Bette Midler and Neil Diamond announce arena dates in Leeds

THE First Direct Arena in Leeds will be full of the old razzle-dazzle when two of the biggest names in showbusiness step out on its stage next year.

Bette Midler and Neil Diamond today both announced dates at the £60m entertainment venue.

Miss Midler will be playing Leeds on July 15 while Diamond is appearing on July 21. Tickets for his show go on sale at 9am on Wednesday.

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Bette’s fans can book their place at her concert from 9am this Friday.

Another act freshly confirmed for the arena are pop favourites S Club 7, who are playing on May 19 next year.

News of the show follows a reunion appearance by the group on the BBC’s Children In Need programme on Friday evening.

Tickets for the S Club 7 concert go on sale at 9am on Thursday.