Coachella: Frank Ocean pulls out of second weekend, citing injury

Frank Ocean has pulled out of Coachella
Frank Ocean has pulled out of Coachella. Photo credit: Getty Images

Frank Ocean has dropped out of headlining the second weekend of the Coachella Music Festival due to injury.

Ocean had been due to play the headline set this coming weekend, but has been forced to withdraw after injuring his leg early on in the event.

The 'Novacane' rapper was widely criticised after his first set last weekend was suddenly cut from the livestream, with people attending the show saying on social media he had failed to live up to the hype.

Some branded the performance "chaotic" and a "mess", noting he had arrived late and ended the show early. Others claimed he was clearly lip-syncing. 

Variety reported the singer had injured himself in the run up to the show last weekend, and had been forced to drastically rework his set before it took place.

"Frank Ocean will not be performing at weekend 2 of Coachella," a statement said. 

"After suffering an injury to his leg on festival grounds in the week leading up to weekend 1. 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. 

"On doctor's advice, [Ocean] is not able to perform weekend 2 due to two fractures and a sprain in his left leg," the statement concluded.

Ocean himself admitted the show was chaotic in a statement and "not what I intended".

"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," he said.

It was reported Ocean had performed on Sunday wearing slippers.

Ocean had been named as the headline act in 2020 but dropped out when COVID-19 forced the postponement of the festival.

The newly reformed Blink-182 will take Ocean's headline spot.

Also on the bill is New Zealand's own Benee, who wowed the crowds on the first weekend. The 'Supalonely' singer wore a New Zealand flag she'd spotted in the crowd during her performance.