ALEINSTOCK Festival is an Area 51 “Celebration Party” happening in Las Vegas, after the original Storm Area 51 event, set to take place in Rachel, Nevada, was cancelled.
But is Alienstock Festival still happening and how is it connected to the Area 51 raid?
What is Alienstock Festival and who is in the line-up?
Alienstock is an event taking place in Las Vegas – instead of the Storm Area 51 event which was set to happen in the small town Rachel, Nevada.
This “Area 51 Celebration” is a one-night concert and party at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Centre – and it’s free to attend on September 19.
Sponsored by Bud Light, the festival provided limited-edition beers and a free commemorative t-shirt.
Although the line-up is “classified,” people attending Alienstock can expect EDM artists and unique art displays at the “out-of-this-world” gathering.
Matty Roberts, the 20-year-old who created the Storm Area 51 event, joined the Alienstock team in Las Vegas after voicing concerns with the original event.
The alien-themed event is inspired by the popular conspiracy theories that have captured the imaginations of thousands across the world.
On the website, it’s described as an “out-of-this-world evening of top-secret entertainment” taking place on September 19.
It reads: “Come in peace, we have everything you need to make this celebration a blowout, including a classified lineup of music artists.”
What happened with the original Alienstock Music Festival related to the Storm Area 51 Event?
After thousands expressed interest in attending the original festival, the creator Matty Roberts decided to cancel the plans.
He said that there were “a lot of red flags” popping up about the logistics of the event, which he made on Facebook as a joke.
Roberts made the decision to cancel the original Alienstock Festival after a dispute was made over security, sanitation, medical personnel, and insurance permits.
The website said: “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.”
In June, Roberts, a California college student, set up the Storm Area 51 Facebook page encouraging followers to gather at the base this weekend to “see them aliens”.
The event strapline “they can’t stop us all”, quickly went viral, prompting the US Air Force to issue a strongly-worded statement.
When more than one million people expressed interest, the US Air Force warned curiosity seekers not to breach the gates at the military base, which it said is still used to test combat aircraft and train personnel.
Despite the creator backing out, reports from the early hours of Friday morning said an estimated 75 people had already been gathering to raid Area 51.
Keen alien-enthusiasts were seen wearing orange spacesuits, alien masks, and tin foil hats.
A live-stream is still going ahead “to help with the document the events that take place on September 20 when the storm area 51 movement will be taking place.”
The live-streamer continues: “We will be filming what we will legally be allowed to film.”
Residents living in the town Rachel, Nevada, which only has around 50 full-time residents, expressed concerns about how the original Storm Area 51 event was going to work.
Rachel resident Joerg Arnu, who can see the festival site from his house, said: “Those that know what to expect camping in the desert are going to have a good time.”
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But he added that those who show up in shorts and flip-flops will find no protection against “critters, snakes, and scorpions.”
“It will get cold at night.
“They’re not going to find what they’re looking for, and they are going to get angry.”
Bemused onlookers have taken to Twitter to show their support for Alienstock Festival.