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Latest News

Say Hello to Ticketmaster

From Monday 2nd July 2018 Ticketmaster will become the official ticketing partner for the first direct arena.

Posted on: 18 June 2018
Tears For Fears - Tour Reschedule

Posted on: 18 April 2018
first direct bank & first direct arena - Sponsorship win.

first direct bank and its sponsorship of the SMG venue the first direct arena in Leeds , entered by Nielsen Sports, was revealed as the winner of the Naming Rights Sponsorship category at the 24th UK Sponsorship Awards at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square on Tuesday, March 26, 2018.

Posted on: 04 April 2018
Win a VIP family ticket to Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment and be part of the show!

Enter the dazzling world of Disney magic, live on ice! Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favourite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment.

Posted on: 17 March 2018
Kylie Minogue is coming to Leeds!


Posted on: 23 February 2018
first direct arena ranks 13 in the world for ticket sales

The first direct arena has ranked 13th in the world, 6th in Europe and 4th in the UK for event ticket sales according to Pollstar Magazine’s 2017 Year End Worldwide Ticket Sales Top 200 Arena Venues.

Posted on: 10 January 2018
Last minute gift idea... Print at home with ticket direct

Merry Christmas from the first direct arena. Many of our events have print at home tickets available through ticketdirect, So that last minute gift is just a click away!

Posted on: 15 December 2017
Important info regarding the Peter Kay performances

Important information regarding the Peter Kay performances

Posted on: 13 December 2017
Queen & Adam Lambert - Kasabian - Official Coach Travel

The first direct arena is proud to present a new service for attendees – official coaches for select shows powered by Fanzone. Let us bring you to the show with coaches from surrounding cities so you can have a night out without any transport, traffic or parking hassle – with a seat reserved just for you. Check out the coach list available now for Queen & Adam Lambert - Kasabian

Posted on: 29 November 2017
WWE Live - Match card update

The latest match card for WWE Live at the first direct arena

Posted on: 01 November 2017

New Grime king Stormzy leads the pack with 5 nominations - including Best Male, Best Album and Best Grime Act.

Posted on: 17 October 2017
ARIAS add to line-up with The Fratellis, The Big Moon & Sigrid

Scottish rockers, The Fratellis, will be performing at this year’s ARIAS (Audio and Radio Industry Awards), taking place at the first direct arena in Leeds on October 19th.

Posted on: 09 October 2017
Noel Gallagher High Flying Birds

Please note there is an ID policy for this show, please read T&Cs before purchasing tickets.

Posted on: 27 September 2017
Our Top 3 Impractical Jokers Moments

It was a challenge to narrow them down to our top ten, but then - in the spirit of Impractical Jokers - we raised the challenge further and nudged it down to just our top THREE favourite ever moments from the guys.

Posted on: 15 September 2017
Let's Have a Rock n Roll Party

Let’s Have a Rock n’ Roll Party is the ultimate 50’s and 60’s extravaganza. The world’s finest collection of tribute artists gather for the biggest Christmas party of 2017. Elvis, Bill Haley and The Comets, Buddy Holly, Ray Charles and Eddie Cochran are represented in this incredible family night out.

Posted on: 14 September 2017
The Script

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.

Posted on: 11 September 2017
Our Top 5 Jason Derulo Tracks

We welcome the man who tells us his name better than any other in March - it's R&B superstar Jason Derulo, and over the years he's treated us to some incredible tunes. Here's our top five - let us your fave songs by Jason over on social media!

Posted on: 18 August 2017
Heaven On Earth

Full Casting Announced for Brand New Arena Spectacular Heaven on Earth Coming to Leeds First Direct Arena February 9 - 12 2018 Starring Kerry Ellis and Hugh Maynard Featuring the Voice of Russell Watson

Posted on: 01 August 2017
André Rieu Welcomes His 750,000th Visitor

André Rieu has welcomed his 750.000th visitor at his spectacular Maastricht Summer Concerts: Fans Janine Hartley and her husband Graham from Leeds had travelled to Maastricht

Posted on: 25 July 2017
QUIZ: Mrs Brown's Boys

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!

Posted on: 29 June 2017