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!

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.