Earlier tonight, Frank Ocean cancelled his New York City, New York show at Bowery Ballroom an hour before he was set to perform.
Donning free conical straw hats decorated with a spray-painted panda face and a Chinese symbol, fans lined up down the block outside the club in anticipation of the show. Less than 15 minutes before doors were scheduled to open, security announced that Ocean was ill and would no longer be performing, stating that they were unsure if the show would be rescheduled. They also said that Ocean was in the building and had sound-checked, but that the concert was cancelled.
While fans waited on line, Ocean took to his Tumblr blog to announce the show’s cancellation. His post, titled “NEW YORK IS CANCELLED,” stated that the performance would be postponed and that tickets would be honored for the show.
“[O]r should i say postponed,” he wrote. “i played last night in new orleans, on antibiotics and some other meds. got sick a cpl days before i left los angeles. woke up this morning in new york and could barely speak. called a doctor to my hotel, got a steroid shot. took some more meds. laid in bed allday till soundcheck, got to the venue and could barely sing any of my songs. im really sorry yall. i been workin on this show for months, did everything i could to make it special for yall. i’ll be back soon as i’m healthy. thats my word. tickets will be valid for that, or you guys can get refunded. damn. this shit sucks.”
Last night, Ocean performed in New Orleans, Louisiana at House of Blues.