First Direct Arena 



The First Direct Arena is the major entertainment venue located in the vibrant city of Leeds, hosting live music, comedy, entertainment shows and sporting events.  Voted Best New Venue in the World 2014 at the Stadium Business Awards, First Direct Arena has played to some incredible artists since opening in September 2013 including Sir Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Buble, Sports Personality of the Year, Gary Barlow, Prince, Miley Cyrus, Le Tour De France Grand Depart, John Bishop, Championship Boxing, Queen + Adam Lambert, Fleetwood Mac, Premier League Darts, Neil Young, Bette Midler, Drake, Morrissey, The Eagles, Pharrell Williams, John Legend, The MOBO Awards and Mumford and Sons.

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 providing the best sound experience in the UK. Spectators and performances alike, will enjoy a more intimate atmosphere with reduced viewing distances inside the 13,000 capacity venue.


Arena Experience VIP Tickets

Whether you are a company looking to entertain clients and offer staff incentives, or a fanatical concert goer looking to enjoy a world class venue, our Arena Experience package is the perfect choice. The Arena Experience gives you and your guests access to the beautiful Black and White Lounge pre-show and during intervals.  Here you can enjoy exquisite Fine Dining, Chef's Dish of the Day, Sharing Platters, or just grab a drink and relax before the show.


Package to include:

  • Dedicated ticket collection desk
  • Dedicated VIP Entrance
  • Access to the Black and White Lounge which offers a fantastic location for wining and dining those who are important to you 


The Suite Experience 

The Suite Experience is the perfect way to WOW your friends, family, or clients for a specific event.  Holding up to 16 people, our luxurious suites contain a private entertainment area which is great for pre-show drinks and dining, with a separate seating area to enjoy the show from the perfect angle. Enjoy a drink in our Black and White Lounge before making your way to the VIP lift, taking you up to the private Suite Level. Your personal host is there to welcome you and your guests with a glass of bubbly, as well as looking after you for the entire evening. 


Package to include:

  • A VIP Suite for 16 guests
  • A dedicated VIP Entrance
  • Private Cash Bar with dedicated suite host
  • Welcome glass of bubbly
  • The option to pre-order delicious food


2019 Concert Dates


Wednesday 27 - Sunday 31 March The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice
Thursday 4 April  Titanic Live
Friday 5 April  Legends Live - Suzi Quatro, David Essex, Bay City Rollers & Showaddywaddy
Saturday 6 April Europe's Strongest Man
Wednesday 10 April  Shawn Mendes 
Thursday 16 May  Unibet Premier League Darts
Saturday 18 May  Mark Knopfler
Thursday 23 May Olly Murs
Tuesday 28 May Rita Ora
Wednesday 29 May  Strictly Come Dancing -  Professionals
Monday 3 June  Michael Buble
Tuesday 4 June  Michael Buble
Friday 7 June  Bill Bailey - Larks in Transit 
Monday 10 June  Westlife 
Tuesday 11 June  Westlife
Friday 21 June  Fastlove - Tribute to George Michael
Saturday 22 June  Magic of Motown 
Sunday 23 June  Gladys Knight 
Friday 28 - Sunday 30 June Mrs Brown's Boys D'Musical
Tuesday 2 July The Eagles 
Friday 27 September Russell Howard 
Saturday 26 October Andrea Bocelli
Wednesday 30 October  Cher
Saturday 2 November  A-HA - Hunting High and Low LIVE Tour
Monday 18 November  Little Mix 
Tuesday 19 November  Little Mix 
Thursday 21 November  The Chemical Brothers
Thursday 5 December Jack Whitehall
Wednesday 11 December  Rod Stewart


Prices available upon request, call us for up to date availability.


2020 Concert Dates


Friday 24 January

Strictly Come Dancing The Live Tour

Friday 21 February

The Script

Tuesday 25 February

Michael Ball & Alfie Boe

Wednesday 11 March

James Arthur

Wednesday 25 March

The Who

Friday 27 March

David Gray

Thursday 2 April

Sam Fender

Friday 3 April

Rick Astley
Tuesday 14 April Snoop Dogg

Thursday 16 April

Craig David

Saturday 18 April

Simple Minds

Wednesday 29 April

Bon Iver

Friday 1 May

Joe Bonamassa

Saturday 2 May


Wednesday 6 May

Andre Rieu

Monday 11 May

Gregory Porter
Tuesday 12 May Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

Saturday 6 June

Barry Manilow

Wednesday 24 June

George Benson

Wednesday 7 October

Jason Donovan

Saturday 10 October

Simply Red
Monday 7 December  Elton John 


Prices available upon request, call us for up to date availability.

Contact us for more information or call us on 01484 539432


AR Events Ltd
4 Railway Street

Tel: 01484 539432