Just 10 days before Rachel, Nevada was slated to host Alienstock, the event’s creator has officially canceled the music festival—much to the dismay of alien lovers. The Facebook event “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” went from being a joke to a cultural sensation for a few days in July with over 2 million people RSVP-ing to join the raid. After a formal warning from the Air Force to stay away, enthusiasm quickly diminished.
Even so, a few weeks later the event’s creator, 21-year-old Matty Roberts, announced a massive alien-themed music festival scheduled to take place over the weekend of September 20. After plenty of controversy, he has canceled the event due to concerns of it turning into Fyre Fest 2.0.
Bye, Bye Alienstock
Rachel, Nevada is a remote town in the middle of the desert. The only true “service” in the area is the Little A’Le’Inn Motel. Somehow, Roberts planned to bring thousands of people into the area for the giant music festival. The idea sparked plenty of concern from residents and outsiders alike.
Now, there is nothing to worry about after all. What could have been one of the most unique music festivals in history—or one of the most disastrous—is officially canceled.
Those on the outside had doubts from the start. Whether it’s leftover paranoia from Fyre Fest (reasonable) or the event’s remote location, plenty of people didn’t like the idea. After reports emerged of the town not being on board with Alienstock, people got even more skeptical.
In an interview with Fox 5 in Arizona, Roberts confirmed that the cancellation is due to concerns about permits and the logistical nightmare of getting everything into the town.
The festival’s co-organizer, Frank DiMaggio, said in a separate interview, “We don’t have a good feeling about people going out 150 miles into the desert without the resources that they need.”
Controversy Averted… Maybe
Interestingly, the event’s cancellation comes just 24 hours after Roberts said that Alienstock is happening “no matter what.”
Although Alienstock as advertised isn’t happening, extraterrestrial-loving partiers shouldn’t make other plans for the September weekend just yet. Connie West, owner of the Little A’Le’Inn Motel, says that she is still planning on visitors showing up. She said in an interview, “I’m going to do it the way I know how and what I’ve been planning for because I know no other way to do it. But it’s still happening… I’m still having a party because people are still coming to Rachel.”
Meanwhile, Roberts is pivoting to a new plan of his own. He is now working on a September 19 “Area 51 Celebration” in the much more accessible location of Downtown Las Vegas. The event will feature “top-secret” entertainment and is free to everyone over 21.
In a sense, it would have been really interesting to see how Alienstock turned out. However, it is probably for the benefit of everyone that Roberts was smart enough to avoid another disaster like Fyre Fest.