'Why Idris Elba performing at Coachella?': Fans educate baffled Internet as actor set to perform at event

'Why Idris Elba performing at Coachella?': Fans educate baffled Internet as actor set to perform at event
Idris Elba is set to perform again at Coachella (Kate Green/Getty Images for Universal)

INDIO, CALIFORNIA: The lineup for Coachella 2023 has been released, and it features performances by a number of artists, including Bad Bunny, Charli XCX, Black Pink, Frank Ocean, Burna Boy, Becky G, and Björk. People online, however, are confused about one of the artists on the list.

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The artist is Idris Elba, an actor best known for his roles in the television series 'The Wire' and 'Luther', who is now slated to perform at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. This might come as a surprise to some that the 50-year-old 'Beast' actor previously made his Coachella debut in the year 2019. Elba completely wowed the 2019 Coachella crowd courtesy of the amazing support he received from his wife Sabrina Dhowe and his daughter Isan Elba. Elba usually performs under the name DJ Big Driis, but this time around at the 2023 Coachella, he went with his own name. This hints at a possible explanation for why people would be baffled by his inclusion on the list.

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People online have also embraced responsibility for educating the uninformed about Elba's work as a DJ. One person wrote, "I just looked at the Coachella line up again, & Idris Elba??? Lmao huh?" and another responded, "He was a DJ when he was a teenager LOL he's very Club house-y I love it."

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Another individual who was confused by Elba's inclusion on the list wrote, "Anyone want to tell me what idris elba is gonna do on that coachella stage," to which someone responded, "He DJs. He played the Yuma Tent a few years ago," and another uploaded an Elba performance from YouTube.

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Idris Elba's love for music

Elba's skills have come as quite a surprise to people, especially after seeing him take on roles as Beyonce's devoted husband in 2009's 'Obsessed' and as an action star in the films 'Thor' and 'Suicide Squad'. Aside from that, his work as a DJ, which served as the catalyst for his career, is something that many people are unaware of.

Elba had been a DJ before he became famous, making music his first passion. The British actor earlier admitted to People that he has been a music lover since he was 4 years old and was first "mesmerized by the turntable going around and around." He said, "I've worked my whole life to play at Coachella. I made it at 46! I nearly passed out when I found out."

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Elba began spinning records as a teenager and has performed worldwide from Ibiza to Los Angeles, even at the royal wedding reception of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. He had said, "They were great, and we had an amazing time. It was just an honor to be able to part of that celebration."

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Not only that he had even hustled his way into work with Jay Z for the album 'American Ganster' in 2002. Speaking with the Tonight show host Jimmy Fallon, he said, "Both these albums I’m on, and both those artists don't know I'm on those albums. You know what I mean? I literally hustled my own on to those albums," according to NME.

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