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Event Calendar

Europe's Strongest Man

The promoters have taken the difficult decision to postpone this event.  Their statement can be found here.

Tickets will remain valid for the new date and ticket purchasers will be contacted by their ticket agent as soon as the details are confirmed.

Andre Rieu

André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra are postponing their UK/Ireland tour to September because of the coronavirus pandemic.

André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra will now be performing at the first direct arena on Friday 18th September 2020

Neha Kakkar

Rock On Music and Whiterock Entertainment present Neha Kakkar who will appear at the first direct arena for the very first time on Saturday the 26th September. The hugely successful Indian playback singer and Indian Idol judge will return to the UK following her sold out UK tour in 2019 with loads more in store. She will be accompanied by Indian Idol finalists to keep the crown entertained.

Dates Available
26 Sep 2020    the suite experience
McFly

Following the latest government advice we are very sad to announce that we are rescheduling our upcoming April / May UK 2020 tour as the safety and health of our fans is our utmost priority.  We can’t wait to see you in Oct/Nov, only 6 months away. Until then, keep yourselves safe and look after each other. All our love Tom, Danny, Harry & Dougie. 

All tickets remain valid for the new date

The Black Crowes

The Black Crowes' Chris and Rich Robinson will herald the thirty-year anniversary of their landmark quintuple platinum debut album Shake Your Money Maker with a UK & European tour in October 2020 including their first ever show at the first direct arena on Saturday 24th October 2020. 

Dates Available
24 Oct 2020    the suite experience
Rugby League Rumble

A night of charity boxing in aid of Rob Burrow and Mose Masoe. Fights already confirmed: Chev Walker vs Andy Wray, Danika Priim vs Rhiannon Marshall, Steve Pryce vs Craig Booth, Shaun Kenny-Dowall vs Elijah Niko, Paul Wood vs Fetuli Talanoa, Weller Harauki vs Gareth Hock, Dave Peterson vs Liam Hood & Brendan Tuuta vs Nathan Wood.

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30 Oct 2020    the suite experience
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. 

 

Thunder

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
Ricky Gervais

The event organisers have been in touch to say that:

We’ve been closely monitoring this unprecedented situation and it has become clear that it’s just not possible to go ahead with the show as planned. Therefore Ricky Gervais’s performance at first direct arena, Leeds on Friday 12th June, 2020 will be rescheduled to Friday 8th January 2021. We’re pleased to have been able to reschedule so do hang on to your ticket – it will be valid for the new date.

 

Bon Iver

Bon Iver - "It is with great care and empathy to all involved that we announce the rescheduling of our spring tour in Europe and the UK to January 2021. The entire Bon Iver team has been closely monitoring this unprecedented worldwide health situation, and it is under the guidance of those more knowledgeable than us, that we have determined rescheduling to be the safest path forward for all involved. We hope that this is the best preventative action we can take against the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)."

 

 

Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia Tour

Dua Lipa at the first direct arena on the 4th June 2020 has been rescheduled to 22nd January 2021.  Your ticket will be honoured for the rescheduled date.

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! 

Dates Available
04 Feb 2021   
Simple Minds

Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak and the government measures implemented to limit its spread, the Simple Minds April 2020 shows have been postponed.   The rearranged date will instead take place at the first direct arena on February 12th 2021.   Customers are advised to keep hold of their tickets as they will be valid for the rescheduled dates.

Snoop Dogg

Due to current restrictions relating to Covid-19, the promoters have advised that the event has been rescheduled to Wednesday 17th February 2021. "We want to reassure you that your current tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled show and you do not need to do anything to secure your booking. If you have any questions please contact your point of purchase. We look forward to seeing you soon!"

Gregory Porter

GREGORY PORTER’s  May 2020 UK shows have been rescheduled due to the current corona-virus outbreak. Hold on to your existing tickets.  They will automatically be transferred to the new date of 27th February 2021.

Thanks to everyone for your understanding and stay safe!

 

 

UB40

UB40 have rescheduled their show at the first direct arena due to the current COVID 19 pandemic - “Yet again, this virus which has plagued everyone all year has forced us to rearrange our winter dates. We’re going stir crazy! The only thing we want is to get back out on the road and do what we love and what we’re good at. See you all in 2021!” Robin Campbell UB40

Dates Available
09 Mar 2021    the suite experience
The Who

After serious consideration, it is with much regret that THE WHO have rescheduled their U.K. tour, due to start Monday March 16th 2020 in Manchester at the Manchester Arena and finishing at Wembley SSE Arena on April 8th 2020.

The date at the first direct arena has been rescheduled for Monday 15th March 2021

David Gray

David Gray - "Hello again everyone, I’m delighted to be able to announce the rescheduled dates for the U.K. and Ireland White Ladder Arena Tour. All the shows will now be happening in March 2021 so please hold on to your tickets as they will remain valid for the new dates. A special thank you to all of those who have been working round the clock, in testing circumstances, to put these dates together In the meantime, please look after yourselves and each other and I’ll see you on the other side."

Planet Earth II Live in Concert

BBC Studios and concert promoter FKP Scorpio UK have announced a further update to their previously rescheduled Planet Earth II Live In Concert arena tour of the UK & Ireland.  The original Spring 2020 tour was initially postponed and rescheduled to Autumn 2020. Due to the continuing uncertainty regarding the unlocking of larger public gatherings for events in the entertainment sector, it has been decided to reschedule the shows to Spring 2021.

Stormzy

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic and restrictions on live concerts, the record-breaking Stormzy H.I.T.H date has been rescheduled. As you can imagine, with numerous other artist tours already booked and many more wanting to reschedule their tours in that period, the dates available at the venues were limited and this has meant that, in some cases, the equivalent day of the week to the original date wasn’t always free. Tickets remain valid for the new dates. If you have any queries, please contact your point of purchase.

The Joe & Dianne Show

Following the recent guidelines from the government it has been decided that in the interests of health and wellbeing for all involved in The Joe and Dianne Show, and in particular all the people coming to the shows, we will reschedule the tour to a later date. 

All tickets remain valid for the new date

Dates Available
10 Apr 2021    the suite experience
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 Leeds in 2021. Based on HG Wells’ dark Victorian tale, it remains a firm favourite to millions around the world, exciting audiences of all ages. In 2006 TWOTW was already considered a cutting edge production with six trucks filled to the brim. But in 2021, which marks a momentous 15 years of live touring, the production be up to 12 trucks, and with it, a host of ingredients and special effects that will challenge and excite the senses. A stellar cast will also be announced in the next few weeks.

Dates Available
11 Apr 2021    the suite experience
5 Seconds of Summer

5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) have reschuduled their tour, planned for 2020, until April 2021.

Read the official statement from the band here.

 

Dates Available
16 Apr 2021    the suite experience
Craig David

It is with regret that due to the escalating situation with regard to coronavirus in the UK and around the world, the Craig David show on Thursday 16th April 2020 at Leeds First Direct Arena has been postponed and will now take place on Saturday 17th April 2021.

All tickets for the original shows remain valid.

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have rescheduled their European and UK Tour to Spring 2021.


All original tickets remain valid.

Genesis

The event organisers have been in touch to say that: "We have continued to monitor this unprecedented and changing situation, and it has become clear that it is not going to be possible to go ahead with the show on 2nd December. Therefore Genesis’ performance at the first direct arena on Wednesday 2nd December will be rescheduled to Wedneday 21st April 2021. We’re pleased to have been able to reschedule so do hang on to your ticket – it will be valid for the new date."

Genesis

The event organisers have been in touch to say that: "We have continued to monitor this unprecedented and changing situation, and it has become clear that it is not going to be possible to go ahead with the show on 3rd December. Therefore Genesis’ performance at the first direct arena on Thursday 3rd December will be rescheduled to Thursday 22nd April 2021. We’re pleased to have been able to reschedule so do hang on to your ticket – it will be valid for the new date."

 

Dates Available
22 Apr 2021   
Diljit Dosanjh

Update: The Diljit Dosanjh tour has been rescheduled and the event at first direct arena will now take place on 24 April 2021. Tickets will remain valid for the new show date.

Dates Available
24 Apr 2021    the suite experience
Sam Fender

Sam Fender’s UK tour dates for the rest of 2020 have been rescheduled to 2021.  All tickets for the original dates remain valid.

Sam Fender: "With the current state that the UK is in, we're pushing all shows back until next year. It sucks but it's unavoidable. Keep hold of your tickets though because it's gonna be insane!"

 

 

Dates Available
30 Apr 2021    the suite experience
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott - It is with great frustration that we must once again announce the rescheduling of our tour dates. We had hoped to be in a position to play these shows in the Autumn but, due to the ongoing situation with venue safety in the UK & Ireland, it’s become clear that to do so would be putting our fans in danger. We’re now moving the tour to May 2021 and all of your tickets will remain valid for these new dates. We‘re very sorry for any inconvenience caused by this but can’t wait to see and perform for you all at the new dates.

Rick Astley

Rick Astley reschedules his tour date at Leeds first direct arena to 8 May 2021. “I’m sad to say that yet again I need to announce the postponement of my upcoming UK Tour to May 2021. This also includes the shows for NHS and frontline staff. Obviously I want to perform for you all as soon as possible, but due to not knowing when venues will open safely, we have to postpone. All of your tickets remain valid, so hold on to them and I’ll put on a great show for you next year - Rick x”

Unibet Premier League Darts

The Premier League darts roadshow is to return to the First Direct Arena on Thursday May 13 2021, following the confirmation of next season’s schedule for the tournament.Due to the coronavirus pandemic and current restrictions, the annual visit of darts’ top stars – including world number one Michael van Gerwen and World Champion Peter Wright – to Leeds earlier this year has been rescheduled. Tickets purchased for the original league night will remain valid for the new date. 

Dates Available
13 May 2021    the suite experience
James Blunt

James Blunt brings his 'Once Upon A Mind' tour to first direct arena, 23 May 2021 

Jeff Dunham

Statement from the production: 

We've been closely monitoring this unprecedented situation and it has become clear that it will not possible to go ahead with the show as planned on the designated date. Therefore Jeff Dunham’s performance at Leeds First Direct Arena will be rescheduled to Monday 24th May 2021. We're pleased to have been able to reschedule so do hang on to your ticket - it will be valid for the new date.

 


 

 

Dates Available
24 May 2021    the suite experience
Pussycat Dolls

The Pussycat Dolls reschedule their tour date at Leeds first direct arena to 25 May 2021. All tickets remain valid for this new date.

Barry Manilow

Due to coronavirus and Government guidance the Barry Manilow UK dates in August / September 2020 will not be able to go ahead and have been rescheduled to May / June 2021.

The date in Leeds is now Friday May 28th 2021.  Your current tickets and same seats will remain valid for this date.

Kings of Leon

Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak the Kings of Leon July 2020 shows have been postponed.   The rearranged dates will instead take place in June 2021.   Customers are advised to keep hold of their tickets as they will be valid for the rescheduled dates.

For more information or if customers can't make the re-arranged dates and require a refund please contact your ticket agent/point of purchase

Diana Ross

AEG presents are very pleased to announce the NEW dates for the Diana Ross "Top of the World Tour" in 2021.  The show at the first direct arena on 30th June 2020 is moving to Wednesday 16th June 2021.

YOUR TICKETS REMAIN VALID FOR THE NEW SHOW DATE.

Thank you for your patience, we look forward to seeing you next year.

 

George Benson

Due to coronavirus and Government guidance the George Benson June / July 2020 dates will not be able to go ahead and have been rescheduled to June 2021. Tickets will remain valid for the new date.  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… 

JLS

JLS

The JLS Beat Again tour has unfortunately been rescheduled to 2021. The show at the first direct arena will now take place on Friday 18th June 2021. All tickets remain valid for the new date. 

A statement from the band can be seen here.

 

The Isley Brothers

The Isley Brothers’ upcoming UK shows have been rescheduled for 2021 due to the current Coronavirus outbreak.  

Tickets for the original shows are still valid and will automatically be transferred over to the new 2021 dates:

PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue

Due to the COVID-19 situation and as a precaution to the safety of our audiences, cast and staff, the 2020 PAW Patrol Live! "Race to the Rescue" tour, promoted by TEG MJR, has been postponed to Summer 2021.  Please note that all tickets purchased for the 2020 tour will remain valid for 2021.  The ‘Babes in Arms’ policy has been extended for the 2021 tour by 12 months so that children 24 months and under do not require a ticket provided they are seated on the lap of a ticket holder. 

Dates Available
31 Jul 2021    the suite experience
Hollywood Vampires

American rock supergroup Hollywood Vampires have rearranged their 2020 UK tour for August 2021. The new dates come as a result of the ongoing situation around COVID-19 but the band are determined to bring their exhilarating show back to the UK fans as soon as possible. And they can announce that they will now be joined by legendary London post punk, goth and metal pioneers - Killing Joke. Rock and roll royalty Joe Perry, Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp and shock rock icon Alice Cooper will tour in support of their critically acclaimed second studio album “Rise”. 

 

What's Love Got To Do With It?

The event organisers have been in touch to say that: "We have continued to monitor this unprecedented and changing situation, and it has become clear that it is not going to be possible to go ahead with the show on 1st October 2020. Therefore What’s Love Got To Do With It? performance in Leeds on 1st October will be rescheduled to 25th September 2021. We’re pleased to have been able to reschedule so do hang on to your ticket – it will be valid for the new date"

 

Evanescence and Within Temptation

Due to the ongoing restrictions preventing large gatherings and to health concerns surrounding COVID-19 as well as certain travel restrictions that remain in place, Evanescence and Within Temptation are forced to postpone their massive co-headline European tour. Their ‘Worlds Collide’ tour which was originally due to kick off this past April 4th, will now move to October 2021 in Leeds.

Dates Available
01 Oct 2021    the suite experience
Deep Purple

Deep Purple, announce their rescheduled dates for 2021, this change is due to coronavirus, ALL tickets for the 2020 dates will remain valid for the new 2021 dates 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. 

 

 

The Four Tops and The Temptations

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, The Temptations and The Four Tops Tour with special Guests Odyssey has been re-scheduled to October 2021. Tickets remain valid for the new dates. 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.

Queen Machine Symphonic featuring Kerry Ellis

Due to the precautionary recommendations from measures taken by the UK Government, it will not be possible to move forward with Queen Machine Symphonic currently scheduled for Saturday 25th April 2020. The show will be rescheduled to Friday 8th October 2021. Be assured that the safety and health of artists, staff and fans is our main priority. Hang on to your ticket - it will be valid for the new date

Dates Available
08 Oct 2021    the suite experience
Simply Red

Simply Red reschedule Blue Eyed Soul tour dates to 2021 - existing tickets will remain valid for the new date.

“Out of consideration for the safety and welfare of our fans, band and crew, Simply Red are rescheduling their autumn tour dates to 2021. Tickets will be honoured for the rescheduled dates, so hold onto your tickets and we’ll see you next year!"

Jason Donovan

Jason Donovan has rescheduled his highly anticipated 'Even More Good Reasons’ to Friday 15th October 2021Jason 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 hits included ‘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
15 Oct 2021    the suite experience
Jason Manford

Jason Manford is back! It’s been a busy few years since Jason’s last smash-hit stand-up show, but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit. ‘Like Me’ is Jason’s latest comic offering, set to hit the road for a massive 99 date UK & Ireland tour, including a return to the first direct arena on 21st October 2021.  

Dates Available
21 Oct 2021    the suite experience
Elton John: Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour

The Elton John show has been rescheduled to the 5th Novemeber 2021 - 'Rescheduling my concerts is never a decision taken lightly, but my priority is always the safety of all parties including my tour crew, the venue staff and of course you, my amazing fans.'

Dates Available
05 Nov 2021   
Ant Middleton

Ant Middleton reschedules his 'Mind Over Muscle' tour date at Leeds first direct arena to 12 November 2021. All existing tickets remain valid for this new date. 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
12 Nov 2021    the suite experience
The Human League

The Human League will play Leeds first direct arena, 3 December 2021. Celebrating forty years since the release of DARE, The Human League will be performing this classic album in it’s entirety, as well as other hits from their extensive back catalogue.Originals of the British New Wave/Synth scene The Human League dominated the airwaves and charts throughout the 80’s with their dark yet stylish post-punk electronica, which remains as fresh, current and highly influential today as it did with the release of DARE. Tickets available 10AM Friday 31 July.

Lost In Music

Due to the current restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Lost In Music has rescheduled to the 16th December 2021. Original tickets remain valid for this rescheduled date. Get ready to recreate the Magical 70’s and let us take you on a musical journey straight to the heart of Disco! Relive some of the greatest songs of all time from Artists such as Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sister Sledge and Chic. This show boasts a sensational live band, incredibly talented cast and stunning vocals.

Dates Available
16 Dec 2021    the suite experience
Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra reschedule their Leeds first direct arena tour date to 17 December 2021 due to the effects of the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic. With special guest performances to be announced shortly, all original tickets remain valid.

Dates Available
17 Dec 2021    the suite experience
Cirque Du Soleil - Corteo

Cirque du Soleil are pleased to announce they have now re-scheduled the Cirque du Soleil - Corteo events at Leeds first direct Arena originally scheduled for June 18 – 21 2020. The rescheduled events will be Thursday 27th October 2022 – Sunday 30th October 2022. All tickets remain valid for the new dates.

Dates Available
Thursday 27th October 2022 – Sunday 30th October 2022.    Laurent Perrier Experience | the suite experience