You won't find evidence on the website—which, as of Monday morning, still touts $449 VIP packages—but we can confirm the bad news: Float Fest 2019 is kaput.
In a statement released this weekend, organizers explained that an "extraordinary amount of rain" inundated the festival site to create "delays of construction" so significant that the grounds won't be ready for next month's festival, slated from July 20 and 21. The cancellation is a conservative move that conspicuously follows the "world's biggest festival flop" that was Fyre Fest, where huge crowds paid thousands of dollars for luxurious tropical bacchanalia; as we now know, that half-baked Fyre Fest turned out to be a nightmarish fraud that's so far spawned two documentaries and earned its promoter six years in prison.
Of course, it never got that bad here in Texas, but things have never been easy for Float Fest. The event started in 2014, when about 5,000 floaters flowed down the San Marcos River listening to Grouplove. It only took a few years for crowds to soar to as many as 25,000 ticket holders, although that success brought its own problems. In January, the Guadalupe County Commissioners Court denied the festival the necessary permits, citing safety concerns; a protracted legal battle left organizers dead in the water. Float Fest announced the move to Gonzales this April, just months before the festival date. Apparently that wasn't enough time to pull things together.
Here's the bulk of the festival's statement, released this weekend:
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.
Do not, however, take this as the end of the line; organizers promise Float Fest will return to Gonzales next year.