I went for the first time on Friday (28th March) to see Manic Street Preachers.
It looks great from the outside, the inside leaves a lot to be desired.
I was under the impression (perhaps mistakenly) that it was built to host music - to attract "A" list acts to this part of the UK. If so, why is the sound so awful?
Turning the volume up to (Spinal Tap) 11, doesn't make for a good experience........
I'm not the world's biggest live music fan - more of a club DJ sort myself - but I'm led to believe that arenas in general tend to suffer from fairly poor acoustics due to their sheer size, in comparison with a more intimate venue.
That said, from most people I've spoken to, I hear the acoustics of Leeds Arena's theatre-esque layout is significantly better than other, more traditionally bowl-shaped arenas. Indeed, the Leeds arena was build very much with this in mind.
Some genres and volume levels may work better than others, but from what I hear, Leeds arena fairs better as an all-rounder than its rivals, smaller venues aside.
The Poor Lad replied the topic: In the days of steam ......
Sports arenas and sound: all useless with Wembley being the worst by a three-day camel ride. Saw The Boss there last June and the sound was utterly woeful...you can even hear it blowing around in the stage-side vids.
Am going to Elbow at the Arena tomorrow (first visit) and am looking forward to it mightily. Will report back.