This year’s Jersey Live Festival got a surprise of the eight-legged variety when crew members found a green-fanged spider in the luggage of none other than Noel Gallagher. Unbeknownst to Gallagher, the creepy-crawly decided to make its way inside one of the musician’s guitar cases and was later discovered when staff began to unload Gallagher’s equipment for his headlining set with his current band Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
According to NME, upon finding the spider, festival organisers evacuated the backstage area and contacted a local wildlife organisation, who removed the spider from the premises. The arachnid is now being analysed and prepared for relocation by Durrell Wildlife Conservation.
Jersey Live spokeswoman Jayne Houghton said festival staff acted quickly to ensure public safety, while Gallagher at the time was unaware of the entire fiasco, having yet to reach the festival’s location.
“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,” said Houghton.
NME also reported that International Magic Live At The O2, the first live solo DVD from Gallagher, will be released on October 15.