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Latest News

Elbow to Play First Direct Arena, April 2014.

Mercury prize winning alternative rock band, Elbow will play the first direct arena in April 11th as part of their exciting new tour. Tickets for the show on 11th April go on sale Friday 4th October at 9am priced at £30.

Posted on: 30 September 2013
Xmas Party Live: New Names Announced!

Xmas Party Live is hotting up! Today we can announce that Example, The Saturdays, Eliza Doolittle, Conor Maynard and The Vamps will perform at the event on December 1st, 2013.

Posted on: 16 September 2013
Tinie Tempah: UK Rap Sensation Comes to Leeds

One of the UK’s most innovative, credible, charming and authentic artists Tinie Tempah has today announced that he will be hitting the road, and the first direct arena, this December in support of his highly anticipated new album Demonstration.

Posted on: 16 September 2013
Leeds To Welcome New Jersey Nights!

Direct from the USA, the international smash hit show New Jersey Nights comes to the UK as part of their world tour.

Posted on: 16 September 2013
BBC Radio 1Xtra Live Comes to Leeds

BBC Radio 1Xtra Live is back for a 6th year, with the final date for the tour announced for the first direct arena, Leeds on Thursday 10th October 2013.

Posted on: 12 September 2013
Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour Comes to Leeds

As BBC One’s smash hit entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing returns to our TV screens, the first direct arena have announced that the 2014 Strictly Come Dancing Live UK Tour will be coming to the 13,000 seat venue this January.

Posted on: 03 September 2013
Motown Legends Come to Leeds

Timeless Motown legends Four Tops and The Temptations will be coming to the first direct arena Leeds in April to relive the R&B and soul classics that delivered Detroit to music history. Special guests joining the bill for these memorable shows will be The Platters and Freda Payne.

Posted on: 03 September 2013