first direct arena Leeds - Reviews

Selected fan reports for events at this venue first direct arena Leeds

Eric Clapton
22/06/14
A Lacklustre Performance! from John, 10/07/14
Never having been able so see Mr Clapton before (although I have seen his compatriots in Cream at other times) I was very much looking forward to seeing the great man himself. What a disappointment! Although he had a great band with him - they were full of life, enthusiasm and musicianship - the great man just seemed to be going through the motions, despite his virtuosity on the guitar. He began with a couple of potboiler 12 bar blues (one recalled his longstanding affection for the blues) which did nothing to raise the crowd. The best section was that in which he took to his acoustic guitar, when something approaching emotion seemed to stir. This was just an interlude however, as the remainder of his electric set didnt build on this. He played a few favourites, but probably not many that his undoubted fans were hoping to hear. He hardly said a word all through, didnt introduce the band, and only acknowledged after a fine performance of one of his own songs. He played for only 90 mins, and the highlight of the evening was the performance of the support band - Hunter and the Bear. They showed him how to bring an audience to life, playing some great numbers! Fortunately, we saw The Eagles on the next evening. What a contrast - interested, communicative, lively and some great music. My brother had seen Mr Clapton a little while ago in Melbourne (Oz) and had made similar comments to mine. I had hoped he had just been jet-lagged there, and that we would see a different side - but it was just more of the same! We wont bother to line his pockets next time he tours!
Team Presentation Opening Ceremony
03/07/14
Great to see the cyclists from plod, 08/07/14
Poor sound system meant most conversations on stage were difficult to follow. Was at front in most expensive seats and apart from the great position did not find it great value.
Team Presentation Opening Ceremony
03/07/14
Overpriced for what is normally a f... from Terence Lowe, 08/07/14
Team presentations at the Tour de France have up until this point been a free event. So, for 65 GBP + an extra booking fee (per ticket) you would hope to be getting something spectacular apart from a comfortable seat! Unfortunately this was not the case. As a fan of the Tour and of cycling in general I hope that this is not a case of how things will be hosted in future. Cycling fans are not bothered about official tour songs and tag on artists to make it look like you are getting good bang for your buck. Please keep these events free, just like the spectating on the streets. I would not recommend attending a similar event in future and suspect that the money generated from the presentation went some way to address budget shortfalls for hosting the race in the first place. Im also fed up of being charged a booking fee per ticket when in actual fact I only make one booking on a website that has no human element - why is that? Disappointed.
Team Presentation Ceremony
03/07/14
Brilliant from Tess, 08/07/14
Fabulous welcome to the cyclists for Le Tour de France Grand Depart. Opportunity to see the teams and their reactions to the Yorkshire welcome was not to be missed. Gary Verity and Christian Prudhomme were also good to see together, sharing their passion for the event. Very moving.
Team Presentation Opening Ceremony
03/07/14
Fab - u - lous from Ern & Sue, 08/07/14
The best night of our lives. From the start to the finish non stop brillance. You and the whole of Yorkshire have set standreds that the rest will find hard to follow. Well done and Thank You to you all.
Team Presentation Opening Ceremony
03/07/14
once in a lifetime event from jo, 08/07/14
We travelled from Ireland to see the tour de france in Yorkshire. From the tour makers who gave us great directions to the amazing opening ceremony we were certainly impressed. The only small negative point was the band that played at the end, we wondered if they had been hired to empty the stadium ? We listened to three songs and as they prepared to play another song looked around and realised everyone else had left and decided to do the same. We would have given tbe ceremony 5 stars but the band managed to deflate what was an electric atmosphere
Eric Clapton
22/06/14
Good guitarist, but spoke not a wor... from Nicky, 05/07/14
My husband and I went to see Eric Clapton on Sunday. 22nd June. It was our 25th wedding anniversary celebration and my husbands 68th birthday. Erics guitar playing did not disappoint. It was as clever as usual and extremely slick. However, we did think he could have introduced the band, or even thanked them. We had no idea who they were until we looked it up on the internet after the show. We thought it was rude not to say hello and it would have been helpful to have introduced the songs or said a bit about them. We enjoyed the venue though. We would certainly visit the First Direct again.
Eric Clapton
22/06/14
All Time Great from Mad Phil, 05/07/14
What a show on my first visit to the new Leeds Arena! Top class music played by top class musicians. We were treated to many of his classics - hes been around for 50 years, so he couldnt play them all in a 90 minute set!. Different class. Say no more.
Eric Clapton
22/06/14
Awesome from Martin J Scott, 04/07/14
Just to be in the same building as Eric was amazing, but to hear him play and sing just blew me away. Eric Is God!!!
The Eagles
23/06/14
Great event!! from Peachy, 04/07/14
Best concert ever! Fabulous musicians. 31 songs ..the numbers just kept coming & coming. Brilliant venue as well.
The Eagles
23/06/14
Amazing show from Fifi, 04/07/14
Fantastic musicians and a brilliant show. The acoustics were very good and I would go again if I had the chance.
The Eagles
23/06/14
Amazing!!! from Alberts mum, 04/07/14
The History of The Eagles 3 hours of hits sounding just as good as they did in the 70s. Amazing night of music loved every minute!
Eric Clapton
22/06/14
No audience commuinication from Jaysholme, 03/07/14
EC hardly talked to audience eg introducing his band, just did his guitar playing then obviously wanted to get back to his hotel
Eric Clapton
22/06/14
Wonderful Night :) from Max, 03/07/14
Eric Clapton played not only popular songs, that was interesting! Moreover almost all songs were played in blues style. That was something new for me. The thoughts that Eric Clapton stopped progressing were blown away. Do want to thank him for that gig! Hope that was not the last concert of Eric Clapton I have visited.
The Eagles
23/06/14
Fabulous !! from Mr A C Dykes, 03/07/14
To see The Eagles live was a fabulous experience. It was, however, very disappointing that we were not allowed to take a photograph which would be a lasting memoir of a great evening. They need to think of the fans who have paid @ £150 to see them. All the staff at the Arena were polite and helpful. All in all it was a fantastic evening.
The Eagles
23/06/14
One of the best Concerts We have at... from Les Artios Davison, 03/07/14
Absolutely Fabulous, Plus First DIRECT ARENA, LEEDS, UPGRADED OUR SEATS, so we had a fantastic view, front row on the balcony, The concert was staged brilliantly, Fabulous night from 8-00pm until 11-30pm.
Eric Clapton
22/06/14
Could have done better! from Lesley Reall, 03/07/14
We eventually get a chance to see the great Eric Clapton and wish hed tried harder. Whilst musically he could not be faulted, it was a disappointing show. To start with: the support act whilst ok were on stage far too long being an hour in total; at no point during Erics short 1 1/2 hour stint did he introduce his co-musicians; apart from a solitary thank you after singing Wonderful Tonight, Layla and Tears in Heaven, Eric at no time interacted with the fans who had paid on average £60 to see him.
Eric Clapton
22/06/14
NOT AS EXPECTED from Slybones, 03/07/14
Eric failed to connect with the audience - no chat - not even an introduction to the members of the band. One hour thirty five minutes set too short for an artist of this stature and popularity (over two and a half hours from Paul McCartney!) Bad accoustics in the auditorium detracted from enjoyment.
Eric Clapton
22/06/14
Good concert, but....... from Peter, 03/07/14
I have seen EC several times, the first was in 1978 when no less than Muddy Waters was supporting him. This concert was as I expected, the music and guitar playing was very good, but there was absolutely no acknowledgement of the audience apart from good evening and thank you between songs. The rest of the band also seemed a bit down (even Paul Carrack. who normally likes a bit of banter). I know they have been touring the world, and even Clapton admitted that he is feeling the strain these days. The acoustic set in the middle was really good, and some of the notes were played so powerful and sharp, that they seemed to hit you. There were no apparent sound problems unlike the previous night at Glasgow. So, a good concert but I wish the he and the band would at least make an effort to look like they are glad to be there.
The Eagles
23/06/14
Brilliant - Best Concert Ever!!! from HippyChick, 03/07/14
A group of 8 attended the concert of a variety of ages. All of us are pretty regular gig / concert goers and without fail eveyrone agreed it was one of the bets if not the best concert ever seen. The whole production was really well thought out and put together and the way the guys came out onto the stage in the sequence they joined the band was such a clever touch. Glen and Don were in fine singing form, Bernie and Timothy showed why they were asked to join and Joe Walsh - well what can I say - mad as a box of frogs but what a Legend! Every song was a masterpiece and all the old favorite. Its been a long time since i laughed and cried at a concert so thank you guys - it was emotional!