Leigh News & Events

Mar
30
Sat
HOUSE / D&B NIGHT @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Mar 30 @ 8:00 pm

The Best of House Music, and Drum & Bass.

But this time with more DJ’s, more lighting and more music.

Last Decembers House and Techno gig sold out, so one local likely lad is putting on night No.2

Lineup to be announced soon. R18.

Mar
31
Sun
BRENDAN & ALISON TURNER @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Mar 31 @ 5:30 pm

BRENDAN & ALISON TURNER

Rich Harmonies Reminiscent of Misted Appalachian Mountains

Brendan & Allison Turner at the Sawmill CafeTheir outstanding finger-style / bottle neck guitar, songs of down-trodden cowboys, dusty hearts and heartbreak Brendan & Alison Turner’s blues-driven country folk will appeal to fans of Neil Young, Townes Van Zandt and John Prine.
The duo are on a long and winding national tour in support of their debut vinyl LP Ghost of a Friend.

With special guest Tom Cunliffe

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY FROM 4:30pm

PRE-SALES: $20+ b.f  at undertheradar

DOOR SALES $25

Apr
6
Sat
NEW ERA PARTY // ‘SAWBLADE’ FUNDRAISER @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Apr 6 @ 3:00 pm

new era party / sawblade doco at the Sawmill CafeThe Sawmill New Era Party marks an exciting time of transition for the Leigh Sawmill Cafe, having recently undergone new management from 22 years of the Guinness brothers…

To capture it’s celebrated history and impact, ‘Sawblade’ the Leigh Sawmill Cafe Documentary is in production. All proceeds made by the Sawmill ‘New Era’ Fundraiser Party will be contributed towards making this film. We will be collecting footage on the night – pulling together a nostalgic line up w help from Base FM, a classic Sawmill guest list, and hosting a party like it’s 1996.

SPECIAL MUSICAL SHOWCASE of bands and selectors that have played at the mill over the last 20 years
Coordinated by Dylan C
ft. International Observer(UK)

Full lineup details in the next few weeks

Live installations and interactive acts, guest lighting & projections, locally produced feast & more….

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY FROM 3:00pm
PRE-SALES: $32 + b.f at: undertheradar 
DOOR SALES T.B.A

Apr
7
Sun
JUBILATION! @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Apr 7 @ 5:00 pm

Jubilation at the Sawmill CafeJubilation is a unique beast, an a cappella gospel choir with a rock & roll heart.

They love what they do and audiences love them in return!

Born in Auckland in 2000, Jubilation is a virtual gospel supergroup including R & B legend Rick Bryant, entertainer extraordinaire Jackie Clarke and theatre supernova Jennifer Ward Lealand.

Bound not by common belief, but purely by the love of singing, this diverse ensemble includes professional musicians, teachers, actors, a yacht maker, a master builder and a lecturer in Russian.

Their eclectic repertoire of gospel, soul and blues draws from the songbooks of such luminaries as Nina Simone, Tom Waits, Curtis Mayfield, Blind Willy Johnson and the Staples Singers and ranges from the 1800’s to the present day.

PLEASE RING CAFE TO BOOK A TABLE not automatic with ticket purchase

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY FROM 4:00pm
PRE-SALES: $25+ b.f at: iticket from 5/3
DOOR SALES T.B.A

Apr
12
Fri
A.U.R.A – SIL release tour @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Apr 12 @ 9:00 pm

A.U.R.A at the Sawmill CafeTo celebrate A.U.R.A’s forthcoming album release on March the 8th, A.U.R.A is excited to announce the SIL Tour, which kicks off with us.

Joined by Ben Lemi (French for Rabbits, Trinity Roots, Dawn Diver), Deanne Krieg (Ida Lune, Congress of Animals) and Samuel Austin on live duties, the SIL Tour will take in some of New Zealand’s favourite boutique venues, transforming them into the perfect backdrop to experience this psychedelic folk quartet.

In a statement, lead singer-songwriter Albert Mikolaj describes the latest single, Immensely I, as “An elegy for rebirth. The song is redolent of glowing psychedelic pop, almost deliberately subdued by a euphonic counter-point vocal pattern.”

Immensely I is driven by strong drum beats, punchy bass and Afro-infused guitar riffs, reminiscent of Paul Simon’s landmark release, Graceland. Mikolaj’s lyrics offer a very tender confession, saying of the verse, “It’s a raw reflection of my wild, unbounded core-self being slowly eroded by the emotional pain of growth.”

We are stoked to have A.U.R.A back to the mill! their last show here had us spellbound from start to finish – don’t miss this captivating act.

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY FROM 8:00pm
PRE-SALES: $15+ b.f: undertheradar
DOOR SALES T.B.A

Apr
13
Sat
AN EVENING OF FLEETWOOD MAC @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Apr 13 @ 9:30 pm

White Chapel Jak at the Sawmill CafeCelebrate the music of Fleetwood Mac with premier tribute the band The Fleetwoods!

Playing two big sets of classic Fleetwood Mac – from late 60s Peter Green era to 80s hits.

This show sells out, so get your tickets sorted early

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY FROM 7:30pm
PRE-SALES: $25+ b.f: undertheradar
DOOR SALES T.B.A

Apr
14
Sun
AN AFTERNOON OF FLEETWOOD MAC @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Apr 14 @ 5:30 pm

White Chapel Jak at the Sawmill CafeCelebrate the music of Fleetwood Mac with premier tribute the band The Fleetwoods!

Playing two big sets of classic Fleetwood Mac – from late 60s Peter Green era to 80s hits.

This show sells out, so get your tickets sorted early

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY FROM 4:30pm
PRE-SALES: $25+ b.f: undertheradar
DOOR SALES T.B.A

Apr
16
Tue
Himmerland @ Whangateau Hall
Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm

HImmerland in Concert.  Full rockin’ folk band all the way from The Netherlands.

Apr
20
Sat
WHITE CHAPEL JAK – SOLD OUT @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Apr 20 @ 8:30 pm

White Chapel Jak at the Sawmill Cafe

The most infectious sing-a-long with this truly talented bunch of people that you’re likely to have for a long while 

We love whitechapeljak

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY FROM 6:00pm
NO DOOR SALES

Apr
21
Sun
WHITE CHAPEL JAK – SOLD OUT @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Apr 21 @ 5:30 pm

White Chapel Jak at the Sawmill Cafe

These guys are such a great time and they always sell out!

So don’t dally get your tickets sorted for the most infectious sing-a-long with this truly talented bunch of people that you’re likely to have for a long while.

Special Easter Sunday show – ticket -price includes half a pizza per person

Under 16’s free – must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (and registered at time of ticket purchase)

We love whitechapeljak

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY FROM 4:30pm (cafe closed 3-4:30pm)
PRE-SALES: $40.00 + b.f: undertheradar
NO DOOR SALES

Apr
25
Thu
SALMONELLA DUB SOUNDSYSTEM – SOLD OUT @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm

Samonella Dub Soundsystem at the Sawmill Cafe

SALMONELLA DUB ALBUM ‘TEASE’ TOUR

Featuring:

The Mighty Asterix | DJ Rudeboy | The Epic Sal Dub Horn Section. With Guests, Laughton Kora & DJ Mant.

The Salmonella Dub Soundsystem showcase the first bundles of new Salmonella Dub Album tunes, fresh from the bands Hapuku Creative Retreat Kaikoura.

Alongside the new album bundle, expect a sonic mashup of Salmonella Dub full back catalogue including, album tracks and remixes, delivered live complete with Andrew aka Dj Rudeboy mashing the mix live with the Sal Dub horn section and Mighty Asterix on the mic.

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY FROM 6:00pm
NO DOOR SALES

Apr
26
Fri
LOST TRIBE AOTEAROA @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Apr 26 @ 9:00 pm

LOST TRIBE AOTEAROA at the Sawmill Cafe

L.A.T  bringing their infectious reggae back to the mill – winners of the MaiFm “Big Break” competition last year for their song Irie – they definitely know how to get the dance floor moving.

With support from SOJØURN 

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY FROM 8:00pm
PRE-SALES $15 + b.f at eventfinda
DOOR SALES $20 from 8pm

Apr
27
Sat
WELLINGTON SEA SHANTY SOCIETY @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Apr 27 @ 9:00 pm

W.S.S.S at the Sawmill Cafe

Wellington Sea Shanty Society, New Zealand’s Most ‘Sea-Worthy’ Shanty Group™, have been belting out original and traditional sea songs from around the globe since time immemorial (2012). Sailors and landlubbers from across the country have been battered by the rousing chorus of this two-man tempest of pure shanty. The W.S.S.S believe that ‘a shanty shared is a shanty savoured’, so they pass out shanty song sheets to one and all for people to sing along.

The W.S.S.S have toured New Zealand and France multiple times and are known for their raucous and participatory live shows. They have performed at Paimpol (one of the world’s largest shanty festivals), Splore, and a number of other festivals in NZ and France. They’ve released 3 albums: Now That’s What I Call Sea Shanties Vol I, Now That’s What I Call Sea Shanties Vol II and, Ahoy! (an English/French collab with friends Croche Dedans).

The W.S.S.S comprise Vorn Dont le Père Etait Marin, from the indie pop band Vorn, and Lake Davineer from electro pop band Lake South. Vorn is on squeeze box duties, while Lake strums the git-fiddle. Rousing harmonies and raucous foot-stomping abound!

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY FROM 8:00pm
PRE-SALES: $15.00 + b.f at undertheradar
DOOR SALES $20

Apr
29
Mon
Folk Club Night. Guest artist: The Trenwiths @ Whangateau Hall
Apr 29 @ 7:00 pm

Guest artist: The Trenwiths. Bluegrass-country-folk featuring Paul Trenwith on banjo accompanied by his two talented sons on bass and guitar

May
25
Sat
Molly & the Chromatics @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
May 25 @ 9:30 pm

‘IN THIS WORLD’ TOUR

After a stellar summer tour in early 2019, the band returned to the studio to work with both new and old collaborators. The result is a compelling fresh sound for Molly & The Chromatics. The band drop ‘In This World’ as the first single since their second EP ‘Polymorphic.’

Jun
1
Sat
Cornerstone Roots & Masaya @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jun 1 @ 9:30 pm

WE LOVE C.S.R they always bring the good vibes – double good stuff with Masaya in support!
Come have a good dance with good people and start your winter off right

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY FROM 8:00pm
PRE-SALES: $20.00 + b.f at eventfinda
DOOR SALES $25 from 8pm
if not sold out prior

Jun
2
Sun
Tawharanui Planting Day @ Tawharanui Regional Park
Jun 2 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tawharanui Open Sanctuary Society Inc (TOSSI) invite you to join our planning day.

Come and help plant some of this years 15,000 trees and shrubs. Bring strong boots/shoes, gloves, drinks and a raincoat. As usual, we will be providing a delicious barbecue after the planting.

Follow the signs to the planting site.
9:00 am onwards

For more information, please email: secretary@tossi.org.nz
Telephone: Roger & Kim (027) 6979666

BASE FM SUNDAY SESSIONS @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jun 2 @ 3:00 pm

QUEENS BIRTHDAY SPECIAL

We’ve extended this months Base Fm Sunday session – with guest selecta’s playing in the courtyard for a lovely lazy arvo and meandering thru dinner.
Starting at 3ish with Headspacehost GENE RIVERS and from 6ish is Afternoon Delights  host GRANTIS
We’ll have beer & wine deals and DJ created pizza specials

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Jun
8
Sat
HOUSE | DRUM & BASS @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jun 8 @ 9:00 pm

Presented by Falcon Events… its #3

After another sold out show we are bringing the best of HOUSE with Thrown Shade and Digby & Dumbell
and DRUM & BASS with Cellfam– back to the Sawmill, along with the best visuals and lighting in the game.

Sneaky little earlybird tics have already sold out!

STRICTLY R18

Jun
9
Sun
NZTrio – The Americas @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jun 9 @ 5:00 pm

A chance to experience top-notch classical musicianship, minus the formalities

NZTrio founding member Ashley Brown (cello) welcomes back Andrew Beer (violin) and Stephen De Pledge (piano) for a ripper of a programme with elements of New York nightlife, the wild west, jazzy blues, plus a liberal dose of spice from south o’ the border.

It’s classical music, but it’s wearing boots to the party so dress casual, bring a compadre, and enjoy the ride.

Music by Kenji Bunch, Paul Schoenfield, Gunther Schuller, Raimundo Penaforte, Astor Piazzolla and New Zealand’s own Claire Cowan and Jack Body.
Those of you who loved Exotica will not want to miss The Americas!

Places are limited. *Don’t forget to book a table after ticket purchase* 

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