Andy Serkis Helps Coldplay Go Primal For Adventure of a Lifetime Video

Chris Martin and his bandmates are playing chimp versions of themselves (resist the urge for easy joke folks) for their new single Adventures of a Lifetime. The band turned to the Mat Whitecross who you may remember directed Andy Serkis in the movie biography of Ian Dury called Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.

Andy Serkis has carved out a niche with his realistic characterizations of primates or CGI based characters in Planet of the Apes, King Kong and as Gollum of course in Lord of the Rings. Thankfully Serkis took the call and was keen to add chimp in a Coldplay music video to his growing CV and the rest, as they say,was history.

Even though Coldplay often divide music fans, this stunning video of a jungle dance party inspired by Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey’ that also took over six months to make is well worth a look for its technical wonder alone. Assuming you can forget the non-to-subtle product placement of a Beats Pill portable speaker of course.

This is Coldplay’s first single off their seventh album entitled A Head Full of Dreams and features guest appearances from Beyonce, Noel Gallagher, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Tove Lo to name but a few. Whether we will see a future supergroup forming with the Gorillaz remains to be seen, though.

Glastonbury 2011

After a scorcher in 2010, normal wet and muddy service was resumed for this years festival although it did begin to dry out on Sunday.

Morrissey was on miserable but fine form, the much anticipated visit from U2 saw them playing like millionaires instead of musicians and although many will find this hard to believe, Coldplay actually lifted everyone’s spirits and put on a cracking show.

Paul Simon announced”I’ve got a throat infection so if I’m not at the top of my game, that’s the reason but looked a little confused for most of the time. I made a decision to side step Beyonce and enjoy the substance over style with Queens of the Stones Age and I definitely made the right choice 🙂


  • U2
  • Coldplay
  • Beyonce
  • Paul Simon (Sunday Afternoon Legend)

Here are a few images and videos of my experience.