apoXeast Apocalypse Festival Parties Like it’s the End of the World, Literally

I think it would be safe to say that drugs were involved.

Doomsday enthusiasts descended on a tiny rural Pennsylvania town for apoXeast, a weekend-long rager celebrating humanity’s inevitable destruction.

VICE reports –

Deep in the northern forests of Pennsylvania, a corner of the country better known for its post-coal towns and its Pennsyltucky culture, you’ll find a temporary outpost of cosplayers pretending the apocalypse has already come. And at a time when prepping suddenly seems a lot more rational, why not test-drive our eventual doom? (Especially when that means partying.)


All photographs by Stephen Olweck. Follow on Instagram.


Photographer Stephen Olweck recently attended apoXeast, a yearly festival that’s really a family gathering of freaks who love the end of the world. At aXe, you can learn how to distress leather, get painted Mad Max-style chrome in a barn, or slam drinks from the bunker-themed bar and take in a performance from V2A, which is apparently one of the premiere post-apocalyptic bands out there. Some attendees camp in their period-appropriate tents, while others sleep in cabins built by the Amish in some faraway past. Just don’t wander too far into the forest—packs of coyotes like to hang out there, and they’re not cosplaying. —Ricardo Nagaoka, photo editor 


All photographs by Stephen Olweck. Follow on Instagram.



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