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You Definitely Won't Be Livestreaming Frank Ocean at Coachella This Weekend Because He Just Dropped Out

On the fest's first weekend, Ocean's set wasn't available to watch online. On its second weekend, he won't be on the bill at all.
By Sarah Ward
April 20, 2023
By Sarah Ward
April 20, 2023

When the 2023 Coachella lineup was announced, Frank Ocean topped the bill alongside Bad Bunny and BLACKPINK as this year's headliners. And when the schedule for the Californian festival's first weekend was announced, his top slot on the Sunday night — Monday Down Under — was eagerly anticipated. But for folks watching along from home, that date with Ocean didn't occur, with his set pulled from YouTube's online feed. It won't happen on Coachella's second weekend, either, with the artist now dropping out completely.

As Variety reports, Ocean has pulled out of his second 2023 Coachella set for medical reasons. "After suffering an injury to his leg on festival grounds in the week leading up to weekend one, Frank Ocean was unable to perform the intended show but was still intent on performing, and in 72 hours, the show was reworked out of necessity," a statement from his management advises.

"On doctor's advice, [Ocean] is not able to perform weekend two due to two fractures and a sprain in his left leg."

There's no word yet from Coachella's organisers, either regarding Ocean taking himself off the bill or a replacement. But Variety reports that blink-182 is expected to slip into the Sunday-night headlining slot, after being a late addition to the first weekend's lineup — playing on the Friday, and breaking out the newly reunited group's classic lineup.

Set times for the second weekend also haven't dropped yet, for those keen to make shapes at home while pretending you're at the real thing (and live the Coachella life without heading to Indio, California, as well) regardless of who takes to the stage.

Fellow big name Björk didn't livestream her set on the first weekend either, and there's no indication so far regarding if that'll be the case for weekend two as well.

As for the rest of the Coachella 2023 lineup, it includes The Chemical Brothers, Gorillaz, Blondie, Kaytranada, Pusha T, Idris Elba, Calvin Harris, The Kid LAROI, ROSALÍA, Charlie XCX, boygenius, The Breeders, Underworld, Fisher, Porter Robinson, Gordo, Weyes Blood and more.

Bookmark Coachella's YouTube channel ASAP — or hit it up below:

Coachella's second 2023 weekend runs from Friday, April 21–Sunday, April 23 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. To watch the livestream, head to YouTube from 9am AEST on Saturday, April 22 Down Under.

Via Variety.

Published on April 20, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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