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What to expect from the ‘storm Area 51’ guy’s Alienstock festival

A whole lot of nothing TBH

Not to be cynical but the internet keeps taking things too far. Alex from Glasto went from legend to industry puppet, and now the storm Area 51 meme is apparently an IRL festival.

Matty Roberts, creator of the now-infamous Facebook event, is supposedly set to launch an alien-themed event called Alienstock. According to the website it will take place between September 20 (the date millions were meant to storm Area 51) and 22 in Rachel, Nevada, the closest town to the mysterious Air Force base.

Dubbed a ‘party in the desert’, you can expect all the traditional festival tropes: camping, music, art installations, and surprise performances. Except probably not TBH. The description of the festival is likely satirical, with organisers writing: “The population of Rachel is 50 (in 2010, the town had a population of 54)… so this event will cover almost half of the small town.” Not sure what headliners Alienstock will get with just 25 visitors.

Humouring the event for the sake of this article, the website suggests it will be “a gathering that defines our current generation”, and is being hosted in collaboration with The Little A’Le’Inn – “the only hotel and diner in the whole town” (this part is seemingly true). 

“They can’t stop us from gathering and celebrating Aliens”, reads Alienstock’s goals. “This event is taking place whether we set up or not – it’s basically its own entity now.” There is also a screenshot of vague Google map directions from Las Vegas.

Although the festival is arguably an obvious joke, there actually is an event going on in Rachel on September 20, which seems to have been co-opted by Alienstock’s ‘organisers’. The town’s website posted an update, which reads: “The Inn is booked for that weekend. If you plan on attending the event you must be experienced in camping, hiking, and surviving in a harsh desert environment.”

“This event will undoubtedly attract crooks trying to capitalise on the chaos”, the post continues, followed by a warning: “A dubious group claiming a connection to chaotic events like Burning Man and the Las Vegas Electric Music Festival has taken over the Rachel part of this event. The residents were not asked and are not on board and will certainly not allow their town to be taken over.” 

Alienstock’s website also allows you to donate to “our cause”, and buy parking tickets – these links take you to PayPal where you can actually send money. Given this is likely a scam, I would advise you to definitely, 100 per cent not give up your cash.

The Area 51 joke began after a Facebook event to storm the site (because “they can’t stop all of us”) attracted millions of people. Since then, there have been countless memes, warnings from the military, and even an alien-themed Lil Nas X “Old Town Road” video. It’s all fun and games until someone gets rinsed of money IMO.