Fans who were unable to watch Frank Ocean’s headlining set at Coachella through the festival’s YouTube channel felt a sense of missing out, while those who attended were concerned when the singer failed to show up for over an hour. Despite his reputation for being enigmatic and elusive, waiting for such a long time left fans feeling restless. However, Frank Ocean started his set with the popular fan favorite “Novacane,” a breakout single from his 2011 mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, which instantly won back the crowd’s favor.
Following “Novacane,” he performed “Crack Rock,” “Bad Religion,” and “White Ferrari” before reminiscing about his favorite Coachella memories, which included watching performances by Rae Sremmurd and Travis Scott. Although he admitted that he didn’t like coming to the desert due to the dust causing respiratory infections, he expressed his gratitude to fans for showing up to see him after so long, as his last Coachella appearance was in 2012.
While Frank Ocean has released two studio albums, Channel Orange and Blonde, as well as a visual project called Endless, he has not been a frequent performer at festivals and has toured minimally. Prior to headlining the canceled 2020 edition of Coachella, he hosted a series of DJ events in 2019 where he debuted some of his new music after years of absence.
During his speech at Coachella, Frank Ocean clarified that he did not take the gig to promote a new project, even though he confirmed that he is working on one.