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Event Calendar


The promoters are sorry to announce that all Peter Pan dates have been cancelled due to unforeseen technical reasons.  All tickets purchased through the arena's official ticketing partners will be refunded automatically and customers will be notified by email.  Any queries should be directed to your original point of purchase.

Dates Available
21 - 23 Dec 2018   
first direct bank presents: Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

The 2nd installment of our new comedy club will feature; Andy Askins was recently invited to join Dave Spikey (Peter Kay's 'Phoenix Nights') during his nationwide tour. Ben Norris who you may have seen on your screens on programmes such as ‘Mock The Week’ and ‘Never Mind The Buzcocks’. Stephen Bailey - a comedian, television personality and writer, whose friendly and open brand of gossipy humour has made him one of the most sought after acts in UK comedy today

Dates Available
18 Jan 2019   
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.  Fans will be delighted to hear that Strictly favourite and 2017 TV show winner Ore Oduba will be hosting the tour for a second time. The 2019 tour will be directed once again by the FAB-U-LOUS Strictly TV Judge Craig Revel Horwood and feature many of the celebrities and professional dancers from the highly anticipated 16th series of the award-winning BBC One show. Check out the latest line up and news here

Dates Available
24th & 25th January 2019    Laurent-Perrier Experience | the suite experience
The Wombats

The Wombats' step things up yet again by unveiling their highest profile and biggest UK headline tour to date. With six huge shows across the isles, including a night at the first direct arena in Leeds, the tour further cements the band’s meteoric rise to one of the country’s biggest guitar acts. If beautiful people ruin The Wombats’ lives, the resulting album will make your year. Peaking at #3 in the UK album chart as the highest new entry of that week, the album has since been streamed over 80 million times on Spotify.



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 album Be More Kind. Be More Kind represents a thematic and sonic line in the sand for 36-year-old Turner. “I wanted to try and get out of my comfort zone and do something different,” he says. After the stripped-down, live-sounding previous album Positive Songs…, Turner wanted to try a new approach. Frank Turner will be joined on his tour by the legendary Jimmy Eat World 

Dates Available
27 Jan 2019    the suite experience
Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol have announced they will be visiting the first direct arena for the first time in January 2019. Since their 1998 debut, Songs for Polarbears, Snow Patrol have racked up an impressive number of critical and commercial accolades, including 15 million global album sales, 1+ billion global track streams, five UK Platinum Albums, and are Grammy, BRIT Award and Mercury Music Prize nominated.


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. They’ve also announced details of their 25th anniversary and farewell UK and Ireland arena tour which includes a date at the first direct arena on Friday 1st February 2019. 

GymFest 2019

After the success of our last festival, Leeds Gymnastics Club will, for the third year running, host Leeds Gymfest 2019 at the first direct arena on Sunday 3rd February 2019. Some of the best Men’s Artistic, Women’s Artistic, Acrobatic and Display teams from all over the UK, Ireland and beyond will descend on Leeds to showcase their unique talents as part of one of the biggest events of its kind in the United Kingdom. Our very own Team GB gymnasts Nile Wilson and Ashley Watson will also be making guest appearances. Concession tickets are available for Under 14’s and Over 65’s

Dates Available
03 Feb 2019   
Tears For Fears

After a triumphant concert at the Royal Albert Hall last month, Tears For Fears – are more popular than ever! The band have sold an astronomical 30 million albums worldwide, performed to countless sold out audiences, and won various awards, and are one of the most influential bands to have come out of the UK. With a catalogue of of huge hits, including classics such as “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” “Shout,” “Mad World,” “Head Over Heels,” “Woman In Chains,” these shows are not to be missed!

Professor Brian Cox UNIVERSAL – World Tour 2019

Taking audiences to the edge of our current understanding about the origin and evolution of our Solar System and the Universe, Professor Brian Cox Live 2019 offers a fascinating insight into the workings of nature at the most fundamental level. Whether an avid science reader or a total novice, Professor Cox makes challenging ideas accessible to all, exploring the vast, possibly infinite universe and our place within it from earth to the edges of the cosmos. Brian will once again be joined by co-host of The Infinite Monkey Cage and award-winning comedian Robin Ince to oversee an audience Q&A.

The X Factor Live Tour

The X Factor Live Tour is returning to the first direct arena in February 2019. The X Factor Tour has thrilled over three million people since it began 14 years ago, making it one of the UK’s most successful annual arena tours. So get your tickets to The X Factor Live Tour 2019 and don’t miss out... X Factor Digital Presenter, Becca Dudley, will be returning as host this year on The X Factor Live Tour. 


Leeds Sports Awards 2019

The 16th Leeds Sports Awards will once again take place at first direct Arena on Thursday 28th February 2019, the third year the venue has staged the ceremony. Over 800 guests will be expected to attend.

The awards celebrate the achievements and contributions across the city, including grass roots, professional clubs and athletes, right through to coaches, administrators and volunteers.


Dates Available
28 Feb 2019   
George Ezra

George Ezra today continues his phenomenal ascent with the announcement of his first ever first direct arena date. His acclaimed number 1 album Staying At Tamara’s is officially the biggest selling album released so far this year and remains in the top five of the Official Albums Chart 20 weeks after release, whilst his current single ‘Shotgun’ became his first ever number 1 single in June.

BLUE PLANET II - Live In Concert

Following the incredible success of the BAFTA award-winning BBC One television series Blue Planet II, presented by Sir David Attenborough, BBC Studios, and FKP Scorpio ,  will bring the wonders and mysteries of the planet’s oceans and wildlife to the first direct arena stage. Blue Planet II – Live In Concert – will present a selection of stunning visuals from the television series, highlighting the incredible natural wonders of our blue planet in breath-taking detail, projected on a state of the art 200 square metre 4K Ultra HD LED screen, the concert will be performed live by a full symphony orchestra.



Dates Available
19 Mar 2019    the suite experience
The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice!

Enter a dazzling world of adventure at The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice! Join Mickey and Minnie for a colourful celebration of magic and family fun. Be enchanted by beloved characters like Dory and Nemo; Anna and Elsa; Buzz and Woody; and the Disney Princesses. Learn the Mouse Bounce dance during the Fit to Dance pre-show and make unforgettable memories as you explore The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice!

Dates Available
27 - 31 Mar 2019    the suite experience
Titanic Live - Film with Live Orchestra and Choir

One of the biggest films of all times finally reaches the shores of the first direct arena next spring with a full 100-piece live orchestra. Experience James Cameron’s ground-breaking epic as you’ve never done before with Titanic Live In Concert. With a live 100-piece orchestra performing the epic score that was the soundtrack for a generation you can relive the romance, the passion and the heartbreak as never before. Please note the film is rated as 12A by the British Board of Film Classification.


Dates Available
04 Apr 2019    the suite experience
Legends Live

Following the success of last year’s Legends Live concerts, Tony Denton Promotions has announced a new tour for 2019. The show will bring together the Queen of Rock Suzi Quatro, Pop icon David Essex, Les McKeown’s BAY CITY ROLLERS and rock and rollers Showaddywaddy, this new tour will see these iconic artists perform all their chart-topping hits on one stage. With over 50 top 30 hits and in excess of 100 million record sales between them, this will surely be a night you cannot miss.


Europe's Strongest Man

Europe’s Strongest Man—part of the World’s Strongest Man Qualifying Tour—is returning to the first direct arena. You’ve seen it on TV, but a strongman show of this scale is best witnessed live, raw and up-close to all the roaring, shirt-ripping, world-record-breaking action!


Shawn Mendes

Supporting the release of his self-titled third album, multi-platinum and chart-topping singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes will hit the road in 2019 on a global arena tour.  “Shawn Mendes: The Tour” will mark his third global headline tour, following his sold out 2017 arena trek, and will take in 56 dates spanning across North America, the UK and Europe.  Tickets on sale now!

The Greatest Show For Families

The Greatest Showman has taken over the world, with every child in town knowing each song word for word. Now 'The Greatest Show For Families' is taking over Leeds first direct Arena for one night only - LIVE! The all singing, all dancing talented cast of 10 will pay homage to some of the most iconic songs from shows such as 'The Greatest Showman', 'Disney Classics', 'Moulin Rouge' , ‘A Star Is Born’ and many many more! An ideal Christmas present for all ages young and old!

Dates Available
14 Apr 2019    the suite experience
Unibet Premier League Darts

THE world's top darts stars are set to return to The First Direct Arena in Leeds for the 2019 Unibet Premier League on Thursday May 16, featuring the likes of world number one Michael van Gerwen and colourful Peter "Snakebite" Wright .Reigning World Champion Rob Cross and two-time Premier League winner Gary Anderson are also expected to be part of the field for next year's tournament alongside some of the sport's most exciting stars.The season's final league night will see the Premier League return to Leeds, with four matches set to take place as the Play-Off spots are confirmed.


Mark Knopfler

Mark Knopfler, one of the most critically and commercially successful artists of all time, has announced a date at the first direct arena with his band in 2019. Hailed as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Mark Knopfler has sold in excess of 120 million albums across his Dire Straits and solo career, and many of his songs have become standards, including ‘Money For Nothing’, ‘Sultans Of Swing’, ‘Romeo & Juliet’ and ‘Walk Of Life’. He has released eight solo albums as well as recording ‘Neck And Neck’ with guitar great Chet Atkins, and collaborated with Emmylou Harris on ‘All The Roadrunning’.


Olly Murs

Olly Murs Is Back! Visting the first direct arena in 2019 he is now firmly established in his red chair as a judge on The Voice, Olly has five multi-platinum albums under his belt, 4 #1 UK albums, 4# UK singles and 6 #1 airplay tracks. He has over 17.5m followers across his socials and without doubt is the X Factor’s most successful male artist ever.



Rita Ora

Rita Ora has announced her Phoenix UK tour for 2019 including a date here at the first direct arena. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 2nd November 2018.

Strictly Come Dancing - The Professionals

Direct from BBC One’s award-winning prime time TV show Strictly Come Dancing, the Professionals will take to the stage at first direct arena! Audiences will enjoy the incredible talent of these world-class dancers as they perform exquisitely choreographed Ballroom and Latin routines with all the sequins, sparkle and stunning production values we have come to know and love!


Michael Bublé

Grammy-award winning global megastar Michael Bublé will return to the UK next year with a brand new tour kicking off in May 2019. Michael has already completed five sold-out world tours, won four Grammy Awards and sold over 60 million records over the course of his extraordinary career. EXTRA DATE ADDED DUE TO PHENOMENAL DEMAND (please note that the Ticket Office will not be open for in-person counter sales until 11am)

Dates Available
Mon 3rd June - Tues 4th June    Laurent-Perrier Experience | the suite experience
Bill Bailey: Larks In Transit

Bill Bailey returns to the first direct arena after a triumphant 2018 performance. Larks In Transit is a compendium of travellers’ tales and the general shenanigans of twenty years as a travelling comedian. With musical virtuosity, surreal tangents and trademark intelligence, Bill Bailey tackles politics, philosophy and the pursuit of happiness. Plus, he fashions a symphony from a ringtone, tells the real story of Old MacDonald and re-imagines the Stars and Stripes. Two decades of touring larks from a comic described by The Telegraph as “the brainiest comic of his generation.”


The UK's top selling album group of the 21st century, Westlife, have announced that they will be visting the first direct arena in 2019 for the first time. Westlife have sold over 55 million records worldwide, and are the only band to have their first 7 singles enter the UK chart at No.1. Overall the band have had an incredible 14 No.1 singles, behind only Elvis Presley and The Beatles. They have had 33 No.1 albums worldwide.  As a live act Westlife have sold 5 million concert tickets worldwide. NEW DATE ADDED DUE TO PHENOMENAL DEMAND!

Dates Available
10th June & 11th June 2019    Laurent-Perrier Experience | the suite experience
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 musical journey from the moving Jesus To A Child, to the celebration of Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, to everyone’s favourites I’m Your Man and Wake Me Up. Join us as we present our respectful tribute to one of the greatest musicians of all time with our stunning stage show that’s taking the globe by storm.Relive the passion, the flare and the unique sensitivity of George Michael with Fastlove!

The Magic Of Motown

Music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into town! Seen by over a million people, With timeless music of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and more. This breath-taking concert spectacular takes you on a musical journey through all your favourite songs, including: Ain’t No Mountain, Signed Sealed Delivered, Dancing In The Streets, My Cherie Amor, Heatwave and many more

Gladys Knight

The Empress of Soul - Gladys Knight, who is headlining the BBC Proms in the Park in 2018, is delighted to announce a date at the first direct arena in Leeds for June 2019. Known for her collection of classic hits such as: ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’ (which remains one of the most famous Motown records to date and was honoured as one of ‘The Greatest Songs Of All Time’ by Rolling Stone Magazine); ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’;  ‘Licence To Kill  (the official theme song to the James Bond film) plus her critically acclaimed  latest album ‘Where My Heart Belongs’ .

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?” coming to the first direct arena in 2019. Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Musical? promises to take audiences on an exhilarating, side splitting and musical adventure. Brendan O’Carroll said: “Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Musical? will have you crying with laughter, tapping your toes and you will leave the show singing and smiling to yourself. We are having such fun doing this and can’t wait to share it not just with fans of Mrs. Brown’s Boys,  but to anyone who needs a good night out.”


Dates Available
28th June - 30th June 2019    Laurent-Perrier Experience | the suite experience

Eagles - Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, with Vince Gill and Deacon Frey - are bringing their critically acclaimed tour to Leeds in 2019 and will perform classics spanning their career, including “Hotel California,” “One of These Nights,” “Life in the Fast Lane,” “Desperado,” and many more. In today’s faddish, fractured, rock landscape, the Eagles retain an appeal that transcends both generation and genre, cementing the band’s role as enduring musical icons. As the best-selling American band of the ’70s, and one of the top-selling acts of all time.

Leeds Tattoo Expo 2019

Leeds Tattoo Expo 2019

Leeds Tattoo Expo is returning to first direct arena for the third time! Expect to see 180+ tattoo fantastic tattoo artists, a market of traders selling everything from art prints to taxidermy, explosive live acts throughout the weekend and the ever popular tattoo competitions. For everyone from those yet to be inked to those covered head to toe, Leeds Tattoo Expo is a weekend not to be missed.  Tickets on sale soon

Dates Available
Sat 6th July - Sun 7th July 2019   
Coming Soon
Professor Brian Cox UNIVERSAL - Extra Date!

Extra date due to phenomenal demand - Taking audiences to the edge of our current understanding about the origin and evolution of our Solar System and the Universe, Professor Brian Cox offers a fascinating insight into the workings of nature at the most fundamental level. Professor Cox makes challenging ideas accessible to all, exploring the vast, possibly infinite universe and our place within it from earth to the edges of the cosmos. Brian will once again be joined by co-host of The Infinite Monkey Cage and award-winning comedian Robin Ince to oversee an audience Q&A.

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 on the heels of his critically-acclaimed hit Sky One show The Russell Howard Hour, and his global smash Netflix special Recalibrate, Russell is back on stage where he belongs, making sense of a world that’s spinning out of control.It’s time for Respite. TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Andrea Bocelli

The world’s most beloved tenor, Andrea Bocelli, has announced he will be returning to the first direct arena in the autumn of 2019. Reportedly the biggest selling solo classical artist of all time with over 80 million worldwide album sales, Bocelli has performed for four US Presidents, two Popes and many Royal families across the world, as well as at high-profile ceremonies for the Olympic Games and the World Cup. The Maestro has countless music awards to his name over past 25 years in music.


The legendary Cher has today confirmed she’s heading to the UK in 2019 for her first live dates in over 14 years.  The multi-talented Oscar, Emmy and GRAMMY Award-winning icon, is set to delight UK fans when she plays five dates across the UK in October 2019 as part of her Here We Go Again World Tour including her first ever appearance at the first direct arena. Tickets will go on sale on Friday 14 December at 10AM.

a-ha: Hunting High and Low Live 2019

a-ha have always set themselves challenges. In 2018 their MTV Unplugged tour proved that their songs could be given new settings and remain as alive and as impactful as ever. Now, pushing even further, they are announcing that their October and November 2019 tour will be different from anything they have previously undertaken.


Little Mix

Pop superstars Little Mix have announced 'The LM5 Tour', a massive UK and Ireland Arena Tour for 2019. The shows will see Little Mix perform songs from their brand new album LM5, alongside their greatest hits including 'Touch', ‘Shout Out to My Ex', ‘Black Magic’ and ‘Wings'. Little Mix have firmly established their reputation as one of the most phenomenal performers around. In summer 2018 they toured stadiums across the UK with the 'Summer Hits' Tour. They were also named the UK’s Most Watched VEVO Artist of 2017.




Dates Available
18th & 19th November 2019    Black Magic Package | the suite experience
The Chemical Brothers

The Chemical Brothers have annouced a date at the first direct arena in November 2019. The legendary duo – comprising Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons  have sold more than 12 million albums and six million singles worldwide. They have had six No. 1 albums in the U.K. and were the first electronic act ever to receive a GRAMMY, winning in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category for ‘Block Rockin’ Beats’ – the first of their four GRAMMY wins. 



Stepback! 90’S VS 00’S

Stepback! 90’S VS 00’S

The world’s biggest 90’s / 00’s concert comes to the first direct arena for the very first time in November 2019.  We’re bringing you some of the best-loved stars from the coolest couple of decades.  This live, indoor 90’s vs 00’s concert brings one of the strongest lineups ever seen together on one stage, featuring: B*WITCHED, 5IVE, S CLUB, FATMAN SCOOP, EAST 17, BLAZIN’ SQUAD, 911, BIG BROVAZ, BOOTY LUV with a headline act still to be announced.  Tickets go on sale in March 2019

Dates Available
30 Nov 2019    the suite experience
Coming Soon
Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics 2019

Pete Tong returns with The Heritage Orchestra for a brand new show in 2019, conducted by Jules Buckley. Now firmly part of the live music calendar, the voice of Radio 1’s prestigious dance programming and Britain's most influential figures in electronic dance music, Pete Tong along with conductor Jules Buckley and 65 piece The Heritage Orchestra will be taking a fresh show of Ibiza Classics to new cities for the first time. Ibiza Classics is the world's most iconic classical electronic music event and promises to be a party like no other.


We Love the 90's

We Love The 90’s, the ULTIMATE nineties tour is coming to the UK in December 2019. In a huge lineup featuring Jenny Berggren from Ace Of Base, Vengaboys, 2 Unlimited, Snap!, Whigfield, Haddaway, DJ Sash, Rednex and many more. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Fri 14 December.

Elton John: Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour

Elton John will return the first direct arena as part of his colossal Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. Speaking of the UK dates Elton John says “The Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour will take us to many places that have meant a lot to me over the last fifty years, but these UK shows will be incredibly special. The UK is home, and where my heart will always be.” TICKETS GO ON SALE AT 10AM ON FRIDAY 16TH NOVEMBER (please note that the Ticket Office will not be open for in-person counter sales until 11am).