Most notably, Elba has appeared as Heimdall in Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War.
The actor has also portrayed characters in The Dark Tower, Star Trek: Beyond, Finding Dory, The Jungle Book, Zootopia, Beasts Of No Nation and many more.
While many know Elba for his acting, even more are just learning he’s also a DJ thanks to the lineup announcement.
Some thought it must be a different Idris Elba…
I’m confused…why is my man Idris Elba gonna be there Saturday🤔😂 unless there’s another singer w that name I’m lost pic.twitter.com/FupcXQ2NUr
— kacia➰ (@castingshadxws) January 3, 2019
Wait like…THAT Idris Elba? pic.twitter.com/BFr6Y3shWq
— Yule Lad Austin 〽️🏳️🌈 (@TheBrotographer) January 3, 2019
While others were simply mind blown over the discovery…
I’m so intrigued as to what this set will look like seeing as how this is the first time of me knowing that Idris Elba does music. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/O4ANTNueXi
— Jade Forest (@iamjadeforest) January 3, 2019
I was today years old when I learned that Idris Elba is also a musician pic.twitter.com/zOzCSygpfw
— Jaan (@Currygoddd) January 3, 2019
*when I see Idris Elba on the Coachella line up and not understanding but still happy* pic.twitter.com/BevTlXTvkg
— Jabari McDonald (@Jabartender) January 3, 2019
And some didn’t care what he was doing at Coachella, they were here for it regardless…
The hell is Idris Elba doing in the @coachella lineup? He gone sit there and look fine for 50 min?!
Actually, that makes sense. pic.twitter.com/Atd3ewX12s
— 💢 (@donnyhighrollah) January 3, 2019
I would deadass pay $500 to see Idris Elba stand still on a stage and just breathe into a microphone, so pLEASE tell me what this man finna do at Coachella I’m losing my fucking mIND
— arro (@_osmosisjones) January 3, 2019
If Idris Elba doesn’t come out for his Dj set like this I’m not watching pic.twitter.com/pPevKt0zWM
— Shivs (@Donshivs) January 3, 2019
While Elba’s name appears as is on the festival’s lineup, he has gone by other names such as DJ Big Driis and Big Driis the Londoner.
Elba later confirmed his set by tweeting a simple, “See you in the desert.”
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) January 3, 2019
You can see a clip of Elba DJing below.
In perhaps the smartest marketing move ever, today Netflix also announced Elba will be starring in Turn Up Charlie as “a struggling DJ turned nanny.”
.@idriselba has a new show where he plays a struggling DJ turned nanny and all I can say is SIGN ME UP!!!!
— Strong Black Lead (@strongblacklead) January 3, 2019
The show premieres March 15, and you can catch Elba onstage at Coachella Saturday April 13 and 20.
Full 2019 Coachella lineup
Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Ariana Grande will be the headliners for Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively across both weekends.
Coachella’s first weekend kicks off April 12-14, and the second weekend will be April 19-21. Both weekends will be in Indio, California.