Storm Area 51 founder abruptly cancels AlienStock festival

Yahoo Entertainment – By Robin Bacior – September 10, 2019

The man behind the viral Storm Area 51 raid that spawned the AlienStock Festival has unexpectedly canceled the event. The festival was scheduled to take place September 20-22nd in Rachel, Nevada.

As recently as Sunday, 21-year old festival founder Matty Roberts had expressed excitement for AlienStock, according to Fox News. By Monday evening however, it was clear the ill-conceived festival wasn’t going to happen. Roberts citied communication shortfalls with the the festival’s permit holder, Connie West, in his statement announcing the cancelation. He said the decision to pull the plug was made to avoid turning AlienStock festival into a Fyre Fest 2.0.,” referring to the legendary disaster co-helmed by Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule.

“We foresee a possible humanitarian disaster in the works, and we can’t participate in any capacity at this point,” Roberts stated. He noted there was “a lack of infrastructure, poor planning, risk management and blatant disregard for the safety of the expected 10,000+ AlienStock attendees.”

While the festival may be canceled, AlienStock isn’t exactly dead yet. Roberts has relocated the festivities to the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center, where he’ll hold a free event open to ages 21 and over. The musical lineup, curated by Collective Zoo, remains a mystery.

Those who were hoping to party a bit closer to the actual Area 51 site might also still be in luck. According to West, permit holder and owner of Rachel’s Little A’Le’Inn (an ale house and inn — get it?), her version of AlienStock (sans the name) is still on with 20 bands and two comedians confirmed.

“I’m sad and I’m brokenhearted, but at the same time, it is what it is,” she told Las Vegas station KVVU about Roberts’ decision to back out. “If he chooses to go somewhere else, that’s his choice. I’m still having a party because people are still coming to Rachel.”

Read Roberts’ full statement below.

“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 on the festival. The permit holder (Connie West) was given multiple opportunities to provide us with the proof that things expected at this festival were in place. In fact, she refused to provide to us, as agreed upon, contracts, proof of deposits or any paper proof of anything.

We are officially disconnecting from Connie West, Rachel NV and AlienStocks affiliation with them. We will no longer offer our logo, social media, website or Matty Roberts likeness or scheduled appearance. In short, the relationship has ended permanently, and AlienStock will be moving to a safe, clean secure area in Downtown Las Vegas as an alternative.

We are not interested in, nor will we tolerate any involvement in a FYREFEST 2.0. We foresee a possible humanitarian disaster in the works, and we can’t participate in any capacity at this point.

AlienStock is a brand that stands for unity and concern for like minded people. It’s grown into much more than a location. It’s a phenomenon that can only promise absolute safety and peace, and we need to move the Festival to guarantee that. Stay tuned for more news… it’s BIG!

– Matty Roberts Founder of Storm Area 51 and the AlienStock Festival”

For those who still plan to visit Area 51 next weekend, be warned: the U.S. Air Force “stands ready to protect” the secret government facility.

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A party planned for the millions of Facebook users signed up to storm Area 51 is raising concerns it could become ‘Fyre Fest 2.0’

By Paige Leskin – Sep. 10, 2019

The viral Facebook event inviting people to storm Area 51 later this month has been canceled due to fears that it could be a “possible humanitarian disaster.”

Organizers have written on the event’s website that they have decided to “pull the plug,” as first spotted by Buzzfeed News. At the time of writing, more than two million people had RSVPd that they’re attending the Facebook event, “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us.”

Although the Facebook event began as a joke, people still planned on flooding the surrounding area, booking hotel reservations and paying to stay at nearby campsites. Organizers of the Facebook event then announced they would put on a music festival called Alienstock near Area 51 for people coming to the area.

The festival was planned to take place in the tiny town of Rachel, Nevada, which has a population of just over 50. Last month, local authorities told Buzzfeed News they were concerned about the town’s ability to host the thousands of people expected, especially because Rachel reportedly has no gas stations or grocery stores.

In recent days, the organizers of Alienstock — Matty Roberts and Frank DiMaggio — raised concerns to media outlets that the event wouldn’t have the proper resources, including water, food, security, and toilets. Citing these concerns, the organizers announced this week they were pulling their support from Alienstock, saying they were concerned the event could become the next Fyre Festival — referring to the failed music festival in the Bahamas back in 2017.

“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 on the festival,” the Alienstock website says. “We are not interested in, nor will we tolerate any involvement in a FYREFEST 2.0. We foresee a possible humanitarian disaster in the works, and we can’t participate in any capacity at this point.”

Instead, the Facebook event organizers are throwing Alienstock’s support behind a free Area 51 celebration event taking place in downtown Las Vegas on September 19.

Nevertheless, a permit for an event was issued to the owner of a motel, called called Little A’le’Inn, in the small town of Rachel. Connie West told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that although Alienstock organizers have pulled their support from a festival in Rachel, she is still planning an event there. Alienstock organizers said West had not been transparent about adequate planning ahead of the festival, but West has said she’s secured 20 bands and proper arrangements.

“So, yeah, it’s going forward,” West told the Review-Journal. “We’re going to throw the best party that we can.”

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