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.

Event times

There are 46 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 2017

£35.75–£44 / 0844 248 1585

Sat 18 Mar 2017

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

André Rieu: And the Waltz Goes On

In what will surely be the mane event for fans of international violin-playing, André Rieu mops up the permanent wave of enthusiasm for his signature style, and returns to the UK to do what only he and his instrument can do.

Fri 16 Dec

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 2017

Black Sabbath

The founders of heavy metal are on their farewell tour, featuring Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler.

Thu 26 Jan 2017

£67.20–£83.40 / 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.

Wed 5 Jul 2017

£29.50–£46 / 0844 248 1585

Bruno Mars

Soppy ballads and R&B with a tasteful hip hop edge from the all-conquering commercial troubadour who has also written a bunch of hits for other artists including Travie McCoy and BOB and who comes backed with a fine old school band of funk soul brothers.

Fri 5 May 2017

£37.50–£75 / 0844 248 1585

Cirque du Soleil: Varekai

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

Wed 22 Feb 2017

£46–£56 / 0844 248 1585

Thu 23 Feb 2017

£46–£56 / 0844 248 1585

Fri 24 Feb 2017

£46–£56 / 0844 248 1585

…and 2 more dates until 26 Feb 2017

Craig David

R&B from David, having a bit of a renaissance on the back of his successful Ts5 sessions.

Fri 31 Mar 2017

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

With Big Narstie.

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A Day To Remember

Florida five-piece who are exponents of 'pop-mosh'.

Sat 28 Jan 2017

£28.25 / 0844 248 1585

With Neck Deep and Moose Blood.

Disney On Ice: 100 Years Of Magic

A colourful and exciting ice show, featuring around 65 Disney characters from across the years, including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and the Disney Princesses.

Wed 22 Mar 2017

Thu 23 Mar 2017

Fri 24 Mar 2017

…and 2 more dates until 26 Mar 2017


  • Written by: Ashley Banjo

Street dance skills from the winners of the third series of Britain's Got Talent, still going strong.

Sat 15 Apr 2017

£0–£35 / 0844 248 1585


Well-connected Canadian rapper who had a recurring acting role in Degrassi: The Next Generation as a teenager.

Thu 9 Feb 2017

£62.79–£89.60 / 0844 248 1585

Elton John

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

Thu 8 Jun 2017

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

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Emeli Sandé

The chart-topping Aberdonian soul singer, who nabbed a well-deserved Brits Critics Choice Award.

Tue 24 Oct 2017

£50.40 / 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 26 Apr 2017

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

Good Mourning Mrs Brown

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

Thu 29 Jun 2017

£22.50–£39.50 / 0844 248 1585

Fri 30 Jun 2017

£22.50–£39.50 / 0844 248 1585

Sun 2 Jul 2017

£22.50–£39.50 / 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 2017

Green Day

The multi-million selling band are credited with being one of three bands that revived interest in punk rock in the USA after their formation in 1987. Although their first releases only gained them a local fanbase, the album Dookie brought them international as well as local success. The album went on to sell in excess of…

Sun 5 Feb 2017

£39.50–£65 / 0844 248 1585

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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.

Fri 14 Apr 2017

£35–£45 / 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.

Sat 8 Apr 2017

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

Harry Potter Concert Series

Watch Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone with a full orchestra playing the score live.

Fri 19 May 2017

Iron Maiden

The London-formed rock collective who have countless awards to their name - including a BRIT and Grammy - turn up the volume on their heavy metal songs from The Book Of Souls album.

Thu 11 May 2017

£46–£57.50 / 0844 248 1585

Jack Whitehall At Large

Posh-voiced, hairdo-ed star of Fresh Meat and Bad Education indulging in his first arena tour.

Fri 10 Feb 2017

£25.50–£32.50 / 0844 248 1585

Mon 27 Feb 2017

£25.50–£32.50 / 0844 248 1585

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John Bishop: Winging It

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

Fri 27 Oct 2017

£25–£39.50 / 0844 248 1585

Sat 28 Oct 2017

£25–£39.50 / 0844 248 1585

Kaiser Chiefs

The multi-million selling rock and post-punk quintet.

Sat 4 Mar 2017

£19.50–£38.50 / 0844 248 1585

Kings of Leon

Hirsute country rock'n'rollers.

Sun 19 Feb 2017

£45–£65 / 0844 248 1585

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 2017

Times & prices vary / 0844 248 1585

Sun 9 Jul 2017

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…

Sun 9 Jul 2017

£10–£20 / 0844 248 1585

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Little Mix

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

Sat 14 Oct 2017

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

Mon 13 Nov 2017

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

With Plus Special Guests.

Micky Flanagan: An' Another Fing

Sharp observations from the Cockney comic. Micky Flanagan who famously popped out and ended up 'out out', is touring a new show for the first time in three years. An' Another Fing follows on from 2011's Out Out tour and 2013's Back in the Game, which became the biggest selling stand up DVD and tour of the year.

Tue 16 May 2017

£27.50–£32.50 / 0844 248 1585

Wed 17 May 2017

£27.50–£32.50 / 0844 248 1585

Olly Murs

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

Thu 9 Mar 2017

Pet Shop Boys

The chart-topping veteran duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe plays its synthpop, new wave and alternative dance hits including 'West End Girls' and 'It's A Sin'.

Sat 18 Feb 2017

£35–£75 / 0844 248 1585

Peter Kay

Award-winning stand-up Kay hosts a series of adults-only three hour 'dance-a-thon parties' around the UK to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. Fancy dress is welcome.

Sat 6 May 2017

£28.50 / 0844 248 1585

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Premier League Darts

Ten darts superstars take part in the 11th season of the Premier League, including Raymond van Barneveld, Michael van Gerwen and Phil Taylor.

Thu 16 Feb 2017

£23–£41 / 0844 248 1585

Professor Brian Cox

Professor Brian Cox takes audiences on a journey through space and time.

Sun 14 May 2017

£30–£40 / 0844 248 1585

Richard Ashcroft

Ex-Verve frontman touring in support of new album These People.

Sat 22 Apr 2017

£35–£45 / 0844 248 1585

RUN, ROCK n RAISE Feat. Kaiser Chiefs & Kodaline

The first major fundraising event of the newly-formed Graham Wylie Foundation will see some of the leading names in music perform in the North East at the launch of the inaugural Run, Rock n Raise, ‘Making Every Note Count’, concert. The Kaiser Chiefs have already been confirmed as one of the acts playing at the event…

Sat 4 Mar 2017

Russell Howard: Round The World

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

Sun 9 Apr 2017

£25.50–£32.50 / 0844 248 1585

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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 2017

£52.80 / 0844 248 1585

Status Quo

Cheery veterans of classic rock.

Sat 17 Dec

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585

With With Very Special Guests REO Speedwagon.

The Stone Roses

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

Tue 20 Jun 2017

Wed 21 Jun 2017

Strictly Come Dancing 10th Anniversary Live Tour

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

The Weeknd

Downbeat, soulful, R&B-infused hip hop from Canadian singer Abel Tesfaye.

Tue 14 Mar 2017

£39.50–£45.20 / 0844 248 1585

X Factor Live

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

Sat 11 Mar 2017

Prices to be confirmed / 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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