Founder of Storm Area 51 and the AlienStock Festival, Matty Roberts, has officially cut ties with the festival after a series of issues concerning safety have made him nervous about the event.
Roberts said he visited the town of Rachel over the weekend and discovered that the infrastructure simply did not exist to support the number of people planning to attend “AlienStock” — an event he never intended to become so big. He handed over event production and planning duties to others, as he has no experience throwing events of any size, and those individuals, including Connie West, a resident of Rachel, NV, apparently did not meet their obligations.
Matty Roberts is now partnering with Downtown Las Vegas Events Center for Area 51 Celebration on Sept. 19, according to event planner Frank DiMaggio.
According to 13 Action News, West claims the event is still happening. Investigative reporter Joe Bartels was able to independently verify that “West has made arrangements for sanitation, security and medical for the Alien Stock Event. West also says that stages are in the process of being built and she has lined up 20 bands and 2 comedians. She also told 13 Action News that she will be announcing the entertainment lineup soon.”
AlienStock isn’t the only event planned near Area 51 on Sept. 20. The Area 52 basecamp in Hiko, Nevada — about a 45-minute drive from Rachel — is also planning on hosting events.
Read Roberts’ full statement below.
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.
We are officially disconnecting from Connie West, Rachel NV and AlienStocks affiliation with them. We will no longer offer our logo, social media, website or Matty Roberts likeness or scheduled appearance. In short, the relationship has ended permanently, and AlienStock will be moving to a safe, clean secure area in Downtown Las Vegas as an alternative.
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.
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. Stay tuned for more news… it’s BIG!
– Matty Roberts Founder of StormArea 51 and the AlienStock Festival
via KTNV, 23ABC via youredm