First Direct Arena is a major entertainment venue located in the vibrant city centre of Leeds, hosting live music, comedy, entertainment shows and sporting events.

Since opening in July 2013 First Direct Arena has already played host to international artists such as Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Cirque Du Soleil and Stereophonics. This impressive line-up continues and events are now being booked into late 2014 brining the likes of Robbie Williams, Miranda Hart, Strictly Come Dancing and Gary Barlow to Leeds.

The Arena’s unique “super theatre” style configuration is designed to enhance the arena experience, with all seats facing the stage and high quality acoustics to provide the best sound experience in the UK. Spectators and performers alike, will enjoy a more intimate atmosphere with reduced viewing distances, relative to the venue which has a capacity of 13,000.

First Direct Arena is operated by SMG Europe. SMG is the world leader in venue management, marketing and development and also operate the Manchester Arena and Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle.

Events at this Venue

Tue 17 Nov – Architext-led Tour of first direct Arena

Sat 17 Nov – Harry Enfield & Paul Whitehouse

Fri 27 Nov – Simple Minds

Sat 28 – Duran Duran

Sun 29 Nov – Paul Weller

Sat 5 Dec – Stereophonics

Opening details
Opening times will vary according to each event. Please see Visit Leeds What’s On section for further details.

Ticket prices will vary for each event. Please see individual listings for information.

Children under the age of two are admitted free, expect for children’s shows where the age limit may be lower.

Children without a ticket will not be allocated a seat and must sit on the parent’s lap. Children aged 14 years and under are encouraged to purchase seated tickets. Any under 14s in the standing area must be accompanied by an adult.