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Frank Ocean (born October 27, 1987) is the stage name of extolled American R&B singer-songwriter Christopher Breaux, born in Long Beach, California, but raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Raised on a healthy diet of local jazz and his mother’s CD collection which included Celine Dion and Anita Baker, during his teenage years Ocean would wash cars and mow lawns to pay for studio time. The singer later enrolled at the University of New Orleans before hurricane Katrina hit, which offered Frank Ocean some perspective and the singer subsequently moved to Los Angeles, California. Having recorded a number of demos at a friend’s studio, the alt-R&B singer earned a songwriting deal and began penning songs for the likes of Justin Bieber, John Legend, and Beyoncé.
Reluctant to remain in the limelight’s shadow, Ocean joined the hype-inspiring hip-hop collective Odd Future in 2009. During his time with the group the singer’s songwriting found a new lease of life thanks to band member Tyler, the Creator, and Ocean subsequently inked a solo deal with Def Jam Recordings. In 2011 Ocean released his debut mixtape “Nostalgia, Ultra”, which was extolled by critics and fans alike. Endowed with natural R&B tones and a willingness to take experimental risks, the record introduced the singer to a new host of listeners and future collaborators. Later in 2011 the singer appeared on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s collaborative album “Watch the Throne” raising the anticipation for his debut full-length.
Frank Ocean’s released his first full-length album “Channel Orange” in July 2012, universally receiving widespread and absolute critical acclaim. Featuring hip-hop, soul and R&B influences, the record is one of powerful imagery and Ocean’s enviably confessional songwriting. Propelling the singer to the heights of musical success the record debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and produced the singles “Thinkin Bout You”, “Pyramids”, “Sweet Life”, and “Lost”. The record went on to earn Ocean six Grammy Award nominations and was supported by an extensive U.S and European tour.
Out of all the artists I have had the opportunity to see live to date, Frank Ocean comes out top. In 2013, headlining the second stage at Wireless Festival, I made great attempt to get I good spot in the crowd, anticipating that this performance wouldn't disappoint. And it didn't. There were no gimmicks, just Frank Ocean and his piano. It was a breathtaking, solo live performance. He performed most of the Channel Orange album, which the crowd reacted eagerly to each and every track intro. He also performed the full version of "Pyramids," which got the crowd really going. The highlight of his set has to be "Thinkin' bout you." I think this is the most memorable live musical moment I am proud to say I was present for. In the tent, every single person in the crowd was singing along with Frank Ocean for this one, so much so that it drowned Frank out. Regardless, it was a beautiful moment, for such a soulful song. Of my Wireless experience that year, Frank Ocean was by far my favourite act, beating likes of Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Miguel and Kendrick Lamar. Frank Ocean is someone who I would thoroughly recommend to anyone familiar with his material. For a live musical act, he is one of the best out there.
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Frank Ocean is an American R&B singer and songwriter who hails all the way from the States. Ocean, real name Christopher Breaux, has made quite a name for himself in the States and is now making himself a household name worldwide. Ocean has an amazing voice and his vocals suit a live performance, where he really gets to show off his raw, natural talent. I’ve heard Ocean reach notes that most female artists would be unable to reach. His concert was amazing, displaying his whole array of hits as well as his lesser known songs. Ocean mixed ballads, such as the brilliant ‘Thinking Bout You’ which really showed off his vocal skills, to more upbeat tracks such as ‘Swim Good’. Ocean tends to close his eyes when he sings ballads, and really concentrate on evoking real, raw emotions. During the more upbeat tempos, he gets the crowd going, swaying their arms and dancing to the chilled beats. His music is perfect for a festival crowd, as it is chilled and easy to listen to. Frank Ocean is a soulful singer who needs no gimmicks to be brilliant on stage.
Many people would argue that Californian singer/songwriter Frank Ocean has changed the face of R & B with the release of his first two albums 'nostalgia,ULTRA' and 'Channel ORANGE'. The intelligent lyricist breathed a much needed breath of fresh air into a highly recycled genre and demonstrated what could be achieved when manipulating the key conventions.
The former member of Odd Future has had great experience onstage yet he seems to adopt a whole new confident persona during his solo headline tours. Perhaps it is the fact he has a great backing band supporting him or the fact every person in the room has brought tickets to his show. Whatever the reason, he conducts the show with a bold pace able to really stretch out moments and bask in the instrumentals or lyrical bridges. The crowd goes absolutely wild throughout as he is something of a cult hero on both the UK and US circuit, he thanks them and concludes with an endearing 'Sierra Leone'.
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Christopher Francis Ocean (born Christopher Breaux; October 28, 1987), better known by his stage name Frank Ocean, is an American singer and songwriter from New Orleans, Louisiana. Ocean started his career as a ghostwriter for artists such as Brandy, Justin Bieber, and John Legend. In 2010, he became a member of alternative hip hop collective OFWGKTA also known as Odd Future, and his debut mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, was released to critical acclaim in 2011.
Channel Orange (stylized as channel ORANGE) is the debut studio album of American recording artist Frank Ocean, released on July 10, 2012, by Def Jam Recordings. After releasing his 2011... Read More
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14 Artists Who Need to Tour Australia as Soon as Possible
They often say absence makes the heart grow fonder, but countless australian music fans are holding out hope for some of these musical icons., tyler jenke, tyler jenke's most recent stories.
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Australia is often a major touring destination for most artists, but some of the world's biggest names seem to have an aversion to coming down under.
It’s no secret that Australians love their live music. Why, in addition to Melbourne being named the live music capital of the world , Irish icons U2 managed to pull in US $35.7 million from just eight shows in Australia last year. No matter how you slice it, that’s a testament to how much your average Aussie likes a night out with some good tunes.
But spare a thought for some of the most diehard music fans out there who never get a chance to see their favourite acts live. While Aussies never got a chance to see Canadian icons Rush during their lifetime, artists like Madonna and Paul McCartney finally ended local touring droughts of 23 and 24 years, respectively, when they both finally visited a few years back.
However, countless artists remain on the wish-lists of numerous Australian music-lovers. With some of them not visiting for a number of years or even during their entire careers, we’ve decided to take a look at some of the artists who need to add a trip down under to their itineraries, stat!
Years Since Last Tour: 7
The story of Frank Ocean’s sole trip to Australia is a bittersweet one, really. Having been named as one of the international acts on Splendour in the Grass’ 2013 lineup, the former Odd Future member was set to be one of the festival’s biggest drawcards. Releasing his Nostalgia, Ultra mixtape in 2011, and sharing Channel Orange in 2012, things were shaping up to make his Australian visit one for the ages.
Performing in Melbourne on July 25, Ocean kicked off his local tour with a headline show at Festival Hall, but “vocal issues [he] experienced during the show” meant that he was forced to seek medical attention; ultimately leading to the cancellation of his entire tour . This cancellation included a spot on the Splendour in the Grass lineup, and gave Australian fans one lone solo show to remember from his all-too brief visit.
Since then, tour dates have been sporadic at best for the critically-acclaimed musician, leading some to wonder when – if ever – he might return. Thankfully, the release of new music and an impending headline spot on the Coachella lineup indicates that maybe local fans will get another chance to catch him live sometime soon.
Oh, and remember how we said Ocean’s Aussie tour was a bittersweet one? Well, his Splendour cancellation resulted in the call-up of a steadily-rising New Zealand artist named Lorde. We’re not saying this festival appearance was what put her on the path to superstardom , but locals will forever remember seeing Lorde at Splendour before she hit the big-time.
“There are so many people choosing violence and division right now,” Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo said.
In the interest of fairness, this one should be prefaced by saying that it’s not quite Metallica’s fault that we’ve waited seven years for their return, with last year’s planned tour being cancelled due to frontman James Hetfield entering rehab.
For a band like Metallica though, it could almost be expected that it takes them a while to circle back around to country. After all, as one of the most successful metal bands in the world, it’s understandable that their legions of fans around the globe are calling for the group to headline their local stadium. However, the band’s last trek to Australia took place way back in 2013, and while we’re not bitter per se, that was a total of four North American tours ago.
Having been out on the road on their WorldWired Tour since 2016, Metallica have been busy with close to 200 tour dates around the world. Though they’ve promised a return to Australia at some point, we’re hoping it’ll take place before a new album kicks off a brand new tour cycle.
Years Since Last Tour: 8
While Radiohead have played hundreds of critically-acclaimed shows in countries like their native United Kingdom and even the United States, the only thing Australians are united in is a collective dismay at a lack of the band’s local gigs. Touring the country a total of four times since their formation, it took Radiohead over eight years to return after their 2004 tour, with two albums following in the meantime.
Though Thom Yorke and co. haven’t given a reason why Australia so frequently gets a raw deal with their shows, it appears they do like to try and make up for lost time when they finally return, with the group’s frontman famously playing a DJ set to a packed crowd at Sydney’s Goodgod Small Club back in 2012.
At this stage, there’s no word when you can pencil in a return visit, with drummer Philip Selway recently revealing they’d be taking 2020 off to focus on other projects. “This is kind of the year away from Radiohead, but we will pick that up again,” he explained.
System of a Down
When System of a Down announced heir hiatus back in 2006, fans figured that it would just be a handful of years before the group returned to both the live stage and studio in order to resume their usual touring and recording habits. While their 2011 reformation is yet to boast new music , the group’s live return resulted in their third visit to Australia when they headlined the 2012 edition of the Soundwave Festival .
Serving as a stunning return to form for the metal titans, local fans have been left waiting for news of another tour ever since. Considering they’ve been somewhat consistent with their touring schedule since reuniting, it’s logical to assume that live dates are set to follow at some point. However, since the’ve never done a headline tour of the country, it’s likely we’ll be waiting until Download Festival announces them as headliner in the coming years.
Despite Janelle Monáe having risen to fame throughout much of the last decade, fans have been bumping her tracks ever since the release of her demo record, The Audition , way back in 2003. While 2010’s The ArchAndroid brought Monáe the widespread success she so deserved, it eventually resulted in her first-ever visit to Australia back in 2012, which took place as part of the Vivid LIVE festival in Sydney.
Now, almost eight years, and one cancelled tour later , fans appear to be no closer to getting the announcement of a return appearance from the artist. With her most recent album, Dirty Computer , being released in 2018, and numerous acting roles taking place since then, it’s logical to assume she might be a bit too busy to book in an Australian tour these days. While a new set of dates being announced seems closer to a dream than a reality, at least we’ve got those amazing memories of May 2012 to tide us over.
Years Since Last Tour: 12
It feels as though it’s always been in Björk’s nature to reside somewhere just outside of the spotlight of mainstream publicity. Though her music has constantly been a source of praise and inspiration, her live shows have always felt as though they’re designed to be once-in-a-lifetime affairs. Though her ’90s output resulted in two tours across 1994 and 1996, fans had to wait another 12 years before Björk would return; this time sharing a Big Day Out bill alongside Rage Against The Machine.
Famously, fans at the Sydney leg of the tour found themselves somewhat hard done by, with her festival appearance being cancelled due to vocal issues suffered during a headline gig at the Sydney Opera House. Maybe this is why when Björk Digital made its world premiere at the 2016 Vivid LIVE event in Sydney, the artist actually turned up for a pair of DJ sets , and overlooked the rest of the country.
Though three studio albums have arrived since her last full visit to the country, it remains to be seen when Björk might return for a series of headline shows.
Rage Against the Machine
Just like Björk, the last time Australian fans saw Rage Against the Machine on local soil was thanks to the 2008 Big Day Out festival. Having reformed only one year earlier, many were witnessing something that they thought the might never see, while others treated their performances as the life-changing events they truly were.
Though rumours of new music never came to fruition, the eventual split around 2011 gave birth to Prophets of Rage ; a supergroup featuring three quarters of the group (minus frontman Zack de la Rocha), alongside members of Cypress Hill and Public Enemy.
Although Prophets of Rage did make an Australian appearance for the inaugural Download Festival in 2018, last year brought with it the news that Rage Against the Machine had once again reformed for a series of tour dates in 2020. However, while this impressive list of dates is slowly expanding, Australians are still left wanting in regards to when we might see the giants of political rock.
Guided by Voices
Years Since Last Tour: 20
If there’s one thing that fans of Ohio indie-rockers Guided by Voices would be painfully aware of, it’s the band’s aversion to touring outside of North America and the UK. In fact, across the 37-year career, the band have barely toured outside of the US, UK, and Canada to the point where most countries boast one solitary visit from the band at some point. Such is the case of Australia, where the group toured in 2000 in support of their 11th album, Do The Collapse .
To be fair, Guided by Voices did split up in 2004, and since 2010 have been relatively consistent with their performances, meaning that the chances of them once again returning to Australia aren’t hopeless. However, with an apparent magnetic attraction to the recording studio rather than the tour bus, it’s unclear when Robert Pollard and his extensive list of collaborators might return to our shores once again.
Years Since Last Tour: 22
For over two decades now, it’s been painfully obvious that Rancid don’t have any plans to return to Australia. A shame, really, considering that their first two visits between 1996 and 1998 not only remain a highlight of the ’90s for many punk fans, but also resulted in the romance of frontman Tim Armstrong and Australian Brody Dalle . Ultimately, their separation a few years later seemed to sour Armstrong’s view of Australia, even going so far as to label Melbourne (Dalle’s hometown) as a “tropical London” on the Rancid song of the same name.
Now, 22 years on from their last tour of Australia, fans are still wondering if the band may in fact ever return. Though new records have come forth, an apparently misguided attempt at marketing merchandise to their Aussie fans in 2016 resulted in comments stating that the band “obviously don’t give a fuck about [their] fans down here.” Though it’s doubtful that such language has enticed the band to tour here any time soon, it looks as though any hopes of catching Rancid live will involve airfare costs.
Years Since Last Tour: 26
When Depeche Mode released Violator – their seventh album – in 1990, the English outfit decided to visit Australia for a two-date promo tour. Unfortunately, singer Dave Gahan strained his voice at the Sydney performance, causing the Melbourne date to be cancelled just as doors were set to open. Making it up to fans a few years later, Depeche Mode returned in support of their follow-up, Songs of Faith and Devotion , in 1994. Since then though, it appears the group aren’t too keen on adding some more stamps to their passport.
Since 1994, Depeche Mode haven’t exactly been a prolific group (releasing just six albums), though their relentless touring schedule have seen them play shows almost everywhere around the world except Australia. Could it be it’s now been far too long for a return tour? Or could their lack of local dates be due to Martin Gore’s comments in 1994 that “Australia is where [they] are least successful”? Either way, it’s looking like fans holding out for a new Depeche Mode tour are set to be let down yet again.
His name is synonymous with country music, he’s one of the best-selling artists of all time, and he boasts an amazing 13 Grammy Awards, but one thing Garth Brooks is seemingly unable to achieve is another Australian tour. Performing down under for the first and only time in 1994 as part of his debut world tour, Brooks’ shows were a massive success, but once this international trek wrapped up, his tour dates were mainly confined to North America.
Even a stint as the Brisbane-born Chris Gaines wasn’t enough to convince Brooks to head back down to Australia. Of course, it’s not just Aussies who have been overlooked, with Brooks’ European fans not seeing him perform live since 1998 either, despite a five-date tour of Ireland being planned – and subsequently cancelled – in 2014. Currently, it seems as though Brooks has no intentions of performing outside of his native US, despite the pleas of his legions of fans.
Years Since Last Tour: 35
It says a lot about an artist like Van Morrison when he’s been on the road with remarkable consistency for over 50 years. Unfortunately, the lion’s share of this touring has seen him perform predominantly in the United Kingdom and the US, with Australia’s sole exposure to his music occurring back in 1985.
Arguably one of the hardest-working musicians in the business today, Morrison’s aversion to coming down under seems to stem from the fact that Australia is so far away. In fact, Bluesfest’s Peter Noble claimed in 2014 that a friendly relationship with Morrison’s agent led to the discovery he’s effectively “wasting [his] time” attempting to lure the Northern Ireland icon down to our shores.
At 74 and with 11 tour dates under his belt this year already, it’s clear that Van Morrison has no plans on stopping touring, but if catching him live is on your bucket list, you might want to start looking at flights.
Years Since Last Tour: 39
When Tom Waits first visited Australia back in 1979, his visit was marred by his now-iconic appearance on The Don Lane Show which Lane famously claimed “lit up our switchboard for about an hour after the show. And not all with compliments, either.” Two years later, Waits was back, and his month-long tour was just as memorable as the first, with tracks from his 1980 record Heartattack and Vine on full display.
Since then, it’s been radio silence for his Australian fans, with close to 39 years passing since his last visit. Of course, it’s not as if promoters haven’t been trying to get Waits back down under, with Peter Noble revealing that his frequent attempts to procure the artist had become even less likely in recent years, with the now-70-year-old performer having effectively retired from touring following his last large-scale tour in 2008.
Though he’s not retired altogether (he’s still a semi-active actor ), it’s looking less and less likely that Waits will return to Australia, and even more likely that his diehard fans may have missed their chance to catch him on stage.
Years Since Last Tour: Never Toured
In all honesty, it’s almost amazing that anyone has managed to see Kate Bush live, really, let alone her Australian fans. Though she first rose to fame with the success of The Kick Inside in 1978, both this record and her Lionheart follow-up resulted in 1979’s Tour of Life; her sole live trek to date. In addition to TV performances throughout the US and Europe, these 28 shows were critically-acclaimed, but left Bush exhausted and unwillingly to take her music on the road.
Though one-off performances did follow, it was until 35 years later than fans got another chance to catch Bush performing live, with her 22-date Before the Dawn residency at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. Again, attracting critical acclaim and drawing fans from all over the world, these shows have been her last to date, and the ever-reclusive Bush has made no announcements regarding new music or further performances.
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Elusive American musician Frank Ocean is potentially about to break his three-and-a-half-year musical hiatus. The artist took to his Instagram story on Wednesday, 8th November to share a 60-second snippet of an unreleased song, sparking widespread speculation about the impending release of a new single.
The short snippet features Ocean’s voice sounding dreamy alongside a steady keyboard sound, making it feel mysterious. The lyrics are a bit unclear, but the vocals and instrumentation blend together in a captivating way.
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Frank Ocean fans have been waiting patiently for new music since April 2020, when he released the singles ‘Cayendo’ and ‘Dear April’ . Ocean headlined the first weekend of Coachella in 2023 – to mixed reviews – but a second performance was cancelled due to injury .
While waiting for the new track to materialise, fans can enjoy the music that Ocean has already released. His long-playing releases, 2011’s Nostalgia, Ultra , 2012’s Channel Orange , and 2016’s Blonde , are all considered modern classics, while his Blonded Radio show is a treasure trove of unreleased music and Ocean’s favourite selections.
It’s also worth noting that Ocean has a history of surprise releases. In 2016, he released Blonde and Endless on the same day, with no prior announcement. So it’s possible that he’s planning to make an impromptu return in 2024.
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Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival co-founder Paul Tollett loves to drive, spending a typical work week crisscrossing Southern California, from Malibu to the desert, Pomona to downtown Los Angeles. And yet his most satisfying trip of late was a short drive to the Sunset Strip to see his first live concert in more than a year.
It was a surprise set at the intimate Roxy Theatre by hip-hop star Tyler, the Creator , who performed songs from his new album, “Call Me If You Get Lost.”
“That’s the only thing I’ve been to and, man, it felt great,” Tollett, 55, says of the June 29 performance. “Just being in there, and the energy... I missed it.”
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After a long 2020-21 derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Tollett is hoping to get that feeling a lot more often as the live music industry slowly reopens. In his role as president of Goldenvoice Productions, a subsidiary of AEG Presents, he typically oversees more than 2,000 shows a year across California and stretching to Las Vegas.
Most of his attention now is on finalizing details for the return of the hugely influential Coachella festival in 2022 — after an excruciating delay of three years since its 20th anniversary in 2019. He co-founded the festival with his late partner, Rick Van Santen, and retains half-ownership with AEG.
Looking even further ahead, he was ready to confirm something else: reclusive R&B visionary Frank Ocean will return as a headliner, but not until the 2023 festival.
Normally, Tollett would never reveal the name of any act so far in advance, but he says fans deserve some reassurance after the chaos and uncertainty of the last year and a half.
“Right now, it’s the Wild West,” he says. “I’m just trying to be as fair as I can to artists and to the fans to make sure that eventually they get to see everyone that we talked about.”
Originally booked for 2020 along with fellow headliners Rage Against the Machine and Travis Scott, Ocean was not available for the latest rescheduled Coachella , set to be held over the weekends of April 15-17 and April 22-24, 2022, at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif. (Rage Against the Machine and Scott will be back, with a third headliner to be announced.)
Even with the wait, a Frank Ocean performance remains a rare commodity. He performed at Coachella once before, in 2012, and delivered an especially memorable set in 2017 at the FYF Festival that Times critic Mikael Wood described as “a one-of-a-kind piece of performance art devised by a musician uninterested in the ordinary.”
Tollett agrees: “His FYF performance was phenomenal.”
There are other challenges in bringing back Coachella, which is recognized as the most profitable music festival in the U.S., grossing more than $100 million annually, and where acts ranging from Beyoncé to Radiohead to Billie Eilish have delivered career-defining performances.
When the 2020 show was originally booked, rappers Megan Thee Stallion and Doja Cat were listed lower on the bill as compelling newer acts, but they have since become major hit-makers. That will have to be reflected in their placement on the bill.
“It’s a whole different conversation,” Tollett says, “different stage, different timing.”
Tollett, who doesn’t often give interviews, agreed to talk in part to announce the Ocean commitment but also to discuss the devastating limbo the live music industry has been in since March 2020 and the arrival of COVID-19. He spoke where he’s often most comfortable, behind the wheel of his car, at the moment parked in Atwater Village. He was dressed in his usual jeans and a black baseball cap.
At Goldenvoice, which shares an office building with parent company AEG within walking distance of Staples Center downtown, the freezing of all live events for more than a year was a staggering blow. Some of its approximately 200 employees were furloughed during that period, though virtually all have since returned.
Last March, Coachella was preparing for its opening weekend when Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an emergency stay-at-home order across the state. Few realized how long it would last.
Moving trucks were already on-site in Indio, with workers beginning construction on tents and stages. Then, ominous warnings about the virus began to reach Tollett.
“I remember thinking, ‘I wonder if it’s going to affect Coachella just for a day or two? Wow, this could be weird. Could we really postpone a show?’”
The large commissioned art pieces that are a mainstay of the festival were also going up — their installation was about 80% completed when all work abruptly shut down. That artwork remains in place, but not all of it was built to survive until April.
“Some of that stuff is not going to last two years. We lost a lot of money on things like that,” Tollett says.
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The festival was initially postponed until October 2020, and Goldenvoice staff quickly organized a new plan for its 180 acts in less than two days of calls and emails. Artists and their representatives didn’t object, and the process went surprisingly smoothly, but that relief was short-lived as it became clear that the pandemic was not fading.
“Then it got harder: ‘Oh, it’s going to happen again,’” says Tollett, recalling the second rescheduling to April 2021. “We started getting a feeling fairly soon like, ‘Oh, man, this is not getting any better.’ And you can always count on everyone not to work together. It’s a complicated country, a complicated world, with different beliefs and what they want to do.”
More than half of Coachella’s ticket-buyers requested refunds during the early months of the pandemic.
“I joked that we did too good of a job on refunds,” Tollett says with a smile. “I understand you want your refund. You’ve got your hotel, your airfare, all your stuff. Tickets are the smallest of it all, actually.
“I’d rather the ticket buyers be happy with us than hold onto their money and later be mad.”
During the worst months of the pandemic, some prominent voices quoted in publications, including Billboard and Vice, began declaring that live music events might never return to normal. Tollett says he kept his cool, neither panicking nor rushing back into operation this year as vaccinations began to push back the threat. Being connected to AEG, he adds, helped Goldenvoice remain cautious. There was no pressure to restart the cash flow.
“I told AEG, ‘We’re going to wait on Coachella.’ It wasn’t a fight at all,” he said.
One influence on his decision was seeing a photograph from an earlier Coachella that captured five young friends enjoying the festival without restriction: hair blowing in the breeze, holding hands, no shoes. Tollett decided he didn’t want to bring the festival back until he could re-create moments like that.
“I don’t want to force it too soon. I’d rather wait,” he says. “You’ll never remember that you had to wait, but you’ll remember if you went to a really bad event.”
When tickets went on sale in June for the 2022 festival, without even a single artist being named, all 125,000 for each weekend sold within hours, as usual.
As shows have begun returning across the country, the Delta variant of COVID-19 has presented an alarming setback. A planned Foo Fighters concert to reopen the Forum in Inglewood was postponed when someone affiliated with the rock band was diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Over this past weekend, the annual Lollapalooza festival in Chicago returned with crowds at full capacity of about 100,000 fans each day. Attendees were required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within the previous three days.
Goldenvoice is only just beginning to promote shows again and is taking a wait-and-see attitude. The company isn’t requiring vaccinations or tests.
“We’re monitoring everything,” Tollett adds. “I don’t want to put anything in cement right now, because I just don’t know.”
About five years ago, Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates attended Coachella, and Tollett gave him a personal tour. It turned out that Gates had given the festival some thought.
“He goes, ‘I’ve been following the show for a while. I think it can last forever.’ I think, ‘Oh, that’s so great. I’m so happy,’” recalls Tollett. “And he says, ‘Except for...’ and he names a whole bunch of things, and ‘pandemic’ was one of them. And I’m like, ‘Wow, you’re a buzzkill.’ But he was right.”
Not that Tollett hadn’t considered the possibilities himself. He is someone who likes to make lists, compiling ideas, problems, solutions.
“I think about those things nonstop,” he says, adding, “We didn’t have insurance. So what we lost, we lost.”
Tollett notes that Goldenvoice has done well over the years and that the company did not request government assistance. Larger companies that have enjoyed success with festivals, he argued, should not be dipping into that funding.
“You all started festivals to make a bunch of money and you did, and then you hit a whammy,” Tollett says of promoters facing challenges during the pandemic year. “That’s a part of business — hitting whammies.”
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Now, he sees a coming traffic jam in the concert business as all the acts that had to cancel their 2020 touring plans rush out, alongside acts that were already set to launch in 2021 and 2022.
“Ticket prices concern me. Everyone is trying to make up for lost time,” Tollett says. “I’ve seen a bump in everything out there, not [just] music, but food prices, gas, everything. Everyone’s put a little something [extra] on, and that can’t last.”
Things at Goldenvoice are going well so far, although sales for country music concerts are lagging. Tollett notes that all the Goldenvoice festivals that have gone on sale this year are already sold out, including Coachella, the country-themed Stagecoach and the Just Like Heaven show in Pasadena.
“It’s a good market right now, but we don’t want to push it,” he says cautiously. “We just had to wait a couple of years.”
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Frank Ocean (born October 28, 1987) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, photographer, and visual artist. Recognized for his idiosyncratic musical style, introspective and elliptical songwriting, unconventional production techniques, and wide vocal range, Ocean is among the most acclaimed artists of his generation. Music critics have credited him with revitalizing jazz and funk influenced R&B, as well as advancing the genre through his experimental approach. He is considered a representative artist of alternative R&B.
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Following four years of recluse, Ocean released the visual project Endless , the day before releasing his highly anticipated second album Blonde (2016) , in order to fulfill contractual obligations with Def Jam. Released independently, Blonde debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Encompassing avant-garde, soul, and psychedelic rock, the album was acclaimed by critics and Ocean was praised for challenging the conventions of contemporary R&B and pop music.
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Frank Ocean has teased fans with a snippet of new material, sharing a minute-long clip of unreleased material. The preview was posted by Ocean on Instagram and can be heard below. There is no further information as to whether it will lead to a full release (or if it's even real ). The FADER has reached out for more details.
🚨 NEW SOUND ALERT 🚨 (via blonded on Instagram Stories) pic.twitter.com/rXzffLELCk — Frank Ocean Daily (@TeamFrankDaily) November 9, 2023
Ocean has been using Instagram more often than usual in recent weeks, sharing a series of selfies and pictures from his life. This post, shared on Wednesday, is the first time he has hinted at new music. He hasn’t released a new song since April 2020 when he dropped “Cayendo” and “Dear April.” A vinyl release of the two songs was scrapped in December that same year.
Since then Ocean has pursued many different ventures, including a reported project with director Luca Guadagnino and a separate A24 movie . His luxury goods brand Homer also branched out, releasing a $25,000 cock ring in 2022.
Speaking at the top of 2023, Ocean said he was "interested in more durational bodies of work," leading some to suggest/hope a new album was coming. His headline performance at Coachella in April, however, was divisive and Ocean pulled out of the second weekend through injury.
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The highly anticipated show came three years after Frank, Travis Scott and Rage Against the Machine were slated to take over the 2020 edition of the festival , which was postponed due to COVID. As the only performer who remained at the top of the bill since (as promised by Goldenvoice CEO and Coachella’s co-founder Paul Tollet in a 2021 interview ) Frank delivered an unbelievable (for more reasons than one) if not unorthodox set, that had fans grasping on to every moment. Because after Sunday night, who knew when we might see him again.
The “Met her at Coachella” line from set opener “Novacane” hit different in the desert, which served as Frank’s backdrop whenever the camera showed his POV from the center of it all — until he chose not to be.
Check out the five major takeaways from Frank Ocean’s Coachella 2023 headlining set below.
The Set-Up Was Deceptively Intimate
He reimagined his most-beloved songs.
Between Frank’s 2011 debut mixtape Nostalgia, Ultra and his 2016 magnum opus Blonde , the artist faced every performer’s two-fold issue: 1) What songs should I play? and 2) How do I make them special for this audience? He solved the dilemma by performing his classic hits in ways fans had never heard them before, including a stripped-down, acoustic version of “Pink + White,” a turnt up remix of “Solo,” a drill edit of “Chanel,” a punk rock remix of “Wiseman” and many more. Yet none of those favorites closed out the set; instead, Frank dug deep into his discography to pull out his cover of Aaliyah ‘s 1994 track “At Your Best (You Are Love)” that was featured on his 2016 visual album Endless .
There Was a Rave Intermission… And It Worked
Toward the end of his set, Frank shined his spotlight on DJ Crystalmess. “You can’t even see Frank Ocean but you get a little rave mix in the middle of the show,” Frank said, describing her set within a set. She strung together her own reimagining of Frank’s songs, like a Jersey Club remix of “Slide,” which Calvin Harris performed the night before on the same stage, as well as a bounce edit of “Pyramids” that left one scene-stealing security guard twerking like there’s no tomorrow — all of which was captured and shown as part of Frank’s live feed. The rave also brought out the only guest of the night: The lime green robotic baby doll Frank brought as his little date to the 2021 Met Gala .
He Sort of Debuted a New Song
The phrase “Inner Child” started circling around a screen within the stage as a young boy named Josiah — meant to represent Frank’s own inner child — began playing piano and lip-syncing along to Frank singing a new song. Josiah’s little braids were poking out from underneath a black durag similar to the one worn by Frank, who introduced Josiah to the Coachella crowd as swiftly as he was dismissed in the short, but sweet moment.
He Honored His Late Brother Ryan
“It’s been so long…. But I have missed you,” Frank admitted to the audience, before vaguely addressing the elephant in the desert. “I want to talk about why I’m here because it’s not because of a new album… Not that there’s not a new album,” he teased. He then hushed over zealous fans so he could explain what did make him return to the festival he first performed at over a decade ago. “You know, these last couple years, my life changed so much…. My brother and I, we came to this festival a lot,” he said, speaking of his late brother Ryan Breaux who died in 2020 from a car accident at only 18 years old.
“I feel like I was dragged out here half the time because I hated the dust out here, I always left with a respiratory infection, or what have you. So I would avoid coming, but I would always end up here. One of my fondest memories was watching Rae Sremmurd on I don’t know what that stage is called with my brother. And Travis [Bennett], I don’t know if Travis/Taco is here, but we was just dancing in that tent to their music, and I know he would’ve been so excited to be here with all of us. I want to say thank you for the support and the ears and the love over all this time.”
Maybe he needed this just as much as we did.
UPDATE: This article was updated May 1 at 7:05 p.m. EST to correct the number of years since Frank Ocean last performed in the United States.
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When rumors emerged in September 2021 that Frank Ocean was shopping the follow-up album to his 2016 masterpiece Blonde , fans quickly stopped in their tracks.
Ocean — who exited his deal with Def Jam Recordings following the release of his visual LP Endless — has been slated to headline Coachella’s 2023 lineup since last June. Coachella co-founder Paul Tollet sat down with the Los Angeles Times initially confirming the Channel Orange singer’s set this coming April — and fans think Frank won’t be playing seven-year-old music on stage.
. @coachella about to be a MOVIE this year… 🤯😱 #FrankOcean officially confirmed, @MetroBoomin off the ‘H&V’ hype, @kennybeats , @dominicfike and so much more are slated to perform! #OGM pic.twitter.com/5ReLphpl6j — Our Generation Music (@OGMusicCo) January 10, 2023
In a new interview with the @latimes , @coachella co-founder Paul Tollett has confirmed that #FrankOcean will headline the festival in 2023. #OGM + READ MORE ✍️: https://t.co/KKRW74wXpI pic.twitter.com/m3sXELrxsl — Our Generation Music (@OGMusicCo) April 29, 2022
Ocean reignited the burning question of his impending return to music without saying a word, as conversation surrounding his reported studio album began to pick back up this week. According to a previous report from Hits Daily Double , it states that Ocean’s attorneys have “been taking meetings and playing the music for execs as he plans his return” since mid-summer.
This comes after Ocean attended the Met Gala that continued a recent string of public appearances in late 2021. In August that same year, Frank had announced a debut line of luxury jewelry and his newly-founded company Homer , which consists of “fine and high jewelry pieces,” ranging from $395 to $1.9 million.
Insiders are chirping that Frank Ocean is shopping a new album… https://t.co/UJtXejfvHx pic.twitter.com/aGfLNVl421 — HITS Daily Double (@HITSDD) September 15, 2021
Sitting down with Financial Times in his first interview in over two years, Frank opened up about Homer’s inception — detailing his motivations behind business ownership, his journey into “hard goods,” his relationship with Virgil Abloh, his fashion inspirations and what he keeps locked away on his iPad — “until he’s ready to show the world.” Ocean is also in talks of directing his first feature film with production powerhouse A24 in the near future.
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Releasing singles in “ DHL ,” “ In My Room, ” “ Dear April ” and “ Cayendo ” in 2019-20, Ocean looked to be gearing up for an eventual album release off these tracks. However, when his 18-year-old brother Ryan Breaux tragically passed away in 2020, any previous plans for a project were seemingly put on hold.
In hopes that he has completed a distribution deal, we can only pray that Frank’s long-awaited return comes before he touches down in the Coachella desert.
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