Frank Ocean cancels Splendour and sideshow performances

UPDATE: Frank Ocean has cancelled his remaining Australian tour dates.

Alt-J have replaced Frank Ocean as the headline band at Splendour on Sunday



It appears that Frank Ocean has cancelled his Splendour in the Grass sideshow in Melbourne tonight.

While there has been no official announcement from the show’s promoters – Live Nation and Niche Productions – or the venue, Crikey journalist Amber Jamieson has tweeted that the Melbourne show has “definitely” been cancelled. Ocean is scheduled to headline Splendour in the Grass on Sunday night and play a pair of sideshows in Sydney early next week. FL has contacted both promoters for comment; an official statement will be released shortly.

FL reviewer Edward Sharp-Paul, who was at last night’s show, says that Ocean mumbled his thank-you’s and trudged off before his band had even finished (an admittedly excellent version of) ‘Bad Religion’. “The house lights came up, and it slowly dawned on a bemused audience that yes, that was it,” Sharp-Paul reports. “It was admirable that he soldiered on through obvious discomfort, but might have been fairer on his fans had he postponed, rather than struggle through. ”[The full review will be published on FL later today.]

Watch Frank Ocean live in Melbourne last night:

This isn’t the first time Ocean has cancelled an Australian performance. A week before last year’s Future Music Festival Ocean dropped out of the tour citing difficulties with the recording of his debut album. “His commitment to the album, and creation of the right live show is paramount and he sends his deepest apologies that these plans have taken longer than anticipated,” Future’s promoters explained in a press release. Ocean also cancelled several European shows last year including appearances at Way Out West festival in Sweden, Pukkelpop, V festival, Rock en Seine, Bestival and nine dates opening for Coldplay.

The OFWGKTA member released his debut solo record Channel Orange last year to critical acclaim. The record earned Ocean a Grammy for Best Urban Contemporary Album, and nominations for Album of the Year, Best New Artist and Record of the Year. It was also came in at number six on FL’s Top 50 albums of 2012, where it was described as a “a richly layered and emotional record that soars above the R&B pack.”

Fellow Splendour in the Grass act Babyshambles cancelled all their sideshows last week.

Frank Ocean’s Splendour tour:

Thursday, July 25 – Festival Hall, Melbourne

Friday, July 26 – Festival Hall, Melbourne

Sunday, July 28 – Splendour in the Grass

Monday, July 29 – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney

Tuesday, July 30 – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney