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Amid Drama, “Storm Area 51” Founder Cancels Tie-In Music Festival

September 10th 19__Kristin Houser__Filed Under: Future Society
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Alienstock Cancelled

In July, Matty Roberts created a Facebook event urging people to “storm Area 51” on September 20. The event was a joke, but the interest it garnered inspired the 21-year-old to organize a real spin-off event: a free music festival he dubbed Alienstock.

Now, less than two weeks prior to the fest’s scheduled kick off, Roberts has announced he’s canceling it — but it seems the show might still go on, with or without its founder’s support.

Fyre Extinguisher

Alienstock was supposed to take place at the Little A’Le’Inn Motel in the remote town of Rachel, Nev.

But according to a statement Roberts shared with Las Vegas news outlet Fox5, the inn’s owner, Connie West, refused to provide the organizers with any paper evidence she’d secured the necessary contracts or made the necessary deposits for the fest.

“We are officially disconnecting from Connie West, Rachel NV and AlienStocks affiliation with them,” Roberts wrote, later adding that the organizers “are not interested in, nor will we tolerate any involvement in a FYREFEST 2.0.”

Venue Switcheroo

Roberts is now promoting an “Area 51 Celebration,” which will take place at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on Sept. 19. West, meanwhile, still plans to host something during Alienstock’s scheduled weekend.

“I’m going to do it on my scale,” she told Fox5. “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.”

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