Five Local Artists You Need to See at Float Fest

This year’s Float Fest features a multitude of talent from Austin, Texas. While the genres and sounds for each artist may be different, you can expect all of them to bring a lively, engaging performance to Float Fest. Here’s a list of five artists you can’t miss.

A-Town Getdown

What: Groovy Funk and Soul
When: Sunday from 2:30 to 3:15
Where: Water Stage

Why: The group is composed of a handful of talented local artists performing their contemporary taste on funk. According to their website, A-Town Getdown’s primary goal is making people “want to dance.” Their infectious, unique sound has earned them a loyal following in a city where the genres of indie rock and country reign supreme.

Wild Child

What: Acoustic Indie-Pop
When: Sunday from 5:30 to 6:15
Where: Water Stage

Why: The seven-piece band elegantly pairs uncommon instruments, for example a cello and a trumpet, with strong vocals. The result is complex songs with earnest lyrics and hopeful tunes. The honestly of their music has been internationally appreciated, and the band has sold out tours in North America and Europe.


What: Talking Heads Tribute Band
When: Saturday from 3:15 to 4:00
Where: Sun Stage

Why: Some of Austin’s most talented musicians came together to form a tribute for world-renowned band, The Talking Heads. Heartbyrne charms audiences with their high-energy performances of the legendary band’s many hits.

Resonant Frequency

What: Future Funk
When: Saturday from 2:30 to 3:15
Where: Water Stage

Why: Resonant Frequency has been on fire in Austin during the past few weeks. The group consists of three artists — Vince Seidl, Landon Reichle and Ben Slade, who each bring a different musical instrument to make up a cohesive electro-soul. They recently performed on the first-ever JamBarge, and they are set to open for electronic superstar, Pretty Lights.

Blunt Force

What: Funky Electronic
When: Saturday from 4:00 to 4:45
Where: Water Stage

Why: Blunt Force is an electronic due that mixes some funk with heavy bass to produce an unforgettable live show. After successfully headlining JamBarge in June, the duo announced their first headliner show at Empire. The also recently played their first set in front of a big crowd at the legendary Stubb’s Ampitheatre, and they’re set to play a few more festivals this year. May the Blunt Force be with you.

Other notable Austin artists performing at Float Fest include Walter Lukens, Los Coast, Sweet Spirit and UME.

Follow these artists as well as Float Fest on JamFeed for up-to-date information on the festival and updates on the artists. Happy Floating!

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!