Frank Ocean’s Coachella Set


Born Christopher Edwin Breaux in 1987, Frank Ocean is an American singer-songwriter, best known for his unique blend of R&B, soul, and hip-hop. 

Ocean began his music career as a songwriter for other artists, and in 2011 released his debut mixtape “Nostalgia, Ultra.” His 2012 album “Channel Orange” was a commercial and critical success earning him a Grammy win for Best Urban Contemporary Album. 

Since then, Frank Ocean has remained a highly regarded and influential artist, releasing two more albums, “Blonde” in 2016 and “Endless” in 2018, both of which were met with critical acclaim. 

Recently, Ocean headlined this year’s Coachella music festival. Ocean’s setlist included some of his most popular songs, such as “Pink + White” and “Novacane,” as well as some b-sides from his past work. 

The controversy surrounding this performance stems from Ocean delivering only one weekend set instead of the expected two. Ocean cancelled his weekend two performance due to a leg injury he sustained at the festival. 

His performance began an hour behind schedule, and ended early due to Coachella scheduling Ocean after curfew. This stage appearance was his first since 2019.

While many fans were excited to see him take the stage after such a long period of time, others were disappointed with how things were handled. 

“I can understand cancelling weekend two because, like, he’s injured,” says Finley Ray, sophomore at Lakes and long time fan of Ocean, “but that doesn’t excuse being late and ending his set early on the first weekend.” 

Another fan watching him from home, Ella Sager, shares that the performance “was just a bit disappointing, because it was his first performance in so many years and it was cut short.”

Now that the festival is over, fans and the media are left wondering where Ocean will go from here. Ocean released an official statement following the performance.

“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.”

Whether or not this means new music is on the way, and despite the disorganization at Coachella, fans are excited to see what the future holds for Ocean.