Float Fest to be at new venue this year after being denied permit

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Controversial music and tubing event, Float Fest has a new venue after being denied permits in San Marcos earlier this year. 

The music and tubing event that attracts close to 20,000 people per day will be held in Gonzalez, Texas, this year. The new venue is about an hour away from Austin and San Antonio and about two hours away from Houston. 

In January, the Guadalupe County Commissioners Court denied the annual festival a permit, citing congestion of the area, possible emergency medical complications for San Marcos residents, lack of infrastructure capabilities and noise complaints. 

The festival has been fraught with issues and complaints in the past. San Marcos residents complained that the huge surge of people in the area was bad for the ecosystem. The festival was denied a permit last year as well. Event organizers sued and the two parties settled the issue. 

Festival officials say the new location boasts about three times the amount of space than the previous one and direct access to the river for revelers. 

The festival will be on July 20 and 21 and the lineup will be announced Thursday at 10 a.m. Tickets will go on sale Thursday as well. For more information, you can follow Float Fest on Twitter.  

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