Summer Festival Season

Big-name musical acts make even bigger splash on Float Fest 2019 lineup

Big-name musical acts splash into Float Fest lineup for 2019

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Texas' music/tubing/camping festival returns for a sixth year. Photo by Chad Wadsworth

Editor's note: On June 21, Float Fest announced this year's event will not take place. "We are extremely saddened to announce today that Float Fest 2019 is being cancelled," said organizers in a release. "This was a difficult decision to make, but due to several recent roadblocks outside of our control and in an effort to do right by our fans, the decision to cancel the event was the best option."

Days after announcing its moving to a new location, Float Fest is making another big splash with its 2019 lineup. On April 25, the festival announced Major Lazer, Portugal. The Man, Gucci Mane, and The Flaming Lips are among those slated to perform July 21-22. 

Additional headlining acts include Kaskade, Zeds Dead, Ice Cube, and Big Gigantic, while Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Grouplove, Big Boi, Jungle, St. Lucia, Houndmouth, G Love & Special Sauce, Missio, The Floozies, Goldfish, Sego, and Cowboy Diplomacy round out the lineup. 

“We’re excited to bring back Float Fest for its sixth year and host some of the nation’s most talented artists to produce a unique experience in Gonzales,” said Marcus Federman, founder of Float Fest, in a release. “We’re thrilled to be moving to a new city and keep the tradition of our fest going."

As mentioned, Float Fest is drifting into a new location for the music festival/camping/tubing trifecta. This year, a private ranch in Gonzales, Texas, will play host to thousands of music fans. The new location offers immediate private access to the Guadalupe River as well as larger campsites, more entry points, and more space in general. 

In addition to "three times as much space," the festival is adding a handful of new features such as a VIP lounge and stage-viewing areas, showers on the campgrounds, and early load-in so fest-goers can kickstart their fun in the sun. (And if that fun in the sun gets too much, they can step into an air-conditioned tent for $20.)

Other Float Fest features include more than 30 local food vendors and an expanded general store with tubing accessories such as phone pouches and tubes. And in keeping that tubing tradition alive, the festival also works with Keep the River Clean to provide biodegradable mesh bags and post-concert river cleanup. 

Single-day tickets, weekend tickets, VIP passes, and other Float Fest packages are on sale now, and run from $65-$449, depending on the deal. Shuttles from Austin are also available for $60 roundtrip, and take off from the Amtrak Station at 250 N. Lamar Blvd.