Fans first caught on about a possible Badlands anniversary celebration on Instagram. Halsey started sharing various photos with Badlands lyrics. She first shared photos taken on what appears to be a road trip. She captioned the post with lyrics from “Drive.”
As well, her location tag is Sedona, Arizona which is off of the 405. This location references the “Drive” lyrics “swerving off the 405.”
Then, the following day, she shared another photo with the caption “there’s no use cryin’ about it.” Those lyrics are from “Castle,” also off of Badlands.
Most recently, she shared more photos on Instagram with the caption “we don’t feel like outsiders at all,” the lyrics from “New Americana.”
Along with all of this, the official Badlands Twitter has also been reactivated. On Aug. 17, the first tweet in exactly four years was shared.
It was nice to meet you.
— BADLANDS (@VisitBadlands) August 17, 2020
Then, on Aug. 18, a digital postcard was posted. In the video, Halsey’s distorted voice can be heard.
— BADLANDS (@VisitBadlands) August 18, 2020
On Thursday, a Badlands notice was shared about a security breach. The notice hints that something is happening on Aug. 28. As well, various letters are underlined and spell out “THEY LIED TO US.”
“We regret to inform you that all Badlands parks will be closed until further notice but to a security breach. We assure you the situation is under surveillance. Play stay inside your compounds until 8/28. Remember, Badlands authorities know best!”
Update from Badlands Parks & Rec pic.twitter.com/g5pfM9IpSY
— BADLANDS (@VisitBadlands) August 21, 2020
The Badlands website has also been reactivated. When you visit the site, there’s a pop option that says “can you hear me?” If you select “yes” and enter the password “KEEPRUNNING,” another pop up appears that says “5 years is a long time.” The pop up also says “you can’t wake up,” which are lyrics from “Gasoline.”
WAIT…. the audio you get when you call the new badlands phone number is playing gasoline in the background…. on the website, the 5 year pop up says “you can’t wake up”
what if we were wrong? it isn’t a drive video… we’re getting a gasoline mv… pic.twitter.com/jmghn5AZ9i
— hannah / halseypunk (@clementineskiwi) August 21, 2020
The Badlands website also has a phone number listed that fans can call. When fans call, the “Gasoline” music plays in the background and an operator makes a special announcement.
“Hello, thank you for calling Badlands visitors center. We are pleased to inform you that after a brief hiatus, there’s some exciting news coming. Please call back for more information.”
At the end of the call, you can hear Halsey whisper “keep running.”
this is what the badlands number says !! pic.twitter.com/Ze7V6Cjb42
— mel (@heartskippin) August 21, 2020
As well, if you text the number listed on the Badlands site, you are giving another cryptic message from Halsey.
“I don’t have much time. I’ll leave instructions on visitbadlands.com…but hurry.”
what is halsey up to?! omg ahhhh i called the number on the site and it says something is coming yo if we’re going back to the badlands i’m so here for it, her best album!!!! pic.twitter.com/1Q8C1QBpC6
— katelyn (@IoneIyvapor) August 21, 2020
Some fans theorize that Halsey will be on broadcasting on the radio at 5 a.m. Toronto time. On Aug. 21, Halsey tweeted “I miss you.” Then, Hits 93 Toronto replied to the tweet hinting that she may appear on the show to announce the Badlands anniversary.
so is halsey going to be on the radio at 5 toronto time???
is that why it’s flashing??? cause she’s gonna drop a hint on the radio??? pic.twitter.com/5OdFztNY4H
— Anna 🌞 (@sshitannasays) August 21, 2020
Most recently, Halsey sent fans into hysterics when she shared a photo on her Instagram story on Friday. In the photo, Halsey brings back her iconic blue hair, a representation of the Badlands era.
WELCOME TO BADLANDS
Halsey via Instagram stories pic.twitter.com/igkW43uJG4
— Halsey Brasil (@HALSEYBRSL) August 21, 2020
As Halsey continues to run fans in circles with these cryptic clues, one twenty one pilots fan perfectly summarized this Badlands scavenger hunt.
— Lee (@HiddenRockLee) August 21, 2020
Are you ready to return to Badlands with Halsey? Let us know in the comments below.