Float Fest 2018
Float Fest returned to the grounds of Cool River Ranch on the San Marcos River for two heated days of music and floating. Float Fest began in the summer of 2014. Four years later, the festival has become the busiest and most anticipated weekend in San Marcos.
We started our festival experience on Saturday, June 21 submerging in the ever so enticing water on the San Marcos River. With the fest being in the middle of summer in the Texas heat, having river side access to cool down is a necessity. Preservation Hall Jazz Band was a great way to begin our journey at Float Fest. They are a band of instruments and spunk that have preserved, as their namesake says, the history of New Orleans music for over 50 years. It is music that stems from the cities Afro-Cuban roots. The mix of horns, strings, and tambourine leaves you wanting more! Such a fun set, always a dance party. Their set was so hot that the Float Fest grounds keepers kept spraying water on the sweating funky crowd.
Bassnectar closed out Saturday night. Loren, the man behind Bassnectar, did a great job at keeping a steady momentum of the crowd. In past sets, he would get melodic in between more upbeat/uptempo songs. During this set in particular, however, you could feel he was feeding off of the energetic crowd and the artists that played before him, Lil Wayne in particular, as he took on this set head first and fast forward. This was a show that kept the body moving and you were undeniably soaking wet by the end of it.
Sunday was spent mostly by the water. The river really made this festival special. It was a great way to meet up with friends you may have caravanned to the fest with or new friendships the fest brought into your life. Everyone gathered picnic-style by the water, all filled with positivity that then carried into the festival.
Tame Impala closed the weekend at Float Fest, and what a great way to close out a day of swimming and sun. Their set was specifically passionate with their mix of guitar, keys, drums, and synth. The connection the crowd and the band shared was very evident.
Who are you hoping Float Fest will book next year?