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Event Calendar

Strictly Come Dancing The Live Tour

Clear the floor and whip out your score cards, because the Strictly Come Dancing The Live Tour is back for 2020 and will waltz its way to the first direct arena for a matinee and evening performance on Friday 24th January 2020.

Matinee: Doors - 1.00pm, show start - 2.30pm Evening: Doors - 6.00pm, show start - 7.30pm


Trevor Noah

Due to a scheduling conflict the planned performance with Trevor Noah at the first direct arena on Friday 31st January 2020 has been cancelled.

All tickets purchased via the venue’s official partners Ticketmaster will be refunded automatically. 


Dates Available
31 Jan 2020    the suite experience
Leeds Gymfest 2020

2020 is an Olympic year, and Leeds Gymnastics Club are kick-starting the countdown to Tokyo 2020 as they host Leeds GymFest 2020 once again. This year’s festival will be bigger and better than ever, with Display, Artistic, Acrobatic and General Gymnastics teams from all over the UK and Europe coming to perform at the first direct arena. Watch out for the stars of the future as they push the limits and defy gravity as part of one of the biggest gymnastics festival of its kind in the United Kingdom.

Dates Available
02 Feb 2020   
Leeds Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair 2020

The largest apprenticeship exhibition in the north. Over 100 companies will be recruiting apprentices, so come along and find out what they have to offer. Exhibitors attending so far include: Channel 4, BAM Nutall Ltd, Eversheds Sutherland, first direct, Lloyds Banking Group, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, NHS Trust, Leeds City Council, Network Rail, KPMG and many more! No appointment needed, just turn up on the night 4pm – 8pm

Dates Available
03 Feb 2020   
Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club - 22:00

The FD Bar will once again play host to Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club bringing the best live stand up to Leeds.  Each show includes comedians from such shows as BBC2's Mock The Week, Channel 4's 8 Out of 10 Cats, BBC1's Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, Have I Got News For You, and Paramount's Live at The Comedy Store etc. Previously the Comedy Club has staged the likes of Jason Manford, John Bishop and Sarah Millican before they hit the big time, so come and see more brilliant comedians! Doors 9.30pm, show starts 10pm

Dates Available
08 Feb 2020   
Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club - 19:00

The FD Bar will once again play host to Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club bringing the best live stand up to Leeds.  Each show includes comedians from such shows as BBC2's Mock The Week, Channel 4's 8 Out of 10 Cats, BBC1's Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, Have I Got News For You, and Paramount's Live at The Comedy Store etc. Previously the Comedy Club has staged the likes of Jason Manford, John Bishop and Sarah Millican before they hit the big time, so come and see more brilliant comedians! Doors 6pm, show starts 7pm

Dates Available
08 Feb 2020   
The 1975

The 1975 announce a huge show at the first direct arena in 2020. As the Manchester band prepare to unveil fourth album ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’, they’ll hit the road in February performing at the first direct arena for the first time.  

The Script

After 6 billion streams, 30 million single sales, 10.8million album sales, over12 million monthlySpotify listeners and 1.8 million ticket sales ,Irish alt-pop trio The Script announce a date at the first direct arena in February 2020. The tour is in support of their new album ‘Sunsets & Full Moons’ they approached the album reinvigorated following a triumphant tour in support of 2017’s #1album ‘Freedom Child’. The Script will be joined by very special guest Becky Hill.


Michael Ball & Alfie Boe

They’re back. The world’s ultimate musical duo, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, have missed each other, and we have missed them. The dynamic duo announce their stellar UK 2020 ‘Back Together’ tour. Both singers have been extremely busy, with hugely successful solo albums, sell-out tours and both currently starring in Les Misérables in the West End, but it is the combination of these two arresting voices and personalities which proves to be irresistible to countless fans across the nation. 

Leeds Sports Awards 2020

2019 proved to be another fantastic year for sport and the city of Leeds! The 17th annual Leeds Sports Awards will mark its fourth year at the first direct arena on Thursday 27th February 2020. Leeds’ sporting heroes, both professional and amateur, will gather to celebrate the achievements of the city after another fantastic sporting year.

Doors open at 5:30pm, with an approximate finish time of 10:30pm.

Dates Available
27 Feb 2020   
Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

The FD Bar will once again play host to Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club bringing the best live stand up to Leeds.  Each show includes comedians from such shows as BBC2's Mock The Week, Channel 4's 8 Out of 10 Cats, BBC1's Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, Have I Got News For You, and Paramount's Live at The Comedy Store etc. Previously the Comedy Club has staged the likes of Jason Manford, John Bishop and Sarah Millican before they hit the big time, so come and see more brilliant comedians! Doors 6pm, show starts 7pm

Dates Available
28 Feb 2020   
An Evening with Whitney Houston - The hologram tour

Presented through state-of-the-art proprietary holographic technology and combined with unmatched Broadway theatrical stagecraft, a live band, back-up singers and dancers set to digitally remastered arrangements of her classic songs AN EVENING WITH WHITNEY - THE WHITNEY HOUSTON HOLOGRAM TOUR promises to bring all of the singer’s iconic hits including  “I Will Always Love You,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me”), “The Greatest Love of All” and “Higher Love.” to the first direct arena in February 2020. 

The Original Harlem Globetrotters

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the most electrifying athletes on the planet, will bring their spectacular show to Leeds as part of their 2020 Pushing the Limits World Tour. Featuring a star-studded roster, every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequalled fan interaction. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans. The Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivalled in the world of family entertainment.


Dates Available
04 Mar 2020    the suite experience
KISSTORY presents The Blast Off! Tour

In 2020 a very special, one-of-a-kind tour is coming to the first direct arena. With a huge all-star line-up, The Blast Off Tour! features live performances from top US artists Nelly, Salt N Pepa, Shaggy, EveMya and Blu Cantrell. The show will also be hosted by American hype man and hip-hop personality Fatman Scoop and includes exclusive appearances from UK garage stars So Solid members Lisa Maffia and MC Romeo, scene pioneer MC DT and the British duos Oxide & Neutrino, DJ Luck & MCNeat and Sweet Female Attitude.



Morrissey returns to the first direct arena in 2020 following his critcally acclaimed U.S tour in the autumn of 2019 .This new limited run of shows, set to kick off the launch of the ‘I Am Not A Dog On A Chain’ album, promise to be not-to-be missed affairs if reaction to the U.S. dates is any indication, with reviews praising the powerful performances as some of Morrissey’s best ever, while continually commenting on the strength of his “ageless” vocals.

Dates Available
06 Mar 2020    the suite experience
Coming Soon
James Arthur

Ahead of his highly anticipated sold out theatre dates, James Arthur has announced a date at the first direct arena in March 2020. The last few years have been remarkable for James. He was recently awarded a disc for reaching a billion streams on Spotify with his No.1 global hit 'Say You Won't Let Go'. Only 18 records have achieved a billion streams on Spotify in history, and James is one of 10 artists globally to do this including Drake, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber.  

Embrace with special guests Starsailor and CUD

Following on from the band’s sold-out hometown show at the Halifax Piece Hall last month and their sold out London Alexandra Palace gigs in December, Embrace will be bringing their special “Songs from The Good Will Out and Out Of Nothing” show to Leeds in 2020. Embrace will be joined at the shows by special guests Starsailor and CUD.


What's Love Got To Do With It?

After a fantastic sell out debut tour across the UK during 2019, Tina Turner fans will have the time of their lives as What’s Love Got To Do With It? is back celebrating the music and 60-year career of this incredible rock and soul legend. Expect a night of high energy and feel-good rock-and-roll, performed by an all-live band. This joyous show features all the hits including Proud Mary, River Deep, Simply The Best, Private Dancer, and many more.

The Who

The Who has one of the greatest rock legacies in music history, they’re one of the all-time great live bands, have sold over 100 million records world including 9 US & 10 UK top ten albums and 14 UK top ten singles in a career spanning six decades. Following their stunning return to Wembley Stadium in July, the legendary rock band are back with a full orchestra to announce a date at the first direct arena for 2020, along with a brand new studio album entitled ‘WHO’ – their first in thirteen years. 

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club

The FD Bar will once again play host to Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club bringing the best live stand up to Leeds.  Each show includes comedians from such shows as BBC2's Mock The Week, Channel 4's 8 Out of 10 Cats, BBC1's Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, Have I Got News For You, and Paramount's Live at The Comedy Store etc. Previously the Comedy Club has staged the likes of Jason Manford, John Bishop and Sarah Millican before they hit the big time, so come and see more brilliant comedians! Doors 6pm, show starts 7pm

Dates Available
26 Mar 2020   
David Gray

Multi-platinum, multi-Brit and Grammy-nominated, British singer-songwriter David Gray is today announcing a 12-date UK and European arena tour; White Ladder: The 20th Anniversary Tour, to celebrate the trailblazing album’s 20-year anniversary. The 7 million record selling and one of the greatest and most heart-warming word-of-mouth successes in music, White Ladder will be performed by Gray with all the original band members and with all the original equipment to recreate the record in its entirety, plus a set of the greatest hits.


Planet Earth II Live in Concert

Planet Earth II Live in Concert, from BBC Studios and the acclaimed BBC Natural History Unit that created TV sensations, Blue Planet II and Dynasties, has announced a UK & Ireland arena tour for Spring 2020. Experience sensational footage from the BAFTA and EMMY® award winning BBC series which guarantees to bring audiences closer to the planet’s spellbinding animals, landscapes and wildlife dramas than ever before. 

The Joe & Dianne Show

Expect music, comedy and of course a little bit of dance in this never-before-seen variety show from Strictly Come Dancing finalists; Joe Sugg and Dianne Buswell.Together for their first ever joint tour, The Joe & Dianne Show will give audiences a fantastic evening of performance, full of glitz, magic and plenty of laughs, guaranteed to leave fans of all ages spellbound. 

Dates Available
29 Mar 2020    the suite experience
Sam Fender

Sam Fender celebrates his debut album hitting number 1 last week, with news of a new headline tour in 2020. The shows will include a night at Leeds first direct arena. The new dates follow Sam’s forthcoming Winter headline tour of the UK in November and December. All shows, including two nights at Brixton Academy and four nights at Newcastle Academy are long since sold out. 

Dates Available
02 Apr 2020    the suite experience
Rick Astley

Rick Astley announces details of his ‘Greatest Hits Tour 2020’. Rick Astley has proven to be a consistently huge draw in the live arena. He’s sold over 100,000 tickets to his UK headline shows since releasing his chart-topping album ‘50’in 2016. His shows are a celebration, mixing the famous hits that he made his name with alongside current fan favourites. Rick’s wide-ranging love of music means that his sets are often peppered with some inspired covers -as vintage as AC/DC’s ‘Highway To Hell’ and as contemporary as Calvin Harris and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s ‘Giant’.

Europe's Strongest Man 2020

Europe’s Strongest Man—part of the World’s Strongest Man Qualifying Tour—is returning to the first direct arena in 2020. 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!

Dates Available
04 Apr 2020    the suite experience
Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival

Enter a world of adventure featuring daring tales from across the kingdom in Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival.  Join fearless wayfinder Moana and the greatest demigod that ever lived, Maui, on an action-packed voyage to return the stolen heart of Te Fiti.  Journey with the Disney Princesses in a magical mix of royalty when Disney On Ice brings this winsome wonderland to Leeds!

Dates Available
9th April - 12th April 2020    the suite experience
Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg has announced a date at the first direct arena in April 2020 to celebrates 25 years of the Snoop Dogg, a career tha thas seen the Doggfather cement his undisputed influence on music with chart-topping, multi-platinum records. Snoop Dogg enlists a selection of his key collaborators from the breadth of his iconic music career including  West Coast hip hop royalty; Warren G, Tha Dogg PoundObie Trice and D12. They will also be joined by the multi-million streamed Irish rapduo Versatile

Pussycat Dolls

The era defying, chart-topping, button-pushing, mega-group are back! the Pussycat Dolls have announced they are reuniting for a U.K. Tour, performing together for the first time in over a decade. The voices of a generation will be taking their Pussycat Dolls 2020 Tour on the road next year including their first ever appearance at the first direct arena. 


Craig David

As an epic season of live summer shows draws to a close, Craig David today announces his 2020 Arena Tour. The 2020 Anniversary ‘Hold That Thought’ UK Arena Tour. Craig’s last arena tour sold out in a matter of seconds and received 5 star reviews and critical acclaim across the board. Craig says, “I can’t wait to bring my live band and TS5 shows together for this special 2020 Arena Tour and given that it’s 20 years since the release of ‘Born to Do It’, there will be some special surprises in there. It’s Time To Party!”

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott return to the first direct arena in April 2020 after their epic gig in 2016  following the release of their fourth studio album ‘Manchester Calling’ in March. ‘Manchester Calling’ boasts all the hallmarks of Heaton’s beautifully bittersweet songwriting – effortlessly catchy melodies allied with an everyman’s biting exasperation at the modern world alongside some truly heartfelt love songs.

Simple Minds

Simple Minds celebrate 40 iconic years in music by embarking upon a major world tour in 2020 including a date in Leeds. Simple Minds have experienced a remarkable journey since releasing their debut album ‘Life in a Day’ in 1979. Constantly evolving, the band’s rousing choruses and booming atmospherics made them one of the most iconic bands of the Eighties. Along the way, they’ve landed five UK #1 albums, topped the singles charts on both sides of the Atlantic, sold over 60 million albums and packed stadiums the world over.

Queen Machine Symphonic featuring Kerry Ellis

The music of rock legends Queen is to be celebrated like never before as West End leading lady Kerry Ellis joins Scandinavian tribute stars Queen Machine for a fully orchestrated UK tour.The all-new tour Queen Machine Symphonic featuring Kerry Ellis will see Queen’s greatest hits performed by leading European tribute band Queen Machine accompanied by the London Symphonic Rock Orchestra and conducted by Matthew Freeman, creating an unforgettable night of rock anthems.

Dates Available
25 Apr 2020    the suite experience
CHS Leeds

CHS Leeds, formally known as The Conference and Hospitality Show, is the event for Event Planners, Agents, Venue Finders and Event Agents/PAs. Over the last 10 years, this flagship event in Leeds has been hosting outstanding hotels, venues and event suppliers as well as attracting the best event planners and buyers from around the UK.

Dates Available
28 Apr 2020   
Bon Iver

Bon Iver have announced a date at the first direct arena. This will be their first UK tour since 2018 and will be bringing an immersive visual and audio experience using 3D PA system not used at arena level previously, that makes you feel like you’re ‘inside the music rather than it coming at you’. ‘It’s gonna be unlike anything that’s been seen before’. The tour is in support of their fourth studio album 'i,i' which was released in August and received acclaim from critics. Fans can also expect to hear material from their back catalogue including Skinny Love, Holocene and 33 GOD.

Evanescence and Within Temptation

Two-time GRAMMY Award-winning EVANESCENCE and legendary leaders of dark anthemic music WITHIN TEMPTATION bring their WORLDS COLLIDE tour to the first direct arena in April 2020.  Fronted by two of the most influential and creative women in the rock world in the form of Amy Lee from Evanescence and Sharon den Adel from Within Temptation, the tour announcement has received an overwhlelming response.  

Joe Bonamassa

Celebrated blues-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa will return to perform at the first direct arena in Leeds . The UK tour will feature Joe performing alongside a hand-picked group of world-class musicians playing material from Joe’s latest studio album “Redemption” and his 2016 milestone album “Blues of Desperation”, plus classic Bonamassa fan favourites and surprises. As Joe Bonamassa approaches his 27th year as a professional musician, he continues to blaze a remarkably versatile artistic trail, and amass an authentic, innovative and soulful body of work.



With seven UK number-one singles, five top-ten albums, six sell-out tours and ten million records sold worldwide, McFly are without question one of the most significant British pop acts of the twenty-first century. Since hitting the big time as the youngest band ever to have a debut album go straight to number one — beating The Beatles’ long-standing record — Tom, Danny, Dougie and Harry have become one of our best-loved bands.

Andre Rieu

André Rieu, the Dutch “King of Waltz” who has made classical music accessible to ordinary people, will bring his Johann Strauss Orchestra back to Leeds in May 2020. Dubbed the Maestro of the Masses (New York Times) and a Weapon of Mass Happiness (The Spectator), André Rieu returns with his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, the largest private orchestra in the world, the Platin Tenors and many international soloists. In 2018 André performed for 100.000 UK/Ireland fans!


Gregory Porter

Gregory Porter, international best selling artist and two time Grammy Award-winning  jazz/soul  singing sensation, is honoured to announce a thirteen date UK tour -inclding a return to the first direct arena.  With his irresitable warm baritone vocals, 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’.  



Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds have announced a Spring 2020 European and UK tour including a date at the first directarena Leeds

Regarded as one of the world’s greatest live acts, the band will perform in 19 countries including 6 shows in the UK. 

Unibet Premier League Darts

The world’s best darts players will return to Leeds on Thursday May 14 as the first direct arena prepares to host the final league night of the 2020 Unibet Premier League.  The ten-player tournament, featuring the likes of Michael van Gerwen, Rob Cross and Peter Wright, visits arenas across the UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Germany across four months as the sport’s biggest names battle for the prestigious title. 

Dates Available
14 May 2020    the suite experience
5 Seconds of Summer

5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) have announced their highly anticipated return to the UK including a date at the first direct arena.  5SOS have sold more than eight million equivalent album units and sold over two million concert tickets worldwide, while cumulative streams of their songs now surpass seven billion. 


Dates Available
15 May 2020    the suite experience
Jeff Dunham

Record-breaking, global comedy superstar, Jeff Dunham, is bringing his cast of characters to the first direct arena. For more than twelve years, Jeff Dunham and his delightfully irreverent cohorts, Peanut, Walter, José Jalapeño, Bubba J. and Achmed the Dead Terrorist, have filled arenas across the world with their multiple blockbuster tours. Now, in addition to his usual cast of accomplices, “SERIOUSLY!?” includes the newest member of the troupe, “Larry.” As the President’s personal advisor, he gives his hilarious take on what it’s like to work at the White House.


Dates Available
17 May 2020    the suite experience
Camila Cabello

Three-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated, multi-platinum and chart-topping singer-songwriter Camila Cabello has announced she is bringing The Romance Tour to the first direct arena in June 2020. Camila is currently the most listened to female artist in the world on Spotify and broke the record for the most monthly listeners for a female artist in Spotify history.  She is the first female artist since Adele to triple up atop Billboard’s Hot 100, Billboard 200 & Artist 100 charts. 

Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia Tour

Global Pop Superstar Dua Lipa has announced her massive ‘Future Nostalgia’ 2020 European Arena Tour including a date at the first direct arena. A Charity donation will be added to all tickets and proceeds will go to Unicef and Sunny Hill Foundation.


Barry Manilow

Following his headline ‘sold out’ performance at the BBC Proms in the Park in London and 17 ‘sold out’ concerts on Broadway, Barry Manilow has announced that he will return to the UK in 2020 for a limited number of arena concerts including a return to the first direct arena.


Cirque Du Soleil - Corteo

Corteo, the most enchanting of Cirque du Soleil’s arena productions is set to charm UK audiences for the very first time. A welcome addition to Cirque du Soleil’s 30th anniversary in the UK, the show will visit Leeds from 18 to 21 June. This unique production, directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, first premiered in Montreal under the Big Top in April 2005. Since then and including its transformation into an arena show in 2018, the show has amazed audiences of over 9 million people, in 20 countries, on 4 continents.  There are even child discounts available for 12 and unders

Dates Available
18th June - 21st June 2020    Laurent Perrier Experience | the suite experience
George Benson

The legendary George Benson proudly announces a date at the first direct arena in June 2020. The live shows will feature George Benson’s masterful guitar playing, and Benson and his band will perform his Greatest Hits from his impressive back catalogue - which includes such classics as Give Me The Night, Lady Love Me (One More Time), Turn Your Love Around, Inside Love , Never Give Up On A Good Thing and In Your Eyes and more… 

The Isley Brothers

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, The Isley Brothers, have announced their return to the UK for the first time in over a decade as part of their 2020 European tour, following on from their ‘You Make Me Wanna Shout’ US tour earlier this year celebrating the 60th anniversary since they first released their classic single ‘Shout’. Formed in the early 1950s in Cincinnati, Ohio, The Isley Brothers are today considered one of the most important and influential groups of the last half-century, and true pioneers of pop.


Diana Ross

Diana Ross returns to the U.K. and visits the first direct arena for the first time with an electrifying tour of music, memories and career magic. Diana Ross is an icon and international treasure with a lifetime of music including, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “I’m Coming Out,” “Stop! In The Name of Love,” “Upside Down,” “I’m Still Waiting,” “Chain Reaction” and many many more.

Leeds Tattoo Expo 2020

The seventh annual Leeds Tattoo Expo will be held on 4th and 5th of July at the first direct arena! Leeds Tattoo Expo will see around 190 top artists working under one roof to showcase some of the best in tattooing both locally and internationally. It is also home to a carefully selected market of boutique traders and a host of exciting entertainment across the weekend, along with the ever popular competitions for tattoo artists, held on Saturday and Sunday evenings. The Third Leeds Beard Competition will also be on stage on Sunday afternoon. 

Dates Available
4th & 5th July 2020   
PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue

It's the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue! Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest to rescue Mayor Goodway and to run the race in her place. Using their unique skills and teamwork, the pups show that “no job is too big, no pup is too small,” and share lessons for all ages about citizenship, social skills and problem-solving as they make several heroic rescues on their race to the finish line.

Dates Available
11 Jul 2020    the suite experience
Hollywood Vampires

American rock supergroup Hollywood Vampires are coming to Leeds. Rock and roll royalty Joe Perry, Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp and shock rock icon Alice Cooper tour in support of their critically acclaimed new studio album “Rise”. The three legends first came together to record in 2015, bonding over a shared love of their favourite songs and a desire to celebrate their ‘dead, drunk friends’ by playing the songs of the fallen heroes.  Riotous performances ensued around the world. Joining Hollywood Vampires are special guests Primal Scream.




Set to be one of the most highly anticipated tours of 2020, Stormzy has announced a huge 55-date ‘H.I.T.H. World Tour’. With shows spanning across Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, North America, UK & Ireland and Africa, the tour marks Stormzy’s biggest live offering to date. 


Deep Purple

Deep Purple is heading back to the first direct arena  in 2020 with Special Guests Blue Öyster Cult. Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse and Don Airey, Mark VIII of the band, continue to travel the scope of hard rock — the textures and nuances of recent works are anything but thudding retreads. If you set a random play setting for the band’s entire catalogue, the result is one of the finest musical outputs to grace rock music. 



Jason Donovan

Jason Donovan came into our lives in the late 80s as Scott Robinson in the hit Australian series, ‘Neighbours’. Throughout 1988/89 he had several hits and his album ‘Ten Good Reasons’ was the best-selling album of 1989.His hitsincluded ‘Too Many Broken Hearts’, ‘Especially For You’ (with Kylie Minogue), ‘Any Dream Will Do’, ‘Sealed With A Kiss’, ‘When You Come Back to Me’, ‘Everyday’, “Nothing Can Divide Us’ and many more... 

Dates Available
07 Oct 2020    the suite experience
Simply Red

Simply Red today reveal the details of a highly anticipated 13-date UK and Ireland 2020 arena tour. Hailed as one of the most successful live acts ever to come out of the UK, they will be firing on all cylinders delivering their all-time classic hits from a stellar career, such as ‘Stars’, ‘Holding Back The Years’, ‘Fairground’ and ‘Money’s Too Tight To Mention’, as well as some raw and soulful new grooves. 


The Four Tops and The Temptations

Motown legends The Four Tops and The Temptations, return to the first direct arena in 2020 bringing with them the magic of a golden era that continues to inspire musicians around the globe. The Tamla Motown label broke down cultural and social barriers and The Four Tops and The Temptations were at the very forefront of that revolution.  Still with original members Duke Fakir and Otis Williams, The Four Tops and The Temptations hold a special place in the hearts of British fans and they are delighted to be returning to the UK. 



Deacon Blue

2020 is a big one for Deacon Blue. They have announced a new album CITY OF LOVE which sees the multi-million selling band deliver eleven brilliant new tracks tethered by a singular belief - that even in the corners of a town or a life where no light falls, hope can prevail. Supported by a huge tour, the band will be coming to our city of love in November 2020. 


Ant Middleton

Sunday Times Best Selling Author Ant Middleton has announced a brand new tour including a date at the first direct arena November 2020.  Ant Middleton is best known as the Chief Instructor for Channel 4’s hit show, SAS : Who Dares Wins. On stage he shares personal stories from his extreme adventures and TV shows, and explains his Zero Negativity and ‘Fear Bubble’ approach to harnessing fear and living without limits. He also now runs ‘Mind Over Muscle Day Camps’ supporting individuals to realise their full potential.


Dates Available
21 Nov 2020    the suite experience

With Thunder marking three incredible decades as one of Britain’s finest rock acts, AEG Presents, Live Nation & Orchard Live are delighted to announce that the band will visit the first direct arena in November 2020.  These will be the first fully electric, full-on Thunder headline rock shows in the UK since 2017. Thunder have proved time and time again that they have the hits, the chops and the flair to blow the roof off, and these 5 shows will be no exception. Thunder celebrated thirty years at the top of the tree at the end of September, with the release of ‘The Greatest Hits’ album through BMG.

Dates Available
28 Nov 2020    the suite experience
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."

Dates Available
07 Dec 2020