Leeds First Direct Arena news: Tony Watson talks Fleetwood Mac and keeping showbiz secrets

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In the week that Fleetwood Mac announced they will be coming to Leeds First Direct Arena, we asked sales and marketing manager and YEP columnist Tony Watson what it was like being at the helm of what is fast becoming the north’s leading music venue, especially in the run up to Christmas.

“It’s extremely exciting. We’ve got some awesome gigs to come in the next few weeks with personal highlights being the sold out shows for Kasabian, Michael Buble and The Who. It’s going to be an immense month.

“The arena is always busy so we’ll be working hard to welcome guests in throughout the festive period. The arena will be bedecked and festive, particularly for Mr Buble and the spectacle that is Andre Rieu.”

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“Tickets are selling really well for all shows, the arena offers outstanding acoustics, the audiences are awesome and Yorkshire is firmly on the map at the moment. Why wouldn’t you want to come to God’s own county and Europe’s best arena?”

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Tony added: “It’s always very tricky. We plan up to two years in advance so I’ve learnt that saying nothing is normally the best plan until I have read the news myself in the pages of the Yorkshire Evening Post.”

Music superstars Fleetwood Mac are heading for the First Direct Arena in Leeds.

The multi-million selling band will play the arena on June 30 next year, it was announced by the YEP on Monday this week.

The show will form part of an eagerly-awaited UK tour for the legendary rockers, who recently welcomed keyboardist Christine McVie back into the fold after a 16-year absence.

The arena’s director of sales, marketing and PR, Tony Watson, hailed confirmation of the concert as “really exciting”.

Tickets go on sale at 9am this Friday, priced from £50 to £125.

Visit the www.firstdirectarena.com website for further information.

Acts due to play the arena between now and the end of the year include Kasabian, James Blunt, Bryan Adams and The Who.

Leeds Arena has a capacity of 13,500 and was the first in the UK to have a fan-shaped auditorium. It was opened last year by Bruce Sprinsteen, although Elton John marked the official opening.

Other acts to play there include Prince, Pearl Jam, Robbie Williams and comedian Lee Evans to name but a few.

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