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Float Fest Review

Thousands of people came out in the Texas heat for the 5th annual Float Fest in Martindale, Texas. Festival goers float the river before heading into the festival loaded with a ferris wheel and other carnival rides out in the middle of the venue.

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 over 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 a blistering 109 degrees as festival goers crowded under two tents for 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 person in the crowd. 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.”

Float Fest is quickly making a name for itself throughout Texas and they seem to up the ante every year. I can’t wait to see what the lineup will be like in 2019.

Check out some photos from the fest below.


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