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Frank Ocean Is Still Going to Headline Coachella After All

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Frank Ocean is coming to Coachella, even if it’s three years late.

In a new LA Times interview, Coachella co-founder Paul Tollett has revealed that Ocean, who was supposed to headline the world-famous music festival back in 2020, will instead be headlining the show in 2023. He will be the first out gay man to headliine when he does — unless an out gay man headlines the 2022 event.

Ocean was originally slated to be one of the festival’s headliners in 2020, alongside Rage Against the Machine and Travis Scott. When that festival was cancelled due to the pandemic, organizers rescheduled for the weekends of April 15-17 and April 22-24, 2022, but Ocean was not available to play those dates.

Just when it seemed like we’d all miss out on what was sure to be a Coachella set to remember, we got the good news. Even though it will be three years later than originally planned, Ocean is set to headline the festival in 2023.

In the Times article, Appleford writes that “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.”

But Tollett told Appleford that he wants to assure fans that they’ll get to see the artists they want to. “Right now, it’s the Wild West. 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,” he said.

This year marks the fifth anniversary of Ocean’s critically acclaimed third album, Blond, also the last album the artist has released.

Ocean has released several singles since then, but maybe with the extra time before his performance, he’ll be able to work on his much anticipated third album.

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