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Bryan Adams announces Yorkshire dates

Bryan Adams has announced two Yorkshire dates as part of his tour marking the 30th anniversary of the release of hit album 'Reckless'.

Bryan Adams
Bryan Adams Credit: Press Association

He becomes the latest in a string of big names to play the Leeds Arena.

The Canadian rocker will play the £60million venue on November 25.

He follows Bruce Springsteen and Elton John to play the arena which can hold up to 13,500 people.

He will also play at Sheffield's Motorpoint Arena on November 18, the first time he has played there since 2011.

IBF bantamweight title for Hall at Leeds Arena

Stuart Hall completed his unlikely road to redemption by claiming the vacant IBF bantamweight title after a wild and woolly points win over South African Vusi Malinga at the FirstDirect Arena in Leeds.

His left eye swollen completely shut through the final four rounds, Hall took the fight unanimously 116-111, 117-110 (twice) on the three judges' cards after a thrilling, action-packed war which saw Malinga dumped to the canvas in round three.


Grunge legends come to Leeds

Pearl Jam who are playing the Leeds Arena next year Credit: Leeds Arena

Next July Grunge legends Pearl Jam will play Leeds Arena as one of only two UK dates in a European tour. This follows the release and success of their tenth studio album Lightening Bolt. Tickets for the July 8 show go on sale on December 20.

Pearl Jam released their tenth studio album ‘Lightning Bolt’ in October. It debuted at number 2 in the UK charts, their highest chart position since ‘Vs’, released in 1993.

To date, the band has sold over 31.5 million records in the U.S, and an estimated 60 million worldwide. Pearl Jam has outlasted and outsold many of their contemporaries from the grunge breakthrough, and are considered one of the most influential bands of the 1990’s.

Leeds Arena wins structural award

Leeds Arena

Leeds First Direct Arena has won a prestigious engineering award.

It landed the award in the arts and entertainment category at the Structural Awards 2013.

The arena was picked from a global shortlist, which included entries from Germany, Georgia, China and even Antarctica.

Tinie Tempah cancels Leeds Arena performance

Tinie Tempah has cancelled his Leeds Arena performance in December Credit: Press Association

Tinie Tempah has announced that his date at the First Direct Arena on December 6th is to be cancelled.

Citing issues with rehearsal schedule, the rapper says he has not had the necessary time prepare the show properly.

Some dates on his tour have been able to be rescheduled until April, however due to venue availability issues, the shows that were due to take place in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Leeds and Newcastle have been cancelled.

Ticket holders will be contacted by their ticket sellers to organise a refund.


First Direct boss welcomes Arena tie-up

The Chief Executive of Leeds-based bank First Direct has welcomed his firm's sponsorship of the new multi-million pound Leeds Arena.

"This is a really exciting move for First Direct, said' Mark Mullen.

"Leeds is the city that made us who we are and we are thrilled to be able to support such an important development for all the people who live and visit here."

John Sutherland of SMG Europe, who will run the Arena, which opens in September, said:" We are committed to operating world-class arenas.

"We are delighted that such an iconic and customer-focussed business is in partnership with us to deliver the outstanding customer experience that will be offered at the First Direct Arena."

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