Band’s tour hit by cancer diagnosis

Fenech Soler from King's Cliffe. From left, Daniel Soler, Ben Duffy, Ross Duffy and Andrew Lindsay

Fenech Soler from King's Cliffe. From left, Daniel Soler, Ben Duffy, Ross Duffy and Andrew Lindsay

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A LEAD singer has been forced to cancel a forthcoming big tour after being diagnosed with cancer.

Ben Duffy, 25, of King’s Cliffe, has been diagnosed with early stage testicular cancer but is confident that he can fight the disease.

He is the lead singer with promising Fenech Soler, which also includes his brother Ross, 22, with friends Daniel Soler, 22, of Stamford, and Andrew Lindsay, 30, of Stibbington.

On the advice of Ben’s doctors the band has cancelled their tour, which would include sell out shows at London’s Koko and at Manchester Academy. It was due to start this month.

However, Ben is confident he can fight the disease and the dates will be rescheduled.

He said: “We are really sorry to postpone these shows.

“The diagnosis has been a big shock for all of us.

“But on the positive side, it has been caught very early and the recovery rate for this type of cancer is extremely high.”

Ben added: “I will be continuing to write and work with the band during my treatment and the others will continue to fulfil all of their DJ engagements.

“Everyone is very upbeat that I will be fighting fit again in a couple of months.

“We just want to ask our fans to bear with us while I have treatment and recover.

“I can’t wait to get back on stage and continue with what has been an amazing last year for us.”

In a combined statement, Ben’s band mates apologised for the show cancellations and also wished him a “speedy recovery”.

They said: “We are absolutely gutted for him, but know he is in capable hands and he’s in really good spirits.

“This does mean that, with great regret, we will need to postpone our upcoming UK tour until after our busy festival period. This is also why we’ve had to reschedule our European tour .

“We were massively looking forward to coming out and playing to you all later this month and we’re very happy that our Manchester and London dates have sold out in advance.”

The band has decided that proceeds from their new single Stop and Stare, out April 18, will go to Teenage Cancer Trust.

Guitarist Ross said: “We want to do something positive with this situation and we can do that by giving money to the trust and helping to create awareness about the amazing work they do.”

Tickets for all dates will be valid for rescheduled shows.

Details will be announced soon.

The band is set for a full summer festival programme including Lovebox, Bestival, Camp Bestival, Parklife, Ibiza Rocks, Pukkelpop and Oxygegen.