‘Residents will defend their property’: Nevada town warns against Alienstock ‘takeover’
The town of Rachel, Nevada, has warned Alienstock organisers that locals are opposed to the festival and will “step up to protect their property” if the Area 51-themed event goes ahead next month.
Announced earlier this week, Alienstock promises “a weekend full of camping, music and arts” in the Nevada desert, including “surprise performances” from “huge” headliners. The festival is being produced by the people behind the viral ‘Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us’ Facebook event; Rachel was chosen as the location due to its proximity to the US Air Force base (officially known as Homey Airport), which conspiracy theorists speculate houses alien technology.
In a statement posted on the Rachel’s official website, hosted by ‘Area 51 research’ site Dreamland Resort, town officials say the event is likely to attract “crooks trying to capitalise on the chaos” and warn: “Most residents do not like where this event is going and will respond accordingly.”
Referencing the original ‘Storm Area 51’ gathering, the Rachel statement says attendees “must be experienced in camping, hiking and surviving in a harsh desert environment and have a vehicle in good shape”, warning that the town lacks shops, a petrol station and facilities for cashless payments.
“The residents were not asked and are not on board and will certainly not allow their town to be taken over”
“Other than the Little A’Le’Inn, a small bar/restaurant/motel, there are no services in Rachel,” it reads.
On Alienstock, and its plans to “take over” over the town, it adds: “They threaten to ‘take over Rachel’ and claim that the residents are ‘on board’ The residents were not asked and are not on board and will certainly not allow their town to be taken over.
“Law enforcement will be overwhelmed and local residents will step up to protect their property. This is not a good time to visit and experience Rachel.”
IQ has contacted Alienstock production partner Hidden Sound for comment.
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