Bristol audience angry over Frank Ocean no-show at James Blake clubnight, despite clarification

Blake is currently on a three-date UK tour

James Blake has announced that neither he nor Frank Ocean will perform live during the 1-800 Dinosaur ‘road trip’ tour, despite previous reports.

The short stint kicked off in Bristol last night (April 9), with the likes of Airhead, Dan Foat, Klaus, Trim and Mr Assister on the bill. Blake had previously stated that BOYSDONTCRY, the rumoured title of Ocean’s next album and accompanying new magazine, had been “added to the 1-800 DINOSAUR road trip line up”.

However, Blake has subsequently issued a statement to Facebook clarifying matters. “Frank and I are not performing live or on tour,” Blake wrote. “We’re on a 1-800 DINOSAUR road trip, putting on club nights and documenting the weekend for the BoysDontCry Magazine.”


After playing cuts such as the Dimitri In Paris remix of Donny Hathaway’s ‘In The Ghetto’ and his own ‘CMYK’, James Blake wrapped up his Bristol DJ set at 2.20AM. East London MC Trim mentioned Ocean’s name to an excited response from the crowd, but the US R&B singer did not appear on stage at any point.

While there were rumours that Frank Ocean was present collecting photos for his to-be-released fanzine (rumoured to be set for release alongside the album), the Grammy-award winning vocalist made no appearance on stage. There was audible booing when the house lights came on at the end of the night.

After the event, one 21 year-old fan told NME, “I was into the music they were playing, I just felt I was waiting for something that never happened. It made it a bit flat.” After the event, many ticket-holders went to Facebook and Twitter to communicate their disappointment.


Blake’s later took to Facebook to clarify the nature of Ocean’s involvement but made the post after tickets had already sold out. Many have used the comment section to vent their disappointment.

One fan wrote, “If you don’t want to hear generic house for five hours, don’t go to this. Left early as James Blake clearly mislead people to push ticket sales. Not cool”. While another added, “Well done. You sold out your shitty midweek club night with lies and disinformation. Last time anything to do with you benefits from my money”.

The tour will continue in Manchester this evening (April 10), followed by a London date on Sunday (April 12).