Leeds arena news: Simply Red, McBusted and John Legend heading your way soon...

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With the excitement of 2014’s most incredible, jaw-dropping arena tour still ringing in fans’ ears nationwide, and almost exactly one year on from their formation, McBusted announced their return to the first direct arena in March 2015.

McBusted announced their original eleven arena date tour of 2014 last November, with the initial dates selling out in an hour. Due to phenomenal demand from fans and the general public, the tour eventually played to a staggering 350,000 people across an amazing 35 arenas, before culminating in a show stopping headline performance at Hyde Park to 60,000 people.

Now armed with a superb debut album, and a massive new single ‘Air Guitar’, the six piece supergroup will play first direct arena on March 28 2015.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (November 7)at 9am.

As if that wasn’t enough, we will be welcoming Simply Red: Reformed! also in 2015.

The group mark their 30th anniversary with a world tour and will visit Leeds on December 8 2015.

Since they burst onto the scene in 1985 with their seminal cover of ‘Money’s Too Tight To Mention’, Simply Red have made a string of classic, landmark albums that defined British R ‘n B throughout the 1980s and 1990s, introducing a generation to the joys of soul music and Mick Hucknall’s iconic voice.

Now back in vogue with countless young artists name checking their influence,

Simply Red are going through something of a renaissance being re-appraised as one of the great British bands.

The band finished its initial, unbroken 25 year run with a concert in 2010 and now the time has come to get back on stage together.

‘I like an anniversary, and this is a big one’, Mick Hucknall said recently, ‘It feels like the right time’.

Having sold 60m albums worldwide Simply Red have a timeless back catalogue that includes the hits ‘Holding Back The Years’, ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’, ‘Something Got Me Started’, ‘The Right Thing’, ‘Stars’, ‘Fairground’, ‘The Air That I Breathe’ and ‘Sunrise’.

Tickets also go on sale tomorrow at 9am.

Finally, the legend that is John Legend will be with us on July 1 next year. Again, tickets go on sale tomorrow.

To book tickets for this or any other event at the Leeds First Direct Arena, visit www.firstdirectarena.com or telephone 0844 248 1585.

You can also book your tickets from the First Direct Arena ticket office from 9am this Friday.

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