Why Frank Ocean’s Coachella 2023 Performance Was Cut Short

Frank Ocean‘s Coachella 2023 performance is making waves, but not in the way you’d expect.

The Grammy winner was the third and final headliner at the three-day Indio, Calif. music festival. While the April 16 show—Ocean’s first concert in nearly six years—was hotly anticipated, his stage comeback ultimately left fans scratching their heads after it was riddled with complications, including an disjointedly abrupt end to his set.

As seen in a video circulating on Twitter, the 35-year-old cut his performance short by announcing to the crowd, “Guys, I’m being told it’s curfew, so that’s the end of the show. Thank you so much.”

What’s worse for concertgoers, Ocean’s set had already been shortened due to a delayed start. The “Thinkin Bout You” singer did not hit the stage until almost an hour after its advertised time, with the first five minutes featuring a group of people silently walking around in a circle on stage with Ocean nowhere to be found, according to Variety.

And when Ocean did finally appear, belting out the first lines of his 2011 hit “Novacane,” he was hardly seen given how he had tucked his microphone in a small area at the back of the stage. His position also made it hard for the cameras to capture him, leading to largely shots of the back of his head being shown on the stage’s giant LED screen. 

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