First Direct Arena in Leeds boasts some of the best acoustics in the UK. This makes for an exciting year to come in 2016 with comedy, dance and thrilling beats.
Since opening its doors in 2013, First Direct Arena has played host to some of the biggest names in music, entertainment and comedy. 2016 is no exception, with a calendar packed with tours and gigs from some of Britain's best-loved performers. If you're planning a visit to Yorkshire's largest city, first take a look below for some of the arena's hottest tickets.
Strictly Come Dancing Live – January 28 and 29
Ward off the January blues with a heavy dose of glitz and glamour at the show with more sparkle than your average glitterball. Mel Giedroyc will be hosting while celebs and their partners take to the stage to impress Len Goodman, Craig Revel-Horwood and Bruno Tonioli – panto 'boo's at the ready. Although the full line-up of celebrity dancers is yet to be announced, you can expect to see favourites Frankie Bridge, Anita Rani, Georgia May Foote and Ainsley Harriott gracing the floor.
25 Years of Reeves & Mortimer: the Poignant Moments – January 30
The duo's first tour since 1995, this show promises a nostalgic journey through the first quarter-century of comedy collaborations. Expect some musical moments and appearances from the pair's most popular characters as selected by the public. One other thing's for certain, as Bob Mortimer said in a statement, 'should you choose to attend [...] I will not be wearing a toupé.' You have been warned.
The Carnival of Madness – February 5
Hard rock meets carnival at this unusual festival. Now in its sixth year in the USA, this will be the first time the festival has come to British shores. As well as performances by Black Stone Cherry, Shinedown, Halestorm and Highly Suspect, you can expect fire breathers and other surprising circus acts.
Ellie Goulding – March 15
Hot on the heels of her third studio album, the award-winning singer will be bringing her brand of EDM-influenced pop to Leeds. Expect a set list full of hits, impressive visuals and maybe a glimpse of Ellie strumming a few tunes on the electric guitar. What more could you possibly need?
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds – April 27
The former lead guitarist of Oasis will be bringing his characteristic swagger to the arena in April. As well as his current band's hits, you may be treated to Noel-penned Oasis crowd-pleasers such as Champagne Supernova and Half The World Away.
The Sessions – May 12
A live re-staging of The Beatles Abbey Road sessions, this innovative show offers a backstage glimpse into the creative process of one of the world's most beloved bands. Each song is played exactly as it was originally recorded, and the set has been designed to look exactly like the famous studio for a truly immersive experience.
For more information on upcoming events and details on how to buy tickets, head to the venue’s events calendar for the full list of what's in store over the next few months. Our Radisson Blu Hotel, Leeds is the nearest hotel to the arena, and at less than ten minutes' walk away, you're staying at the heart of it all.
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