Is AlienStock still happening near Area 51?

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Mysterious goings-on are nothing new for Area 51 in the USA.

The US airbase has long been associated with talk about aliens and government conspiracies.

Which is why the nearby town of Rachel seemed a good place to hold AlienStock – a festival to celebrate aliens and UFOs.

But is it happening? We've got a mind-warping "yes" and "no". It's almost like someone's creating "plausible deniability"!

What is AlienStock?

You might remember the Storm Area 51 Facebook event which went viral back in July.

Well, the creator of that hoax event was due to launch a music festival, titled AlienStock, in Nevada – but now says he is pulling the plug.

Matty Roberts, 21, claims it's for safety reasons and wanting to avoid creating another Fyre Fest – the world's most infamous festival flop.

But Connie West, a bar owner in the town who signed up as a partner, says the festival is "still happening".

Meanwhile, Matty Roberts has decided to scale down his plans and help host an alien-themed club night in Las Vegas on 19 September.

Feeling a bit confused? Us too. So, here's our handy alien myth-busting guide to what exactly is going on.

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Image caption The festival was due to take place in the small town of Rachel, Nevada

What is AlienStock?

Well, it's a festival celebrating aliens.

It all started back in July when more than two million people signed up to a Facebook event that seemed to be inviting people to storm Area 51, the top-secret US military base in Nevada, which some believe is home to aliens.

Seeing a social media prank turn into an internet sensation, Matty Roberts decided to create an actual event scheduled to take place on 20-22 September – the same weekend as the original hoax.

The location chosen for Alienstock was a tiny town called Rachel – whose population totals just 87.

So what's happened now?

Matty has removed himself from any association with the AlienStock event.

He told the Washington Post on Tuesday that "there's no safety or security that can really be promised".

This view was repeated in a statement on the organiser's website that claimed there was a "lack of infrastructure, poor planning, risk management and blatant disregard" for the safety of the expected 10,000 attendees.

"We foresee a possible humanitarian disaster in the works, and we can't participate in any capacity at this point," they wrote.

"We just don't want anyone to get injured or stuck in the middle of the desert," they added.

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Image caption Area 51 is often the focus of alien-related conspiracy theories

But Connie West has said that the AlienStock show will go on and that she's still going ahead with her version of the event in Rachel.

"I'm going to do it on my scale," she told KVVU-TV – a television news outlet in Nevada.

"It is what it is…if [Matty Roberts] chooses to go somewhere else, that's his choice."

"I'm still having a party because people are still coming to Rachel."

So can you still get your supernatural freak-on?

Matty revealed on Facebook that his event had been renamed the "Area 51 celebration" – and will take place at another venue in Las Vegas.

And according to Connie West's event site, there will be a line-up of local bands looking to beam attendees into musical space.

So yes, that's two pieces of top-secret alien entertainment taking place in Nevada.

Hopefully though, they all come in peace…

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