LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Alien fans have descended into the Nevada desert towns of Hiko and Rachel with hopes of connecting to other life forms at the Storm Area 51 festival,which all started as an online joke but has become a reality. Here’s a timeline of how it all began:
June 27, 2019
Matty Roberts creates a Facebook group called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” and more than 2 million people saying they were going to attend.
In early August, Facebook removed the group page stating that it “went against community standards.” They page made a come back a few days later.
August 12, 2019
Matty Roberts rebrands the event as “Alienstock” and promised a concert festival at the Little A’Le’Inn in Rachel, Nevada.
August 19, 2019
Lincoln County signs an emergency declaration as fears of thousands of people pouring into rural Nevada worry officials. The county approves “Alienstock” and the competing “Ufology Expo” in Hiko, Nevada, which later becomes known as the “Storm Area 51 Basecamp Expereince.”
September 9, 2019
Matty Roberts separates from the owner of the A’Le’Inn citing security and logistical concerns.
September 10, 2019
Matty Roberts announces new partnership with Budweiser for a concert event at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center.
September 12, 2019
Attorneys for Matty Roberts send a cease-and-desist letter to Little A’Le’Inn owner Connie West demanding that ‘Alienstock’ be shut down.
September 13, 2019
Connie West, owner of the Little A’Le’Inn assured that the town of Rachel was prepared and that ‘Alienstock’ was still scheduled to take place.