Alien enthusiasts begin to flock to Nevada desert for viral event

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Some are in RVs, others pitch tents, while some have just driven in from nearby towns to see what all the fuss is about.

For many though, the journey has been a long one. There are bumper stickers from from Iowa, Washington, Arizona and Colorado. Visitors from Florida mix in with tourists from the UK and Sweden.

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In the middle of the Nevada desert, the alien enthusiasts are slowly arriving. (9News)
190920 Storm Area 51 Nevada Desert Alienstock crowds arrive World news USA
Some are in RVs, others pitch tents, while some have just driven in from nearby towns to see what all the fuss is about. (9News)

While all of them are here for ‘Alienstock’, the festival spawned from the ‘Storm Area 51’ Facebook movement, their motivation for visiting differs.

There are those who believe aliens exist and who just want to find out “what the government is hiding” in Area 51.

Others have come for the party, with the hope Alienstock could turn into an historic pop culture event similar to Woodstock.

190920 Storm Area 51 Nevada Desert Alienstock crowds arrive World news USA
For many though, the journey has been a long one. There are bumper stickers from from Iowa, Washington, Arizona and Colorado. (9News)
190920 Storm Area 51 Nevada Desert Alienstock crowds arrive World news USA
While all of them are here for Alienstock, the festival spawned from the ‘Storm Area 51’ Facebook movement, their motivation for visiting differs. (9News)

Then there’s the small portion who turned up purely for the sport of seeing someone attempting to gain entry to the famous, yet secretive, military base.

The odds of that actually happening though – while not impossible – appear slim.

For starters, the number of visitors – so far – is significantly lower than expected.

190920 Storm Area 51 Nevada Desert Alienstock crowds arrive World news USA
There are those who believe aliens exist and who just want to find out “what the government is hiding” in Area 51. (9News)
190920 Storm Area 51 Nevada Desert Alienstock crowds arrive World news USA
There is also the small portion who turned up purely for the sport of seeing someone attempting to gain entry to the famous, yet secretive, military base. (9News)

For now, attendees can be counted in the low hundreds.

Locals say if any of them do get past the Area 51 fence, it’s about another 45km to actually reach the base. A distance that, presumably, would have to be covered on foot while trying to evade authorities.

Yet, there may yet be some determined individuals who attempt it.

For those not up to speed on the ‘Storm Area 51’ movement, it started as a Facebook event created by 20-year-old Californian college student Matty Roberts – complete with a meme: “Storm Area 51, they can’t stop all of us”.

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The ‘Storm Area 51’ movement, it started as a Facebook event created by 20-year-old Californian college student Matty Roberts, complete with a meme “Storm Area 51, they can’t stop all of us”. (9News)
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After 3.6 million responses, Matty Roberts received a call from the FBI and the Facebook event was quickly declared a joke. (9News)

It was a call to arms for the curious, the conspiracy theorists and the cheeky. But, after 3.6 million responses, Matty Roberts received a call from the FBI and the Facebook event was quickly declared a joke.

Instead, ‘Storm Area 51’ became ‘Alienstock’ – a music festival for like-minded enthusiasts to come and party in the desert.

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‘Storm Area 51’ became Alienstock, a music festival for like-minded enthusiasts to come and party in the desert at the Little Ale’Inn. (9News)

Roberts has now moved his event to Las Vegas, while the Little Ale’Inn festival in Rachel (about 15km from Area 51) is still going ahead. A legal fight over the name ‘Alienstock’ is now underway.

They’re hoping the failure will be a sufficient deterrent to anyone else who thinks the truth is still out there.

© Nine Digital Pty Ltd 2019





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