No, it’s not a Fantasy - global mega star Mariah Carey is coming to Leeds tonight.
Carey, whose 1994 hit All I Want For Christmas Is You sold over 1 million copies in the UK when it was first released and is the soundtrack to many a drunken Christmas party smooch, will bring her ‘Sweet Sweet Fantasy’ tour to the First Direct Arena this evening.
Hot on the heels of a sell-out Las Vegas residency, Carey - the best-selling female artists of all time - will perform her biggest, career-defining hits, which include Fantasy, Hero, Vision of Love, One Sweet Day and We Belong Together.
Leeds’ is one of six UK dates, and the tour is the star’s first on this side of the Atlantic since the European leg of her Charmbracelet tour in 2003.
A statement from the singer said: “It’s been too long!! I’m so excited to be coming to Europe to perform for you all.”
Always Be My Baby
I’ll Be There
Touch My Body
I Know What You Want
Shake It Off
It’s Like That
Against All Odds
One Sweet Day
When You Believe
We Belong Together
The arena is next to the A58(M) Inner Ring Road at the Claypit Lane junction.
It is close to the A64 York Road, and a 10-minute drive to the M621.
To find it via sat nav, type in the postcode LS2 8BY.
There are more than 7,500 car parking spaces within a 15-minute walk of the arena.
Woodhouse Lane Car Park, just next to Dry Dock and the Rose Bowl, has space for 1,272 cars.
The Merrion Centre Car Park is the closest to the arena and is on Merrion Way, with 956 spaces and pre-booking available.
Both car parks are open 24 hours a day.
The St John’s Centre car park is just a stone’s throw away from the arena too. It has 280 spaces.
There are no designated drop off areas so it is advised that this is arranged away from the arena.
The nearest bus stops are at Clay Pit Lane, Wade Lane, Lovell Park Road and Woodhouse Lane.
Leeds City Bus Station on York Street runs services 16, 16A, 86A, 49, 91, 80, 85, 91, 86, 87 and 91A.
Leeds Corn Exchange bus point on New Market Street and Call Lane, runs services 2, 40, 64, 64A, 3, 3A, 48, 74, 74A, 5, 14, 62, 62A, 85, 87, 12, 13, 13A, 63A, 163, 166, 19, 19A and 63B.
Leeds Station Interchange on New Station Street runs services 4, 19, 95, 5, 19A, 757, 14, 85, 87, 870, 16, 16A and 90.
The Leeds City Bus service, which costs 50p, also runs through the city centre.
To plan your journey, visit www.wymetro.com/howtogetto/planajourney/
It is around a 15-minute walk from Leeds City Station on New Station Street to the arena.
Nearest taxi ranks
A hackney taxi rank is available at the arena and is signposted from the main doors.
Other taxi ranks are available a short distance away - either at Merrion Way (after 10pm), Wade Lane, Merrion Street, Woodhouse Lane, Cookridge Street and Portland Way.
If you really want to avoid the crowds, try the taxi rank on East Parade, at the bottom of Greek Street.
The arena has covered and uncovered cycle stands that are available for use by visitors.
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