2019: a brand new venue + improved camping & river floating experiences
6-18-19 Story & Photography: K Rose
It's like coming home; hitting the ranch for a relaxing weekend in a comfy campground, floating down the river with a cold beer, spending our afternoons and evenings seeing top-tier bands on an intimate, yet-just-big-enough festival stage and wrapping the evening back at the campground with s'mores, close friends and an acoustic guitar.
It blows my mind that it's almost time for Float Fest 2019... this annual festival is a mainstay in central Texas and despite all of the many varied and colorful festivals I attend every year, Float Fest is always one of my favorites. With a brand new venue and improved camping and river float experiences, Float Fest took a site relocation and turned it into a win-win. With a stacked lineup and some unique new upgrades, this festival is poised to take our annual central Texan musical river float pilgrimage to a whole new level in 2019.
Aside from a killer lineup featuring Major Lazer, Portugal. The Man, Gucci Mane, Kaskade, The Flaming Lips, Ice Cube and Rainbow Kitten Surprise (... I'm out of breath already...), this year promises some interesting upgrades. There's the opportunity to
In actual fact: on a sunny Saturday afternoon, sitting on a picnic blanket in front of the Water Stage at a Float Fest of years gone by... dRiFFt was borne of a friendly challenge laid down in the dusty summer heat. I'm actually not kidding - read more about that here.
But all nostalgia aside, the past two festivals have been absolutely wonderful and I can't wait to see everyone there in a few short weeks. Of last year's Float Fest experience:
"At Float Fest, on a muggy, dusty ranch afternoon in San Marcos, TX, I nabbed the perfect shady, treed spot halfway between the stages and the edge of the river. That campground was the perfect respite from the unwieldy crowds and muggy heat. We gathered every morning for a communal breakfast. Two or three of us had a guitar or ukulele, and the rest of us hung in our hammocks, swinging, sipping a coffee and soaking in the morning sun. We took a dip in the river and a nap on the banks before grilling our lunch and hitting the early-afternoon sets."