A Facebook event with over three million punters 'interested' or 'going' has stolen headlines in recent weeks.
'Storm Area 51, they can't stop all of us' is slated for September 20 and while initially created with the intention of seeing 'them aliens' in the top-secret US military base, the creator of the event has adjusted his approach.
“I want to make it like a festival of sorts,” Matty Roberts, the event's college student creator told California news station KERO-TV. “I want to have a bunch of different musical artists, everybody from the EDM world and then maybe some indie rock, maybe some smaller guys that are up and coming.”
Roberts said he has been in contact with local inns near Nevada's Area 51 who tell him they are already booked up for September 20, so it sounds like there's definitely going to be an audience there at the very least. The state is no stranger to festivals, with Burning Man taking place eight hours down the road.
As for anyone taking the event seriously, Roberts warned against it. “Please don’t,” he said. “I don’t want anyone to actually get hurt with this. It was just — it started out as just from a pure stroke of imagination. It was meant to be funny. I want to do something cool out there, now that we have a bunch of people, but I don’t want anybody to get hurt.”
The US Air Force have reportedly been briefed ahead of the event, and anyone who commits a crime - including trespassing - around Area 51 will be arrested and prosecuted.