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Frank Ocean speaks out on divisive Coachella performance, cancels Weekend 2

Frank Ocean speaks out on divisive Coachella performance, cancels Weekend 2

Frank Ocean has cancelled his scheduled performance at Coachella's second weekend, citing "production delays beyond his control" as the reason. The cancellation comes after the singer's polarizing first weekend set on April 14th, where he debuted new music and was accompanied by a large robotic rig that obscured his face. The performance received mixed reviews from fans, with some expressing disappointment in the set's lack of energy and Ocean's elusive persona.

Following the first weekend set, Ocean took to his Tumblr page to address the criticism, saying, "If you like the way music sounds in the studio, that’s cool, too. I’m not a huge fan of the live show being the only format for people to hear music". However, he also promised to "make it up" to those who were disappointed by his Coachella performance.

In a statement to Pitchfork regarding the cancellation of his second weekend set, Ocean said, "I’m really sorry that we missed you guys. We were planning on things rolling out in a more streamlined way, but sometimes s*** happens". The cancellation means that fans hoping to see the artist's new music live may have to wait until the release of his upcoming album, which has been highly anticipated since his 2016 release, "Blonde".

Despite the mixed reviews, Ocean's set still managed to make headlines, with his futuristic robotic rig becoming a point of fascination for many. The rig, which was designed by artist Tom Sachs and engineered by Dutch robotics firm, Bot & Dolly, featured a camera that projected Ocean's face onto a large screen, while a series of moving mirrors and lights obscured his actual face.

Ocean's Coachella cancellation marks the latest in a series of cancelled or postponed performances for the artist. Last year, he cancelled his scheduled appearance at the FYF Festival in Los Angeles due to "production delays", and in 2017, he postponed a string of shows in Australia and New Zealand due to "personal reasons".

Despite the cancellations, Ocean remains a highly influential figure in the music industry, known for his introspective lyrics and experimental approach to production. He has won two Grammy Awards and has been hailed as one of the most important artists of his generation. His upcoming album, which has yet to be titled or given a release date, is expected to be one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year.

 

Frank Ocean has cancelled his scheduled performance at Coachella's second weekend, citing "production delays beyond his control" as the reason. The cancellation comes after the singer's polarizing first weekend set on April 14th, where he debuted new music and was accompanied by a large robotic rig that obscured his face. The performance received mixed reviews from fans, with some expressing disappointment in the set's lack of energy and Ocean's elusive persona.

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