Thousands of costumed revellers, driving vehicles straight out of a Mad Max movie, gathered in the southern California desert for the Wasteland Weekend festival. The annual four-day post-apocalyptic party imagines a future where civilisation as we know it has collapsed. An alternative compound springs up in the Mojave desert, and attendees have to survive without electricity and running water.

Bands and DJs provide the soundtrack for the adults-only festival, which sees topless burlesque dancers, fire-breathers and stunt fighters perform in the Thunderdome. IBTimes UK presents a gallery of photos taken at this year's Wasteland Weekend.

Wasteland Weekend 2015 photos
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Wasteland Weekend 2015 photos
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Wasteland Weekend 2015 photos
Barbara Ellquist, dressed as "Auntie Virus"Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
Wasteland Weekend 2015 photos
Desirae Hepp, dressed as "Immortan Joe"Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
Wasteland Weekend 2015 photos
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Wasteland Weekend 2015 photos
Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
Wasteland Weekend 2015 photos
Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
Wasteland Weekend 2015 photos
Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
Wasteland Weekend 2015 photos
Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
Wasteland Weekend 2015 photos
Enthusiasts fight at the ThunderdomeMario Anzuoni/Reuters
Wasteland Weekend 2015 photos
Festival-goers fight at the ThunderdomeMario Anzuoni/Reuters
Wasteland Weekend 2015 photos
Spectators watch fights at the ThunderdomeMario Anzuoni/Reuters
Wasteland Weekend 2015 photos
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Wasteland Weekend 2015 photos
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Wasteland Weekend 2015 photos
People play cards at the casinoMario Anzuoni/Reuters
Wasteland Weekend 2015 photos
Brien Deegan waits on his motorcycleMario Anzuoni/Reuters
Wasteland Weekend 2015 photos
Johnny Skunt is reflected in the rearview mirror of his motorcycleMario Anzuoni/Reuters
Wasteland Weekend 2015 photos
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Wasteland Weekend 2015 photos
Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
Wasteland Weekend 2015 photos
Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
Wasteland Weekend 2015 photos
Revellers watch a fight in the gladiator arenaMario Anzuoni/Reuters
Wasteland Weekend 2015 photos
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Wasteland Weekend 2015 photos
Christine Shea poses for portraitMario Anzuoni/Reuters
Wasteland Weekend 2015 photos
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Wasteland Weekend 2015 photos
Mike Kemling, dressed as a "Wasteland Ranger"Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
Wasteland Weekend 2015 photos
Jake McKinnon, dressed as "Pez, Brother of Wez"Mario Anzuoni/Reuters