Overview & description

Proudly sponsored by the bank first direct, we are first direct arena. We are a purpose built major entertainment venue located in the vibrant city centre of Leeds. It’s unique ‘super-theatre’ style configuration has been designed to enhance the customer experience with all seats facing the stage / performance area. Everyone, spectators and performers alike, will enjoy a more intimate atmosphere with reduced viewing distances relative to the capacity of the venue – over 12,300 seated or 13,500 with a standing floor.

First direct arena primarily host live music, comedy and entertainment shows along with sporting events creating a modern, cutting edge, international, multi-event venue for Leeds.

Coming up to our third year anniversary we have already hosted some of the world’s most international superstars; Elton John, Prince, Lionel Richie, Fleetwood Mac, Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Dolly Parton, Ed Sheeran, Queen, Gary Barlow. 

We are soon to welcome Black Sabbath and their final ever tour, the Rod Stewart, Chart topper Jess Glynne and the one and only Brian Cox taking us on a journey of space and time.

We have also hosted some of the biggest international events; MOBO Awards, Tour De France, BBC Sports Personality, Europe’s Strongest Man and soon to be hosting Audio and Radio Industry Awards.

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