First Direct Arena


About First Direct Arena

The First Direct Arena is Leeds’ largest entertainment venue with a 13,000 capacity. It regularly hosts live music, comedy, entertainment shows and sports events.

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In 2014, it was voted the ‘Best New Venue in the World’ at the Stadium Business Awards. For an arena it’s size, it’s quite unique to have a “theatre style” configuration where all seats are facing the stage. The design and acoustics makes it ideal for hosting music concerts compared with more traditional arena layouts.

So far, First Direct Arena Leeds has hosted some of the biggest artists in the world, since opening in September 2013.

Events include:

  • Sir Elton John
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Michael Bublé
  • Gary Barlow
  • Prince
  • Miley Cyrus
  • John Bishop
  • Queen + Adam Lambert
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Bette Midler
  • Drake
  • Morrissey
  • The Eagles
  • Pharrell Williams
  • John Legend
  • Mumford and Sons.

The arena has even hosted huge key award events including The MOBO Awards, and BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year.

Upcoming Events

Hip Hop / R&B


International multi platinum-selling artist Khalid has today announced a first direct arena date as part of his headline ‘Khalid Free Spirit World Tour’. Since releasing...

Sun 22 Sep, 7:30 pm
First Direct Arena  | From £40.70


Russell Howard

Following the record-breaking success of his 2017 tour Round The World, Russell Howard returns with his biggest globe-spanning stand-up tour to date. Hot...

Fri 27 Sep, 7:30 pm
First Direct Arena  | From £40.70

Classical & Opera

Star Wars In Concert – The Empire Strikes back

The Empire Strikes Back directly into arenas throughout the country live in concert this autumn. See the full film LIVE on...

Sat 28 Sep, 7:30 pm
First Direct Arena  | From £49.10



The legendary Cher has today confirmed she’s heading to the UK in 2019 for her first live dates in over...

Wed 30 Oct, 8:00 pm
First Direct Arena  |


The Chemical Brothers

The Chemical Brothers have announced a date at the first direct arena in November 2019. The legendary duo – comprising Tom Rowlands and...

Thu 21 Nov, 7:30 pm
First Direct Arena  | TBC


Pete Tong Present Ibiza Classics

Pete Tong returns with The Heritage Orchestra for a brand new show in 2019, conducted by Jules Buckley. Now firmly part...

Fri 6 Dec, 7:30 pm
First Direct Arena  | From £34.40



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