‘Storm Area 51’ mutates into Alienstock Festival; warnings arise

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A student placed a message on Facebook creating an event, ‘Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us’, reportedly just for fun. Fallout ensued, along with warnings from the US Government guaranteeing the government would protect assets, and now the same student has nixed his calls to storm the facility long associated with extraterrestrial and UFO conspiracies.

Instead, Matty Roberts is now proposing a music festival, with a focus on electronic dance music (EDM). Roberts apparently had a come-to-Jesus moment regarding public safety.

The website Electronic Dance Music cited remarks by Roberts after hundreds of thousands of people took his invite to “storm Area 51” seriously:

“Roberts has since retracted his original post, calling it a joke. In an interview with KTNV, The Bakersfield College student said, “I don’t want anyone to actually get hurt with this. It was just – it started out as just from a pure stroke of imagination. It was meant to be funny. I want to do something cool out there, now that we have a bunch of people, but I don’t want anybody to get hurt.”

Ultimately numbers rose to more than 1 million interested in the storm event.

Since then, it seems the event has retooled into ‘Alienstock’, a play on the original Woodstock Festival in 1969. The desert festival has taken on a life of its own. Courtesy of the free market and a meme touching on collective imaginations about aliens and such, Alienstock will focus on music and businesses in the area are preparing for crowds. Most reports say the music will be heavy on EDM.

The festival location will be near the town of Rachel (Nevada), close to Area 51. It’s set to kick off on Sept. 20, but it looks like plans aren’t exactly fine-tuned to say the least. On the official Alienstock website, there’s this:

“We want to host a Festival in Rachel, NV.. the closest town to Area 51. They can’t stop us from gathering and celebrating Aliens!

This event is taking place whether we set up or not- it’s basically its own entity now. Our main objective is constructing a temporary infrastructure for Rachel, NV.”

Rachel, by the way, has a population of less than 100. It has one small hotel with a restaurant and bar. The inn’s website said the place is “booked solid for Alien-Stock.”

The Las Vegas Review Journal shared some important information:

“Rachel has 56 year-round residents, and aside from the Little A’Le’Inn — the small motel, bar and restaurant — the nearest infrastructure of any kind is 45 miles away in Ash Springs. Attendees will be on their own for, well, virtually everything.”

It’s impossible to dismiss thoughts of Woodstock in 1969. That festival ultimately took on a life of its own with a far larger than anticipated crowd and no immediate profits for organizers from the festival. What did pay off for the stakeholders came later in the form of films, recordings, merchandise, and still shots, among other revenue streams.

Will ‘Alienstock’ see an organic momentum as Woodstock did? I’m not so sure. The environment in Rachel is not quite as user-friendly as the New York location was 50 years ago. Phone service will be iffy in Rachel, and that alone may drive the younger generation nuts because their phones are often like a body appendage.

Time Magazine, citing one of the organizers, said Alienstock will be “a party in the desert.”

Area 51 has long been a motif among conspiracy theorists who believe the US government is hiding evidence of extraterrestrials and/or alien spacecraft.

Years ago I freelanced an article for a major daily newspaper about a man who claimed he’d been abducted by aliens. He passed lie detector tests. He told a very convincing story. In his later years, he retracted it all.

There are numerous books about aliens, UFOs, and NASA. One of the more interesting works is the book Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA by Richard C. Hoagland and Mike Bara. Touching on these subjects, writers have also called attention to the role of Nazi scientists in establishing NASA.

For those planning to attend Alienstock, here’s some unsolicited advice. Take cash. Take lots of water. Top off your car tank before you get to Rachel. Be prepared for heat, strange insects, and slithery creatures, and go easy on the alcohol. My generation spawned Woodstock. I had no desire to go. Having watched documentaries and videos of the event, I can say it looked like one big yucky mess with lots of dirty bodies and crappy sound for amazing musicians.

Hopefully Alienstock won’t be as messy as the organic event my generation and those who came after, for unfathomable reasons, still seem to revere.

(Kay B. Day/Aug. 21, 2019)

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