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Event Calendar

Gymfest 2018
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Tickets From £9.00

The UK’s best gymnastics teams are set to gather at the first direct arena once again for the annual Leeds GymFest hosted by Leeds Gymnastics Club. Teams from across the country; ranging from pre-school children to British team members and Olympians, will showcase and display their strength, flexibility and choreography in this exhibition of British gymnastic talent and creativity. A fun day out for all.

 

Dates Available
21 Jan 2018   
Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour
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Tickets From £35.00

The Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour is back to keep you dancing into 2018! Pure dancing pleasure awaits as this supersized Strictly Live extravaganza comes to the first direct arena in January. Celebrating all that we love about the smash hit BBC1 TV series, the Strictly Live Tour delivers escapist entertainment on a breathtaking scale. There is no better way to put the wow factor into the winter months, so book your tickets now and keeeep dancing!  Best tickets available on the Thursday.

The Script
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Tickets From £27.50

The Script are returning to the first direct arena in 2018. They are one of the world’s most successful bands and have sold over 29 million records. The Irish three-piece have scored x3 multi-platinum albums, all of which were #1 in the UK. The Script have also picked up a huge following in the USA where they have x4 platinum selling singles under their belt as well as being one of the biggest live bands, having sold over 1.4 million tickets across 203 headline shows. The Script will be joined by Ella Eyre for their visit to the first direct arena.

John Bishop: Winging It Tour
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Tickets From £35.00

After the phenomenal success of his October dates at the first direct arena John Bishop will return to Leeds in February 2018. Performing in his own inimitable style, expect hilarity, side-splitting laughs and John’s trademark wry commentary. His last tour Supersonic was watched by more than 500,000 people and received huge critical acclaim. Rollercoaster in 2012 was another sell out, and followed the successes of his Sunshine tour in 2011 and the Elvis Has Left The Building show in 2010, for which he was nominated for an Edinburgh Comedy Award.

Heaven on Earth - The live arena spectacular

Due to circumstances beyond the Event organiser's control, Heaven On Earth unfortunately has been cancelled. All bookings made through our ticketing partners, Eventim, have been refunded automatically.  Any customers who purchased via a different route should contact their point of purchase for a refund. 

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9 - 12 Feb 2018   
Paul Weller
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Tickets From £42.50

Paul Weller returns to first direct arena next year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his first album release ‘In The City’ and for his 13th album release ‘A Kind Revolution’. 2017 marked the 40th anniversary of Paul Weller’s first album, 'In The City', which he released with The Jam in May 1977.For most artists such a landmark would be greeted with extensive retrospective celebrations: lavish reissues and all that jazz. But Paul Weller is not like most artists, instead releasing a new studio album, because releasing new albums is what Paul Weller does. 

Morrissey
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Tickets From £35.00

Morrissey is proud to announce his return to the first direct arena as part of his first UK tour since 2015, giving fans the chance to hear tracks from Low in High School. Rising to prominence as frontman of The Smiths, Morrissey went on to forge an even more successful career as a solo artist, with all ten of his solo efforts landing in the Top 10 on the UK album charts, including 3 entries at the #1 position. 

Leeds Sports Awards
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Tickets From £49.50

Sport Leeds is delighted to announce that the 2018 Leeds Sports Awards will return to the iconic first direct arena on Thursday 1st March. The Leeds Sports Awards is an annual celebration of achievement across all who are connected with sport throughout the City of Leeds. From our most decorated Olympians to our grass root community athletes, volunteers and administrators, the 2018 Leeds Sports Awards will showcase all sporting achievements over the past year. 

 

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01 Mar 2018   
Paloma Faith
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Tickets From £35.00

Paloma Faith returns to the first direct arena in March 2018. Paloma Faith is an English singer, songwriter and actress, known for her retro and eccentric style. Besides receiving four Brit Award nominations, winning British Female Solo Artist in 2015, she has also made feature film appearances in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Dread and the 2007 remake of St Trinian's. One of only two British female artists this decade to have their last three albums go double platinum in the UK – will release her long-awaited fourth album, ‘The Architect’, on November 17.

The X Factor Live Tour
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Tickets From £20.00

The X Factor Live Tour is returning to the first direct arena for 2018 and for the first time ever the audience will choose their own winner…each and every night! The X Factor digital host, Becca Dudley, will be on the road with the contestants and presenting the tour competition each night. And at the end of each show, the audience will then become the judges – and choose the winner!  

 

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03 Mar 2018    the suite experience
Leeds Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair 2018

Following the success of last year’s event The Leeds Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair returns to the first direct arena for a third year. Now established as the largest Apprenticeship Fair in the North of England, this year will see over 100 organisations exhibiting, to highlight the fantastic range of Apprenticeship opportunities available in Leeds (including degree level Apprenticeships). The fair provides young people, parents and carers the opportunity to meet and chat with businesses. 

 

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05 Mar 2018   
Elbow with very special guest John Grant

Elbow are set to return to the first direct arena in 2018. Recognised as one of the UK’s biggest and most important bands, elbow have a well-deserved reputation for delivering arena shows that combine scale with intimacy to devastating effect. The dates extend the ‘Little Fictions’ tour following a run of sold out theatre shows in March 2017. Support for the tour will be coming from very special guest John Grant and his band.

Unibet Premier League Darts
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Tickets From £23.00

THE world's leading darts players will return to Leeds' first direct Arena on Thursday March 8 for the 2018 Unibet Premier League. The first direct Arena has become a firm favourite on the annual Premier League circuit since first welcoming the roadshow event in 2014, with huge crowds packing the Leeds venue for the three visits since. The sport's widest-reaching tournament sees a ten-player field - led by the likes of World Champion Michael van Gerwen and Peter "Snakebite" Wright - competing across four months in the prestigious Premier League.

 

Stereophonics
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Tickets From £32.50

One of Britain’s best live bands Stereophonics will return to the first direct arena  in February 2018 following the release their new album ‘Scream Above The Sounds’. As one of Britain’s best live bands Stereophonics have been touring and performing to sell-out crowds across the globe. This summer alone they headlined Kendal Calling, Y Not Festival and Victorious Festival plus took to the stage at BBC 2 Live In Hyde Park last weekend. 

 

 

40 Years Of Disco
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Tickets From £45.00

Tony Denton Promotions brings the cream of the decade together for the very first time for this unique arena tour, entitled ’40 Years Of Disco’.  Seven of the biggest and legendary disco acts appear on one stage at these amazing live concerts in March 2018 - Sister Sledge, Tavares, Rose Royce, Boney M, The Real Thing, Odyssey & George McCrae. The ‘40 Years of Disco’ show is a high-energy hits only live extravaganza.

 

Jason Derulo
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Tickets From £29.50

Making his first direct arena debut American superstar Jason Derulo visits us in March 2018. Jason Derulo is an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Since the start of his solo recording career in 2009, Derulo has sold over 30 million singles and has achieved eleven Platinum singles, including "Wiggle", "Talk Dirty", "In My Head", and "Whatcha Say". 

Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment

Rev up for non-stop fun at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment. Be thrilled by Disney’s Frozen and The Little Mermaid, and Disney/Pixar’s Cars and Toy Story. Plus, warm up at the Fit to Dance pre-show party! From wheels to waves, icy wonderlands to infinity and beyond, it’s time to see the dazzling world of Disney magic, live on ice!

Dates Available
21 - 25 Mar 2018    the suite experience
Flight of the Conchords
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Tickets From £25.00

Grammy Award-winning folk comedy duo Flight of the Conchords (aka Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie) will make their debut at the first direct arena in 2018. The “Flight of the Conchords sing Flight of the Conchords Tour,” is their first U.K. & Irish headlining tour in over 7 years. Jemaine and Bret will showcase new material at these shows. 

5 Star Wrestling
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Tickets From £30.55

5 Star Wrestling Tournament show has been rescheduled to Wednesday 29th March 2018. 5 Star Wrestling said 'We have decided to completely reschedule the entire 5 Star Wrestling tournament. We know this will be disappointing to many fans as it means we will not be running any further shows in 2017 but we assure you, this is not a decision we have taken lightly and it is a move that will greatly improve the shows we host going forward. Your tickets are automatically valid for the new date but are welcome to a full refund at your point of purchase.' 

Dates Available
29 Mar 2018    the suite experience
Europe's Strongest Man
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Tickets From £20.00

Europe’s Strongest Man, apart of the Giants Live: World’s Strongest  Man Arena Tour, returns to Yorkshire for its 6th year in a row. This TV Classic has astonished Xmas audiences for 40 years, but now it's a must-see LIVE event in all its car lifting, shirt-ripping, World-Record-breaking magnificence. This contest boasts the largest purse and best line-up of men ever assembled in an Arena. True giants like 31-stone, World's Strongest Man from Stoke-on-Trent, Eddie 'The Beast' Hall are challenging for the crown. 

 

Gregory Porter
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Tickets From £35.00

Grammy Award-winning  jazz/soul singing sensation Gregory Porter, has had a phenomenal year and is proud to announce a date at the first direct arena in 2018. Gregory Porter, continues to perform to sell out audiences around the world and has achieved international recognition and acclaim, with both his Grammy winning selling albums Liquid Spirit and Take Me To The Alley.

 

Dates Available
13 Apr 2018    the suite experience
Roy Orbison In Dreams: The Hologram Tour

After years of speculation and rumour, audiences around the world will soon be able to witness a true music legend coming back to life before their eyes. In a first-of-its-kind event, a holographic Roy Orbison will once again perform his biggest hits at the first direct arena backed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra in this transformative live entertainment concert experience.. Presented through extraordinary theatrical stagecraft, Roy Orbison In Dreams will recreate the legendary Rock and Roll hall of fame icon through mind-blowing holographic imaging.

 

Nashville: Farewell UK Tour
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Tickets From £35.00

Stars of Lionsgate’s hit television series “Nashville” are set to play one final time for audiences in Leeds at the first direct arena during their Farewell UK Tour in April. The tour will feature cast members Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson and Sam Palladio. Nashville airs in 225 territories worldwide. Since its debut, the show has inspired 22 soundtracks, including a Christmas album, which have collectively sold more than one million album units and over 5 million single-track downloads to date

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15 Apr 2018    the suite experience
Tears For Fears
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Tickets From £0.00

Tears For Fears will be making their debut at the first direct arena in 2018 as partf of their "Rule The World Tour 2018", where they will be joined by special guest Alison Moyet. With a catalogue of classic albums namely the gold-certified debut The Hurting , quintuple-platinum BRIT Award-winning Songs from the Big Chair, and Seeds of Love and a string of huge hits, including classics such as “Everybody Wants To Rule The World,” “Shout,” “Mad World,” “Head Over Heels,” “Woman In Chains,” this shows is not to be missed!

Russell Peters
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Tickets From £25.00

Russell Peters will be at the first direct arena for the first time with THE DEPORTED WORLD TOUR. After taking time off since filming Almost Famous for Netflix, Russell has produced and starred in his own comedy-drama limited series for Netflix, The Indian Detective. THE DEPORTED WORLD TOUR will also feature one of David Letterman’s favourite comics, the legendary raconteur of weird stories, comedian Jake Johannsen.

Manic Street Preachers
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Manic Street Preachers are set to return to the first direct arena in 2018 with support from The Coral, it's sure to be their biggest live show for over a decade. Manic Street Preachers recently received the Inspiration Award at the Q Awards at the Roundhouse in London. Previous winners include U2, David Bowie and Patti Smith. The band performed a greatest hits set on the night with support from Sleaford Mods. 

Dates Available
02 May 2018    the suite experience
Nickelback
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Tickets From £43.50

Rock icons Nickelback will visit the first direct arena as part of their massive ‘Feed the Machine’ Tour on May 5th 2018 with their biggest and boldest production yet. Nickelback are delighted to announce Seether will be performing as very special guests across all shows on the tour - following their own massive sold out headline UK Tour earlier this year. With more than 23 chart-topping singles and fans spanning the globe, Nickelback boasts twelve consecutive sold-out world tours, playing to well over eight million diehard and adoring fans.

 

Dates Available
05 May 2018    the suite experience
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds soar into the slipstream of exhilarating new album, Who Built The Moon? and is set to return to the first direct arena in May 2018.Please note there is an ID policy for this show, please read T&Cs HERE before purchasing tickets.  

Michael McIntyre's BIG WORLD TOUR
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Tickets From £25.55

Due to phenomenal demand Michael McIntyre has announced an extra date at the first direct arena. After two sold out shows here in 2015 tickets for Michael McIntyre's return are going to be in some demand. Michael currently presents his own television show Michael McIntyre's Big Show on BBC1. The last series averaged over 6.5 million viewers and recently received two BAFTA nominations.

Harlem Globetrotters
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Tickets From £17.95

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the most electrifying athletes on the planet, will bring their spectacular show to the first direct arena during their 2018 World Tour. As the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters look toward the 92nd season of entertaining fans 2017 is not over yet.  Proving once again to be a busy year for the Globetrotters their 2017 World Tour sees them play in over 250 North American markets and 30 countries worldwide, and has the iconic team putting smiles on people’s faces across the world. 

Dates Available
22 May 2018    the suite experience
Shawn Klush - Elvis World Tour
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Tickets From £0.00

Direct from the USA - the world's most successful Elvis tribute artiste of all time, Shawn Klush, and the incredible Dean Z, also Grand Champion of The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest are bringing this incredible show to the Leeds First Direct Arena on Wednesday May 23rd 2018. Shawn Klush first exploded onto the scene when 6 million UK viewers tuned in to see him win the BBC One search for “The World’s Greatest Elvis”, hosted by Vernon Kaye. 

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23 May 2018    the suite experience
Slam Dunk Festival 2018
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Tickets From £49.00

first direct arena will once again be hosting one of the stages at this year's Slam Dunk Festival. Slam Dunk North is held in the City Centre of Leeds, West Yorkshire. The festival include sites such as Millennium Square, first direct Arena, O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds Beckett University and a number of outdoor stages built especially for the festival. Slam Dunk, now in its twelfth year, is known for attracting some of the biggest names in pop punk, emo and hardcore.

Dates Available
26 May 2018   
Bryan Adams
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Tickets From £37.50

Multi-million selling recording artist Bryan Adams is back at the first direct arena in May 2018. Bryan Adams is one of the most exciting live musicians in the world and his energetic performance, effortless stage presence and incredible vocals are guaranteed to thrill and entertain.The Ultimate Tour will see the showman perform a rip-roaring set of material from his forthcoming new album Ultimate aswell as his incredible back-catalogue including “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”, “Can’t Stop This Thing We’ve Started”, “Summer of ‘69”, “Heaven” and more. 

Bill Bailey: Larks In Transit
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Tickets From £27.95

Bill Bailey returns to the first direct arena after a triumphant 2016 performance. Larks in Transit is a compendium of travelers’ 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 McDonald, and a re-imagines the Stars and Stripes.

Leeds Tattoo Expo
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Tickets From £12.00

Leeds Tattoo Expo will be returning to the first direct arena on 7th and 8th July 2018! We are super excited for the fifth edition of the convention, with over 170 incredible artists from the UK, Europe and beyond visiting Leeds for two days of fantastic tattoos! There will be live music and entertainment including fire breathers and a piercing show not to be missed, as well as a market of hand picked traders selling everything from t-shirts to taxidermy. Each day will finish with the ever popular Tattoo Contests, showcasing the best of the work from the weekend.

Dates Available
Sat 7th - Sun 8th July 2018   
WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Arena Spectacular

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS - The Arena Spectacular, is back for the last time! The dazzling £20 million production has been seen by over 9 million people in more than 250 counties around the world. Watch them walk, hear them roar, and see their fight for survival and supremacy depicted in almost cinematic realism. It’s the must-see live arena experience for audiences of all ages, so book your tickets now... before they become extinct! 

Dates Available
22 - 23 Aug 2018    the suite experience
The League Of Gentlemen Live Again
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Tickets From £35.00

The League of Gentlemen will return to the stage in 2018 for their first UK tour in over 12 years with their brand new live show ‘The League of Gentlemen Live Again!’. Visting the first direct arena in September 2018, the tour will see BAFTA Award winning comedy legends Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson bring their dark and unhinged fictional village of Royston Vasey to theatres and arenas across the country.

Cirque du Soleil Ovo
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Tickets From £30.00

Cirque du Soleil is delighted to announce a brand-new UK arena tour with OVO. Next summer OVO, a celebration of nature and co-existence will bring its fun-filled production for the whole family to arenas around the country. Having thrilled more than 5 million people worldwide since the show premiered in Montreal in 2009 as a Big Top show, OVO embarks on a journey, offering the same captivating production as the Big Top performances, but on a larger scale now

Haçienda Classical
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Hacienda Classical with Manchester Camerata, the city’s experimental orchestra, will be returning with a new set and soundtrack next year for shows that see the concert return to first direct Arena in September 2018. Hacienda Classical which sees the clubs original DJ partnership, Graeme Park and Mike Pickering reinterpret seminal dance classics with the orchestra, conductor  Tim Crooks has received rave reviews since its first Bridgewater Hall concerts only 20 months ago. In less than two years since it has performed 25 concerts playing to audiences totalling around 150,000 in total.

Peter Kay LIVE
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Tickets From £35.00

Please click here for the full statement from Peter Kay 

Dates Available
2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 8th, 11th, 12th & 13th Oct 2018   
Jeff Lynne's ELO
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Tickets From £50.00

Jeff Lynne's ELO makes a triumphant return to the first direct arena in 2018. More popular than ever, Jeff Lynne’s ELO have always been known for their epic live shows and with a distinct style that seamlessly and innovatively blends rock, pop and classical, ELO has had twenty six UK Top 40 singles, making Lynne's sweeping productions some of the most recognisable music of the last forty years and helping sell over 50 million records worldwide. 

 

Supervet Live
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Tickets From £35.00

Following the huge success of his Channel 4 show, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, The Supervet, is delighted to be bringing his first ever live stage show Welcome to My World to major arenas and theatres across the UK & Ireland next year.This groundbreaking new show - a must for all animal lovers and fans of the TV show alike - will see Noel enlighten audiences with his incredible life story and explain how he became The Supervet we know and love. 

Dates Available
19 Oct 2018    the suite experience
Joanna Lumley - It's All About Me
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The legendary Joanna Lumley will embark on her first ever live tour, IT’S ALL ABOUT ME, in autumn 2018. Joanna will take audiences through her hilarious and interesting adventures from her incredible career spanning more than four decades, recounting some never heard before stories. She will also be joined on stage by friend and producer Clive Tulloh, who will put to Joanna questions from the audience that they’ve always wanted to ask, making the show a unique and hilarious night to remember.

 

Dates Available
26 Oct 2018    the suite experience
Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
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Tickets From £45.00

Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons have sold over 100 million records worldwide and defined the sound of an era with classic hits like: Walk Like A Man, Sherry, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Rag Doll, Big Girls Don’t Cry and many more. Frankie Valli, who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of The Four Seasons, is hotter than ever in the 21st century. Thanks to the volcanic success of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys which chronicles the life and times of Frankie and his legendary group. 

Jason Manford
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Tickets From £27.50

He’s back! It’s been a busy few years for Jason since his last smash-hit stand up show but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit. 'Muddle Class' promises to feature a wealth of new material about Jason growing up ‘working class’ then finding, over the years, that part of him has become ‘middle class’ - causing much confusion!   Delivered with Jason’s amiable charm and captivating wit, this is a show not to be missed.

 

Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds

Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds – Alive on Stage returns to UK arenas next year to celebrate its 40th ANNIVERSARY, at the Leeds First Direct Arena. Conducted by Jeff Wayne, with the 9-piece Black Smoke Band and 36-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings, the most ambitious production yet will ‘break through the fourth wall’ bringing action closer to the audience for a most captivating and immersive, musical experience, including the iconic 3-tonne 35-foot tall Martian Fighting Machine firing real flames. Full cast announced soon!

Professor Brian Cox Live 2019
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Tickets From £35.00

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.

Peter Kay LIVE
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Tickets From £35.00

Please click here for the full statement from Peter Kay

Dates Available
16 & 17 & 18 May 2019