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Monday, September 03, 2012
Noel Gallagher's Itsy Bitsy Spider
A potentially deadly spider with threatening green fangs gave rocker Noel Gallagher’s crew a scare when it sprung from one of his flight cases in the lead up to a gig.
The former Oasis frontman was headlining with his new band High Flying Birds at Jersey Live Music Festival when the chaos unfolded backstage on Sunday, ahead of his performance.
The mystery black and green arachnid, which has yet to be identified, was discovered by crew members unpacking the singer’s flight cases.
The mystery spider, pictured after it was captured by Noel Gallagher's crew backstage at the festival
Wildlife experts are looking into the possibility that the unidentified spider crawled into the rocker's luggage following tours in South America and Asia
Organisers quickly caught it in a container but were so concerned the fanged spider was dangerous that they quarantined an area back stage for twenty minutes.
The rock star, whose Oasis hits include Don't Look Back in Anger - has been touring recently in exotic places including South America and Asia as well as closer to home in Europe, sparking fears of where it could have come from.
Jersey Live spokeswoman, Jayne Houghton, said: 'The Jersey crew members were unpacking Noel’s flight cases when a huge black spider with green fangs came out with a flourish.
'Staff immediately set about catching the spider and an area backstage had to be quarantined for nearly twenty minutes.
'Luckily there were members of Durrells Wildlife Conservation Trust at the festival who kindly took the spider away for analysis.
Noel had not arrived at the gig and so was blissfully unaware of the panic the spider caused.'
Twelve animal experts from Durrells Wildlife and Conservation Project had by chance been collecting drinks cans to raise money for charity when they were summoned backstage.
Sarah Nugent, from the conservation project based in Jersey, said: 'We are having the spider analysed at the minute.
Noel Gallagher was getting ready to headline at Jersey Live Music Festival with his band High Flying Birds when the mystery spider was discovered by his crew in his luggage.
'We found out that the crew had been to most parts of the world during their tour, including Argentina and Japan.
'But Noel has also been to places like Chelmsford, so the spider could have hitched its ride at any point, or simply walked in from a nearby field here in Jersey.'
Sarah added: 'We were really lucky because we got taken back stage, which was great for us, and the crew had already put the spider in a plastic container.
'It was the size of a 50p piece with green fangs. We used the teams laptop to see if we could Google what the spider was.
'There are hundreds of thousands of species of spider worldwide so it is going to be a difficult one to decipher.'
Noel Gallagher headlined at the annual festival at the Royal Jersey Showground in Trinity, Jersey, yesterday with his Manchester-based rock band High Flying Birds, which formed last year.
The two-day festival, billed as the 'biggest party in the Channel Islands', launched in 2004 and attracts around 10,000 people each year.
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