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Frank Ocean Suffered Ankle Injury Ahead of Coachella Set

Source says the production design was changed on the advice of doctors
Frank Ocean
(Credit: András Ladocsi)

Frank Ocean suffered an ankle injury that hindered his ability to perform during his long-awaited comeback set last night (April 16) at Coachella, a source close to the situation confirms to SPIN.

SPIN understands that Ocean injured his ankle at on-site rehearsals in the week leading up to the festival. The show’s production, which SPIN has confirmed from multiple sources was intended to include a giant ice rink, was therefore adjusted on the advice of doctors.

This may explain why Ocean was sitting on a stool for most of the performance, and why it was abruptly removed from the YouTube Coachella live stream schedule yesterday.

Earlier today, we reported that Ocean was still finalizing his live band just days before the show. The set itself has drawn mixed reviews, with critics pointing to its hour-late start and a mystifying DJ segment as evidence that something was amiss.

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Ocean did perform reworked versions of many of his most popular songs, including “Novacane,” “Crack Rock,” “Pink + White,” and “Bad Religion,” but the show was cut short 20 minutes after it sailed past Coachella’s midnight curfew.

This was the reclusive Ocean’s first major live performance since 2017. He’s still scheduled to headline Coachella next weekend in the same time slot.