April 16, 2012 13:10

Noel Gallagher clashes with security at Coachella

High Flying Birds man is stopped for carrying sleeping pills into LA festival

Noel Gallagher clashes with security at Coachella

Photo: Joey Maloney/NME

Noel Gallagher has said he was stopped by security officials at Coachella after they discovered he was carrying sleeping pills.

The ex-Oasis chief, who was performing with his band High Flying Birds at the California bash on Saturday (April 14), said he was searched three times before going onstage.

He told The Sun: "We got body-searched coming in. It was like an airport. They pulled out my sleeping tablets and asked me to explain them.

"I said, 'In all seriousness Chuck, or whatever your name is, do you not think these would at least be down my sock? They are sleeping tablets. What do you want me to do? Take one before I go on stage to prove what they are?'"

Gallagher also said he also got caught in the middle of the recent Mexico earthquake.

He added:

It was like being on a ship. We had to do a runner. The buildings were swaying.


"I was stood there thinking, 'This is brilliant', as the whole place wobbled about. The locals were really laid back about it, sparking up fags and talking. But it was pretty hairy."

Gallagher is set to release a new EP this month, which is titled 'Songs From The Great White North'. The EP, which contains four tracks in total, will be released on 12" vinyl to celebrate this year's Record Store Day on April 21.

Tracks include his recent B-sides plus recent collaboration with Amorphous Androgynous 'Shoot A Hole Into The Sun' as well as previous offerings 'The Good Rebel', 'Let The Lord Shine A Light On Me' and 'I'd Pick You Everytime'.

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