Production on Frank Ocean’s Coachella set was changed after the singer sustained a “serious ankle injury” during a bike accident, according to a new report.
Frank’s performance has been plagued by problems, including arriving an hour late to his concert. Now, a new report has shed light on some of the issues that have led to his performance.
TMZ It reported on Monday that the Novacani singer, 35, had an accident involving a bike used to get around the festival. The injury did not harm him on stage.
However, doctors believe the injury was serious enough to recommend production changes over his performance.
The ice rink built for the show was eventually scrapped, and the hockey players hired to skate during the performance were used instead as background dancers.
Production of Frank Ocean’s Coachella set was changed after Frank Ocean suffered a “serious ankle injury” during a bike accident, according to a new report; Pictured is 2021
A source told TMZ that more than 100 hockey players were chosen to be on the show after the skaters took part in a paid audition.
Few details were given about the gig at the time, but the skateboarders saw Frank audition and eventually realized the audition was for his Coachella performance.
While the skating portion of the show was eventually cancelled, the skaters were still integrated into the show, and even got a custom Prada. They are seen walking during his performance.
It’s still not clear how Frank will continue next week at Coachella’s second weekend. It also remains unknown why Frank arrived an hour late to his group.
Frank’s performance was beset with problems, which included arriving 57 minutes late and having to cut his performance short because of the 12am curfew.
It was panned by critics and fans alike.
Variety Jeff Miller He criticized the show on Monday morning writing: ‘Ocean’s set – in which he and his musicians are deliberately obscured by a cadre of people walking in a circle around them, seen only on video projected on dedicated screens more massive than those usually on the main stage at Coachella – was Messy, loose, and almost a disaster, it was probably one of the most divisive events in Coachella history, with flashes of brilliance that only led to a frustrating end result: disappointment and a twitchy audience. -.
Miller noted that the artist looked gorgeous when he opened the song for Novacane, however, he was barely seen on the giant video screens.
He also noted that there was a long “What are we going to do next?” Pausing described him as “pregnant” and would come up repeatedly between songs even claiming the track listing sounded like “mostly a series of sounds audible on stage”.
Oh Oh: Ocean left fans furious as his headlining set at Coachella was an hour late and he was removed from the festival livestream and is now under fire from social media users and critics alike as more details emerge about his shorthanded headlining set; He is seen performing in New York in July 2017
Miller concluded the absolutely scathing write-up with an exclamation saying, ‘Ocean is likable in part because of its unpredictable nature, and surely his most devoted fans will call upon the pure art as an excuse. That’s fine: Ocean should have the freedom to explore his creativity as he pleases.
However, when you have years in front of 100,000 people clamoring to see you, having a plan is more than helpful: it’s essential. Hopefully, by the end of next week, Ocean will already have one.
This wasn’t the only lukewarm review Adrian Horton The Guardian ‘Most confusing and shocking of all,’ he wrote, ‘when he walked away from the Isley Brothers’ At Your Best (You Love) and announced, offstage, that he had been informed that he had been placed under curfew and that the show was over. People stayed where they were, thinking it might have been a bit even after the lights came on. This was not the case, to the shock of many.
With his debut, Ocean delivered the rare thrill of true suspense – what was he doing? Where was he going with this? Elevations were high. It’s a shame the ending felt so bitter.
Mikael Wood from the Los Angeles Times He wrote, “However, the way the show rescaled the dimensions of a festive party was a radical provocation.”
‘You’ll Regret This Today’: The way the performance actually went was just one of the many controversies surrounding the R&B singer, as he had fans at home struggling to contain their frustration as his performance was pulled from the live broadcast of the event, meaning they couldn’t Adjust ‘
Independent investigative outlet Festive owl to Twitter to give an alleged explanation of what happened which led to an hour delay.
The outlet took to the microblogging site to write that according to their sources: “The stage production was supposed (and did) to have an ice rink set up and ready to go.
Frank decided at the last minute that he didn’t want that at all anymore. All of the people that were skating around him at the start of the show were actually ice skaters, who had been training for weeks, and were supposed to skate as part of the production. Coachella had to dismantle the approved stage (which had been planned and signed off for months in advance) + melt down the entire ice rink and then set it up the way Frank decided today without warning. Which you ended up seeing, and it caused an hour delay.
All this happened when the doors had already been opened on Sunday, and people had secured their places to see him. If no last minute changes were made, it wouldn’t perform at all – leaving the festival without a closing title.
The way the performance actually went was just one of the many controversies surrounding the beloved R&B singer as he had fans at home struggling to contain their frustration as his performance was pulled from the live broadcast of the event, meaning they couldn’t listen.
Despite it being their first performance in six years, the performer had to cut short his set due to local curfew rules.
Taking to Twitter to share their frustration, fans raged that he “regrets the day” as they demanded new music to make up for it.
It was the long-awaited performance for Frank, real name Christopher Francis Ocean, where he was the first in six years – having last performed at the Flow Festival in 2017 in Finland.
The theatrical production was supposed to include (and indeed did) an ice rink that was set up and ready to go.
He was scheduled to play Coachella in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation, and the singer was unavailable to play during the festival’s return last year.
But the return was delayed even more on Sunday, as he appeared on stage an hour late, and the reason is unknown.
Because of Coachella’s usual 12 a.m. Sunday curfew, he had to end the performance early as well.
“Guys, I was told it’s curfew, so that’s the end of the show.” “Thank you very much,” he said suddenly after a song at the festival.
In addition to the delay, the group was dropped from the Coachella live stream that was going on through YouTube, as many fans were eagerly awaiting it.
More is coming? As speculation swirled as to why the group didn’t go live, Frank also clarified if it had anything to do with upcoming new music (pictured in 2012)
Fans took to social media to share the lengths they went to so they could tune it at home, expressing their frustration that the set wasn’t broadcast live.
One wrote, “I’ve actually been doing my job since 7 am to give you time, Frank Ocean, please.”
Another wrote: “Frank Ocean…not crazy just disappointed.”
A third added, “The set started late, you wouldn’t let them go live, and now the set ends early… an outspoken ambiance you’ll regret today.”
Another added: “Frank Ocean really went from ‘I miss you’ to ‘There’s a curfew, bye g2g’)”
As speculation swirled as to why the group wasn’t going live, Frank also clarified if it had anything to do with upcoming new music.
He told the crowd, “It’s not because of a new album. Not that there isn’t a new album, but it’s not like that now.”
His latest album was 2016’s BLONDE, which was critically acclaimed and achieved chart success in the UK.
Last but not least: Frank capped off his first weekend of Coachella as he finished off the weekend with his collection