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


FastLove – The Arena Tour: A Tribute to George Michael

Direct from London's West End, this is the world’s favourite George Michael tribute show.This show will take you on a...

Fri 21 Jun, 8:00 pm
First Direct Arena  | From £29

Hip Hop / R&B

The Magic Of Motown

Music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into...

Sat 22 Jun, 7:30 pm
First Direct Arena  | From £29

Jazz, Soul & Blues

Gladys Knight

The Empress of Soul - Gladys Knight, who is headlining the BBC Proms in the Park in 2018, is delighted...

Sun 23 Jun, 7:30 pm
First Direct Arena  | From £40


Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Musical

The Award Winning Brendan O’Carroll and Mrs. Brown’s Boys invite you to their brand new production “Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Musical?”...

Fri 28 Jun - Sun 30 Jun, Various Times
First Direct Arena  | From £29


The Eagles

Eagles - Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, with Vince Gill and Deacon Frey - are bringing their...

Tue 2 Jul, 6:00 pm
First Direct Arena  | From £226


Leeds Tattoo Expo 2019

Leeds Tattoo Expo is returning to first direct arena for the third time! Expect to see 180+ tattoo fantastic tattoo...

Sat 6 Jul - Sun 7 Jul, Various Times
First Direct Arena  | From £14.80


first direct bank presents: Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

The FD Bar at the first direct arena hosts Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club in association with first direct bank....

Fri 19 Jul, 7:00 pm
First Direct Arena  | £25


Professor Brian Cox UNIVERSAL

Extra date due to phenomenal demand - Taking audiences to the edge of our current understanding about the origin and...

Wed 11 Sep, 8:00 pm
First Direct Arena  | From £40

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