Amidst lip-syncing, stage redesigns, and injuries, the singer’s return to Coachella left fans disappointed
A Disappointing Start: No Livestream and Late Beginnings
Frank Ocean, the enigmatic singer, made headlines with his controversial Coachella performance, which was marked by delays, lip-syncing, and last-minute stage alterations. Adding to fans’ dismay, the artist has now cancelled his appearance during the festival’s second weekend due to a leg injury. This article delves into the chaotic events surrounding Ocean’s performance and his unexpected withdrawal from Coachella’s second weekend lineup.
Onstage Chaos: Lip-syncing, Pauses, and Visibility Issues
The much-anticipated performance took an unfortunate turn from the outset. Unlike most other acts at the festival, Ocean’s set was not livestreamed on YouTube. Additionally, the show began almost an hour late and concluded after only about an hour because of a city-enforced curfew.
Throughout the performance, Ocean lip-synced several songs without holding a microphone and took extended breaks between tracks. He occasionally sat with his back facing the audience and, at times, handed over the show to a DJ for a 10-minute interlude. Ocean’s visibility during the performance was an issue, with reports stating that he was often obscured by dancers or seated too far back on stage.
Following the performance, it was revealed that Ocean had injured his ankle during rehearsals and abandoned plans for an onstage ice rink at the last minute. This decision caused further delays as festival workers had to remove the already-prepared ice. The 100 local hockey players initially scheduled to join Ocean’s performance on ice were instead used as background dancers.
Critics were not impressed with Ocean’s performance, with fans expressing feelings of being “scammed” and media outlets labeling the set a “disappointing mess.” However, some fans and publications defended the performance, arguing that it aligned with Ocean’s elusive image and the personal nature of his tribute to his late brother.
Frank Ocean’s Upcoming Album: A Glimmer of Hope for Fans
Ocean has confirmed that a new album is in the works, but there is no information on its release date. In the meantime, Blink-182 will take over as the headliner for Coachella’s second weekend.
To learn more about Frank Ocean’s Coachella performance, read the original article on Forbes here.