First Direct Arena
- Telephone 0844 248 1585
- Website www.firstdirectarena.com
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.
There are 46 events at this location
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The erstwhile 80s pop pin-up plays his brand of post-punk and dandy pop.
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.
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.
Best Ever Christmas Show and The Story of Jack Frost
Festive show featuring Christmas songs.
Wed 28 Dec
Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585
The founders of heavy metal are on their farewell tour, featuring Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler.
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.
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.
Cirque du Soleil: Varekai
The Canadian circus sensations present a show inspired by the Romany word for 'wherever'.
R&B from David, having a bit of a renaissance on the back of his successful Ts5 sessions.
Fri 31 Mar 2017
A Day To Remember
Florida five-piece who are exponents of 'pop-mosh'.
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.
- Written by: Ashley Banjo
Street dance skills from the winners of the third series of Britain's Got Talent, still going strong.
Well-connected Canadian rapper who had a recurring acting role in Degrassi: The Next Generation as a teenager.
Classic tunes from the veteran singer-songwriter's five decade career.
The chart-topping Aberdonian soul singer, who nabbed a well-deserved Brits Critics Choice Award.
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''.
Good Mourning Mrs Brown
Brendan O'Carroll stars in the continuing hilarious tales of this typical Dublin Mammy.
Sat 1 Jul 2017
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.
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…
DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering perform alongside the Manchester Camerata orchestra recreating old school house, club and rave anthems on an epic scale.
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.
Harry Potter Concert Series
Watch Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone with a full orchestra playing the score live.
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.
Jack Whitehall At Large
Posh-voiced, hairdo-ed star of Fresh Meat and Bad Education indulging in his first arena tour.
John Bishop: Winging It
Observational humour from the multi-award winning Liverpudlian stand-up.
The multi-million selling rock and post-punk quintet.
Kings of Leon
Hirsute country rock'n'rollers.
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…
Sat 8 Jul 2017
Pop with an R&B twist from the first girl group to win the X-Factor, back in 2011.
Sat 14 Oct 2017
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
Cheeky chappy, X Factor finalist and chart-topper embarks on an arena tour.
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'.
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.
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.
Professor Brian Cox
Professor Brian Cox takes audiences on a journey through space and time.
Ex-Verve frontman touring in support of new album These People.
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…
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
Part stage show, part musical documentary The Sessions recreates the timeless albums recorded by the Beatles at Abbey Road Studios.
Cheery veterans of classic rock.
The Stone Roses
The iconic Mancunians, lead by singer Ian Brown, do their indie-rock thing.
Tue 20 Jun 2017
Strictly Come Dancing 10th Anniversary Live Tour
Celebrities, professional dancers and judges take the popular BBC TV show on the road.
Downbeat, soulful, R&B-infused hip hop from Canadian singer Abel Tesfaye.
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