News: Drake's OVO Fest Suffers Big Setback After Frank Ocean's Odd Injury
Tuesday, Jul 30, 2013 2:25PM
Days after Young Money's Drake announced Maybach Music Group rapper Wale would join his OVO Fest concert series next month, new reports claim a major shuffle is taking place in light of an injury to headline performer Frank Ocean.
According to reports, Drizzy's OVO Fest opening night is nixed due to Ocean's injury.
The opening night of next week's OVO Fest in Toronto has been cancelled due to the vocal problems of its headliner, Frank Ocean, Live Nation announced on Tuesday. Ocean, who suffered a tear on his vocal cord last week, resulting in the cancellation of an Australian tour, was to perform on Aug. 4 at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in Canada's largest city. James Blake, who was to perform on the same bill as Ocean, will instead be added to the sold-out Aug. 5 show alongside Drake and Wale. Tickets for the opening night will be refunded. (Billboard)
Last week, Drake broke some news to his 11.5 million Twitter followers about Wale joining the OVO Fest.
"@Wale August 5th on stage at OVO Fest before me. It's gonna be a doozy.," he tweeted July 26. (Drake's Twitter)
Along with the performance hype, Drizzy has teamed up with New Era for a line of Toronto Blue Jays hats to promote the concert.
While we await the arrival of Drake's new album Nothing Was the Same, which drops on September 17, the rapper has been ramping up hype in myriad ways. Leading up to his OVO Fest and North American tour, he's teamed up with the Toronto Blue Jays and New Era for a new hat collaboration. The hats, which are pictured above, are part of New Era's 5950 series and include the Blue Jays logo along with a stitched, commemorative OVO patch on the side. They'll be available in black or royal blue. (Exclaim)
Drizzy recruited a slew of hip-hop heavyweights like Nicki Minaj, French Montana, Meek Mill and more for last year's OVO Fest.
Drake headlined his third annual OVO Festival in his hometown of Toronto on Sunday night (August 5) with guests like Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, A$AP Rocky, Snoop Dogg as his reggae alter-ego Snoop Lion, French Montana, Meek Mill and singer The Weeknd all sharing the stage with him. And as promised, Drake unleashed his featured guest appearance on Aaliyah's posthumous single, "Enough Said," debuting it as part of his huge concert last night. It has previously been reported that Drizzy would be executive-producing the late and loved singer's posthumous album and "Enough Said" seems to be the first listen off the project. (XXL Mag)