Alienstock, set to take place in Rachel, Nevada - the closest town to the secretive Area 51 airbase -was cancelled out of fear it would turn into “FyreFest 2.0,” the organizers announced on Tuesday, referring to the notorious music festival that bilked attendees for hefty ticket fees only to strand them on a tropical island in the Bahamas with no infrastructure and no festival.
“Due to the lack of infrastructure, poor planning, risk management, and blatant disregard for the safety of the expected 10,000+ AlienStock attendees, we decided to pull the plug,” a message on the festival’s website read. The festival had been scheduled for the weekend of September 20, the same day as the original “Storm Area 51” event.
“We foresee a possible humanitarian disaster in the works, and we can’t participate in any capacity…we just don’t want anyone to get injured or stuck in the middle of the desert.”
The town of Rachel was also actively warning guests away, informing them that local landowners - many of whom were opposed to the festival - would “step up to protect their property” and that the military installation itself would be guarded not only by Air Force security but also by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department and “several Federal Agencies.” A lack of transparency from the owner of the Little A’Le’Inn, the town bar which held the permit for the event, contributed to the decision to cancel, according to Rachel authorities, who said she was unable to provide “proof of deposits or any paper proof of anything.”
Storm Area 51 Basecamp, a competing event scheduled to take place the same weekend at the Alien Research Center in Hiko, Nevada - a 45-minute drive away from Rachel - also received a permit, and appears to be still expecting 20,000 people with live entertainment including talks by ufologists, alien-inspired art, music, and films. Area 51, part of the sprawling Groom Lake Air Force Base, is believed by many to hold evidence of extraterrestrial life, including a crashed alien spacecraft, and is so secret the CIA refused to confirm its existence until 2013.
AlienStock organizers have invited extraterrestrial enthusiasts to the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center for an “Area 51 Celebration” that will feature music and art, but it’s just not the same without the chance to “see them aliens” - which was the goal of the original viral event that convinced over 2 million people to click “attending,” even if most did so as a joke. When authorities began to panic at the thought of 2 million crazed ufophiles descending on the tiny town of Rachel and its environs, event founder Matty Roberts transformed the stunt into a music festival.
Lincoln County law enforcement is still stressed about the possibility of tens of thousands of wannabe Area 51-stormers showing up on its doorstep, but county planning director Cory Lytle told local media last month that granting the events permits was “the lesser of two evils” and that they could always be revoked if festival organizers failed to, well, organize. The county declared an emergency in preparation for the festival.
The nearest town to Area 51 has warned people to stay away from a music festival being organised by the man behind a call to arms that saw more than two million people sign up to storm the military base. So many committed to the proposed raid of the complex in Nevada in the hope of seeing aliens that the US air force felt compelled to warn it "stands ready to protect America and its assets", and the Facebook event was eventually shut down after its organiser admitted it was a joke. But the spirit of the original plan is now living on in the form of Alienstock - a "party in the desert" set to take place in the nearby town of Rachel next month.
It looks as though something big was taking place around Area 51 over the weekend, according to "fragmented reports from various sources" compiled by The Drive. The report notes that "significant tests" could have been happening over the weekend after learning that Notices To Airman (NOTAMs) had been published that marked certain areas within the Nevada Test and Training Range (NTTR) off limits to any air traffic at any altitude.
Facebook has removed a mega-viral event called “Storm Area 51,” claiming it violated community standards. Before it was removed, the tongue-in-cheek event amassed more than 2 million Facebook users, grabbing the attention of the mainstream media.
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