covid lockdown, we had the 4th annual WASTELANDERS BALL
at the Globe Theatre on Broadway in Downtown Los Angeles
For the first (and maybe only) time, we incorporated some cyberpunk elements in this year’s event in the downstairs area, as well as post-apocalyptic elements in the two floors of the upstairs area. Why? It was to give everyone a little preview of what we have in store for our new cyber/sci-fi event Neotropolis (coming Spring of 2021, while still bringing the Wastelanders Ball that fans know and love.
You can view a highlight video HERE
And see some photos by our amazing photographers:
The entertainment lineup and other info is below:
FEATURING SPECIAL PERFORMANCEs BY MARLEY MUNROE AND AHTCK!
The fan-favorite post-apocalyptic band of the Wasteland takes the Globe stage for a special performance!
MORE ABOUT THIS YEAR’S BALL:
For the first (and maybe only) time, we will incorporate some cyberpunk elements in this year’s Wastelanders Ball. Why? It’s to give everyone a little preview of what we have in store for our new Spring 2020 cyber/sci-fi event NEOTROPOLIS, while still bringing you the Wastelanders Ball you know and love.
Once again, we will be invading the Globe Theatre in Downtown LA. And once again, our theme and costume rules will be a bit more relaxed than at Wasteland Weekend (just make an effort), only this time, we encourage you do bring some cyber looks as well. It’s up to you. Go full Wasteland, full cyber, or a mix between the two.
Please note: This is not meant to represent the theme rules for the Neotropolis 2020 event, this is just a way to have some fun and let people experiment with some of the new looks they may be working on, as well as giving you a glimpse of some of the new decor we’re working on (hint: lots of neon) alongside the Wasteland stuff you’re already familiar with.
ALL FLOORS of the Globe Theatre will be available without any kind of VIP ticket! (Main floor, basement, and mezzanine) – All Wastelanders are VIPs!
Even at the end of the world, there can be beautiful things. Join us once again for an unforgettable evening as we celebrate life after the end of so-called civilization. This is the time for the wretched multitudes to regain the pride and elegance they vaguely remember from the world before.
Bleedingcool.com article about the 2019 Ball
A charred old prom dress pulled from the ashes. A wedding gown lovingly saved in a bunker and now stitched together in new ways. A tuxedo made from the scraps a hundred old polyester suits. Wasteland couture created from military surplus. Warlords from Wasteland City in their finest robes of conquest. If you can dream it, you can create it. And then try to waltz in it.
SCROLL DOWN FOR DRESS CODE RULES AND COSTUME TIPS!
We will have a variety of entertainment for you! Two dance floors! Photobooth, themed lounges sponsored by tribes, dancers, aerialists, grinding acts, live music, DJs, and more!
The basement level this year will be transformed into a neon cyber space, as a little preview of our upcoming Neotropolis sci-fi/cyberpunk desert festival. So go down to the depths for a taste of the future, with an additional full bar, DJs SARK and define.human, lounge areas, and UV-reactive temporary tattoos.
photos by Coy Townson
After her triumphant performances at Wasteland Weekend, we are thrilled to have Marley Munroe back with us at the Wastelanders Ball. With a combination of original songs and covers that she makes unmistakably her own, Marley is a voice that you absolutely have to hear live.
WATCH MARLEY PEFORM “WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO” AT WASTELAND 2018
Hell’s Sirens never fail to deliver an electrifying, breathtaking dance performance. We are proud to welcome them to our stage once again.
DJs ON THE CYBERPUNK LOWER LEVEL
We will have an entire basement level devoted solely to those of you who want to enter the depths of the theatre and dance like hell. Featuring SARK (Wasteland Weekend) and define.human, spinning some suitably cyber-flavored music to enjoy our preview of our neon-lit cyberpunk/sci-fi event Neotropolis.
DJs ON THE MAIN WASTELAND LEVELS TOO!
Featuring STEPH INFECTION (DJ from Wasteland Weekend and many SoCal clubs)
Once again, the mezzanine level will have our FREE photo booth with a pro photographer chronicling the world’s fanciest Wasteland couture!
WRETCHED EMBERS – Grinding, dancing, and more.
ANGELS OF RUIN – AERIALISTS
These mesmerizing artists will descend from the lofty ceiling of the historic theater throughout the night!
COSTUME REPAIR AND MAKEUP STATION
The Boneyard Buzzards are excited to once again offer a costume repair and makeup touch up station for any outfit emergencies or warpaint needs during the Ball. Come visit their Nest by the photobooth on the upstairs mezzanine and introduce yourself!
FOOD AND DRINK
One of the things we love about the Globe is that they have bars well staffed all over the venue, so there is rarely a long line for a drink! And this year… SNACKS! Yes, the Globe now features hot dogs, popcorn, and other snacks for you!
EXCLUSIVE WASTELAND MERCHANDISE
We’ll have some never-before-seen Wasteland items available at our merch booth (right near the entrance/exit), including two limited Wastelanders Ball patches and restocks of some of the sought after year chevrons.
8pm – DOORS OPEN
8:30pm – WRETCHED EMBERS DANCE PERFORMANCE
9pm – HELL’S SIRENS DANCE PERFORMANCE
9:30pm – MARLEY MUNROE
10:30pm – WRETCHED EMBERS
11pm – AHTCK
Our DJs, aerial artists, and gogo dancers will be performing throughout the evening.
The Wastelanders Ball is being held at a private venue that has their own rules, so please remember:
No nudity and NO WEAPONS (not even fake ones). After all, this is a formal ball, event the most bitter rival tribes will be declaring a truce. No weapons will be needed.
To get in to the ball, you MUST wear something appropriate. If you just show up in street clothes, you will NOT be allowed entry. So what to wear?
Many of you will be familiar with the theme rules of Wasteland Weekend as far as what is allowed for costumes. But guess what? The Ball is NOT Wasteland Weekend. The dress code for the ball is less restrictive. Bright colors? Go for it. Something sci-fi inspired? Do it. All we ask are that you keep to TWO principles:
Make it somehow post-apocalyptic.
Make it fancy or formal.
That’s it! The rest is up to you. We want to encourage as much creativity as possible. Show us what post-apocalyptic formal means to you. All we ask is that you make a sincere effort at the two principles listed above and you WILL be allowed in (provided you have a ticket, of course). But don’t stay home just because you don’t know what to wear! If you just want to grab a cheap shirt and tie or dress from a thrift store and tear it up/ dirty it up with some dirt colored paint, you’ll be good to go! All was ask is that you make an effort. Come join the fun!
Select shots from the 2018 Wastelanders Ball photo booth by Wendy Levin:
The full gallery of photo booth images from the 2019 Ball can be found on Wastelander Central, our official community group on Facebook.
And galleries from Wasteland photographer Mark Matcho and Thomas Kerns
Mistress Zelda from Geekxgirls.com did a great recap article about the 2017 Ball
photo by Jeff Vaillancourt – From Wasteland Weekend 2016