September 4, 2012 7:57

Noel Gallagher forces festival quarantine after bringing a deadly, green-fanged spider on site

High Flying Birds man brought an unexpected guest with him to last weekend's Jersey Live festival

Noel Gallagher forces festival quarantine after bringing a deadly, green-fanged spider on site

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Noel Gallagher forced the organisers of Jersey Live Festival to quarantine the festival's backstage area after a green-fanged spider was discovered in one of his flight cases.

The High Flying Birds man, who headlined last weekend's event along with dance duo Chase and Status, wasn't on site at the time, but as crew members were unloading one of his guitars, they noticed the spider, and, shortly afterwards, evacuated the backstage area while a local wildlife trust dealt with the problem.

Jersey Live spokeswoman Jayne Houghton said of the incident: "Staff immediately set about catching the spider and an area backstage had to be quarantined for nearly 20 minutes. Noel had not arrived at the gig and so was blissfully unaware of the panic the spider caused."

The spider is now being analysed by the Jersey-based Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and will be rehoused in the near future, reports BBC News.

Meanwhile, Gallagher has confirmed the release of his first solo live DVD on October 15. International Magic Live At The O2 will feature the full gig from his February 26 show plus a second disc which will include footage of his performance from the NME Awards, where he was crowned this year's Godlike Genius, plus an acoustic set at The Mod Club in Toronto and three music videos from his recent singles.

Gallagher and his High Flying Birds will also play the iTunes Festival on September 12 at London's Roundhouse. See itunesfestival.com for full details on how to get tickets.

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