Festivals

Float Fest 2019 Canceled Due to Production Issues at New Event Site

Kevin Parker of Tame Impala
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Kevin Parker of Tame Impala performs onstage during day two of Float Fest at Cool River Ranch on July 22, 2018 in Martindale, Texas.  

Organizers say they plan to return next year to Gonzales, Texas.

Float Fest 2019 in Gonzales, Texas, has been canceled due to production issues, festival organizers announced Friday (June 21). It is expected to return next year. 

Major Lazer, Portugal. The Man, Gucci Mane, Ice Cube, The Flaming Lips and more had been scheduled to perform at the two day festival, which was planned for a new location on July 20 and 21 at a private ranch on the Guadalupe River. 

The move to Gonzales came after Guadalupe County Commissioners denied organizers a permit to host the festival -- scheduled for its sixth year -- on the San Marcos River where it was previously held. The event was billed as “only festival in the world to combine the Texas tradition of floating the river and live music,” with this year's iteration supposed to feature two main stages with non-overlapping sets and immediate access to the river.

The reason for the cancelation, promoters explained in a statement, was due to "several recent roadblocks" related to getting the new site ready in time -- namely rainy weather causing construction delays. 

"We have been working around the clock to prepare the new festival site in Gonzales, but at this time we don’t feel the grounds are ready to fully showcase everything Float Fest is about," the statement reads. "With weather, Gonzales saw an extraordinary amount of rain in May and June. Although the site cleared, the rain created delays of construction. We want to provide a first class experience to our fans, therefore we will be finishing out the site so that it is ready for the festival in 2020."

All ticket holders will receive refunds. Read the full statement below.   

We are extremely saddened to announce today that Float Fest 2019 is being cancelled. This was a difficult decision to make, but due to several recent roadblocks outside of our control and in an effort to do right by our fans, the decision to cancel the event was the best option. 

We have been working around the clock to prepare the new festival site in Gonzales, but at this time we don’t feel the grounds are ready to fully showcase everything Float Fest is about. With weather, Gonzales saw an extraordinary amount of rain in May and June. Although the site cleared, the rain created delays of construction. We want to provide a first class experience to our fans, therefore we will be finishing out the site so that it is ready for the festival in 2020. 

All ticket holders will be 100% refunded for the cost of their tickets. That refund process will be initiated through our ticketing partner, Eventbrite, for all attendees who purchased ticket(s) through their site. There is no action necessary on your end and you can expect to see the refund on your credit/debit card statement within the next 5-7 business days.

If you have questions about this entire process, please contact us at info@floatfest.net. We are dedicated to answering any questions and concerns that you might have.

We truly love our fans. We appreciate you sticking by us while we work hard to make this right.

Sincerely,

Float Fest