Frank Ocean Suffered Ankle Injury Days Before Coachella, Led to Production Changes

Frank Ocean Suffered Ankle Injury Days Before Coachella, Led to Production Changes

The singer took the stage as Sunday night’s (April 16) headliner.

Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City.

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Frank Ocean suffered an ankle injury at on-site rehearsals the week before Coachella, which led to production changes following doctors’ advice, Billboard can confirm.

According to TMZ, which first reported the news, one of the major production changes involved the use of an ice rink, which was built specifically for the headlining performance on Sunday (April 16). The skaters cast for the show still joined Ocean onstage despite the removed ice rink, and wore custom Prada as background dancers, according to a source close to the situation.

The source also noted that Coachella organizers loved the final product, which featured 20 songs including completely reworked versions of some of his hit tracks like “Pink White,” “Solo,” “Chanel,” “Wiseman” and more. Ocean closed out his much-awaited set with his cover of Aaliyah‘s 1994 track “At Your Best (You Are Love)” that was featured on his 2016 visual album Endless. See Billboard‘s full recap here.

The elusive singer’s performance came three years after Ocean, Travis Scott and Rage Against the Machine were all slated to headline the 2020 edition of Coachella, which was postponed due to COVID-19.

It is still unclear why Ocean began his set nearly an hour late or how injury may affect his Weekend 2 performance, as he’s scheduled to take the stage again on Sunday (April 23).

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