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 44 events at this location

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Adam Ant

The erstwhile 80s pop pin-up plays his brand of post-punk and dandy pop.

Sat 27 May

£35.75–£44 / 0844 248 1585

Alice Cooper

Old school shock rock at its very best featuring a full horror show theatrical spectacle from the Coop.

Sat 11 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

With The Mission and The Tubes.

André Rieu: And the Waltz Goes On

Violin master André Rieu returns to the UK and Ireland with his renowned, waltz-playing, 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra. Rieu's previous performances have brought joy to millions worldwide with their unique take on the classical genre. One of the most commercially successful classical musicians of all time, Rieu's sold…

Fri 15 Dec

£45.55–£99.55 / 0844 248 1585

The Australian Pink Floyd Show

Probably the best known and certainly one of the longest running Floyd tributes, supposedly counting members of the real band among its fans.

Thu 12 Oct

£32.45–£43.45 / 0844 248 1585

The Bay City Rollers

Les McKeown take audiences back to the heady days when the Rollers dominated the charts and tartan bellbottoms were considered an acceptable choice of attire. Featuring all the best-known songs including 'Bye Bye Baby', 'Shang A Lang' and 'Summer Love Sensation'.

Thu 26 Oct

£22.50 / 0844 248 1585

  • 19:30

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 2018

£28.05–£53.05 / 0844 248 1585


American pop punk masters who, despite the juvenile approach, have become elder statesmen of the scene, helping many a now grown-up musician through the teenage years. Now featuring Matt Skiba after Tom DeLonge's departure.

Wed 5 Jul

£32.45–£50.60 / 0844 248 1585

Chris Rock

The American stand-up, actor and director returns to the UK for his first shows in over 10 years.

Sun 14 Jan 2018

£46.65–£55.30 / 0844 248 1585

Comedy Central's Impractical Jokers

It's been a rapid race to the top for this Staten Island-born foursome, who met at High School and took their youthful pranks on one another and turned their tomfoolery into one of the most popular shows on UK TV. The impish quartet - aka Joe, Murr, Q and Sal - perform stand-up, skits and introduce never-before-seen…

Tue 10 Oct

£30.55–£100 / 0844 248 1585

The ELO Experience

This tribute band recreates 'Mr Blue Sky' et al, probably with a more stable line-up than the real ELO.

Sat 25 Nov

£22 / 0844 248 1585

  • 19:30

Elton John

Classic tunes from the veteran singer-songwriter's five decade career.

Thu 8 Jun

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

ELVIS In Concert – Live on Screen

The highly acclaimed Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra perform The King's most iconic and beloved pop and blues-rock hits to accompany archive recordings and an on-screen video of the man himself.

Fri 24 Nov

£60.30 / 0844 248 1585

With with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and special appearance by Priscilla Presley.

Emeli Sandé

The chart-topping Aberdonian soul singer tours her second album Long Live The Angels. Sandé initially made her mark as a songwriter in the UK urban scene for acts such as Wiley, Wretch 32 and Chip before becoming a sought-after writer for acts including Alicia Keys, Rihanna and Katy Perry. Her 2012 debut album Our…

Tue 24 Oct

£44.70–£65 / 0844 248 1585

Foster & Allen

Popular Irish folk duo whose career spans over 40 years and 30 albums.

Fri 27 Oct

£22 / 0844 248 1585

  • 19:30

Good Mourning Mrs Brown

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

Thu 29 Jun

£24.75–£43.45 / 0844 248 1585

Fri 30 Jun

£24.75–£43.45 / 0844 248 1585

Sat 1 Jul

£24.75–£43.45 / 0844 248 1585

Sun 2 Jul

£24.75–£43.45 / 0844 248 1585

The Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival

Due to high demand the Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival returns in 2017. Being held for the first time at the first direct arena in Leeds, the event will host a number of workshops and stalls.

Sat 17 Jun

£5 / 0844 248 1585

Harry Potter Concert Series

Watch a Harry Potter film with a full orchestra playing John William's score live. CineConcerts, who produce the show, have previously toured Gladiator Live, The Godfather In Concert, Breakfast at Tiffany’s In Concert and It’s a Wonderful Life In Concert.

Sat 2 Dec

0844 248 1585

J Cole

American rapper and producer signed to Jay-Z's Roc Nation label.

Sun 22 Oct

£52.50–£58.25 / 0844 248 1585

James Arthur

The singer and winner of the ninth series of The X Factor takes his 'The Story So Far' tour on the road.

Thu 16 Nov

£33.05–£44.05 / 0844 248 1585

James Blunt

The polite ex-squaddie troubadour returns with a new album Moon Landing.

Sat 18 Nov

£27.50–£60.50 / 0844 248 1585

John Bishop: Winging It

Observational humour from the multi-award winning Liverpudlian stand-up.

Fri 27 Oct

£25–£39.50 / 0844 248 1585

Sat 28 Oct

£25–£39.50 / 0844 248 1585

John Legend

Neo-soul smoothie who was a piano prodigy who played with Lauryn Hill before being discovered by Kanye West.

Fri 15 Sep

£64 / 0844 248 1585

With Jack Savoretti.

Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

Jools and his band play classic boogie woogie and rock'n'roll tunes for your merriment. Featuring guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall.

Fri 22 Dec

£44 / 0844 248 1585

With Guest Vocalist: Jose Feliciano. Also Featuring: Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall & Beth Rowley.

The Kooks

Brighton indie tykes best known for their hits 'She Moves in Her Own Way' and 'Shine On' return with a 'best of' album, Best Of… So Far.

Thu 23 Nov

£30.80 / 0844 248 1585

With Plus The DMA's.

Leeds International Tattoo Exposition

International tattoo artists congregate to get their needles all over your body. There's also live music, a massive alternative market and an afterparty.

Sat 8 Jul

Times & prices vary / 0844 248 1585

Sun 9 Jul

Times & prices vary / 0844 248 1585

Leeds Tattoo Expo

Now in its fourth year, Leeds International Tattoo Expo is an annual convention that brings together some of the best tattooists from the UK, Europe and beyond. 2017 sees LITE move to Leeds´ fantastic first direct arena to showcase around 160 top class tattoo artists alongside a carefully selected market of boutique…

Sat 8 Jul

£10–£20 / 0844 248 1585

Sun 9 Jul

£10–£20 / 0844 248 1585

Legends Live

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

Sun 15 Oct

£52.45 / 0844 248 1585

Little Mix

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

Sat 14 Oct

£28–£50.40 / 0844 248 1585

With Plus Special Guests.

Mon 13 Nov

£28–£50.40 / 0844 248 1585

With Plus Special Guests.

Michael Ball & Alfie Boe

Musical star Michael Ball and popular tenor Alfie Boe join forces.

Fri 8 Dec

£47.40–£88.65 / 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.

Sat 19 May 2018

£25.55–£55.55 / 0844 248 1585

Neil Diamond

American singer-songwriter who's earned his place among the immortals for, among other things, 'I'm A Believer'.

Thu 5 Oct

£76.70–£116.90 / 0844 248 1585

Paul Weller

The Modfather performs material from his 40-year career, including his latest album A Kind Revolution.

Fri 23 Feb 2018

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

PAW Patrol Live

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

Wed 23 Aug

£29.09–£40.09 / 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…

Tue 12 Dec

£38.50–£71.50 / 0844 248 1585

Queen & Adam Lambert

Having completed their sold out world tour the critically acclaimed partnership of Queen guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and new vocalist Adam Lambert (American Idol/Glee) embark on a series of European dates.

Wed 6 Dec

£0–£900 / 0844 248 1585

Royal Blood

Alternative rock duo from Brighton-based Michael Kerr (Vocals/bass) and Ben Thatcher (drums). The band tour in support of their new album How Did We Get So Dark.

Fri 17 Nov

£22.55–£33.55 / 0844 248 1585

The Sessions

Part stage show, part musical documentary The Sessions recreates the timeless albums recorded by the Beatles at Abbey Road Studios.

Sat 27 May

Cancelled / 0844 248 1585


Pete Waterman's 90s cheesy pop sensations are back.

Tue 21 Nov

Sold out / 0844 248 1585

With + Special Guests Vengaboys.

The Stone Roses

The iconic Mancunians, lead by singer Ian Brown, do their indie-rock thing.

Tue 20 Jun

£35–£75 / 0844 248 1585

Wed 21 Jun

£35–£75 / 0844 248 1585

Stone Sour

Singer and Slipknot member Corey Taylor leads his Iowa-formed collective in a passionate performance of alternative metal and hard rock.

Thu 30 Nov

£28.50 / 0844 248 1585

  • 19:00

The Tenderloins

American comedy troupe, best known over here for their Impractical Jokers TV show where they coerce each other into doing public pranks. The foursome, who met in high school have been performing sketches and improv together since 1999.

Tue 10 Oct

£35.15 / 0844 248 1585


Reggae journeymen still slogging round the touring circuit, but now with a reduced line-up

Sun 10 Dec

£38.50–£41.25 / 0844 248 1585

WWE Live – Wrestlemania Revenge

The ultimate in 'sports entertainment' as the real deal WWE superstars of US wrestling bring the pain to the UK.

Wed 8 Nov

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585


The Superstars and Divas of WWE NXT come to the UK, featuring Bobby Roode, Kassius Ohno, Tye Dillinger, No Way Jose, Auska, SAnitY and more

Wed 7 Jun

£45.75–£56.55 / 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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