The First Direct Arena in Leeds is one of the UK's newest entertainment venues. Sir Elton John officially opened the venue in September 2013 with his sell-out concert. The First Direct Arena has a 13,500 capacity and is the first entertainment venue in the UK to have a fan-shaped orientation.
The Sheffield Arena was opened by the Queen in 1991 and was initially used to host the World Student Games. Since then it has gone on to host many of the world's biggest music acts including U2, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Robbie Williams and Beyonce among others. This versatile arena offers a capacity ranging from 3,500 (for theatre-style shows) to 13,500 (for larger productions).
The Grand Opera House is York's largest theatrical venue which originally consisted of two buildings, a corn exchange and a warehouse. The conversion took place in the first years of the twentieth century and opened in 1902 with a pantomime, Little Red Riding Hood, featuring the then popular Australian entertainer and singer, Florrie Ford.
Millennium Square is an outdoor public space and live entertainment venue in Leeds city centre. The square was officially opened by Nelson Mandela in 2001. Millennium Square is a multi-functional event venue, with a standing capacity of 8,000 in its concert configuration.
Formerly the Leeds Academy, the O2 in Leeds is the premier concert venue in the city. Based on Cookridge Street, the Academy was originally built in 1885 and officially opened by Prince Albert. It is a Grade I Gothic Listed building.
Formerly the Roxy Disco and Carling Academy, the O2 Academy Sheffield is based in the centre of Sheffield. The Academy has a capacity of 2,350 and has a weekly event, Propaganda, which takes place every Friday between 11pm and 3.30am.
Sheffield City Hall is a Grade II listed building that has several large rooms used for concerts. The largest of these rooms is the Oval Concert Hall that can seat more than 2,000 people. The smaller Memorial Hall, that seats around 500 people is a more intimate venue. The City Hall and its surroundings underwent a £12.5 million refurbishment programme in 2005.
Seating 1,500 people, the St George's Concert Hall in Bradford is a recognised venue that has hosted cutting edge bands and artists including The Young Knives, Paul Weller, Russell Howard and Lee Evans. The venue is also home to the Hallé Orchestra and has a long-running tradition of providing symphonic concerts.