Get ready to storm Area 51 all over again — Alienstock is coming back for round two.
Hopefully, at least.
The Little A’Le’Inn in Rachel, Nevada announced “Rachel Alienstock 2020” on its website recently. Aside from dates announced — Sept. 10, 11, and 12 — there are no other details. The “clickable link” is only an email address.
The Little A’Le’Inn, a small motel near the back gate to Area 51, hosted one of three alien-themed festivals inspired by the “Storm Area 51: They Can’t Stop All Of Us” Facebook page meme last year.
In a phone call, a Little A’Le’Inn employee who declined to share her name said she is “hoping” that the festival works out, but there might be “complications” that will force them to postpone it until 2021.
“Because there’s so many things we have to get done, we might have to [postpone it],” she told Mashable. “But we are not giving up hope on the whole thing… We hope everything goes right and we’re able to do this.”
She added that having about seven months to plan, rather than the 63 days between announcing the festival last year and actually hosting it, will make putting the festival together a bit easier.
The Little A’Le’Inn employee could not comment on whether Matty Roberts, the “Storm Area 51” meme creator, was welcome at the 2020 festival.
Locals in Rachel and the surrounding towns resented Roberts after bailing on the festival he had started to plan with Connie West, the Little A’Le’Inn owner, in favor of hosting an alien-themed EDM festival in Las Vegas the same weekend. Shortly before the competing festivals began, Roberts sent West a cease and desist demanding that she cancel her festival in Rachel. The letter also stated West isn’t allowed to use the name “Alienstock,” since Roberts was the one to come up with it.
Roberts, meanwhile, was banned from the Alien Research Center, a souvenir shop that was hosting its own alien-themed festival.
Regardless of whether or not the Little A’Le’Inn manages to pull it off, there’s a strong chance that partiers in tin foil hats will show up to “storm” the gates anyway.