Leeds concert arena struts its stuff Strictly-style

Caroline Flack in action on Strictly Come Dancing.

Caroline Flack in action on Strictly Come Dancing.

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Silk, sequins and stardust – that’s the irresistible combination putting dancefloor fans in Leeds in a hugely-enjoyable spin.

The city’s First Direct Arena is playing host to two nights of showbiz glamour as part of the live tour of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing programme.

Celebrities due to strut their stuff yesterday included Rachel Stevens, Simon Webbe, Mark Wright, Scott Mills, Alison Hammond, Thom Evans and, last but not least, Strictly’s 2014 champion Caroline Flack.

Now fans are being promised another very special atmosphere at the second of the show’s dates in Leeds tonight.

Speaking ahead of yesterday’s performance, Tony Watson, the arena’s director of sales, marketing and PR, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “When you come and see a band here, then you have a pretty good idea of what you can expect in terms of the staging and the songs.

“With something like Strictly, there are always going to be surprises galore – starting with the confetti, the fireworks and of course the lights.”

The Strictly team began the painstaking job of building the show’s “very elaborate” set in Leeds on Wednesday afternoon.

The venue’s programme over the next few months includes concerts by acts such as Lionel Richie, The Black Keys and Morrissey as well as Leeds’s own Kaiser Chiefs.

Stars heading for the arena later in the year include Pharrell Williams, Bette Midler and Neil Diamond.

For further information, visit the www.firstdirectarena.com website.

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