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Power cut forces Noel Gallagher's Birds off stage at Dublin gig

Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds were forced off stage last night because of a power cut.

The former Oasis guitarist was just finishing his first song at 7.30pm at an open-air show in Marlay Park, south Dublin -- opening for headliners Kasabian -- when he encountered sound difficulties. The problem continued into his second number with the power being cut just 10 seconds later.

Gallagher and his band played on, unaware the audience were unable to hear them. Moments later they left the stage altogether before returning just after 8.05pm. The Manchester-born musician laughed off the technical difficulties.

Aside from some sporadic clapping and cheering, the audience took it in the same spirit.

Many were just happy to have made it into the arena after the most stringent security checks at a rock concert for years following the Swedish House Mafia concert last month in the Phoenix Park at which there were nine stabbings and multiple arrests.

Fans were subjected to two body checks and asked to put the contents of their pockets into transparent plastic bags before entering the concert site.

But most concert-goers said they didn't mind.

"We all want to have a safe night and the security people have a job to do," said Kevin Dunne from nearby Churchtown.

While last night passed off without incident, security is expected to be even tighter at tonight's concert in the park featuring DJ David Guetta.

The series of concerts is rounded off by a Van Morrison/Tom Jones double bill tomorrow.

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