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Bring Me The Horizon Bring Intensity to the First Direct Arena, 24.11.18

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“Do you wanna start a cult with me?” were the first words frontman, Oliver Sykes, sang to the crowd, as new single ‘Mantra’ opened Bring Me The Horizon’s set at Leeds First Direct Arena. Fitting then, as it almost seems like the Yorkshire-based rock band have inspired a cult-like following … Read More

The Courteeners get Leeds “Fucking Cooking” at the First Direct Arena, 18.11.2018

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From sellout shows in front of 50,000 people, to packed out arena shows, The Courteeners seem almost unrecognisable from the band critics 11 years ago stated would be unheard of in a decade. For anyone in the room and within the hazardously close radius of the infamous flares, a “dying … Read More

Rick Astely’s Rickrolling His Way to First Direct Area This Friday

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Question, Reader: Who is so powerful that he could become a prince of pop culture without even trying? You’re right. It’s Rick Astley. Although you might know him from the ‘Rickrolling’ meme from 2007, there’s actually much more to Astley’s music than one may suspect. He is just one of … Read More

Royal Blood @ First Direct Arena, 17/11

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Ever dynamic duo Royal Blood exploded into Leeds’ First Direct Arena last Friday, rightfully playing to a huge and enthusiastic crowd. Their latest album, How Did We Get So Dark?, has elevated their popularity far enough to fill arenas, and they seem to be embracing this growth. Opening with ‘Lights Out’, Royal … Read More

The Kooks @ First Direct Arena, 23/11

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With the First Direct Arena packed full of fans, The Kooks looked set to have a solid start to their 2017 arena tour. A mainstay in English indie rock, the band has a lengthy collection of hits to draw on, having released their first album in 2006 with 3 subsequent … Read More

Royal Blood rise to the Arena challenge, 17/11

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The dynamic duo that are Royal Blood hit the First Direct Arena to play to a huge and enthusiastic crowd. Their latest album, How Did We Get So Dark?, has elevated them to arena- filling popularity and they seem to be embracing this growth. Opening with ‘Lights Out’, Royal Blood … Read More

Emeli Sande @ First Direct Arena, 24/10

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After a five-year break, Long Live the Angels was a long awaited album from Emeli Sandé, and, naturally, her accompanying UK Tour was certainly highly anticipated. Emotional and spiritual, the new album chronicles her divorce, so it was inevitable her live performance would be even more so. While this raw … Read More

Preview: Iron Maiden @ First Direct, 11/5/17

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What more can be said of Iron Maiden that hasn’t been said already? Instrumental to the success of the NWOBHM scene of the early ‘80s, early pioneers of both the Progressive and Melodic metal subgenres, and possibly metal’s best-known band outside of Black Sabbath and Metallica, Iron Maiden have reached … Read More

Alt-J @ First Direct Arena 6/12

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Alt-J’s rise to popularity seems meteoritic, with no upper limit if their gig on Sunday night is anything to go by. As soon as I arrive the buzz inside Leeds’ shiny new First Direct Arena is palpable, the crowd of mostly young people and university students itching for the band … Read More

MOBOs Come to Leeds

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A number of the biggest names in music descended on Leeds on Wednesday night, as the First Direct Arena played host to the 20th Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards. The night included performances from Cee Lo Green, Rita Ora, FKA Twigs, Ella Eyre, and Stormzy, drawing in a 10,000 … Read More