Frank Ocean has canceled his first Australian tour dates after suffering a tear in one of his vocal cords. Though the Grammy award winning R&B artist was able to perform his first show of the tour at Melbourne’s Festival Hall, Billboard reports that the singer was “noticeably off-key” and informed the audience that he was feeling sick during the performance.
All of Ocean’s Australian shows sold out quickly, resulting in additional performances being added. The mini-tour was planned around Ocean’s appearance at the Splendour in the Grass, an Australian festival in which Ocean was headlining alongside Mumford & Sons and The National. “With Splendour already in full swing this is devastating news for the event and will be for many of our patrons,” a spokesperson for the festival stated.
After Frank Ocean’s spotty performance on Thursday at Festival Hall, the singer sought out medical advice on his vocal issues, subsequently Ocean found out that he had suffered “a small tear to one of his vocal cords” and was instructed to begin resting his voice.
“Due to Frank Ocean’s tight tour schedule it is not possible to schedule replacement dates, however we will be working to confirm a return to Australia as soon as is practical,” reads a statement from LiveNation. While fans may not get to see the sensational singer in the foreseeable future, all ticket holders will be receiving full refunds.