Frank Ocean’s Coachella Set: What Went Wrong?


UPDATED: By months of rehearsal—and years of daydreaming—artists play the lead role. cocoella The biggest festival in North America. So the truth Festival closing performance by Frank Ocean It was so surprising – for the first time in almost six years – that it left many of the concertgoers feeling distressed, depressed, frustrated, and other similar feelings (and exponentially more people felt alike when the set wasn’t unexpectedly broadcast live). Ocean and his band put on powerful, often dramatically remastered performances of many songs and even closed with a cover of Aaliyah’s “At Your Best (You Are Love)”. But overall, the energy was low; he and the group were hidden by a series of people walking in a circle around the stage; and the pacing was bizarre: A seemingly random DJ set popped up, causing many fans to think their performance was over. It also started an hour late.

A post from the music festival-based Twitter site early Monday festive owl He offered a seemingly plausible basic explanation for what was going on, a few basic facts confirmed by sources. Variation, with the reports in rolling stones And TMZ. Representatives of Coachella promoter Goldenvoice, its parent company AEG and Ocean did not immediately respond. Variationcomments requests.

Sources have confirmed that an elaborate stage production featuring an ice rink and a number of skaters apparently skating around Ocean and the band during set was being built, rehearsed for several days, and ready to go, but was abruptly canceled on Sunday. , after the festival has already started. But there are two different explanations for why the production was suddenly changed.

The Festive Owl, citing “sources”, wrote: “Frank decided at the last minute that he didn’t want her anymore. The people who were hovering around him at the start of the show were all actually figure skaters, they had been practicing for weeks and had to skate as part of the production of Coachella (which was scheduled for months and months in advance). signed) had to rebuild the approved stage + melt down the entire ice rink and then set it up as Frank decided today with no warning. This is what you finally saw and it caused an hour’s delay. All of this was when the doors had already opened for Sunday and people It happened while we were booking their seats to see him. Had it not been for last minute changes, he would not have performed at all – he would have left the festival without the closing protagonist. Variation sources support the foundations of this report.

Reports in TMZ and Rolling Stone, which aired at about the same time Monday afternoon, quote a source saying that the production of Ocean’s performance was “adjusted at the last minute to account for the ankle injury the singer suffered during field rehearsals.” According to Rolling Stone, TMZ adds that the incident did not occur during actual rehearsals, but while the artists and staff were riding one of the bikes they used to get around the expansive Coachella grounds. He added that the injury was “serious enough for doctors to recommend replacing Frank’s production.”

While Ocean was indeed seated for most of the performance, he stood up and bounced around the stage for a few minutes during the DJ segment, though it’s unclear what level of mobility the original production entailed (or whether he planned to skate). ?). Also, if the injury occurred earlier in the week, it doesn’t exactly explain why the stage was disassembled so hastily just hours before the performance was scheduled to begin – sources report that construction sounds were heard almost until the one-hour delayed start of the set.

However, such observations are based on obscured views: The scene was dominated by huge video screens showing often unclear images from the stage, and the actors themselves were often obscured by a group of people walking in a circle around them – apparently half – a step towards the original concept of skating – and the stage itself was not clearly visible to most of the audience.

As for the live broadcast, a source tells Variation While Ocean’s set was never planned for a public release, organizers expected it and weren’t told it would be until production changes; They were told not to expect a live broadcast from Bjork.

Ocean is scheduled to close the Coachella weekend next Sunday. Variation As it develops, it will learn more about the situation.

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