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Latest News

Mrs. Brown's Boys Head to Leeds!

Following the release of D’Movie the Award Winning Mrs Brown’s Boys will be returning to live arena in 2015 with their new show ‘How Now Mrs Brown Cow’.

Posted on: 30 June 2014
Kasabian to rock Leeds first direct arena in November

BRIT award-winning English rock sensations Kasabian will play the first direct arena, Friday November 21st 2014.

Posted on: 30 June 2014
The Who Celebrate 50th Anniversary with Leeds Date

The Who, one of the best selling bands of all time, will be coming to the first direct arena this December to celebrate 50 years of rock and roll!

Posted on: 30 June 2014
X Factor finalists Rough Copy launch  ‘Celebrate Young Heroes’ Campaign at First Direct Arena

On Wednesday 18th June 2014 the Diana Award – set up for young people in memory of Princess Diana – will launch its ‘Celebrate Young Heroes’ campaign for young people across Yorkshire and Humberside who have had a monumental impact on the lives of others.

Posted on: 17 June 2014
first direct arena and Leeds Bradford International Airport announce their new partnership

It was announced this morning that the first direct arena has gained a new sponsor – Leeds Bradford International Airport. The sponsorship will see LBA becoming the Official Travel Partner of the venue.

Posted on: 13 June 2014
Michael McIntyre - Happy & Glorious Tour 2015

We're happy and it's glorious to announce that one of Britain's best loved comics, Michael McIntyre, is popping by the first direct arena, December 10th & 11th 2015! Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday.

Posted on: 09 June 2014
Jack White to play Leeds First Direct Arena, November 17 2014

Critically acclaimed rock musician Jack White will play one of only 3 UK tour dates at the first direct arena, November 17th 2014.

Posted on: 09 June 2014
first direct arena named best new venue in the world

The first direct arena in Leeds, operated by SMG Europe has been awarded the prestigious title of new venue of the year at the Stadium Business Awards in London.

Posted on: 05 June 2014
Four Weeks to the Yorkshire Grand Départ Opening Ceremony: Be Part of History

The Yorkshire Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2014 kicks off exactly four weeks tonight with a spectacular Opening Ceremony and Team Presentation at the first direct arena, and a chance for spectators to become a part of history.

Posted on: 05 June 2014