Float Fest Review

Thousands came out in the scorching Texas heat for the 5th annual Float Fest in Martindale, Texas this past weekend. Festival goers float the river before heading into the festival equipped with a ferris wheel and other carnival rides layed out in the middle of a pasture.

This year’s lineup included an array of genres perfect for those who like to venture out with their music. Performing artists included A Giant Dog, BlacKillac, The Suffers, Joywave, Cold War Kids, Run The Jewels, Modest Mouse, Bun B, Cashmere Cat, and more. Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, Bassnectar, and Tame Impala drew out the biggest crowds.

Day one heated up to about 105 degrees as nearly 20,000 festival goers filled the grounds by the end of the night.  Highlights included The Suffers, a Gulf Coast soul band, out of Houston who performed a soothing set featuring “You Only Call,” “Giver,” and “I Think I Love You.” Later in the day chants of “Weezy, Weezy, Weezy,” filled the air as Lil Wayne took to the stage rapping “Mr. Carter.” Wayne teased his upcoming album The Carter V while performing hits “Got Money,” “Mrs.Officer,” “Pussy, Money, Weed,” “Go DJ,” “Lollipop,” “Love Me,” and “I’m Goin’ In.” The night ended with a sea of confetti and a crowd pleasing light show as Bassnectar performed an hour and a half dj set.

The second day began with temperatures reaching up to 109 degrees as festival goers crowded under two tents for a shot at some shade. Highlights of the day included Snoop Dogg taking to the stage with backup dancers performing hits “Gin & Juice,” “Young, Wild, & Free,” “Jump Around,” “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted,” “Nuthin’ but a “G” Thang,” “Drop It Like Its Hot,” and “Boyz-n-the-Hood.” About mid-set Snoop even threw a blunt into the crowd for one lucky festival goer. The confetti doused crowd seemed pleased as Australian band, Tame Impala, closed out the festival performing hits “Nangs,” “Elephant,” “Mind Mischief,” “Let It Happen,” and “Eventually.”

Despite the cool vibes and great music, there are some drawbacks to this festival. Even though attendees having  the option to park for the day or turn the event into a camping weekend, this festival prioritizes campers. Unless you enjoy waiting to park for 1-3 hours followed by 1-2 mile walk to the festival gates, I highly suggest camping. This may not seem like a big deal but after a day of festival fun in the Texas heat, the unlit walk back can be exhausting and potentially dangerous. Another drawback of the festival was the lack of shade available to attendees. With only two covered areas available on the festival grounds, it becomes hard to escape the sun. I would advise splurging for the VIP tickets that come with free water, covered viewing areas, and a tent close to the stage to spend time hiding from the sun between sets.