Storm Area 51 may have started out as an innocent joke when Matty Roberts created the Facebook group, but he now intends on realizing his pipe dreams of a Storm Area 51 festival by capitalizing on its virality in one gutsy—and perhaps brainless—move. In a matter of months, Storm Area 51 has went from a meme to an actual music festival dubbed Alienstock. The UFO-themed festival is slated to take place the same weekend of the original storming of Area 51 on Sept. 19-22.
Alienstock’s official website states, “We created the Viral Event, ‘Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us.’ After receiving mass support, we decided to create an experience that celebrates Aliens and the Unknown!”
The website further states, “We want to host a Festival in Rachel, NV.. the closest town to Area 51. They can’t stop us from gathering and celebrating Aliens! This event is taking place whether we set up or not- it’s basically its own entity now.”
However, the residents of Rachel, Nevada are less than happy about the news. With a population totaling less than 100, the town of Rachel has already warned potential attendees against making the trek to Alienstock’s destination—both cautioning against the town’s harsh environment conditions and making it clear that its residents will not be afraid to protect themselves and their property.
Rachel’s website states, “There is no gas and no store. The Inn is booked for that weekend. If you plan on attending the event you must be experienced in camping, hiking and surviving in a harsh desert environment and have a vehicle in good shape. You must be prepared to be completely on your own for food, water, gas etc.”
“WARNING: A dubious group claiming a connection to chaotic events like Burning Man and the Las Vegas Electric Music Festival has taken over this event. They threaten to ‘take over Rachel’ and claim that the residents are ‘on board,” the town’s website notes. “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.”
Ah, theInternet. Brutal, true, and undefeated, the World Wide Web is more than just the most important example of human ingenuity in history—it is the gift the keeps on giving. The gift it is currently giving, the viral “Storm Area 51” campaign, seems to be on the tail end of a meme’s 15 minutes of fame, though, what began as a fake Facebook event gone wrong could wind up being an actual music festival someday.
The Facebook event, titled “Storm Area 51: They Can’t Stop All of Us” received millions of RSVPs within days of being posted. The event’s creator, Bakersfield College student Matty Roberts, recently told KERO-TV,
“I want to make it like a festival of sorts. 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. I’ve had a lot of people DM’ing the page saying their bands want to play there, which would be super cool,”
Roberts’ viral meme-inspiring “raid” of the mysterious Air Force base is set to take place on September 20, and there’s no saying if it will ever fully materialize into a real music event. If it does though, just make sure the Dancing Astronauts are in attendance.
Bassnectar has announced the return of his all-inclusive Deja Voom festival March 25 – 28 at the Grand Oasis resort in Cancún, Mexico. The four-day event offers three sets from the event curator himself, along with pool parties, beach activities, off-site adventures, daily yoga and meditation, tequila tastings, and much more. Other artists hand-picked by Lorin Ashton himself will be announced at a later date.
Deja Voom debuted in 2019, and after a successful first year, the Bassnectar team looks to the future of this tropical music festival. The Grand Oasis Resort and The Pyramid at Grand Oasis will receive a completely customized makeover from each corner of the beach, to the pool sanctuaries, and various nightclubs. A loyalty program will be put in place for last year’s attendees, which launches July 17 at 1 p.m. EST. General sales start Friday, July 19 at 1 p.m. EST. For ticket information, visit dejavoom.com.
Last year’s success was captured and organized into a recap video that encapsulates the juxtaposed mayhem and serenity that is Deja Voom.
A new survey conducted by TickPick found that more than half of its participants believe they’ll never be too old for a good time, with the most accepted form of partying later in life being attending small shows or concerts.
By surveying 1000 people through Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service who either currently consider themselves “partiers” or had previously identified as such, TickPick sought respondents’ opinions on the age limitations surrounding various recreational backdrops, including music festivals, bars, and strip clubs.
65% of respondents agreed there should be no age cap for partying in general, with 89% of participants agreeing people should never stop attending shows or concerts. At a relatively lower but still significant percentage, 72% of respondents agreed that multi-day festivals were ageless as well. Both women and the LGBT community were more accepting of partying later in life than their male and straight counterparts.
Unsurprisingly, the survey drew a considerable correlation between people who attend music festivals and people who believe there’s no age limit for letting loose in one form or another. The survey was even able to show which festival-goers are most accepting of the perpetual partying pedagogy. Voodoo Music + Arts attendees accounted for the most open-minded of those surveyed, with 79% agreeing people should be able to party at any age. Electric Zoo, Nocturnal Wonderland, Ultra Music Festival, and Electric Daisy Carnival followed closely behind, however.
Preferred music genre also played a factor in respondents’ opinions on the party limit with 70% of jazz listeners echoing the ageless party sentiment. Rock and EDM garnered 68% and 67%, respectively, while hip-hop/R&B and pop ranked the lowest points, though not by much, of all the genres at 64% each.
Porter Robinson‘s Second Sky festival has been one of the most anticipated moments on the summer events circuit since it was announced back in March. The inaugural single-day event, hosted by Goldenvoice in Oakland, kicks off on June 15 with a stellar lineup curated by Robinson himself. The “Ghost Voices” producer is slated for two Second Sky performances, one as Virtual Self and the other a Worlds revival set, bringing the beloved live album performance back for the first time since 2017. Best of all, Virtual Self is actually the festival opener.
It is almost unheard of these days for a headliner—no less the festival’s curator—to open their own event, though the reason behind the scheduling is actually quite altruistic, not to mention smart. Robinson’s early performance is meant to encourage early attendance at the event, ensuring fans are there for the other early acts booked for the day. This year’s programming includes performances by G Jones, Nina Las Vegas, Cashmere Cat, and a late addition of Madeon, just weeks ahead of the debut of his new live show at Lollpalooza. Second Sky’s doors open at noon on June 15.
the idea behind having Virtual Self open Second Sky is to encourage people to arrive early & watch all the other acts that i love! https://t.co/FFuOL3THGt
House and techno lovers across the globe in search of a fully loaded destination festival, look no further. Vujaday music festival is queued to return to Barbados this spring for five days (April 3-7) of nearly round-the-clock, beachfront entertainment from genre stalwarts like All Day I Dream label architect, Lee Burridge, Crosstown Rebels Founder Damian Lazarus, and the Grammy-nominated Danny Tenaglia.
Last year’s inaugural installment ventured a number of island-housed locales, including the 100-acre Bellevue Plantation and the coastal Cornwall House, keeping scenery fresh and giving attendees a more thorough tour of the lush Barbadian setting throughout the festival’s five-day span. This year’s venues are set to be announced soon, along with the rest of the festival’s performers, which will debut a menagerie of local Caribbean artistry. The festival will also be introducing a series of daytime parties to keep attendees’ agendas brimming and sun-soaked this year.
Tickets to Vujaday are currently on sale here. Additional festival information, including travel packages and amenities, can be found via the official website. Watch the official trailer here.
In honor of California’s legalization of marijuana, Mike Tyson will be hosting his own cannabis-themed music festival in 2019 on his unopened resort property. The event will be called Kind Music Festival, and it will be a one day “pop-up” festival on the future site of Tyson Ranch Resort in Desert Hot Springs, California.
Kind Music Festival is set to take place on February 23, 2019, and more than 412 acres will be filled with endless things to do, including a concert series. The festival site itself is an entertainment complex that will also feature luxury glamping and a cannabis research and design facility. Attractions at Kind Music Festival will include a pop-up concert experience with food trucks, a fun-zone with inflatable rides, obstacle courses, a “chillville,” bar area, vendor village, and more.
The festival will be an all-ages experience because there will be no sales of actual cannabis products at the festival. Early bird tickets can be purchased here.
Spring Awakening Music Festival, the largest strictly electronic music festival in the Midwest, is set on returning to Chicago for its eighth year this June–but with the festival’s home base for the past few years (after leaving its original Soldier Field housing), Addams/Medill Park, purportedly under construction, the fest has called an audible and has announced new digs at spacious Douglas Park.
However, it seems the Chicago-based event mega-brand, React Presents, jumped the gun big time announcing their relocation plans Monday, as the decision was apparently made without consulting the proper channels within the district. Now, the community and its officials are bristling at the sudden news.
To complicate matters further, Douglas Park has already played host to punk/alternative haven, Riot Fest this past September, and is hoping to celebrate its 15th anniversary by returning to the location next year. Riot’s organizers were praised by the community and its officials for working with the locals and community overseers prior to their move in order to assess environmental and community impact, highlighting the stark misfire on SAMF’s part. Although the situation may yet to have crossed over into irreparable territory, Chicago’s 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas issued some firm pushback in regards to Spring Awakening organizers’ actions, telling the Chicago Tribune:
There’s a lot of things to consider here, which makes me upset. There was a lot of work that was done to ensure that Riot Fest was successful and all of a sudden, we get this unexpected news release from folks who are coming in without going through any process. It’s completely wrong.
Cardenas attributes his concern with SAMF’s preemptive announcement to his not wanting to see the community, “taken for granted.” However, he conceded he would still be willing to meet with the festival organizers to rectify the situation should they chose to reach out for his approval.
When Sir Richard Bransonannounced the end of his UK-based V Festival last year, the Virgin Group founder ended a fest run that was more than two decades long. The festival’s creation in 1996 arrived in an entirely different landscape. Today, there’s a festival for every genre and atmosphere, and enough can’t-miss lineups to give fans year-long FOMO. In an effort to cut through the festival clutter, Branson and a select team will bring an entirely new concept stateside in 2019.
Virgin has been tight-lipped so far on specific details, but the event will reportedly take place over two days on the east coast. “Having a festival out in the middle of a field with dust and mud is something we’re steering away from,” said Virgin Produced CEO Jason Felts. “We’ll be announcing our first venue, which is world-class, with appropriate facilities versus just sort of putting up stages in the middle of a field.”
No matter how the details shake out, music fans should expect the unexpected from Branson and his team.
Billy McFarland, the disgraced organizer of 2017’s now infamous Fyre music festival has been sentenced to six years in federal prison. Billed as as ultra-luxe festival experience featuring names like Disclosure and Major Lazer, the ill-fated endeavor was a legal and logistical nightmare of viral proportions. The fest left defrauded investors and outraged fest-goers both clamoring angrily for their money back, with hundreds stranded on an island with everything from tent fires to packs of wild dogs.
McFarland and rapper Ja Rule’s joint dumpster fire set off a string of lawsuits and unfathomably shady business practices that culminated with McFarland’s arrest on wire fraud charges in June of of 2017. The disgraced businessman settled with the SEC for a whopping 27.4 million as part of his plea deal, which included a reduced sentence. The legend of the most epic fest fail of all time has only grown since, spawning everything from a sold out NYC merch pop up to a Hulu docuseries. The legal saga may be over, but the infamous tale of Fyre fest is sure live on.