First Direct Arena

First Direct Arena
Claypit Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BN
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The First Direct Arena was voted Best New Venue in the World 2014, so you know it's got some half-decent events, which it has if the list of past performers is anything to go by: Sir Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Bublé, Gary Barlow, Prince and more. With a capacity of 13,000, the venue, which is operated by SMG Europe, is well-equipped for large-scale events.

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2019 Unibet Premier League Darts

The huge popularity of the Premier League has seen the event grow from the UK & Ireland's top arenas, to visiting both the Netherlands and Germany in recent years. The 2019 play-offs will return to The O2 on Thursday 23 May, when the top four players compete for the title. Michael van Gerwen won a third successive…

Thu 7 Mar 2019

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

Thu 16 May 2019

£23–£45 / 0844 248 1585

A-ha

Norway's somewhat underrated 80s pop stars return for their last ever tour, with Morten Harket still in fine voice (and seemingly with an ageing portrait in his attic).

Sat 2 Nov 2019

£44.88–£72.93 / 0844 248 1585

Andrea Bocelli

A unique voice mixing opera and classical with pop.

Sat 26 Oct 2019

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

With special guests.

Bill Bailey: Larks in Transit

The master of surreality tackles politics, philosophy and the pursuit of happiness in his latest show. His musical interludes include fashioning a symphony from a ringtone and re-imagining the Stars and Stripes.

Fri 7 Jun 2019

£36.20 / 0844 248 1585

Mon 17 Jun 2019

£86.20 / 0844 248 1585

Black Stone Cherry

Southern fried rock meets timeless metal in this Kentucky band's set.

Thu 13 Dec

£34.70 / 0844 248 1585

With Monster Truck and The Cadillac Three.

Blue Planet II: Live In Concert

Return to the seas as fantastic footage from BBC's flagship nature programme, Blue Planet II, plays with a live soundtrack performed live by a full symphony orchestra. Narrated by Anita Rani.

Tue 19 Mar 2019

£41.20–£61.20 / 0844 248 1585

Boyzone

The original soppy Irish boy band with granny appeal head out on their farewell tour.

Fri 1 Feb 2019

£43.70–£51.20 / 0844 248 1585

Chemical Brothers

General admission…. standing 

Thu 21 Nov 2019

£29.50–£42.50 / 0844 248 1585

The Chemical Brothers

The Chemical Brothers mix up their usual psychedelic blend of electro, house and rock with slightly less potency these days.

Thu 21 Nov 2019

£30.80–£43.80 / 0844 248 1585

Cher

The mononymous singer and actress.

Wed 30 Oct 2019

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure

Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Daisy on a journey to the magical worlds of Disney’s The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and Frozen. Explore the Pride Lands with Simba, dive into Ariel’s underwater kingdom, fly to Neverland with Peter Pan.

Wed 27 Mar 2019

£18.80–£32.80 / 0844 248 1585

Thu 28 Mar 2019

£18.80–£32.80 / 0844 248 1585

Fri 29 Mar 2019

£18.80–£32.80 / 0844 248 1585

…and 2 more dates until 31 Mar 2019

The Eagles

Legendary country rockers.

Tue 2 Jul 2019

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

Elton John

Classic tunes from the veteran singer-songwriter's five decade career as he heads on his final 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road' tour.

Mon 7 Dec 2020

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

Fastlove: A Tribute to George Michael

An affectionate celebration of the life and music of George Michael including his early days with Wham!.

Fri 21 Jun 2019

£26.20–£36.20 / 0844 248 1585

Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls

The former Million Dead frontman has moved away from his hardcore roots to embrace rabble-rousing folk punk in a New Model Army style.

Sun 27 Jan 2019

£33.70–£36.20 / 0844 248 1585

George Ezra

Ezra burst on to the scene in 2014 with his mega-hit Budapest. After a small hiatus from releasing any music, 2018 saw the release of sophomore album Staying At Tamara's. His new record has spawned big UK hits like Shotgun and Paradise.

Fri 8 Mar 2019

Sold out / 0844 248 1585

Sat 6 Apr 2019

£20–£85 / 0844 248 1585

Gladys Knight

The Empress of Soul heads on her first UK tour since her farewell gigs in 2009.

Sun 23 Jun 2019

£51.20–£64.20 / 0844 248 1585

With Plus support.

Good Mourning Mrs Brown

Brendan O'Carroll stars in the continuing hilarious tales of this typical Dublin Mammy.

Fri 28 Jun 2019

£26.18–£48.18 / 0844 248 1585

Sat 29 Jun 2019

£26.18–£48.18 / 0844 248 1585

Sun 30 Jun 2019

£26.18–£48.18 / 0844 248 1585

Jane McDonald

The light entertainment chanteuse and Loose Woman presents an evening of music and laughter.

Sat 15 Dec

£35–£65 / 0844 248 1585

Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

Jools and his band play classic boogie woogie and rock'n'roll tunes for your merriment.

Fri 14 Dec

£42.20 / 0844 248 1585

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club - Leeds First Direct Arena

Four top professional comedians make you laugh. Incredible atmosphere and great night out! Different acts every show!

Fri 18 Jan 2019

£24.45 / 0844 248 1585

Legends Live

A mixed bill of musical 'legends', including Suzi Quatro, David Essex, The Osmonds and Hot Chocolate.

Fri 5 Apr 2019

£53.45 / 0844 248 1585

Little Mix

Pop with an R&B twist from the first girl group to win the X-Factor, back in 2011.

Mon 18 Nov 2019

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

Tue 19 Nov 2019

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

The Magic of Motown

Tribute to the sweet soul sounds of Motown starring the supremely-talented Magic of Motown band, with hits made famous by the Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves and more.

Sat 22 Jun 2019

£26.20–£36.20 / 0844 248 1585

Mark Knopfler

Geordie bandana-fan and frontman of 80s stadium greats Dire Straits returns to the city of his birth for a concert of his more folk- and country-influenced solo material.

Sat 18 May 2019

£46.30–£56.30 / 0844 248 1585

Michael Bublé

Vancouver vocalist who croons on everything from 'For Once in My Life' to 'Moondance' with swing affectation and cheesy banter.

Mon 3 Jun 2019

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

Tue 4 Jun 2019

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

Mrs Brown's Boys D'Musical

Musical based on the smash-hit sitcom.

Fri 28 Jun 2019

£22.50–£42.50 / 0844 248 1585

Sat 29 Jun 2019

£22.50–£42.50 / 0844 248 1585

Sun 30 Jun 2019

£22.50–£42.50 / 0844 248 1585

Olly Murs

Cheeky chappy, X Factor finalist and chart-topper embarks on an arena tour.

Thu 23 May 2019

£30.70–£56.20 / 0844 248 1585

Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics

Classical music and Clubland, together at last, thanks to the vision of a bona-fide dance music legend. Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics returns for a handful of hotly anticipated UK dates this December. The show sees timeless house tracks performed by the 65 piece Heritage Orchestra, conducted by award-winning conductor…

Fri 6 Dec 2019

£36.30–£71.30 / 0844 248 1585

Peter Kay

Peter Kay takes his massively popular brand of observational cheeriness on tour.

Thu 16 May 2019

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

Fri 17 May 2019

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

Sat 18 May 2019

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

Peter Pan: An Arena Spectacular

Arena show based on JM Barrie's classic tale.

Fri 21 Dec

£25–£48 / 0844 248 1585

Sat 22 Dec

£25–£48 / 0844 248 1585

Sun 23 Dec

£25–£48 / 0844 248 1585

Professor Brian Cox

Professor Brian Cox takes audiences on a journey through space and time. The particle physicist is best known for his popular BBC series Wonders of … and non-fiction titles including Why Does E=mc²? and The Quantum Universe.

Thu 14 Feb 2019

£36.20–£46.20 / 0844 248 1585

Rita Ora

British pop R&B diva who has scored some huge hits with RIP and How We Do (Party).

Tue 28 May 2019

£33.80–£43.80 / 0844 248 1585

Russell Howard: Respite

The award-winning comedian sets off on a new worldwide tour.

Fri 27 Sep 2019

£35 / 0844 248 1585

Russell Howard: Round The World

The energetic star of Good News and Mock the Week heads out on his biggest live tour yet.

Fri 27 Sep 2019

£36.30 / 0844 248 1585

Shawn Mendes

Like fellow Canadian singer-songwriter Justin Bieber, 18-year-old pop sensation Shawn Mendes came to prominence on a video sharing website. His debut album Handwritten included the chart-topping single Stitches and he returns to London in June on his Illuminate World Tour to promote the follow-up LP, which includes the…

Wed 10 Apr 2019

£36.20–£61.20 / 0844 248 1585

Snow Patrol

Chart topping gently rocking indie act fronted by Gary Lightbody.

Tue 29 Jan 2019

£46.20–£76.20 / 0844 248 1585

Strictly Come Dancing The Live Tour 2019

Pure dancing pleasure awaits as this supersized Strictly Live extravaganza comes to an arena near you in January and February. Celebrating all that we love about the smash hit BBC1 TV series, the Strictly Live Tour delivers escapist entertainment on a breathtaking scale.

Thu 24 Jan 2019

£36.20–£66.20 / 0844 248 1585

Fri 25 Jan 2019

£36.20–£66.20 / 0844 248 1585

Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals

The professional dancers from the BBC programme perform.

Wed 29 May 2019

£36.20–£46.20 / 0844 248 1585

Tears for Fears

80s pop rockers bring their musical stylings to the noughties.

Sat 9 Feb 2019

£36.20–£56.20 / 0844 248 1585

With Alison Moyet.

Titanic Live

Titanic composer James Horner's score is brought to life while James Cameron's weepy epic is projected on the big screen in high definition.

Thu 4 Apr 2019

£36.40–£70.20 / 0844 248 1585

We Love the 90s

Over a dozen pop acts from the 1990s unite for a UK tour of retro music.

Fri 13 Dec 2019

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

With Jenny Berggren from Ace of Base, Vengaboys, 2 Unlimited, SNAP!, Whigfield, Haddaway, Dr. Alban, Culture Beat, C+C Music Factory, Cappella, Rednex, DJ Sash!, Robin S., La Bouche and Alice DJ.

Westlife

Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan are back with brand new music and a 2019 tour. Catch the pop sensations live next summer including a show at London's O2 Arena.

Mon 10 Jun 2019

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

Tue 11 Jun 2019

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

With Plus Support.

Westlife Tickets

X2 westlife tickets - £50 each 

Mon 10 Jun 2019

Free / 0844 248 1585

The Wombats

Perky Scousers known for indie rock hits 'Let's Dance to Joy Division' and 'Moving To New York'.

Sat 26 Jan 2019

£27.17 / 0844 248 1585

Wed 27 Mar 2019

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

Thu 28 Mar 2019

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

Fri 29 Mar 2019

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

…and 2 more dates until 31 Mar 2019

The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice - Leeds

Enter a dazzling world of adventure at The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice! Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on an inspiring walk down memory lane in celebration of magic and family fun. Dory is back with friends Nemo and Marlin from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory. Embark on a new ocean adventure as they discover the real…

Wed 27 Mar 2019

£25–£42 / 0844 248 1585

Thu 28 Mar 2019

£25–£42 / 0844 248 1585

Fri 29 Mar 2019

£25–£42 / 0844 248 1585

…and 2 more dates until 31 Mar 2019

World's Strongest Man Tour Finals

The strongest men in the world are preparing to storm Manchester Arena on Saturday 30 September for the biggest one-off Strong Man event of the year. It will not only feature the top 10 strongmen in the world, but also the legendary World Deadlift Championships. Come and watch your favourite Giants battle it out over 5…

Sat 6 Apr 2019

£21.20–£201.20 / 0844 248 1585

X Factor Live

The most bankable auditionees from the latest series of The X Factor perform for your pleasure.

Sat 16 Feb 2019

£24.80–£56.30 / 0844 248 1585

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