Leigh News & Events

DIANE PONZIO @ Whangateau Hall
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm

Diane was born and raised in New York City, and honed her skills playing folk clubs on Bleecker Street after graduating from The “Fame” School (the prestigious High School of Performing Arts) and earning a BA in Mathematics from Brooklyn College.

In 1985, she was chosen as a global ambassador for The Martin Guitar Company by C.F. Martin IV to perform on their behalf worldwide. There are two Martin Guitar models that bear her name. Diane’s songs feature meaningful lyrics woven with memorable melodies, laid over her percussive guitar style, and brought home with her saxophone like vocals.

Her music moves your heart, your thoughts, and your feet!  Diane regularly tours in Europe, has released ten full length CDs, and enjoys seeing her friends all over the world.

Dec 4 @ 8:30 pm

White Chapel Jak at the Sawmill CafeCelebrating the end of lock down with a big old tour. Known for putting an acoustic, funk-groove spin on upbeat songs everyone knows and loves, White Chapel Jak are an infectiously happy, must see live show that regularly sells out. So get those tickets! FRIDAY NIGHT DOORS OPEN 7.30pm BAND ON STAGE 8.30 – 10.30pm PRESALES $30+b.f at Eventbrite DOOR SALES availability tbc

Guardian Singles w/Dick Move+Memory Foam @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Feb 13 @ 8:00 pm

Auckland post-punks Guardian Singles continue their nationwide 2021 tour.

They are joined by their good friends and Auckland party-punks:
and 5-piece noise-rockers:


Guardian Singles’ hectic live shows have earned them the reputation of one of the best bands in Aotearoa. Their anthem-packed debut album enjoyed widespread success through NZ college radio, and has been picked up internationally in places as far as Denmark, Italy, and Colombia.
Band members Fiona Campbell (Vivian Girls, Coolies), Thom Burton (SoccerPractise, Wilberforces), Yolanda Fagan (Na Noise, Echo Ohs) and Durham Fenwick (Green Grove) will play favourites from their debut, alongside blistering new material that they’re recording for their second album in March 2021.
Check out the link below for the live video of Guardian Singles playing “Midnight Swim” at Gonerfest 2020!
Get your tickets via undertheradar.co.nz or $20 on the door
Auckland City Scoundrels @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Feb 19 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Auckland City Scoundrels hit Leigh Sawmill!!


The boldest and brashest Second Line band in all the land, serving up originals, New Orleans favourites and modern classics straight to your earholes.
The ‘Auckland City Scoundrels’ are Auckland’s newest and tightest second line jazz band bringing the dirtiest and funkiest renditions of your favourite songs straight to your earholes.
Keep your eyes and ears open for the ACS parading through the streets and alleys down town, and mingling through the Auckland bar scene in classic Orleans style.
Chorus Fibre Network Information Session @ Leigh Hall
Feb 23 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Chorus are holding a community drop in event. The event is being held so that people that don’t really understand about fibre, can come and ask the Chorus team questions about our work and how to get connected should they wish to. Just for your information, unless the driveway is longer than 200metres then there is generally no cost to install the fibre to the home – other than the typical monthly fee retail service providers charge to have a broadband package.

Feb 27 @ 9:00 pm

WCJ deliver a fresh acoustic approach to songs that you know, with a clean sound blending each performers diverse style. Their live energy is rhythmic and fun and audiences are always thoroughly engaged with their warm ‘kiwiana’ delivery and technical flourishes.

Mar 26 @ 9:00 pm

Muroki drops his latest single Wavy today, the official Wavy Lyric video and announces live shows to go with the release.

The hypnotic slice of pop is the second cut from the young Raglan musician’s forthcoming EP and these shows are his first since breaking his arm in a skateboard accident. The Wavy Lyric video is a fun, simple take on the artwork for Wavy – an enticing couple dancing to the deep beat.

March and April dates see Muroki and his band mixing some small town dates in Leigh, Raglan, and Colville with headline shows in Auckland and Wellington.

After stunning RNV and Nestfest performances, that skateboard tumble in the Raglan town bowl put paid to many of Muroki’s plans (he also plays in popular Raglan groups Masaya and Cloak Bay) but he has already been back in the studio finishing up more tracks and planning a big 2021.

Wavy is Muroki’s third single release. His self-released debut For Better Or Worse caught the ear of BENEE and she was soon playing the song to Elton John and the worldwide audience on his Rocket Hour Radio show. She next invited him not only to join her sold-out October tour but to be the first artist signed to her new Olive record label.

Mar 27 @ 9:00 pm

WCJ deliver a fresh acoustic approach to songs that you know, with a clean sound blending each performers diverse style. Their live energy is rhythmic and fun and audiences are always thoroughly engaged with their warm ‘kiwiana’ delivery and technical flourishes.

We leave limited tables in for pre-show dining from 6pm. It definitely pays to book ahead.


RiddimYard – Fish & Bread Sound System @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Mar 28 @ 2:30 pm

Fish & Bread is back again for Riddim Yard #7, at the Leigh Sawmill.
Once again we’re back in the Sawmill yard, running roots, dub and more in a sound system fashion.
Come and join us!
Sunday, March 28th, 2.30-6pm.
A Night of Fleetwood Mac @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Apr 17 @ 9:00 pm

Celebrate the music of Fleetwood Mac with premier 5 piece band-
The Fleetwoods.
After sell out South Island shows in 2020 we are delighted to be returning to the Leigh Sawmill, so book your ticket now for an intimate dose of Fleetwood greatness.
Featuring a great band of top musicians performing two fantastic high intensity sets – from the Peter Green era through to the 80s favourites. With all the hits from Landslide, The Chain, Rhiannon – don’t miss this great night out.
Tickets $25 from Under The Radar
Miles Calder – Album Release Tour @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
May 14 @ 8:00 pm

Wellington singer-songwriter Miles Calder will embark on a nationwide tour this April and May in celebration of his debut solo album Autopilot Life, out today. The ten shows will see Miles and his band perform in intimate venues across Aotearoa, captivating audiences with a dynamic set ranging from floating atmospheric ballads to chomping rock n roll.
Four years on since his folk/Americana self-titled release with former backing band The Rumours and time living overseas, Miles has emerged with a renewed sound, fresh songs, and new band. His new album Autopilot Life takes his classic folk-rock style into a striking psychedelic realm, evoking early 70s Lennon and late-era Beatles as much as contemporaries like Kevin Morby and Father John Misty.
Banished Music & Undertheradar Presents
Miles Calder Album Release Tour 2021
with Full Band

May 22 @ 9:00 pm

Coming off a great run of gigs in Auckland, the band are heading north to the famous Sawmill Cafe in Leigh. Come ready to groove and shout lyrics to the best of all Bowie songs!

Leigh Sawmill Long Weekend Super Bash! @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jun 4 @ 8:00 pm

calendarThree EPIC bands hit Leigh Sawmill to rock the stage and make you dance all night! 💃
🔥 This coming long weekend, make your way to Leigh Sawmill for a party you don’t want to miss out on! 🔥
🎷 Big Tasty 🎷
Big Tasty are a 9 piece funk party ready to shake your socks off!
Led by diminutive powerhouse front woman Manuela Ovalle Herrera and backed by a full horn section, Big Tasty lay down some hard hitting dance music and will make you groove!
💥 The Rvmes 💥
The name confuse you? Say it with us.. “The Rooms” excellent!
One of Auckland’s most eclectic bands on the current music scene. Taking every genre into their consideration, they have based the essence of their band on the interesting, worldly and diverse, pulling inspiration from soul/blues, rock n’ roll right through to Middle Eastern European inspired melodies.
🎺 Bruci Jordan 🎺
Bruci Jordan is a rock/reggae fusion Brazilian artist based in Auckland- New Zealand.
Mixing rock, reggae, blues and funk, Bruci Jordan brings some groovy vibes through his tunes making people show their moves on the dance floor!

For only $15 on the door you can be a part of the best party the long weekend has to offer! Doors open at 8pm so don’t miss out

Eighties Forever: 1980s Dance Party @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jun 5 @ 9:00 pm


12XU Presents:
EIGHTIES FOREVER: 1980s Dance Party
Taking place at Leigh Sawmill on the long weekend!
How shall I dress on a night like this?
We strongly encourage costumes, leather, vinyl, lace, masks wigs, giant hats, overly hair-sprayed 80s hair, Bowie channeling face makeup and the weird like to make this an extra *special* night! If you have actual clothing from the 80s, dig it out!!!
But we also want you to feel (somewhat) comfortable, so dress however ya want!
What will you play?
It if came out in the 80s and you can dance to it, we might play it! Cheesy pop, synth pop hits, goth, indie, hair rock, hip hop + more!!!
ABC, A-ha, Adam + the Ants, Air Supply, Billy Idol, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Boy George, The Cure, Cyndi Lauper, The Damned, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Dead or Alive, Devo, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Duran Duran, Electronic, Erasure, Eurythmics, Falco, Front 242, Gene Loves Jezebel, Go Gos, Human League, Laura Branigan, Lisa Lisa + Cult Jam, Pat Benetar, Pointer Sisters, Joan Jett, Madonna, Prince, Pixies, Run DMC, NWA, Talk Talk, Tears for Fears, OMD, Motley Crue, Neneh Cherry, Nitzer Ebb, New Order, Pet Shop Boys, Queen, Rick Astley, Replacements, Roxy Music, Sisters of Mercy, Sonic Youth, The Sound, Strawberry Switchblade, Talking Heads, Twisted Sister, Van Halen, Wham!, Whitney Houston, Yazoo and lots more!!!
Leigh Midwinter Swim @ Matheson Bay
Jun 20 @ 10:15 am

Come and join us for our annual midwinter swim at Matheson Bay.

Leigh School will be selling soup and baked items and Leigh Waste Free Minimisation team will be selling items.

Swim will be on, rain or shine!

Courtney Barnett Solo Tour @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jul 21 @ 7:30 pm

calendarHaving been grounded in 2020 care of the global pandemic, Barnett made the best of a bad situation and wrote and recorded a new record. That drops later this year, but before it does the witty maestro is touring her solo show to all corners of Aotearoa – a country she’s adored touring in the past and a place she considers herself lucky to have the opportunity to return to.
With nine dates at some of New Zealand’s favourite venues, local audiences are in for a treat as Barnett dials things right down and prepares to deliver gems from her catalogue in an intimate setting.
After years of touring with her thunderous band around the globe, the performer recently found herself craving the simplicity of her early days as a straight up singer-songwriter.
Armed with just a guitar, her renowned banter and some of the best indie folk songs of the past decade, she toured North America throughout the pre-pandemic months of 2020 like she had never done before.
Those shows saw Courtney at both her funniest and most raw and personal. She played town halls, barns, churches, dive bars, haunted hotels, ski-lodges, theatres and studios, all to enraptured audiences, who couldn’t quite believe they were witnessing the artist in this mode.
For Courtney, the simplicity and honesty of the shows was an inspirational salve; a way to fall back in love with the art and craft of song. This is the Courtney Barnett New Zealand gets to sing-along with in July, on what will be an unmissable tour.

Leigh Light Fiesta @ Hauraki Rd, Leigh
Jul 23 @ 6:30 pm

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We also encourage people to light up their businesses and houses as well..
Lets light up Leigh for this winter festival

Troy Kingi with Delaney Davidson @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Aug 8 @ 7:00 pm

eventthumbnailimageTroy Kingi‘s fifth instalment ‘Black Sea Golden Ladder’, in his 1O 1O 1O Series (10 albums in 10 years in 10 genres) is due for release June 18th.

A collaboration with award winning artist and producer Delaney Davidson, this album was written and recorded as part of the Matairangi Mahi Toi Artist Residency in Wellington – a partnership between the Governor General and Massey University that was established in 2016 to encourage and promote the development of Māori and Pasifika visual arts and creative practices. 

Troy Kingi and Delaney Davidson will take to the road this August, playing the album live, in shows across the country.

White Chapel Jak – Good Time tour @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Aug 28 @ 7:30 pm

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“One of the hottest and exciting acts to emerge in NZ in the last 18 months” – Paul Ellis, NZ Idol_NZ Got Talent Judge, Former Sony Music Executive.

Who’s ready for a bloody good time?! Hugely-popular White Chapel Jak are here for a good time, and you don’t have to wait for a long time! Their Good Time Tour 2021 is set to be the most epic run of shows yet.

White Chapel Jak have opened for Ben Harper and Alanis Morissette, and entertained more than 15,000 people at the SeePort Festival in Auckland performing with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra two years in a row. Many of their 2020 shows sold out as their reputation and following grew.

Nailing ballads through to bangers that span decades of hits and have everyone dancing, the trio’s playlist is now peppered with their original music, to create high-energy shows.

Super star leading lady Bonnie Hurunui has a powerhouse voice and charisma ready to dazzle with her magnetic energy. The beautiful and talented Viking drummer, Dean Tinning holds the beat with heart and soul, and the charming and fiery, Nathan Boston is locked and loaded with his catchy riffs and flawless flourishes. The band will be joined by special guest artists.

“We love the energy and vibe of our people having a good time,” Bonnie says. “So that’s what our shows and music are all about – the best that life has to offer, good tunes, good people and good times.”

The Good Time Tour kicks off on August 28 and plays out in their favourite spots including Leigh, where it all began for the band seven years ago, as well as Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Mt Maunganui, Napier, Gisborne, New Plymouth and Wellington.

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