10 photos look back at huge Leeds First Direct Arena shows as it celebrates 10 years since opening

It’s the Leeds entertainment mecca which people power and your YEP helped make become a reality.

A consultation on the Vision for Leeds 2004 revealed a strong demand from the public for a new arena. And the project became one of the city's 12 priorities. The Leeds Initiative formed a Cultural facilities task group to consider options. The task group recommended that the council proceed with the development of a 12,500-seat arena. Whilst this study was taking place, campaigners including your YEP lobbied for a new arena to be built. The paper’s 'Leeds Needs an Arena' campaign was backed by artists including Kaiser Chiefs. The Leeds First Direct Arena officially opened on September 4, 2013, with Sir Elton John playing to an audience of 12,000. Bruce Springsteen had, however, held the first concert in July 2013, with an audience of 13,000. Fast forward to September 2023 and the arena is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Here is a look at the some of the biggest acts to graced the stage over the years and provide memories to last a lifetime for fans lucky enough to get a ticket. READ MORE: 12 pictures of megastars playing Leeds Festival down the decades LOVE LEEDS? LOVE NOSTALGIA? Join Leeds Retro on facebook