First Direct Arena

Fan-orientated music listening



The First Direct Arena is a 13,500 capacity arena in Leeds, and the first of its kind in the UK to have a fan-shaped orientation. This makes it the perfect venue to listen to some of the biggest names in music.

And the biggest names is exactly what you’ll get here. Drake, Kaiser Chiefs, Depeche Mode, Elton John, Green Day, James Blunt and so many more have all rocked the arena’s distinctive colour-changing walls. Visible from most parts of the city centre, the First Direct Arena lights up its surroundings with ease, and provides a soundtrack to keep the city partying until the late hours.

Back in 2010, Leeds was one of only two major cities in England that did not have an arena style venue within its borders. Public demand brought the First Direct Arena to the city, and countless acts with it. Constructed in a super theatre fan shaped format, instead of the typical bowl or horse-shoe seating arrangement found in most UK arenas, the arena promises perfect sightlines from each seat. Plus, with 15 rows of seating able to be retracted, the First Direct Arena can be transformed to create a huge floor area holding thousands of standing spectators.

Be sure to check out the latest acts that will be visiting the First Direct Arena.

Upcoming Events

23/11/2017
19:00 - 23:00
The Kooks
Indie rockers The Kooks announce a date at the first direct arena. Demand for The Kooks is higher than it’s ever been, with a whole new generation...
24/11/2017 - 07/01/2018
All Day
Aladdin: The Rock 'n' Roll Panto
From the team that brought you Sleeping Beauty ... our record-breaking run of Rock'n'Roll Pantos continues with the highly anticipated adventures of...
24/11/2017
19:00 - 23:00
ELVIS (live on screen)
Following the sellout British arena tour last year and a No.1 multi-platinum album, Elvis returns to the first direct arena for a live concert experience like no...
29/11/2017
19:00 - 23:00
MOBO Awards 2017
The MOBO Awards is returning to the first direct arena for its 22nd annual celebration of the best in urban music. The prestigious awards show will take...
30/11/2017
19:00 - 23:00
Stone Sour
Stone Sour have announced a date at the first direct arena this winter. Corey Taylor, Josh Rand, Roy Mayorga, Johny Chow and Christian Martucci...
01/12/2017
19:00 - 20:00
Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais will be performing at the first direct Arena on Friday 1st December 2017 following on from a thirteen-night sold out run at...
02/12/2017
All Day
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets
Leeds arena becomes Hogwarts with this fabulous live concert - so watch this Harry Potter classic on a high-definition giant screen as...
03/12/2017
All Day
Liam Gallagher
After playing sets full of emerging classics and old favourites at the Reading and Leeds Festivals, Liam Gallagher can now announce the first visit to the First Direct Arena...
06/12/2017
19:00 - 22:00
Queen and Adam Lambert
Queen and Adam Lambert return to Europe later this year for a date at the first direct arena, the tour will showcase a spectacular new...
07/12/2017
19:00 - 23:00
Kasabian
Kasabian return to the first direct arena in 2017. Since releasing their glorious number one album ‘For Crying Out Loud’, Kasabian have been making festival history everywhere...
08/12/2017
19:00 - 23:00
Michael Ball and Alfie Boe
Michael Ball and Alfie Boe are returning to the first direct arena on Friday 8th December 2017 following the stunning success of...
10/12/2017
19:00 - 23:00
UB40
UB40, Birmingham’s world-famous reggae stars, are coming to the first direct arena on the 10th of December! Featuring UB40’s five founding members Robin Campbell, Brian Travers,...