Band’s lead singer from King’s Cliffe looks back on roller coaster year

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THE lead singer of a break-through band has looked back on a roller-coaster year of major festival appearances and a fight against cancer.

Ben Duffy, 23, of King’s Cliffe, is the lead singer with electro-pop quartet Fenech-Soler and is now in remission after battling testicular cancer.

The band, which also includes Ben’s brother Ross, 22, Daniel Soler, 22, of Stamford, and Andrew Lindsay, 30, of Stibbington, has a busy autumn ahead with writing and recording a new album and a packed tour.

Fenech-Soler will be performing at The Cresset in Peterborough, on Tuesday, September 20. The Mercury will be giving away tickets to this concert in next week’s paper.

The band postponed a tour earlier this year while Ben battled the disease.

He was diagnosed with the disease in March. Ben was found to have stage 2 cancer with a spot found in his chest and had to undergo weeks of chemotherapy.

He is now in remission and the band’s first performance back was at the Glastonbury.

Ben, who received e-mails and letters from people affected by the disease said: “Everything is absolutely fine. At the time it was quite daunting and a little bit frustrating. Ultimately with anything like that your health is your number one priority.”

He later added: “Catching it early is the most important thing, that and also having the guts to be open about it and get yourself checked out.”

Since then the band has played at 19 festivals in July and August, including T in the Park and the V Festival, where tents have been packed.

Ben has looked back at a busy year.

He said : “It has been busy but it’s been good. Glastonbury was a show we were massively looking forward to. It was our first show back after three months off that was a highlight.”

For more information go to www.fenechsoler.co.uk