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Maggie Rogers Wasn't Allowed To Go To Coachella 6 Years Before Performing At the Weekend Festival

Maggie Rogers hit overnight stardom in 2016 when Pharrell Williams hosted a masterclass for music students at The Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. The then 22-year-old showed off her now-hit single "Alaska" to the music producer and he had "absolutely no" critiques. Two years later, the 24-year-old is playing at Coachella Music Festival in April. 

In a video posted to her Instagram profile Thursday, Rogers explained her first thoughts after she found out she will be apart of the star-studded lineup. 

"My first thought was of my 18th birthday," Rodgers said. "One of my friends had free tickets to Coachella, and my mom wouldn't let me go." 

"So, suck it, mom," she jokingly added. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

cant stop me this time mom I’m playing @coachella ___

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While playing Coachella is arguably every music artist's dream in and of itself, the 24-year-old is also playing the same day as two of her favorite artists.

"I'm playing the same day as Christine and the Queens and Tame Impala. Those are two of my favorite artists and I think it's going to be perfect," Rogers said in the video. 

Following the success of her debut single "Alaska," the Maryland-native performed on SNL in November and released her first studio album, Heard It In A Past Life, in January. 

Prior to her performance at Coachella, Rogers is currently touring Canada and other parts of the U.S. before making a stop in Indio, California. 

Joining Rogers in April include Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Childish Gambino and many more. Actor and DJ Idris Elba will also be in attendance and he told People he almost "passed out" when he heard the news. 

“I’ve worked my whole life to play at Coachella. I made it at 46,” Elba said. “I nearly passed out when I found out.”

The Luther star first became interested in music at the age of 4, according to his People interview. 

“I was mesmerized by the turntable going around and around,” he said.

Though better known for his acting gigs, the 46-year-old started spinning records as a teenager, working his way up to various club from Los Angeles to Ibiza. Arguably his more notable DJ gig, however, was last year at the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. 

“They were great, and we had an amazing time,” he says. “It was just an honor to be able to be part of that celebration.”

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