'Storm Area 51' Meme Creator Pulls Out of 'Alienstock' Festival

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Rachel, Nevada near Area 51.

Matty Roberts now says a different event is scheduled for downtown Las Vegas.

The originator of the “Storm Area 51” internet hoax is citing concerns about organization and funding and has withdrawn from an event called “Alienstock” scheduled next week in the remote Nevada desert. Matty Roberts said in interviews Tuesday (Sept. 10) in Las Vegas that he was worried the event hosted by innkeeper Connie West in the tiny town of Rachel might not succeed.

West tells The Associated Press she has 20 musical acts and two comedians booked for her Sept. 19-21 festival at the Little A’Le’Inn. She says a stage is on the way and the show will go on. A statement on the official Alienstock site explained the decision to call off the event. "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. The permit holder (Connie West) was given multiple opportunities to provide us with the proof that things expected at this festival were in place. In fact, she refused to provide to us, as agreed upon, contracts, proof of deposits or any paper proof of anything."

The statement continued, predicting that going forward with the event as planned could turn into a disaster. "We are not interested in, nor will we tolerate any involvement in a FYREFEST 2.0. We foresee a possible humanitarian disaster in the works, and we can’t participate in any capacity at this point," it reads. "AlienStock is a brand that stands for unity and concern for like minded people. It’s grown into much more than a location. It’s a phenomenon that can only promise absolute safety and peace, and we need to move the Festival to guarantee that."

According a new "Alienstock" site, among the acts slated to perform at the original site are: Boots Electric, Wily Savage, The Weird Kids, The Battery Electric, Daylight Sinners, Future Twins, Will B, Speed of Light, D Pel, Madison Deaver, Lauren Kershner and several others.

Roberts and event producer Frank DiMaggio told the Las Vegas Review-Journal they’ll host a Sept. 19 event instead at a venue in downtown Las Vegas.


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