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Frank Ocean drops out of headlining Coachella Weekend 2 following backlash

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After a divisive and poorly received performance last Sunday, Frank Ocean will not be headlining the second weekend of the Coachella Festival in Indio, California. Variety reports that Ocean has pulled out of his scheduled Sunday performance; the spot will instead go to Blink-182.

A rep for the singer released a statement, saying: “Frank Ocean will not be performing at weekend 2 of Coachella. After suffering an injury to his leg on festival grounds in the week leading up to weekend 1, Frank Ocean was unable to perform the intended show but was still intent on performing, and in 72 hours, the show was reworked out of necessity. On doctor’s advice, [Ocean] is not able to perform weekend 2 due to two fractures and a sprain in his left leg.”

The statement concluded with a statement from Ocean: “‘It was chaotic. There is some beauty in chaos. It isn’t what I intended to show but I did enjoy being out there and I’ll see you soon.’ — Frank Ocean.”

Ocean was originally schedule to headline the music festival in 2020, before the pandemic shut down the festival. Ocean’s performance last weekend  was the singer’s first in six years. Fans became irate when it came time for Ocean to perform, when not only was it announced that his set would not be included in YouTube’s livestream from the festival — but signs placed around the venue declared that no Frank Ocean merchandise would be available for purchase at the festival. The performance itself didn’t begin for nearly one hour after Ocean was set to start, and was cut abruptly short due to the local curfew enforcement.

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