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.

Events at this venue

There are 46 events at this location

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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 8 Jun

£28.05–£53.05 / 0844 248 1585

Bonnie Raitt

The acclaimed vocalist and her band plays rock tracks from her twentieth album, Dig In Deep.

Thu 12 Jul

£46.20–£76.20 / 0844 248 1585

Bryan Adams

Old school MOR rock from the craggy faced Canadian as he hits the road with a full band to celebrate the release of his 13th studio album, Get Up!.

Sun 27 May

£38.70–£46.20 / 0844 248 1585

Cirque du Soleil: Varekai

  • Directed by: Diane Paulus
  • Written by: Diane Paulus

The Canadian circus sensations present a show inspired by the Romany word for 'wherever'.

Wed 19 Sep

£47.20–£72.20 / 0844 248 1585

Thu 20 Sep

£47.20–£72.20 / 0844 248 1585

Fri 21 Sep

£47.20–£72.20 / 0844 248 1585

…and 2 more dates until 23 Sep

Diljit Dosanjh

The Punjabi actor and singer performs his best-selling dance and pop numbers.

Mon 28 May

£31.20–£151.20 / 0844 248 1585

Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure

Celebrate the most memorable Disney tales with your favourite characters in Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure, the incredible show that'll be sure to please the whole family. Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Daisy on a journey to the magical worlds of Disney’s The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter…

Wed 21 Mar

£18–£43 / 0844 248 1585

Thu 22 Mar

£18–£43 / 0844 248 1585

Fri 23 Mar

£18–£43 / 0844 248 1585

…and 2 more dates until 25 Mar

Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment

Ice skating frolics through the wonderful world of Disney.

Wed 21 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

Thu 22 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

Fri 23 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

…and 2 more dates until 25 Mar

Fri 5 Oct

£23.70–£38.70 / 0844 248 1585

Earth, Wind & Fire

American funk, R&B and soul veterans who recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy Awards.

Wed 4 Jul

£51.20–£59.20 / 0844 248 1585

With Plus support.

Flight of the Conchords

Banish all memories of Richard Stilgoe – this cult New Zealand duo give comedy songs a good name. Tour currently postponed since Brett sadly broke his hand.

Tue 27 Mar

Cancelled / 0844 395 4000

The Four Tops and The Temptations

A double-bill of Motown veterans. Few of the original members survive (with The Temptations alone having had at least 20 different members pass through their ranks over the years), but the songs – from 'Get Ready' to 'Reach Out I'll Be There' – most certainly do.

Mon 19 Nov

£41.20–£48.70 / 0844 248 1585

Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons

Forget the many Jersey Boys tribute shows and revel in the real falsetto as Frankie Valli performs classic hits from 'Walk Like a Man' to 'Beggin''.

Wed 28 Nov

£46.20–£76.20 / 0844 248 1585

Gregory Porter

Mainstream jazz and soul from the Grammy-nominated singer and composer.

Fri 13 Apr

£35.55–£50.55 / 0844 248 1585

Gregory Porter

The Grammy-Award winning legendary American singer-songwriter performing his heartfelt blues and soul melodies.

Fri 13 Apr

£55.50 / 0844 248 1585

  • 20:30

Hacienda Classical

DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering perform alongside the Manchester Camerata orchestra recreating old school house, club and rave anthems on an epic scale.

Sat 29 Sep

£36.20–£46.20 / 0844 248 1585

Harlem Globetrotters

The Harlem Globetrotters, known for their international basketball skills, perform some of their best tricks and slams. Check out the skills of Special K Daley, Big Easy Lofton, Flight Time Lang and the rest.

Tue 22 May

£110.55 / 0844 248 1585

James Taylor & His All-Star Band

Over the course of his long career, James Taylor has earned 40 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards and 5 Grammy Awards for a catalog running from 1970's Sweet Baby James to his Grammy Award-winning efforts Hourglass (1997) and October Road (2002). Taylor's first Greatest Hits album earned him the RIAA's elite Diamond…

Thu 12 Jul

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

With Bonnie Raitt.

James Taylor

The archetypal sensitive singer-songwriter type who's been pumping out the tunes since the early 70s.

Thu 12 Jul

£45–£75 / 0844 248 1585

Jason Derulo

The chart-topping American R&B singer returns with new music from his upcoming fifth studio album 777.

Sun 30 Sep

0844 248 1585

Jason Manford: Best Of

The television star and Chortle award-winning comic, known for his endearing personality and broad Northern accent, presents a show of his favourite anecdotes, misunderstandings and audience banter, with his typically charming and teasingly intelligent wit.

Thu 29 Nov

£28.70–£52.50 / 0844 248 1585

Jason Manford: Muddle Class

The comedian and actor – who formerly presented BBC's The One Show and was a team captain on hit Channel 4 panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats –returns to stand-up with his new show, Muddle Class.

Thu 29 Nov

£27.50 / 0844 248 1585

Jeff Lynne's ELO

ELO frontman Lynne and keyboardist Richard Tandy play their back catalog of hits.

Mon 15 Oct

£51.20–£116.20 / 0844 248 1585

Jeff Wayne's The War Of Worlds Masterclass

  • Directed by: Jeff Wayne (conductor)
  • Written by: Jeff Wayne

The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one until they come to an arena near you. This musical amalgamation H G Wells' novel and Jeff Wayne's 1978 concept album sees the terrifying tale brought to life using 21st-Century mechanical devices, special effects and pyrotechnics. The album, featured a dramatic…

Tue 4 Dec

£54.20–£76.95 / 0844 248 1585

  • 19:30

Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds

  • Written by: Jeff Wayne (music)

Take cover – it's the original (prog-rock) score for the HG Wells novel adaptation, performed live on this Final Arena tour, with holographic Liam Neeson.

Tue 4 Dec

£47.20–£68.70 / 0844 248 1585

Joanna Lumley: It's All About Me

The popular actress, political activist and comedian discusses her impressive career and life journey.

Fri 26 Oct

£30.70–£60.70 / 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

Kylie Minogue

Pop behemoth Ms Minogue.

Thu 4 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

With special guests.

Kylie Minogue: Golden

The Australian superstar performs classic pop from her back catalogue and latest album, Golden.

Thu 4 Oct

£50–£150 / 0844 248 1585

  • 19:00

The League of Gentlemen: Live Again!

Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson bring their dark, unhinged characters from the popular BBC television series to the stage.

Fri 31 Aug

£36.20–£40.70 / 0844 248 1585

Sat 15 Sep

£36.20–£40.70 / 0844 248 1585

Leeds Tattoo Expo

Leeds Tattoo Expo will be returning to the first direct arena in July 2018! We are super excited for the fifth edition of the convention, with over 170 incredible artists from the UK, Europe and beyond visiting Leeds for two days of fantastic tattoos! There will be live music and entertainment including fire breathers and…

Sat 7 Jul

£13.20–£21.20 / 0844 248 1585

Sun 8 Jul

£13.20–£21.20 / 0844 248 1585

Manic Street Preachers

The anthemic Welsh rockers return to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Everything Must Go.

Wed 2 May

£37.70–£48.70 / 0844 248 1585

Michael McIntyre: Big World Tour

The floppy-haired comic, who was awarded the keys to London's O2 Arena after a record-breaking 28 performances, takes his brand of high-energy observations on a world tour.

Fri 18 May

£25.55–£56.20 / 0844 248 1585

Sat 19 May

£25.55–£56.20 / 0844 248 1585

Nashville In Concert

Five stars from the hugely popular and award-winning TV series Nashville perform a rousing selection of songs from the series alongside some original material. The line-up includes Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson and Sam Palladio.

Sun 15 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585


Old school plod rock from the Canadians that brought you 'This is How You Remind Me' and 'Rockstar', they might be universally derided but sell albums by the bucketload.

Sat 5 May

£45.70–£47.20 / 0844 248 1585

With Seether.

Noel Fitzpatrick: Welcome To My World

The Irishman talks about his incredible career and life journey to becoming the Supervet, as well as discussing upcoming technologies and advances in animal healthcare.

Fri 19 Oct

£36.20–£46.20 / 0844 248 1585

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Post-Oasis indie rock from Gallagher senior who is happy to dip into the Oasis back catalogue to bolster his set.

Mon 7 May

£36.20–£71.20 / 0844 248 1585

PAW Patrol Live

The popular cartoon about young Ryder and his gang of rescue dogs makes the transition to the stage.

Tue 28 Aug

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

Wed 29 Aug

prices vary / 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

Roy Orbison – In Dreams

A holographic Roy Orbison performs his biggest hits.

Sat 14 Apr

£41.20–£51.20 / 0844 248 1585

With With The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

Russell Peters

All new stand-up material from this Canadian comic on his Almost Famous World Tour.

Sat 28 Apr

£26.20–£61.20 / 0844 248 1585

Star Wars: A New Hope – With Live Orchestra

Enjoy the original Star Wars on the big screen, accompanied by a live symphonic orchestra performing the iconic music score, composed by John Williams.

Sat 8 Dec

£33.70–£76.20 / 0844 248 1585

Strictly Come Dancing 10th Anniversary Live Tour

Celebrities, professional dancers and judges take the popular BBC TV show on the road.

Wed 29 May 2019

£35–£45 / 0844 248 1585

Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals

This production sees some of the professional dancers from BBC's Strictly Come Dancing perform favourite ballroom dances.

Wed 29 May 2019

Times to be confirmed / Tickets on sale February 14th, 10am / 0844 248 1585

Tears for Fears

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

Fri 27 Apr

£36.20–£56.20 / 0844 248 1585

With Alison Moyet.

Walking with Dinosaurs: Leeds

Seen by over 9 million people in more than 250 cities around the world, Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular, is back. Be amazed and thrilled as the greatest creatures ever to walk the earth return before your eyes. The dazzling $20 million production features new, state of the art technology, making this the…

Wed 22 Aug

£36–£49 / 0844 248 1585

Thu 23 Aug

£36–£49 / 0844 248 1585

Walking With Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular

  • Directed by: Scott Faris
  • Written by: Warner Brown (script), James Brett (music)

The award-winning BBC TV series is recreated on stage in a theatrical production. The dinosaurs are created by a group of international designers and scientists. The show directed by Scott Faris features 20 different dinosaurs including Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurus and Utahraptor. The TV series of which…

Wed 22 Aug

£26.20–£46.20 / 0844 248 1585

Thu 23 Aug

£26.20–£46.20 / 0844 248 1585

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1. Theory 5913 Jun 2013, 11:50pm5 stars First Direct Arena Report

Amazing new up and coming band!

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