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First Direct Arena, Leeds

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First Direct Arena, formerly known as the Leeds Arena, is an entertainment arena featuring popular and modern artists as well as sports events. A few celebrities you may see here include Elton John, Miley Cyrus, Pearl Jam, Andrea Bocelli, and many more. If you want to enjoy something other than music, there are also other performances, such as comedians, The X Factor, Cirque du Soleil, Dancing on Ice, and World Wrestling Entertainment. The arena is the first in the United Kingdom to have a fan-shaped orientation. Work out when and for how long to visit First Direct Arena and other Leeds attractions using our handy Leeds trip generator.
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  • Last Thursday my partner and I came to the Elton John concert, and what a fantastic experience it was. Jake Isaac was a top-class support artist, and Elton and his band delivered a performance out of ...  more »
  • Attended the Elton John concert. High security to gain entry...armed police, bag search, metallic wand search.(No large bags allowed) As a result entry into the venue was a bit slow and the start of t...  more »
  • Leeds First Direct arena is the best think that has happened in the sphere of entertainment in Leeds for s long as I can remember. Leeds now gets many big names visiting the city, where before the are...  more »
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  • Went for an Elton John concert. After the recent terrorist attacks there was obviously extra security when entering the arena. This caused massive queues and made people late for the concert. People should expect extra waiting at security and arrive earlier, however I think the arena should also provide extra security staff to help alleviate the issue. The arena itself is great. It's not as big as others such as Manchester Arena but it's more like theatre so the views from all seats are great. Bar and refreshments fine and staff were friendly.
  • Sound quality was good. Could see stage well. Couldn't see the back stage screen from the far right upped tier 320 seats when went to see Iron Maiden. Sound was good. Ushers we good. Felt safe. Queues for toilets, drinks and t-shirts were long but went down quickly, but that's normal for such venues I think.
  • Recently visited to watch The Stone Roses. Easy to get to. Descent pubs and restaurants nearby as centrally located. Higher than normal security but all staff very friendly and helpful including showing us to seats. Venue was good both for overall acoustics, atmosphere and air conditioned. And even on the 2nd level view was fine for an arena event. The Stone Roses were Stunning. 😎
  • My second time here in a week, it's quick and easy to get into, finding seats hasn't been a problem, but I got here early and the stewards were happy to show me to my seat. What I've dealt with have been friendly and helpful. Great view and audio even up on the third tier. I'm definitely going to make a point of coming more often.
  • I went the Stone Roses gig and this a review of the arena not the gig (really enjoyed the gig though) The arena is very impressive and it's great to have such a place in the local area. Security was tight which made me feel very secure and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful (especially the cleaning staff). My only concern was the amount of alcohol served on the premises to people who were clearly already really drunk. There were people falling over and spilling it everywhere, I'm a regular football goer and consuming and bringing alcohol to the seated areas would just not be allowed.

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