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‘Storm Area 51’ Organizer Pulls Plug on ‘AlienStock’ Music Festival Over Safety Concerns

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Matty Roberts, the California man who launched the viral internet joke “Storm Area 51” over the summer, has officially pulled all his involvement from the planned event amid safety concerns.

This past July, the “Storm Area 51” Facebook page became a viral sensation, attracting three million people pledging to attend — with another 1.4 million expressing interest.

“We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry. If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens,” the page said.

Though Roberts meant it as a joke, the United States government took it as no laughing matter and immediately issued a warning to those believing they could “naruto run” their way into the top-secret facility.

“[Area 51] is an open training range for the U.S. Air Force, and we would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces. … The U.S. Air Force always stands ready to protect America and its assets,” Spokeswoman Laura McAndrews of the U.S. Air Force told The Washington Post.

As a result, Roberts decided to host a music festival, aptly named “AlienStock,” at the Little A’Le’Inn in Rachel, Nevada, from September 20 – 22. However, after weeks of working with the local municipalities, Roberts decided to withdraw his involvement from the event, fearing it might become a Fyre Fest 2.0.

“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,” Roberts said in a statement.

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.

“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,” Roberts said.

Now that Roberts has pulled out, his representatives told reporters that “AlienStock” is officially no longer associated with him in any capacity.

“We are not interested in, nor will we tolerate any involvement in a FYREFEST 2.0,” the statement said. “We foresee a possible humanitarian disaster in the works, and we can’t participate in any capacity at this point.”

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Billie Eilish, Stevie Nicks, Miley Cyrus Lead 2021 Austin City Limits Music Festival

DaBaby, Erykah Badu, George Strait, Phoebe Bridgers, Megan Thee Stallion, Black Pumas, and dozens more lined up for 20th-anniversary fest

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After taking last year off and almost getting replaced by a Vanilla Ice concert, Austin City Limits is returning to Zilker Park in Austin, Texas this fall. ACL will take place over two weekends, 10/1-10/3 and 10/8-10/10, and organizers have just announced the 2021 festival’s lineup. Headlining the shows in October are George Strait, Billie Eilish, Stevie Nicks, Miley Cirus, Rufus Du Sol, Dababy and Erykah Badu.

“Music is coming back strong to the Live Music Capital of the World,” says Austin Mayor Steve Adler. “The return of Austin City Limits as an in-person festival celebrates that our efforts as a community to become vaccinated are working. Health and safety remain our top priority, and we will work closely with the organizers and Austin Public Health to ensure ACL Fest is in line with our health standards. We must continue to get everyone vaccinated and keep up our success.”

As the Austin City Limits music festival prepares for a big comeback after a 2020 COVID-19 cancellation, tickets are on sale for both weekends (October 1-3 and 8-10) now.

The festival’s cancellation, according to a 2019 study, presented a blow to Austin’s economy, as the event brought almost $1.5 billion to the area that year. The cancellation also came months after Austin’s other iconic music festival, South By Southwest, made the decision to cancel for the first time in its 34-year history.

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The Governors Ball Announces 10th Anniversary Festival Lineup and New Location

Billie Eilish, A$AP Rocky, and Post Malone will headline the NYC fest in September.

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The Governors Ball is celebrating its 10th anniversary from September 24-26 at the Citi Field complex in Queens, New York. In honor of its decade-long reign, the Citi Field complex in Queens, NY will be hosting many major names including headliners Billie Eilish, Post Malone, and A$AP Rocky. As well as, Megan Thee Stallion, J Balvin, Phoebe Bridgers, Big Thief, 21 Savage, Young Thug, Burna Boy, Carly Rae Jepsen, Jamie xx, DaBaby, 100 gecs, Freddie Gibbs and the Alchemist, Orville Peck, Bartees Strange, Amaarae, MIKE, Future Islands, Leon Bridges, Duck Sauce, Dominic Fike, and more are set to perform.

“Building a recovery for all of us means reconnecting with the iconic events that make New York City the greatest travel destination in the world,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “As more New Yorkers become vaccinated by the day, we’re proud to support arts and culture and welcome back Governors Ball and their fantastic lineup, including New York City’s own Princess Nokia, A$AP Rocky, and King Princess, among others.”

Pre-sale for three-day and one-day GA and VIP tickets will be available exclusively for Citi Cardmembers from today at 6:30 a.m. PST through Thursday, May 6 at 8:59 a.m. PST. Three-day and one-day GA and VIP tickets will be available to all ages via GovBall.com beginning Thursday, May 6 at 9 p.m. PST.

Check out the full lineup below.

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Bonnaroo Announces 2021 Lineup with Foo Fighters, Lizzo, Tyler The Creator as Festival Headliners

Morning Jacket, Deftones, Janelle Monáe, Incubus, and Julien Baker have also joined the September lineup

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After canceling its 2020 event due to the pandemic, the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival has announced its full lineup. It’ll kick off with the Grand Ole Opry on Thursday, September 2. Megan Thee Stallion and Foo Fighters will perform Friday; Tame Impala and Lizzo will perform Saturday; and Tyler, the Creator and Lana Del Rey will perform Saturday. Artists like Phoebe Bridgers, Lil Baby, Jason Isbell, Brittany Howard, Deftones, Run the Jewels, and many others will play during the weekend.

The acts no longer attending the event include Tool, Miley Cyrus, Vampire Weekend, The 1975, Bassnectar, Flume, Oysterhead, Tenacious D, Denzel Curry, slowthai, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Nilüfer Yanya, Mt. Joy, Rezz, Mt. Joy, Billy Strings, and Tones and I.

Bonnaroo’s press release says organizers “always will be in regular communication with local health and public safety officials and will continue to abide by relevant recommendations. As it approaches, Bonnaroovians will receive regular updates with the important information needed to plan their trip to The Farm, including any changes to policies and procedures they’ll need to know before entering the festival and campgrounds.”

Bonnaroo also announced an NFT collection in honor of the festival’s return and its 20th anniversary. “To celebrate the return of Bonnaroo and to commemorate the festival’s 20th Anniversary, Bonnaroo has created a one-of-a-kind NFT collection including a 1 of 1 special edition of the 2021 Lineup Poster,” read a statement. “This is the first time a music festival has produced an NFT collection and Bonnaroo is so excited to partner with digital artist Archan Nair and premier NFT marketplace, Makers Place.” The digital artwork will be available for bidding on Apr. 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET. For more information and to place a bid, click here.

Tickets for Bonnaroo will go on sale today, March 31st at 1 PM ET/12 PM CT, via the festival’s website. Options include General Admission (4-Day), GA+ (4-Day), VIP (4-Day), Platinum (4-Day), General Admission Camping & Parking, VIP Camping, and Platinum Camping.

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