Alienstock, a sci-fi-themed music festival that was born out of a viral “Storm Area 51” meme, has officially been cancelled for fear the event would become a Fyre Festival-esque disaster.
Matty Roberts, 21, who created the viral “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All Of Us” Facebook event, had planned for the festival to take place starting Sept. 19 in Rachel, Nevada, 27 miles north of where Area 51 is located.
But this week, Roberts announced the event was not coming together properly, and he was pulling the plug.
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“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,” Roberts and his team announced via the AlienStock website.
“We are not interested in, nor will we tolerate any involvement in a FYREFEST 2.0.”
The festival was born after the Facebook event — which was made entirely as a joke — exploded into the public consciousness, provoking fears that mobs of people would actually storm the heavily guarded Air Force facility.
Over two million people said they were attending the event, prompting actual Air Force briefings and public warnings.
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“[Area 51] is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces,” Air Force spokeswoman Laura McAndrews told The Washington Post in July. “The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets.”
To dissuade people from storming the base, Roberts announced plans to hold a music festival in Rachel, which has a population of around 90 people and only has one business in town — a hotel called the Little A’Le’Inn that has 10 bedrooms.
Over 10,000 people planned on attending, leading to questions over whether Rachel’s infrastructure could support it. Multiple counties in Nevada declared a state of emergency, and less than two weeks away from festival date, no stages had been built.
Roberts resoundingly answered those questions, canceling the festival just days before it was supposed to take place.
“We foresee a possible humanitarian disaster in the works, and we can’t participate in any capacity at this point,” the website read.
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Instead, Roberts will host a one-night-only “Area 51 Celebration” at an events center in Las Vegas on Sept. 19.
The town of Rachel issued a warning on its website, saying that for anyone who still shows up, “there will be no internet, no cellphone service, no food vendors and very little entertainment or infrastructure” for “what has turned into a Fyre Fest 2.0.”
Fyre Festival was a fraudulent music festival that was supposed to take place in 2017 on the island of Grand Exuma, Bahamas. Co-founded by Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule, the festival was a disaster, and McFarland is serving six years in prison for defrauding investors and ticket holders.