"Frank Ocean closing at Coachella was so disappointing. Dunno what happened, but whatever it was, it left a sour taste at the end."
It was arguably the most hyped event on the Coachella Week One calendar, but Frank Ocean's highly-anticipated return to the stage was marred by the performance running late and being cut short due to curfew.
In what marked his first live performance since 2017, punters gathered at the main stage ahead of Ocean's 10:05 pm scheduled arrival, which ended up being one hour delayed.
When Ocean finally hit the stage, he kicked off with Novacane, Come On World, You Can’t Go!, Crack Rock, Bad Religion, and White Ferrari, before giving a touching speech about attending the festival with his late brother, Ryan Breaux, who died in a car crash in 2020.
“It’s been so long but I have missed you. I wanna talk about why I’m here because it’s not because of a new album – not that there’s not an album, but there’s not right now”.
“I know he would have been so excited to be with all of us and I wanted to say thank you for all the support and the love all these years,” Ocean added.
He covered a number of his other hits, as well as Aaliyah’s At Your Best (You Are Love), before telling the crowd that the festival had hit its curfew limit and he would need to end his set.
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Many took to social media to express their disappointment over both Ocean running late and the set ending early.
Frank Ocean after coming out late for his concert and cutting it short because of curfew 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/IXje26jnh2— Daniel (@Not_DanielP) April 17, 2023
"Frank Ocean didn’t let Coachella livestream his performance on Youtube, he showed up an hour late so had to end the show early cause of the curfew. why is this man like this? He did the same thing to us at park-life fest," one fan posted on Twitter.
Another added, "Frank Ocean closing at Coachella was so disappointing :( dunno what happened, but whatever it was, it left a sour taste at the end. Great weekend otherwise…."
frank ocean comes out an hour late. the dj plays for like 10 minutes mid set. frank brings a kid on stage to sing. he lip syncs a whole ass song. His set ends because of curfew reasons .He definitely did this for the bag .We got finessed like apple music— B (@__chicodeoro) April 17, 2023
i fr waited hours for frank ocean to come out late and end early ??? i’m upset— Bella Grace (@bella_mcminn) April 17, 2023
@coachella sheeeesh…. Need a reimbursement for that frank ocean DISASTER! Wasted the end of the night 💔— Max Cain (@cainbaing) April 17, 2023
everyone after whatever the hell that frank ocean coachella set was: pic.twitter.com/cglrFbGnEt— JT³⁰ (@formulawarriors) April 17, 2023
Frank Ocean way too talented to have that terrible ass set. Seems like he was way more concerned with whatever he was filming for rather then actually performing for people who paid a lot of money to go see him— Chip szn (@lakersnation_3) April 17, 2023
Adding insult to injury, the lacklustre performance followed fans watching from home being left reeling after it was announced just hours before his performance that Coachella had canned Ocean's forthcoming live stream.
YouTube then confirmed that his show will not be streamed on Coachella’s channel.
Frank Ocean is not scheduled to appear on the Coachella livestream. The current schedule is in the description → https://t.co/oweGcgaTZs— YouTube (@YouTube) April 17, 2023
"Frank Ocean is not scheduled to appear on the Coachella livestream. The current schedule is in the description," a Tweet from YouTube read.