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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, but 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. This includes Sir Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Bublé, Gary Barlow, Prince, Miley Cyrus, John Bishop, Queen + Adam Lambert, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Bette Midler, Drake, Morrissey, The Eagles, Pharrell Williams, John Legend and Mumford and Sons. It’s even hosted huge key award events including The MOBO Awards, and BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year.

Upcoming Events

Jazz, Soul & Blues

JOOLS HOLLAND AND HIS RHYTHM & BLUES ORCHESTRA

Musical master of ceremonies Jools Holland and his acclaimed Rhythm & Blues Orchestra have announced their annual musical excursion. Soft Cell frontman Marc Almond will...

Fri 14 Dec, 7:30 pm
First Direct Arena  | From £47

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Music

Jane McDonald

Following on from the success of Jane McDonald’s sell out “Celebrate 20 Years” anniversary tour the singer is excited to announce a one...

Sat 15 Dec, 7:30 pm
First Direct Arena  | From £40

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Music

Strictly Come Dancing – Live

The Strictly Come Dancing Tour is waltzing back on the road from January next year for a supersized sequin-filled show at the First Direct Arena....

Thu 24 Jan - Fri 25 Jan, 7:30 pm
First Direct Arena  | From £40.60

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The Wombats

The Wombats' step things up yet again by unveiling their highest profile and biggest UK headline tour to date. With six...

Sat 26 Jan, 7:30 pm
First Direct Arena  | £27.65

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Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls

Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls have announced they will be visiting the First Direct Arena in support of his upcoming seventh...

Sun 27 Jan, 7:30 pm
First Direct Arena  | From £37

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Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol have announced they will be visiting the First Direct Arena for the first time in January 2019. Since their 1998...

Tue 29 Jan, 7:30 pm
First Direct Arena  | From £50

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Boyzone

After six UK #1 singles, five UK #1 albums and 25 years together, the iconic Boyzone will release their final album ‘Thank You & Goodnight’ on November 16th....

Fri 1 Feb, 7:30 pm
First Direct Arena  | From £49

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Sports

GymFest 2019

After the success of our last festival, Leeds Gymnastics Club will, for the third year running, host Leeds GymFest 2019...

Sun 3 Feb, 7:30 pm
First Direct Arena  | From £11

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