Video: Coldplay’s ‘great escape’

2011-10-22 00:00

IT’S been the buzz of social networks this week.

Coldplay’s new music video for Paradise was released on Wednesday, showcasing lead singer Chris Martin, dressed in a plush elephant costume, embarking on a unicycle trip through the Karoo — among other things.

The clip opens with sun-drenched shots of the South African plains, wildebeest silhouetted against the setting sun. The story then cuts to Martin (as an elephant), jailed against his will in a London zoo, but planning an escape.

He busts out, hops on the Tube and heads towards Heathrow Airport where he sneaks aboard a plane bound for Cape Town.

After procuring a unicycle from some busking (street dancing), he rides through the Karoo, removing his mask at one point to prove it is indeed Martin himself aboard the unicycle.

At sunset on an open plain he discovers his band-mates, who are also all dressed as elephants.

The final chorus ends with actual performance footage from the band’s Johannesburg concert, where they bop and leap in elephant regalia, to an enraptured SA audience.

The video ends with a gleeful slo-mo shot of the band sprinting across the plains, in full elephant regalia.

• The clip is on The Witness website at

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.