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WIN Tickets to Florence + The Machine With Dinner at The Ivy & Cocktails at Sky Lounge Worth £365

· Andrew Emery · Competitions

This is going to be an epic night out.

Florence + The Machine

Want to get red hot first direct arena tickets before they go on sale? How about even more exclusive perks such as a VIP entrance and complimentary drinks and snacks? Who doesn't? Get in on the secret...

Sought-after gig tickets, a delicious dinner and swanky cocktails? You can win all three courtesy of first direct bank. Get ready to shake it out!

If you’ve missed going to gigs over the last few years, then huzzah! Those dog days are over and this competition will give you the chance to win a pair of tickets to one of the hottest shows lined up for first direct arena this year. Brit Award winners Florence + The Machine will be gracing the stage and playing through their much-loved classics as well as top tracks from new album ‘Dance Fever’. Their long-awaited return to Leeds promises to be an epic, unforgettable show.

A night to remember, with first direct bank picking up the tab

Perks at First Direct Arena

Credit: Oliver Dixon Photography

There are goodies galore at first direct arena if you’re a cardholder, and it’s oh-so-easy to switch to them if you’re not. Grab one of their current accounts and you’ll get £150 cash back for switching (see details below). Not only that, you get some brilliant perks at the arena. Access to tickets before they go on sale and your own express entrance are just the start. Once you’re through the door you can enjoy a complimentary ice cream, bottle of water and portion of chips. Boom!

Shimmy in your seats for one of the gigs of the year

Florence + The Machine

If you’re our lucky winner, you’ll bag a sweet pair of tickets to the Florence + The Machine show at first direct arena on Friday 25th November 2022. Their unique blend of baroque pop, electronica, folk and indie rock has led to countless hits since 2007, and the show promises to be a hands-in-the-air doozy full of stadium bangers and singalong gems. Tickets are expected to fly out, so this is your chance to guarantee a seat at Florence Welch and company’s first Leeds gig since 2018. Too good to miss? Too right!

Dine in serious style at The Ivy

The Ivy

That’s not where the night begins though, oh no! You’ll start off with dinner in the swanky surrounds of The Ivy. The legendary London restaurant has made a real splash since it arrived up north, and a feast for two is the perfect preparation for your show. The a la carte menu is festooned with irresistible dishes such as roasted scallops with parmesan sauce and grated truffle, or Korean-glazed chicken. You can fill your belly in the splendid art deco surrounds with £150 of food and drink to kick off your night in style.

Finish off the night with rooftop cocktails at Sky Lounge


How better to round off an absolutely unforgettable night for the ages than with cocktails at Sky Lounge? You’ll whizz up to the top of the DoubleTree hotel to be met by plush seating and breathtaking panoramas of Leeds at night, the lights twinkling away. Relive the best bits of the night as you sip on signature drinks inspired by our fair city, with a £100 bar tab to work through. Enjoy a Silver Martini, a potent combo of Tanqueray No. 10 gin, cranberry and Chambord, or classics such as an exemplary Negroni. Oh what a night!

Terms & Conditions

The free prize draw is open until 5pm on Friday 9th September 2022. There is one prize available. The prize is in three parts. 1) Two (2) tickets to Florence + The Machine at first direct arena on Friday 25th November 2022, worth £57.50 each. 2) £150 to spend on food and drink at The Ivy Leeds. And 3) A £100 bar tab at Sky Lounge.

There is no purchase or entry fee to enter this prize draw. This free prize draw is open to UK residents with a valid UK postal address only. One winner will be randomly selected from the database of entrants who completed the prize draw online entry form. Employees and family of HSBC Group, first direct arena, Leeds Digital Magazines or any agencies connected with the set up of this prize draw are not eligible to enter. All prizes are subject to availability. All entrants must be aged 18 years or over. If you don’t meet or stop meeting any of these criteria after entering the prize draw, you may be disqualified and any prize you may have won will be forfeited. The prize does not include any additional accommodation, food, beverage, transport costs, spending money and/or other additional costs beyond what is stated above and the winners will need to pay for these. The winners will also be responsible for any tax liabilities. If the prize offered is unavailable due to circumstances beyond the control of the promoter, the promoter can offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value at the promoter’s discretion. The winner will be picked at random at 9am on Monday 12th September 2022. The winner will be contacted by email within 5 days of the prize draw closing. The winner must confirm that they’re eligible and able to accept within 24 hours of the email being sent. If a winner does not contact us within this time period, The promoter reserves the right to pick an alternative winner at random if a prize is not claimed. The prize requires the winner to be able to attend Leeds first direct arena on the date of the relevant show as stated above. There is no cash alternative and the prize can’t be transferred or exchanged. If a winner is unable to attend, the promoter may pick an alternative winner at random. Prizes which are not claimed by Friday 4th November 2022 will be forfeited. Standard Leeds-List terms and conditions apply. By entering this prize draw, you are agreeing to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.

The operators of the first direct arena can refuse admission to the winner and/or any of their guests. The promoter is only responsible for providing the tickets to the winner, and in particular shall not be responsible for any expenses, losses, distress or inconvenience resulting from any revocation or refusal of admission, or for anything else that occurs at the first direct arena. The winner and their guests will need to comply with the first direct arena’s Children Under 14 Policy which is as follows: 1) As a responsible entertainment venue, the safety and comfort of patrons is paramount. This Duty of Care is particularly relevant when protecting minors under 14 years old; as such our policy is that all children under 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult defined as someone 18+ years of age who will be present for the full duration of the event. 2) For certain shows where the audience is both seated and standing, no one under 14 years old will be permitted AT ALL to stand on the auditorium floor. 3) Parents should always be aware of their general responsibilities regarding their children’s safety in situations where they are outside their direct control, and adhere to legislation detailing these responsibilities. 4) Unless photographic proof of age is supplied, first direct arena staff will make a judgement based on visual appearance prior to entry. 5) We strongly advise that children under the age of 3 should not be admitted to the venue except for particular productions which are age appropriate as advised by our Ticketing Office Staff.