FENECH-SOLER POSTPONES UK TOUR
AS LEAD SINGER IS DIAGNOSED WITH EARLY STAGE CANCER
BAND TO DONATE NEW SINGLE PROFITS TO TEENAGE CANCER TRUST
Fenech Soler are postponing their upcoming UK tour until Autumn. Lead singer Ben Duffy has been diagnosed with early stage testicular cancer and is embarking on a short course of chemotherapy. The band have been advised to reschedule their forthcoming UK dates.
"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. I will be continuing to write and work with the band during my treatment and the others will continue to fulfill all 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" said Ben.
Proceeds from the band's new single ‘Stop and Stare’, out 18th April, will go to Teenage Cancer Trust.
"We want to do something positive with this situation and we can do that by giving money to Teenage Cancer Trust and helping to create awareness about the amazing work they do." said band guitarist, Ross.
Simon Davies, Teenage Cancer Trust CEO adds: “Everyone at Teenage Cancer Trust wishes Ben all the best over the coming months. We are extremely grateful for the band’s support at this difficult time and look forward to seeing them on the festival circuit later this year.”
In recent months the band’s upward trajectory has continued exponentially with their London Koko and Manchester Academy shows selling out, singles 'Lies' and 'Demons' being playlisted by Radio 1, nominations for best new band at the Q Awards and for XFM’s best debut album of 2010 and tastemakers such as Annie Mac, Zane Lowe, Greg James and Groove Armada all declaring themselves as big fans.
The band are set to storm this summer’s festival stages with confirmed slots at Lovebox, Parklife, Camp Bestival, Evolution and Oxegen with more big festival announcements to follow shortly. The UK tour will be rescheduled in the Autumn with more details to be announced next week.