Event Calendar

Leeds Gymfest 2017
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Tickets From £8.00

Leeds Gymfest 2017 features Leeds’ very own Olympian Nile Wilson and other incredible gymnasts performing incredible displays from all disciplines of gymnastics! Hosted by Leeds Gymnastics Club, Gymfest 2017 is the best place to see a showcase of phenomenal local and nationwide talent. This is an opportunity not to be missed, come witness stunning athletic prowess, somersaults and flips first hand at the first direct arena.

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22 Jan 2017   
Black Sabbath - The End
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Tickets From £60.00

This is the end...The greatest metal band of all time play their final tour after five decades of shaking the earth with their monstrous, heart stopping riffs. Come see Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler shake the foundations of the first direct arena for the final time. This is the legendary Black Sabbath’s final chapter, come rock with them at the end of the incredible, crunching and thunderous Black Sabbath story. 

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26 Jan 2017    the luxury experience
A Day To Remember
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Tickets From £25.00

A Day To Remember are “an artist you need to know”, so come and get to know them at the first direct arena. Fresh from sold out continental tours, and touring in support of their much-anticipated new album Bad Vibrations, they are sure to deliver an amazing show with brilliant old hits and massive new anthems from Bad Vibrations. Come and see them bring their unforgettable sweet pop punk hooks and slamming metal-core riffs to the first direct arena for a gig you'll never forget. WOO

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28 Jan 2017    the luxury experience
Strictly Come Dancing Live 2017
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Tickets From £35.00

Strictly Come Dancing bring their live dance show extravaganza to the first direct arena, in what promises to be an evening filled with the brilliant Strictly entertainment you know and love. See celebrities including Ore Aduba, Louise Redknapp and Ed Balls strut their stuff on a supersized dancefloor under the watchful eyes of judges Len Goodman and Craig Revel-Horwood!; This is a night out not to be missed!

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Thurs 2nd Feb 2017 - Friday 3rd Feb 2017    the luxury experience
Green Day
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Tickets From £39.50

The Legendary Green Day bring their unstoppable pop punk hits to the first direct arena, as part of their UK tour. Come and See Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool deliver a spectacular show in Leeds. This is the first time they have played here since they headlined the reading Reading & Leeds festival in 2013, expect an unmissable live show featuring all the hits and exciting new tunes from their new album Revolution Radio. 

 

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05 Feb 2017    the luxury experience
Drake
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Tickets From £56.00

One Dance megastar, Drake, is heading to the first direct arena for his global Boy Meets World tour. Expect an amazing night of hit songs, slow jams and fresh beats from Drizzy himself to serenade you through the beginning of the New Year. This is an incredible opportunity to see one of the biggest stars in R&B flex his huge hits in concert at the first direct arena. Book your tickets now to make your Hotline Bling.

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8th Feb - 9th Feb 2017    the luxury experience
Jack Whitehall
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Tickets From £25.50

Multi award-winning stand-up comic Jack Whitehall is bringing his brand new live show to the first direct arena. The follow up to his ground-breaking debut arena show, Jack Whitehall: At Large, will be the biggest tour ever from one of the UK’s hottest comedy stars. Expect hilarity and his trademark wit.

Please note this show is not suitable for under 16s

 

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10 Feb 2017    the luxury experience
Betway Premier League Darts 2017
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Tickets From £23.00

The Betway PDC Premier League Darts returns to the first direct arena featuring former world champions including: Michael Van Gerwen; Gary  Anderson; and Adrian Lewis. With Phil “The Power” Taylor returning as a wildcard, and Dave Chisnall also competing, it promises to be an evening of high quality, explosive darts full of twist and turns. Get yourself down to the first direct arena for a fantastic night of darts in an unforgettable atmosphere.

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16 Feb 2017    the luxury experience
Pet Shop Boys
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Tickets From £35.00

The Super Tour will see Pet Shop Boys perform songs from their acclaimed new album ‘Super’ and classic PSB hits at the first direct arena. The production for the show is based on the Royal Opera House shows staged by designer Es Devlin and choreographer Lynne Page and promises to provide a visual spectacle to accompany the brilliant PSB hits. Book your tickets now for a truly spectacular nonstop electropop extravaganza.

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18 Feb 2017    the luxury experience
Kings of Leon
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Tickets From £45.00

The Sex on Fire hit-makers Kings of Leon return to the UK in 2017- their first UK shows in over two years! Touring in supports of their brilliant new album, WALLS, they bring their incendiary lighters- aloft- anthems to the first direct arena; get ready to hear all of the hits and future classics from the Followills. Book your tickets now to experience huge singalongs and blistering rock anthems from one of the best rock bands out there.

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19 Feb 2017   
Cirque Du Soleil Varekai: Tales of the Forest

Book your tickets now to experience the immersive world of Cirque Du Soleil: Varekai. A story of a young man who embarks on an adventure after falling from the sky, parachuted into the magical forests of Varekai, a kaleidoscopic world at the bottom of a volcan. Full of fantastical creatures and unbelievable acrobatics, this promises to be an extraordinary show, offering audio and visual delights for the entire family.

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Wed 22 Feb - Sun 26 Feb 2017    the luxury experience
Jack Whitehall
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Tickets From £25.50

Multi award-winning stand-up comic Jack Whitehall is bringing his brand new live show to the first direct arena. The follow up to his ground-breaking debut arena show, Jack Whitehall: At Large, will be the biggest tour ever from one of the UK’s hottest comedy stars. Expect hilarity and his trademark wit.

Please note this show is not suitable for under 16s

 

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27 Feb 2017    the luxury experience
Kaiser Chiefs
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Tickets From £19.50

Local Leeds legends, The Kaiser Chiefs, returning home to the first direct arena as part of their Stay Together arena tour. Featuring all of the Kaiser’s hits and brand new tunes from their sixth album Stay Together, such as Parachute and Hole in My Soul, it promises to be an incredible concert to delight old and new fans alike. Book tickets now to avoid missing out on the ultimate homecoming party! 

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04 Mar 2017    the luxury experience
Leeds Sports Awards Dinner and Ceremony

The 2017 Leeds Sports Awards will be staged for the first time at the first direct  arena. Join local sports people, including Olympians, Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee, and Paralympians, such as Kadeena Cox, for this stylish awards dinner and ceremony. The Leeds Sports Awards is an annual celebration of local sporting talent and achievements across all levels of sport throughout the City of Leeds, recognising the efforts of players, coaches, volunteers and administrators. 

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07 Mar 2017   
Olly Murs
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Tickets From £29.50

Olly Murs, the chart topping pop showman, is performing at the first direct arena on the 9th of March. With a massive arsenal of hits, including Troublemaker and Dance with Me Tonight, coupled with his trademark showmanship and charm, it promises to be a fantastic evening. 

Please note the age limit for Pod standing will be 16 and over. 

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09 Mar 2017    the luxury experience
The X Factor Tour 2017
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Tickets From £20.00

After watching them compete week after week for your vote on the 2016 edition of the X Factor, you can now see the finalists perform their biggest hits at the first direct arena. Watch winner Matt Terry, Sam Lavery, Honey G, Emily Middlemas, 5 After Midnight, Four of Diamonds, Saara Alto and Ryan Lawrie perform their biggest hits at the stunning first direct arena. 

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11 Mar 2017    the luxury experience
The Weeknd
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Tickets From £30.00

Pop superstar, The Weeknd, brings his phenomenal world tour, Starboy: Legend of the Fall to the first direct arena. This promises to be a brilliant R&B masterclass, with the Weeknd performing hot new tracks from Starboy and other massive hits. Expect massive choruses, silky smooth grooves and an incredible stage show from the I Can’t Feel Myself hit-maker. Book now to see the The Weeknd in action.

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14 Mar 2017    the luxury experience
Adnan Sami
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Tickets From £25.00

Composer, singer & actor Adnan Sami comes to the first direct arena on March the 18th bringing his sublime piano skills, startling film compositions and old classics. This promises to be a brilliant evening, with Adnan bringing his legendary high speed piano pyrotechnics to the first direct arena. Book now to avoid missing out on this multi-talented star of world music and Hindi cinema.  

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18 Mar 2017    the luxury experience
Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic
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Tickets From £16.00

Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic! Be charmed by a cast of over 50, including: Mickey Mouse; Minnie Mouse; and Cinderella as they bring Frozen, The Lion King, Toy Story (and many more!) to life. Sing along to over 30 Disney classics, including Hakuna Matata and Let It Go! Bring the whole family for this brilliant spectacle of magical Disney fun at the first direct arena. 

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Weds 22nd - Sun 26th March 2017   
Craig David
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Tickets From £27.00

It’s official! Craig David, the UK King of R&B and silky smooth jams, is back! Having sold over 15 million albums, achieving 16 top ten hits and multi-platinum status in more than 20 countries, he is finally coming to the first direct arena as part of his biggest UK arena tour in 15 years. This is a return not to be missed from one of the smoothest performers in the UK who was Born to Do It. Book your tickets now!

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31 Mar 2017    the luxury experience
Europe's Strongest Man 2017
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Tickets From £25.00

Watch Europe’s strongest men battle it out for supremacy in multiple bone crunching and jaw-dropping events! Expect excitement from an event that has provided world record breaking feat of Eddie “The Beast” Hall’s half a tonne deadlift. Can Thor Bjornssen, AKA The Mountain from hit TV show Game of Thrones, regain his lost title? Find out after witnessing amazing events; including the keg toss, car lifting and the legendary atlas stones. This is an event not to be missed! 

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01 Apr 2017    the luxury experience
Harlem Globetrotters
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Tickets From £17.50

The Original Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their action packed 2016-2017 tour to the first direct arena! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that is sure to thrill fans of all ages. Expect the spectacular for the Harlem Globetrotter’s 90th anniversary and book your tickets now!

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08 Apr 2017    the luxury experience
Russell Howard: Round The World Tour

Award winning, critically acclaimed, comedian Russell Howard, host of Russell Howard’s Good News, comes to the first direct arena, as part of his biggest ever live Round The World Tour! Returning to the stage for the first time in three years, Russell will have brand new material guareanteed to make you burst into fits of laughter. Don’t miss out on one of the best-selling acts in British stand-up! 

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09 Apr 2017    the luxury experience
Hacienda Classical
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Tickets From £35.00

Following great critical acclaim and phenomenal demand, FAC 51, The Haçienda and Manchester Camerata, the city’s experimental orchestra, are bringing back Haçienda Classical in 2017 with a brand new soundtrack. Hacienda Classical will come to the first direct Arena on Friday 14th April 2017 for its first ever performance in Leeds, a city which has a long standing affinity and association with The Hacienda. Book your tickets now for a night of reimagined banging dance classics.

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14 Apr 2017    the luxury experience
Diversity: Genesis
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Tickets From £25.00

Diversity return to the first direct arena bringing the new tour: Genesis.  Genesis is the concluding part of their super-hero fantasy epic, Limitless: The Reboot and promises spectacular choreography and Diversity’s trademark awe-inspiring dance moves. After six sellout UK tours, prepare yourself for Diversity: Genesis. Book your tickets now to Dream, Believe and Achieve with Diversity at the first direct arena. 

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15 Apr 2017    the luxury experience
Richard Ashcroft
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Tickets From £35.00

Following sold out shows and festival performances all over the world in 2016, Richard Ashcroft come to the first direct arena on the 22nd April 2017. Playing songs from his new album, These People, old solo albums and The Verve it promises to be an evening filled with huge anthems, swagger and Richard Ashcroft’s unforgettable voice. Book your tickets now to see Richard Ashcroft perform at the first direct arena!

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22 Apr 2017    the luxury experience
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
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Tickets From £45.00

Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons return to the first direct arena with their era defining classics; including: Walk Like a man; Can’t Take My Eyes Of you; and Big Girls Don’t Cry. Come and see a true musical icon perform all the hits at a sensational show at the first direct arena. Book your tickets now for a night with Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.  

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26 Apr 2017    the luxury experience
Bruno Mars - 24k Magic World Tour
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Tickets From £37.50

Grammy award winner and world- renowned, multi-platinum selling entertainer, Bruno Mars brings his brand new, show-stopping 24K Magic World Tour to the first direct arena! An incredible showman and gifted entertainer, Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour promises to be one of the best gigs of the year. Playing new hits from 24K Magic and old favourites, the Locked Out of Heaven superstar will perform a concert you cannot afford to miss! 

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05 May 2017    the luxury experience
Peter Kay’s Dance For Life
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Tickets From £28.50

Peter Kay’s Dance For Life, a series of remarkable dance-a-thon parties, were a huge hit in 2016! Now, he brings his fantastic party to the first direct arena, with all profits going to Cancer Research UK! DJ PK will provide an unforgettable DJ set to a supersize dancefloor, with state of the art sound and lights.

Over 18s only 

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06 May 2017   
Iron Maiden
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Tickets From £46.00

Rock and Metal legends Iron Maiden continue their hugely successful The Book of Souls World Tour into 2017 with a show at First Direct Arena. Expect huge riffs, fast drums and Bruce Dickinson's incredible voicals.

 Extra information about the show right here.

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11 May 2017    the luxury experience
Brian Cox
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Tickets From £30.00

This show will take audiences on a dazzling journey through space and time, delving into ‘high science’ and freewheeling on the edges of the known cosmos. Whether an avid science reader or a total novice, Professor Brian Cox Live will test the limits of our knowledge and make highly complex ideas accessible to all. Always captivating, continually surprising and forever pushing the boundaries, Professor Brian Cox takes science to a new dimension in this new stage show at the first direct arena.

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14 May 2017    the luxury experience
Micky Flanagan
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Tickets From £27.50

Micky Flanagan, the working class boy done good, has risen to the very top of the comedy world thanks to side-splitting sets on Michael McIntyre’s comedy roadshow and his breakout Royal Varieties performance. Now, he returns to the first direct arena, 16th & 17th of May, bringing with him his brand new tour, ‘An Another Fing’! Expect rip roaring laughs and brilliant new material, with a gig sure to bring the house down.

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16 & 17 May 2017    the luxury experience
Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone™

Relive the magic of Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone™  on a giant, high-definition screen at the first direct arena. With a full live orchestra bringing John Williams’ unforgettable, oscar nominated score to the front and centre, don't miss out on what is set out to be a breath-taking evening of magical, enchanting and brilliant entertainment. Book your tickets now, and don’t forget to bring your wands and broomsticks! 

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19 May 2017    the luxury experience
Shawn Klush - Elvis World Tour
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Tickets From £26.00

Direct from the USA, the world's most successful Elvis tribute artist of all time returns to the UK and the first direct arena by popular demand.  Featuring original Elvis band members ‘The Sweet Inspirations’ who performed with the King as his backing vocalists on over one thousand shows from 1969 to 1977. Don't miss Shawn Klush at the first direct arena, it doesn’t get any closer to the King than this! 

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21 May 2017    the luxury experience
Adam Ant
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Tickets From £32.50

Following the hugely successful Kings of the Wild Frontier tour last year, Adam Ant brings his Anthems: The Singles Tour to the first direct arena in 2017. The concert will showcase Adam's impressive back catalogue of material including his brilliant hit singles, rare B-Sides and all-time personal favourites at the first direct arena. Book tickets now and join Adam for a very special concert and memorable evening.

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27 May 2017    the luxury experience
Slam Dunk Festival - North
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Tickets From £44.00

Having firmly established itself as the best alternative festival for pop-punk and rock revellers alike, Slam Dunk Festival is set to get even bigger and better in 2017 with the addition of the first direct Arena in Leeds as the second stage. Enter Shikari have been announced as headliners with Don Broco making an exclusive UK festival appearance! Slam Dunk Festival is a rite of passage for lovers of pop-punk and rock music and is a key date in the festival calendar. 

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28 May 2017   
Elton John
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Tickets From £50.00

Elton John will be making a welcomed return to the first direct arena as part of his highly anticipated Wonderful Crazy Tour. Fans can look forward to what will be one of the music events of the year at the first direct arena.  Elton will perform songs from his most loved hits and brand new tracks from his latest studio album Wonderful Crazy Night. Book now for a spectacular evening’s entertainment from one of the nations greatest ever songwriters!  

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08 Jun 2017    the luxury experience
The Great Yorkshire Vegan Show
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Tickets From £5.00

The Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival comes to the first direct arena on the 17th June 2017. There will be 200 stalls, cookery demos, talks, workshops, children's zone, all day bar, live entertainment and delicious vegan food! All proceed  go to animal welfare charities such as Miracle’s Mission that helps to rescue, rehabilitate, neuter and re-home stray and vulnerable animals. Come down to the first direct arena for a unique and revitalising day out!

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17 Jun 2017   
The Stone Roses
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Tickets From £35.00

The ground-breaking Madchester heroes, The Stone Roses, come to the first direct arena for two spectacular dates that are not to be missed. 

Standing - Maximum 2 tickets per person.  Seated - Maximum 4 tickets per person. The lead booker must be in attendance and photo ID checks will be made upon entry into the venue. If the ID does not match entry will be refused.

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20th June - 21st June    the luxury experience
Mrs Brown's Boys: Good Mourning Mrs Brown

Mrs. Brown returns to the first direct arena with brand new rib-tickling hit show, Good Mourning Mrs. Brown! Mrs. Brown is planning Grandad Brown’s funeral… one slight problem, he’s not dead! What happens next? Come to the first direct arena to find out!

Extra matinee show on sale now!

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Thurs 29 Jun 2017 - Sun 2nd Jul 2017    the luxury experience
Blink 182
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Tickets From £29.50

Pop-punk legends Blink-182 visit the first direct arena fresh from the success of their brilliant new UK and US #1 album, California. Bringing their incredible energy, classic hits and brand new tunes, the show promises to be a wall to wall pop-punk masterclass from true rock n roll legends. Book now to avoid missing out on a night of incredible tunes from the All THe Small Things hitmakers,  Blink-182. 

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05 Jul 2017    the luxury experience
Leeds International Tattoo Exposition

Now in its fourth year, Leeds International Tattoo Expo, LITE, is an annual convention that brings together some of the best tattooists from the UK, Europe and beyond. 2017 sees LITE come to the   first direct arena to showcase around 160 top class tattoo artists alongside a carefully selected market of boutique traders, live music and exciting entertainment. Come down to see some incredible artwork and the best tattoo artists in the business. 

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08 Jul 2017   
The Australian Pink Floyd Show
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Tickets From £29.50

The Australian Pink Floyd return to the first direct arena with their stunning new tour, Best Side of The Moon. The Australian Pink Floyd boast having the biggest and most spectacular Pink Floyd show on the planet and they’re not wrong! Having sold over four million tickets across 35 countries, they are an act not to be missed! Come to the first direct arena to see the Pink Floyd tribute act that are so good that David Gilmour wanted to book them for his own birthday party!

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12 Oct 2017    the luxury experience
Little Mix
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Tickets From £25.00

Little Mix, the biggest girl band in the world, bring their brilliant new Glory Days Tour to the first direct arena. Touring in support of their amazing new album Glory Days, the Shout Out to My Ex pop Queens will provide an awesome nights entertainment at the first direct arena. Growing better and bolder with each new album, things are about to go properly interstellar, come join them at the first direct arena.

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14 Oct 2017    the luxury experience
Little Mix - Matinee Show
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Tickets From £25.00

Little Mix, the biggest girl band in the world, bring their brilliant new Glory Days Tour to the first direct arena. Touring in support of their amazing new album Glory Days, the Shout Out to My Ex pop Queens will provide an awesome nights entertainment at the first direct arena. Growing better and bolder with each new album, things are about to go properly interstellar, come join them at the first direct arena.

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14 Oct 2017   
Emeli Sandé
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Tickets From £37.50

Emeli Sandé, brings her brand new album Long Live the Angels, to the first direct arena as part of her Long Live The Angels tour.  With her phenomenal voice, transfixing stage presence and brilliant tunes it promises to be a special evening! Book now for an amazing evening with Emeli Sandé.  

Tickets on sale now! 

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24 Oct 2017    the luxury experience
John Bishop: Winging It Tour
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Tickets From £25.00

Comedy superstar John Bishop returns to the first direct arena next year for his long awaited return to stand-up comedy with his brand new live show Winging It. Performing in his own inimitable style, expect hilarity, side-splitting laughs and John’s trademark wry commentary. After having sellout tours in 2011, 2012 and his last tour, Supersonic, being watched by more than 500,000 people, this is an evening not to be missed with one of the UK’s best comedians. 

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Friday 27th October 2017 - Saturday 28th October 2017    the luxury experience
Alice Cooper
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Tickets From £40.00

Heavy metal legend, master of darkness and lord of the shadows, Alice Cooper, brings his brilliant new tour, Spend the Night With Alice Cooper, his first in five years, to the first direct arena. Promising “more gore, more fun”, all the hits and new tunes, it promises to be an evening of insanity with the heavy metal master. Book now to avoid missing out on a night with one of the most unique and theatrical recording artists ever. 

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11 Nov 2017    the luxury experience
Little Mix
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Tickets From £25.00

Little Mix, the biggest girl band in the world, bring their brilliant new Glory Days Tour to the first direct arena. Touring in support of their amazing new album Glory Days, the Shout Out to My Ex pop Queens will provide an awesome nights entertainment at the first direct arena. Growing better and bolder with each new album, things are about to go properly interstellar, come join them at the first direct arena.

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13 Nov 2017    the luxury experience
Michael Ball & Alfie Boe - 'Together Again'

Following the stunning success of their Platinum selling album ‘Together’ and 29 sold out shows across the UK in 2016, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe are returning to the first direct arena on the Friday 8th December 2017. Two of the greatest voices in the world, united once more on the stage of the first direct arena for a night of incredible entertainment and show stopping tunes. Book now to avoid missing out on one the most joyous nights of the year.

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08 Dec 2017    the luxury experience
UB40
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Tickets From £35.00

Birmingham’s world-famous reggae stars UB40 are coming to the first direct arena on the 10th of December! Featuring UB40’s five founding members Robin Campbell, Brian Travers, Jimmy Brown, Earl Falconer and Norman Hassan, and long-time members Duncan Campbell, Martin Meredith, Lawrence Parry and Tony Mullings, the ‘Cities and Towns Tour’ promises to be a night of unstoppable reggae rumble! Book now to bask in reggae brilliance.  

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10 Dec 2017    the luxury experience
Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics
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Tickets From £35.00

Pete Tong is bringing his unique union of classical music and iconic dance tracks to the first direct arena. With Ibiza classics performed and reimagined by the 65 piece heritage orchestra, conducted by Jules Buckley, it is a night of anthems not to be missed.

Tickets on Sale Now! 

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12 Dec 2017    the luxury experience