Just over a week before Future Music Festival 2012 kicks off at the Doomben Racecourse in Brisbane, Odd Future member and singer/songwriter Frank Ocean has announced that he is pulling out of the festival due to his live show taking longer to plan out than expected.
Mark Ronson was also forced to cancel his appearance a few months back due to other commitments.
“Future Entertainment are sad to announce that due to the delay of his debut album, Frank Ocean will no longer feature on the Future Music Festival bill this March,” said a statement today from the promoters.
“Information received from his management advises that 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.”
“We are assured that new dates will be forthcoming,” it continued. “And Future look forward to announcing these when the information is available to us. Future Music Festival begins its epic journey throughout the country next week.”
Fans will still be able to dance along to the tunes of New Order, The Rapture, Aphex Twin, Fatboy Slim, LCD Soundsystem DJs, The Wombats, Friendly Fires, and Gym Class Heroes to name a few.
The news caps off what has been months of turmoil for the controversial rap outfit due to the backlash over the groups behaviour and lyrics, such as Tyler, The Creators recent on stage flip out where he destroyed the sound desk at LA’s famous Roxy Theatre on Sunset Boulevard.
The group were also unceremoniasly dumped from the New Zealand leg of the Big Day Out after gay acitivists demanded the group be pulled from the festival. But things really came to a head when it was reported that freelance photographer Amy Harris was assaulted by Odd Future member Vyron Turner, aka Left Brain, at an event in New Orleans.
Although at the time Harris declined to press charges she swiftly changed her mind after the groups publicist issued a statement that denied the incident.
Future Music Festival 2012
Saturday 3rd March – Doomben Racecourse, Brisbane
Sunday 4th March – Arena Joondalup, Perth
Saturday 10th March – Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney
Sunday 11th March – Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
Monday 12th March – Ellis Park, Adelaide