Five Artists to See at Float Fest

Our first Float Fest recommendation would be to grab a tube, a cold drink, some sunscreen and hit the river to float. Afterwards, check out the following artists.

Girl Talk

What: Sample-Based Dance Music

Where: Water Stage

When: Saturday from 9:05 – 10:05

Why: Gregg Gillis is going to make the crowd dance. As Girl Talk, Gillis masterfully integrates multiple songs from multiple artists from multiple genres into a single track. In fact, his last album, All Day, consists of nearly 400 samples. Because of the diverse, complex nature of Girl Talk’s tracks, everyone in the Float Fest crowd can expect to hear at least one familiar tune during his set, but it will be likely in a way they have never heard it before.

Fun Fact: The City of Pittsburgh, Gillis’s hometown, declared December 7, 2010 “Gregg Gillis Day.”

Passion Pit

What: Dreamy Pop-Electronica

Where: Sun Stage

When: Saturday from 10:10 – 11:25
Why: Passion Pit is a socially conscious band that knows how to have fun. What’s not to love? Earlier this year, Passion Pit released their new album on Twitter in exchange for retweets that supported the #WeNeedScience Campaign, but it will officially be released next week. At the beginning of the month, the band tweeted out that the proceeds from the album will be going to the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research.
Fun Fact: Passion Pit’s first EP, Chunk of Change, was originally created as a Valentine’s Day gift for Michael Angelakos’s girlfriend.



What: Guitar Heavy Rock Trio

Where: Sun Stage

When: Sunday from 3:15 – 4:00

Why: UME’s frontwoman, Lauren Larson, is bringing her incredible stage presence to this year’s Float Fest. Despite her small size, she manages to fill stages with her ferocious guitar playing and strong vocals. When she was younger, Larson taught herself how to play the guitar. Now, she’s teaching other young girls to unleash their inner rocker through Girls Rock Camp in Austin.

Fun Fact: UME appeared on the South By Southwest episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.



What: Electronic Rock / Psychedelic Pop
Where: Water Stage

When: Sunday from 7:15 – 8:30
Why: MGMT is back! After waiting for over four years, we are finally getting new music from MGMT. Although Andrew Van Wyngarden and Ben Goldwasser have yet to announce a release date, they tweeted that their fourth album is complete. It is highly likely that MGMT will play some new tracks along with previous hits to mellow you out before high-energy artists, Cage the Elephant and Weezer.

Fun Fact: Sir Paul McCartney chose MGMT to open for him back in 2009.



What: Nerdy Rockers

Where: Water Stage

When: Sunday from 9:45-11:00

Why: Weezer is another Float Fest band with an album on the way. The group recently released their first single, “Feels Like Summer,” off of the upcoming Black Album. Weezer’s songs as well as performance are a perfect match to the fun vibe of Float Fest. This will be especially noticeable when the band plays one of their many hits from the past two decades.

Fun Fact: Rivers Cuomo is a Harvard graduate.

Float Fest on Pace to Sell Out 4th Straight Year

Float Fest is around the corner, and it’s bigger than ever. For those that don’t already know, Float Fest is back for its fourth year at Cool River Ranch in San Marcos, Texas this weekend, July 22nd and 23rd. Festival activities consist of dancing to live music on two stages, floating the San Marcos River, camping near festival grounds and riding carnival rides.

After last year’s success, Float Fest has established itself as a major player on Texas’s music festival radar. Based on this year’s lineup, it is clear that Float Fest has lived up to this reputation. The festival has always made a point to bring in some of the most energetic names in music to create the infamous fun atmosphere. For their fourth year, Float Fest presented an impressive lineup that includes some major artists.

One of the most notable aspects of this year’s lineup is how unique it is. While artists like Cage the Elephant are Texas festival veterans, playing Free Press Summerfest earlier this year and Austin City Limits last year, many other artists on this lineup are not on other lineups. Some examples of these artists include Neon Indian, Zedd and Weezer.

However, this year’s lineup is consistent with previous years in that it is encompasses many genres. In one day at Float Fest, you could see rappers, like Mac Miller and Lil Flip. You could also groove to electronic music, like Girl Talk and Snakehips. Then, you could jam some indie with Moon Taxi and MGMT. There’s even a Talking Heads tribute band on the lineup called HeartByrne.

Float Fest also used this lineup as an opportunity to highlight Texas talent. Some of these artists include Mike Jones and King of Nothing from Houston, and Sweet Spirit, Wild Child and Los Coast from Austin. Plus, you can catch Austinites, Blunt Force and Resonant Frequency, who performed at JamBarge earlier this summer. You can check out the full lineup on Float Fest’s video below.

Another Texas staple is the floating the river. Festival-goers can purchase tickets that allow them to beat the summer heat by cooling off in the river. Shuttles at the festival grounds take attendees a few miles upriver, then they float about two and a half miles back to Cool River Ranch. The float can take anywhere between two and a half hours to four hours, so come prepared with sunscreen! Float Fest understands the importance of keeping the river clean, so they hired professionals to ensure the festival is environmentally conscious.

Festival attendees also have the option to camp near the festival, and camping passes are included in all tickets. Campsites are first come, first served, and attendees to have the option to stay Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday night.

Float Fest 2017 has combined past favorites, like the camping and floating, with a vamped-up lineup in order to present the biggest festival yet. Attendees can expect an unforgettable festival that showcases individuality and prioritizes fun. Tickets are still on sale, so grab them before they’re gone. You won’t regret it!

Also, make sure to follow Float Fest on JamFeed for real-time festival updates and giveaways to this years festival!