SALT LAKE CITY — A joke raid on Area 51 to “see them aliens” became an internet phenomenon this summer, so of course the next logical step is a music festival.
AV Club reports a website for an Alienstock Festival advertises a “party in the desert,” music, art installations and surprise performances on Sept. 20-22. The festival, which is an alien-themed riff on Woodstock, will be held in Rachel, Nevada, which is apparently the closest town to Area 51 and is home to 98 people.
According to Vice, the concert is being planned by Matty Roberts, the same person behind the “Storm Area 51” viral Facebook event. The festival website also confirms the event will happen no matter what but will aim to be a “safe and fun experience.”
“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,” the website proclaims. “Our goal is to secure the residencies of Rachel and provide a safe & fun experience for all of those who attend.”
However, it seems Rachel’s residents aren’t up for millions (judging by RSVP’d attendees on the Facebook event) descending on their homes — a post on the town’s website warns festival attendees that they’ll be on their own for food and lodging while rebutting claims that residents are on board with the whole thing.
“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 town’s website reads. “They threaten to ‘take over Rachel’ and claim that the residents are ‘on board’. The residents were not asked and are not on board and will certainly not allow their town to be taken over.”
For their credit, a “leave no trace” page on the Alienstock website encourages attendees to leave the area cleaner than they found it. Guests are also encouraged to carpool. Parking and camping spots on sale start at $60 and top out at $140 for RV parking.
Rachel’s website also warns visitors looking for a good time that locals will “step up to protect their property.” Instead, visitors are encouraged to attend a rival event at the Alien Research Center in Hiko, Nevada.
According to the ARC’s website, a “Storm Area-51 Festival” will provide food, live music and games — but encourages attendees to “check yourself before you wreck yourself” with the United States Military.
Long story short, if you plan on attending any Area 51-focused event, don’t trespass on the base’s property. I previously reported for Deseret News that local law enforcement is prepared to arrest anyone found wandering near government property.