After a few years’ hiatus, Float Fest is making a grand return in 2022 with a big, star-studded lineup.
The two-day festival, which boasts being the only festival to combine live music and river-floating, will take place at a 765-acre private ranch in Gonzales, Texas (about an hour southeast of Austin). The festival is scheduled for July 23-24 this year after having been canceled every year since 2019 due to permitting issues, weather and COVID-19.
This year’s line-up is certain to make a splash with big names like Chance the Rapper, Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant, Marshmello, Chvrches, Aly & AJ, Tove Lo and more. Local musicians also have a spot on the lineup: Austin-based musicians Sir Woman, Nané, Me ND Adam, Dallas-based Little Image and Houston-based Blossom Aloe all made the cut.
Uniquely, the festival will have performers on two different stages with no overlapping times, so festival attendees can catch every set.
The venue is three times the size of previous Float Fet venues. With over 450 acres of shady trees and two miles of Guadalupe River to float down, there’s no need to worry about the sweltering summer heat. Plus, VIP guests have the option to camp on festival grounds.Tickets are on sale now, starting at $129 for a single day pass.
Austin police are investigating the killing of Moriah "Mo" Wilson after she was found with gunshot wounds inside an Austin home.
Wilson, a gravel and mountain bike racer, was visiting Austin from Colorado in preparation for the Gravel Locos race on Saturday taking place in Hico, a small town 2 hours from Austin.
On Wednesday, her roommate came home and found Wilson unresponsive with "a lot of blood near her,” police said. It is now being investigated as a suspicious death. No further information on the suspect or motive behind the killing are available at this time.
Wilson recently had become a full-time biker after winning a slew of races in the past year.
Some of your favorite Instagram filters can’t be used in Texas anymore and Austinites are sounding off on social media.
Meta, Facebook and Instagram’s parent company, announced on Wednesday that certain filters would no longer be available in Texas.
The change is a result of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit against Meta, alleging the company uses facial recognition technology that violates laws in Texas. A release from Meta says it stopped using facial recognition tech in November 2021 and denies Paxton’s allegations.
Some Austinites bemoaned the shift, saying some of their favorite filters were now unavailable.
This was my FAVORITE filter on @instagram and they done removed it cause I’m in Texas ! Like wowwwwww pic.twitter.com/uX60hdIC0Q
— Pinkyy Montana (@inkstar_pinkyy) May 11, 2022
i heard that instagram filters got banned in texas? what the actual fuck y’all better give me my favorite filter back
— lia 🤍 (@liatootrill) May 11, 2022
loved this stupid filter sm i hate texas pic.twitter.com/DXr9mmUc64
— birthday boy jeno 🎂 (@beabtox) May 12, 2022
But more often than not, locals joked about the ban.
Texas women seeing the filter ban on IG pic.twitter.com/yDMcP3Qtsr
— Christian (Anabolic) Flores (@christian_flo24) May 11, 2022
So, the state of Texas has banned filter use on IG? THE END IS NEAR. 😂
— THE FRANCHISE! Франшиза (@NYCFranchise718) May 12, 2022
And some in-between chose to show off some natural beauty.
I live in Texas, but no filter needed. 😉 pic.twitter.com/A6teRgYMKn
— bad and bruja (@starseedmami) May 11, 2022
filter, no filter..texas women still reign supreme.
— 🎍 (@_sixile) May 11, 2022
Finally, some are trying to cash in on the opportunity.
Texas IG users- if you want to filter your picture cashapp me $1.50 $ErvnYng
— Gemini (@ervn_y) May 11, 2022
Meta said it plans to create an opt-in system for both Texas and Illinois residents, who are facing the same issues.