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Unfortunately, due to the ongoing situation worldwide, the performances of Cirque du Soleil - Corteo in Leeds June 18 – 21 2020 will not be able to go ahead. We are working on new dates for the performances, and will be in touch with more information as soon as possible.

Posted on: 26 May 2020
5 Seconds of Summer - Official Statement


Posted on: 06 May 2020
VenueShield Environmental Hygiene Program Launched

first direct arena operators ASM Global introduce industry-leading protocols to provide trusted protection for the live experience when facilities across the globe begin to reopen and welcome guests back.

Posted on: 30 April 2020
Accessible tickets now available online

Following a successful trial period the first direct arena are pleased to announce that accessible tickets are now available to purchase online.

Posted on: 24 April 2020
LOL Comedy Club -  26th March

Laugh Out Loud Comedy Clubs is here in Leeds to make you LOL, lol!   They're the people who previously booked Jason Manford, John Bishop, Sarah Millican and Russell Howard before they were household names.

Posted on: 13 March 2020

After serious consideration, it is with much regret that THE WHO have postponed their U.K. tour, due to start next Monday March 16th in Manchester at the Manchester Arena and finishing at Wembley SSE Arena on April 8th. The dates will be rescheduled for later in the year. All tickets will be honoured.

Posted on: 12 March 2020
James Arthur

Important Information regarding tonights James Arthur show

Posted on: 11 March 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

The wellbeing of all our visitors and staff members is our number one priority. The UK risk has been increased from low to moderate although the risk to individuals in the UK remains low and our events continue as normal.

Posted on: 02 March 2020
Rugby League Rumble

A boxing fundraising event for Rob Burrow and Mose Masoe

Posted on: 21 February 2020
first direct arena is going cashless

We’ve gone cashless to speed up sales and reduce our customers’ waiting time. The first direct arena is now cashless on bars in ALL AREAS of the arena will only accept card or contactless payments, this includes the following locations:

Posted on: 13 February 2020
Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club


Posted on: 30 November 2019
WWE Live - Saturday 9th November 2019

WWE Live is a unique blend of sport and entertainment, combining in-ring match action with dramatic entertainment. Bursting with all the drama and energy of a rock concert, in a fun, lively and exciting environment, WWE Live is the ultimate in family entertainment!

Posted on: 18 October 2019
SMG and AEG Facilities are now ASM Global

AEG Facilities and SMG Complete Transaction to create ASM Global

Posted on: 01 October 2019

Multi-talented Oscar, Emmy and GRAMMY Award-winning star Cher, has today announced that British 80’s icon, Paul Young will be joining her as a very special guest on the UK dates of her Here We Go Again World Tour.

Posted on: 10 September 2019
Yorkshire Day Competition - Danny T tickets

Win tickets to Ministry of Sound presents The Danny T Show

Posted on: 01 August 2019
Yorkshire Day Competition - Jane McDonald

Win four Laurent Perrier Experience Packages

Posted on: 01 August 2019
Yorkshire Day Competition - Shed Seven

Win a signed poster and four tickets to their Shedcember show

Posted on: 01 August 2019
Yorkshire Day Competition - Embrace

Win a signed 'The Good Will Out (Live)' CD / Tour Programme and T Shirt set and tickets for the gig

Posted on: 01 August 2019
Leeds DJ Danny T to headline huge first direct arena show

In what is set to be the biggest night of his career so far, Danny T will host Leeds’ iconic first direct arena, presented in association with world famous Ministry of Sound.

Posted on: 25 June 2019
2019 White Rose Awards to be held at first direct arena

Who will be crowned the cream of Yorkshire tourism at the biggest ever White Rose Awards which will take place at the first direct arena?

Posted on: 19 June 2019