Frank Ocean announces first U.S. shows since 2014
Frank Ocean announced his first U.S. shows since 2014 on Tuesday. The enigmatic R&B singer will headline Alabama’s Hangout Music Festival, scheduled for May 19-21, and Washington’s Sasquatch Music Festival, slated for May 26-28. Ocean also announced a June 9 date at Denmark’s NorthSide Festival and a July 14 gig at London’s Lovebox Festival.
Ocean’s most recent American gig was his Bonnaroo set in June 2014. While Tuesday’s concert announcements may excite his fans with the prospect of more shows, Ocean hinted in a recent interview that a full-blown tour might not be in the works.
“I need to know how many records I’ve sold, how many album equivalents from streaming, which territories are playing my music more than others,” he told the The New York Times, “because it helps me in conversations about where we’re gonna be playing shows.”
Earlier this year, Ocean released the audio-visual project Endless along with Blonde, his follow-up to 2012’s seminal Channel Orange. For Black Friday, he made physical copies of Blonde available for the first time.