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.
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The erstwhile 80s pop pin-up plays his brand of post-punk and dandy pop.
Current stomping ground for Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti and bass player Brian Marshall, named after a bridge near where Tremonti grew up in Detroit. Lead singer Myles Kennedy also moonlights fronting Slash's band.
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.
Inoffensive sounds from this south London indie four-piece.
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 award-winning, chart-topping Kilmarnock rockers return with their unique brand of hard alternative rock and post-hardcore. As their fans say, 'Mon the Biff!'
The founders of heavy metal are on their farewell tour, featuring Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler.
The Catherine Tate Show Live
Comedian and actor Catherine Tate takes her popular BBC sketch show on the road. The Catherine Tate Show Live featuring new sketches and reunites old characters including Nan Taylor, Geordie Georgie and Lauren 'Am I Bovvered' Cooper.
Cirque du Soleil: Varekai
The internationally-acclaimed company performs a revamped production of their 2002 show, which is an acrobatic tribute to the nomadic soul.
Mouthy Manchester indie outfit touring their latest album Concrete Love.
R&B from David, having a bit of a renaissance on the back of his successful Ts5 sessions.
A Day To Remember
Florida five-piece who are exponents of 'pop-mosh'.
- 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.
ELVIS In Concert – Live on Screen
The highly acclaimed Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will 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.
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.
Two years ago, Billie Joe Armstrong was driving into Manhattan when he came across a throng of protesters. Outraged by a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer for the killing of Michael Brown, they filled the streets and backed up traffic for miles. Armstrong was inspired. "I got out of my car and…
Sun 5 Feb 2017
Times vary / Prices to be confirmed / 0844 248 1585
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…
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 Gets Around
Posh-voiced, hairdo-ed star of Fresh Meat and Bad Education indulging in his first arena tour.
The British singer-songwriter made famous for her vocals on other artists records tours her solo work after featuring on two number one hit singles, Clean Bandit's 'Rather Be' and Route 94's 'My Love'.
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 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.
Sun 13 Nov
Times to be confirmed / Tickets on sale Friday 21st October, 9am. / 0844 248 1585
Michael Ball and Alfie Boe
Musical star Michael Ball and popular tenor Alfie Boe join forces.
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.
The angsty Gothic alt.rockers celebrate 20 years as a band with a world tour.
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.
Gravel-voiced Rod returns for more onstage shenanigans lapped up by a partying crowd. There's always 'Maggie May' to look forward to.
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.
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.
Strictly Come Dancing 10th Anniversary Live Tour
Celebrities, professional dancers and judges take the popular BBC TV show on the road.
Thu 2 Feb 2017
WWE Live – Wrestlemania Revenge
The ultimate in 'sports entertainment' as the real deal WWE superstars of US wrestling bring the pain to the UK.
Sat 5 Nov
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