Fans react to Frank Ocean’s headlining set at Coachella
After six years away, Frank Ocean has finally returned to the live stage, closing out the first weekend of Coachella 2023.
Ocean was scheduled to headline Coachella in 2020, though that set did not come to fruition due to the entire festival being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic at the time.
The set – which marks Ocean’s first live performance since 2017 – was initially announced for Coachella’s livestream on YouTube before being cancelled from the livestream schedule just hours before the set.
Starting his set an hour later than planned, Ocean kicked off his Coachella headlining set with ‘Novacane’, his Blonded Radio release ‘Come On World, You Can’t Go!’, ‘Crack Rock’, ‘Bad Religion’, ‘White Ferrari’.
frank ocean bad religion coachella pic.twitter.com/tUMwGSllfT
— ?¿ (@kjsltyftw) April 17, 2023
After ‘White Ferrari’, Ocean thanked his fans and explained why he was at Coachella. “It’s been so long but I have missed you. I wanna talk about why I’m here because it’s not because of a new album – not that there’s not an album, but there’s not right now”.
He shared that he used to attend Coachella with his brother before his passing, saying one of his fondest memories was watch Rae Sremmurd with his brother. “I know he would have been so excited to be with all of us and I wanted to say thank you for all the support and the love all these years,” Ocean said.
Ocean’s brother, Ryan Breaux, died in 2020 in a car crash.
Frank ocean teasing his new album and saying he missed me, he was so real for that pic.twitter.com/GQ6UtCPZNE
— Number one madi enjoyer (Alpha Male) (@mariojudahfn) April 17, 2023
Following his short speech, Ocean continued performing with ‘Pink + White’, ‘Solo’, ‘Chanel’, ‘Lost’, ‘Slide’, ‘Provider’, ‘In My Room’, ‘No Church In The Wild’, ‘Godspeed’. He also performed two new songs before diving into ‘Self Control’, ‘Nikes’, ‘Nights’ .
frank ocean dancing/vibing to chanel live at coachella pic.twitter.com/MnqAf5WPXo
— Frank Ocean Daily (@TeamFrankDaily) April 17, 2023
After covering Aaliyah’s ‘At Your Best (You Are Love)’, Frank Ocean informed the crowd that the festival had hit its curfew limit and had to end his set.
COACHELLA COUNT YOUR MOTHER FKN DAYS. NO WAY YOU JUST CUT OFF THE FRANK OCEAN
— nevychella🌻 (@satxllitrry) April 17, 2023
Frank Ocean’s Coachella 2023 Weekend 1 setlist is:
- ‘Come On World, You Can’t Go!’
- ‘Crack Rock’
- ‘Bad Religion’
- ‘White Ferarri’
- ‘Pink + White’
- ‘In My Room’
- ‘No Church In The Wild’
- UNRELEASED NEW SONG
- UNRELEASED NEW SONG
- ‘Self Control’
- ‘At Your Best (You Are Love)’ (Aaliyah cover)
Fans have had a mixed reaction to Ocean’s set, with some praising it while others criticised the singer for being late and ending his set abruptly.
Check out a handful of reactions to Frank Ocean’s set below.
I MISS FRANK OCEAN SM, I WISH I WAS THERE#Coachella pic.twitter.com/BUql7qmSuV
— manu (@intuitivepapi) April 17, 2023
Frank Ocean trending #1 and the world watching him through tiktok and fucking Instagram live dawg he’s different
— Redemption. (@LonelyStarrr214) April 17, 2023
FRANK OCEAN HAS ME ASCENDING TO HEAVEN
— moony (@thatmoonyguy) April 17, 2023
THE SECURITY THROWING IT BACK DURING FRANK OCEAN??? WE AT A RAVE
— amy ! 🍳 (@kimjmcotton) April 17, 2023
Frank Ocean performing like the greatest artist of all time rn got me watching a livestream of another livestream
— Tris (@triston_gaj) April 17, 2023
Frank ocean covering Aaliyah is something I never knew I needed
— stephany ☾ (@Stephsloco) April 17, 2023
frank ocean u r the greatest
— grif (@ugottastoprn) April 17, 2023
frank ocean will play again on April 23 lets hope he performs ivy then and hopefully he comes out on time so the set doesn’t get cut short 😭
— ashlyn 𓆩♡𓆪 (@scoupstarz) April 17, 2023
Started the set late, didn’t let them live stream it, now ending the set early… frank ocean you will rue the day pic.twitter.com/j4oB4WgyXO
— uɐlɐ (@trapssoul) April 17, 2023
Frank ocean: “I love you all and I missed you guys”
me after that performance: pic.twitter.com/iGkSTstrDE
— 💌 (@chaiheaux) April 17, 2023
i just got second hand embarrassment from the frank ocean set
— lala (@captainkarina_) April 17, 2023
everyone needs to calm down, like i understand why people are upset but they’re taking it too far. obviously there’s a reason for franks set being cut. they need to remember that he went through something traumatic and it’s a huge step that he performed. leave frank ocean alone
— bri loves mangos (@Bri_lovesmang0s) April 17, 2023