19 Jan 2020
Before they kick off their extensive arena tour, Stereophonics – the undeniable giants of British rock - will perform an intimate warm-up show, covering tracks from across their highly-celebrated career, alongside new material from Kind.
BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB
25 Jan 2020
Welcome back Bombay Bicycle Club by joining them on their headline tour, following the release of new album, Everything Else Has Gone Wrong.
CHASE & STATUS
31 Jan 2020
Drum & Bass heroes, Chase & Status, return to Leeds for a night of epic proportions, where they’ll also be joined by a monster line-up of DJs.
17 Feb 2020
The 1975 announce a huge show at the first direct arena in 2020. As the Manchester band prepare to unveil fourth album ‘Notes On A Conditional Form’, they’ll hit the road in February performing at the first direct arena for the first time.
21 Feb 2020
After 6 billion streams, 30 million single sales, 10.8million album sales, over12 million monthlySpotify listeners and 1.8 million ticket sales ,Irish alt-pop trio The Script announce a date at the first direct arena in February 2020. The tour is in support of their new album ‘Sunsets & Full Moons’ they approached the album reinvigorated following a triumphant tour in support of 2017’s #1album ‘Freedom Child’. The Script will be joined by very special guest Becky Hill.
GOO GOO DOLLS
22 Feb 2020
After more than three decades together, four-time GRAMMY-nominated rock band, Goo Goo Dolls, make their return to the UK in support of their twelfth full-length album, Miracle Pill.
11 Mar 2020
Ahead of his highly anticipated sold out theatre dates, James Arthur has announced a date at the first direct arena in March 2020. The last few years have been remarkable for James. He was recently awarded a disc for reaching a billion streams on Spotify with his No.1 global hit 'Say You Won't Let Go'. Only 18 records have achieved a billion streams on Spotify in history, and James is one of 10 artists globally to do this including Drake, Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber.
12 Mar 2020
Mercury Music Prize and BRIT nominated artist, Michael Kiwanuka, returns with his stunning third album, KIWANUKA. An album written straight from the heart, mind and soul, it takes you on a psychedelic journey of fuzzy instrumentation and has produced some of his best songwriting to date. Hitting the road throughout 2020, he’ll bring the album’s dreamy new sounds to cities across the UK, captivating more and more people as he goes.
14 Mar 2020
Following on from the band’s sold-out hometown show at the Halifax Piece Hall last month and their sold out London Alexandra Palace gigs in December, Embrace will be bringing their special “Songs from The Good Will Out and Out Of Nothing” show to Leeds in 2020. Embrace will be joined at the shows by special guests Starsailor and CUD.
25 Mar 2020
The Who has one of the greatest rock legacies in music history, they’re one of the all-time great live bands, have sold over 100 million records world including 9 US & 10 UK top ten albums and 14 UK top ten singles in a career spanning six decades. Following their stunning return to Wembley Stadium in July, the legendary rock band are back with a full orchestra to announce a date at the first direct arena for 2020, along with a brand new studio album entitled ‘WHO’ – their first in thirteen years.
27 Mar 2020
Multi-platinum, multi-Brit and Grammy-nominated, British singer-songwriter David Gray is today announcing a 12-date UK and European arena tour; White Ladder: The 20th Anniversary Tour, to celebrate the trailblazing album’s 20-year anniversary. The 7 million record selling and one of the greatest and most heart-warming word-of-mouth successes in music, White Ladder will be performed by Gray with all the original band members and with all the original equipment to recreate the record in its entirety, plus a set of the greatest hits.
02 Apr 2020
Sam Fender celebrates his debut album hitting number 1 last week, with news of a new headline tour in 2020. The shows will include a night at Leeds first direct arena. The new dates follow Sam’s forthcoming Winter headline tour of the UK in November and December. All shows, including two nights at Brixton Academy and four nights at Newcastle Academy are long since sold out.
03 Apr 2020
Rick Astley announces details of his ‘Greatest Hits Tour 2020’. Rick Astley has proven to be a consistently huge draw in the live arena. He’s sold over 100,000 tickets to his UK headline shows since releasing his chart-topping album ‘50’in 2016. His shows are a celebration, mixing the famous hits that he made his name with alongside current fan favourites. Rick’s wide-ranging love of music means that his sets are often peppered with some inspired covers -as vintage as AC/DC’s ‘Highway To Hell’ and as contemporary as Calvin Harris and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s ‘Giant’.
06 & 07 Apr 2020
Elbow have built a reputation as one of Britain’s best live bands and they’re heading out on an intimate tour in honour of their eighth album, Giants Of All Sizes.
14 Apr 2020
Snoop Dogg has announced a date at the first direct arena in April 2020 to celebrates 25 years of the Snoop Dogg, a career tha thas seen the Doggfather cement his undisputed influence on music with chart-topping, multi-platinum records. Snoop Dogg enlists a selection of his key collaborators from the breadth of his iconic music career including West Coast hip hop royalty; Warren G, Tha Dogg Pound, Obie Trice and D12. They will also be joined by the multi-million streamed Irish rapduo Versatile.
15 Apr 2020
The era defying, chart-topping, button-pushing, mega-group are back! the Pussycat Dolls have announced they are reuniting for a U.K. Tour, performing together for the first time in over a decade. The voices of a generation will be taking their Pussycat Dolls 2020 Tour on the road next year including their first ever appearance at the first direct arena.
16 Apr 2020
As an epic season of live summer shows draws to a close, Craig David today announces his 2020 Arena Tour. The 2020 Anniversary ‘Hold That Thought’ UK Arena Tour. Craig’s last arena tour sold out in a matter of seconds and received 5 star reviews and critical acclaim across the board. Craig says, “I can’t wait to bring my live band and TS5 shows together for this special 2020 Arena Tour and given that it’s 20 years since the release of ‘Born to Do It’, there will be some special surprises in there. It’s Time To Party!”
18 Apr 2020
Simple Minds celebrate 40 iconic years in music by embarking upon a major world tour in 2020 including a date in Leeds. Simple Minds have experienced a remarkable journey since releasing their debut album ‘Life in a Day’ in 1979. Constantly evolving, the band’s rousing choruses and booming atmospherics made them one of the most iconic bands of the Eighties. Along the way, they’ve landed five UK #1 albums, topped the singles charts on both sides of the Atlantic, sold over 60 million albums and packed stadiums the world over.
02 May 2020
With seven UK number-one singles, five top-ten albums, six sell-out tours and ten million records sold worldwide, McFly are without question one of the most significant British pop acts of the twenty-first century. Since hitting the big time as the youngest band ever to have a debut album go straight to number one — beating The Beatles’ long-standing record — Tom, Danny, Dougie and Harry have become one of our best-loved bands.
11 May 2020
Gregory Porter, international best selling artist and two time Grammy Award-winning jazz/soul singing sensation, is honoured to announce a thirteen date UK tour -inclding a return to the first direct arena. With his irresitable warm baritone vocals, Porter continues to perform to sell out audiences around the world and has achieved international recognition and acclaim, with both his Grammy winning selling albums ‘Liquid Spirit’ and ‘Take Me To The Alley’.
THE PIGEON DETECTIVES
16 May 2020
After a two-year break following their incredible 10-year anniversary shows, The Pigeon Detectives are back for a tour full of indie bangers.
02 Jun 2020
Three-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated, multi-platinum and chart-topping singer-songwriter Camila Cabello has announced she is bringing The Romance Tour to the first direct arena in June 2020. Camila is currently the most listened to female artist in the world on Spotify and broke the record for the most monthly listeners for a female artist in Spotify history. She is the first female artist since Adele to triple up atop Billboard’s Hot 100, Billboard 200 & Artist 100 charts.
04 Jun 2020
Global Pop Superstar Dua Lipa has announced her massive ‘Future Nostalgia’ 2020 European Arena Tour including a date at the first direct arena. A Charity donation will be added to all tickets and proceeds will go to Unicef and Sunny Hill Foundation.
12 Sep 2020
Set to be one of the most highly anticipated tours of 2020, Stormzy has announced a huge 55-date ‘H.I.T.H. World Tour’. With shows spanning across Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, North America, UK & Ireland and Africa, the tour marks Stormzy’s biggest live offering to date.
06 Oct 2020
Deep Purple is heading back to the first direct arena in 2020 with Special Guests Blue Öyster Cult. Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse and Don Airey, Mark VIII of the band, continue to travel the scope of hard rock — the textures and nuances of recent works are anything but thudding retreads. If you set a random play setting for the band’s entire catalogue, the result is one of the finest musical outputs to grace rock music.
07 Oct 2020
Jason Donovan came into our lives in the late 80s as Scott Robinson in the hit Australian series, ‘Neighbours’. Throughout 1988/89 he had several hits and his album ‘Ten Good Reasons’ was the best-selling album of 1989.His hitsincluded ‘Too Many Broken Hearts’, ‘Especially For You’ (with Kylie Minogue), ‘Any Dream Will Do’, ‘Sealed With A Kiss’, ‘When You Come Back to Me’, ‘Everyday’, “Nothing Can Divide Us’ and many more...
10 Oct 2020
Simply Red today reveal the details of a highly anticipated 13-date UK and Ireland 2020 arena tour. Hailed as one of the most successful live acts ever to come out of the UK, they will be firing on all cylinders delivering their all-time classic hits from a stellar career, such as ‘Stars’, ‘Holding Back The Years’, ‘Fairground’ and ‘Money’s Too Tight To Mention’, as well as some raw and soulful new grooves.
08 Nov 2020
2020 is a big one for Deacon Blue. They have announced a new album CITY OF LOVE which sees the multi-million selling band deliver eleven brilliant new tracks tethered by a singular belief - that even in the corners of a town or a life where no light falls, hope can prevail. Supported by a huge tour, the band will be coming to our city of love in November 2020.
07 Dec 2020
Elton John will return the first direct arena as part of his colossal Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. Speaking of the UK dates Elton John says “The Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour will take us to many places that have meant a lot to me over the last fifty years, but these UK shows will be incredibly special. The UK is home, and where my heart will always be."