Leigh News & Events

Jul
19
Fri
MAHURANGI FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Jul 19 @ 6:30 pm – Jul 20 @ 10:30 pm

As part of the Mahurangi Festival of Lights which will run during the July school holidays, there will be a special Leigh Day on Friday 12 July. More information will be posted later.

Jul
20
Sat
NADIA REID & HER BAND @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jul 20 @ 9:30 pm

We are stoked to have Singer-songwriter and guitarist Nadia Reid b

ack to the mill this July

Celebrated for her intimate musical soundscapes and unique voice, she has been described by The Guardian as “an understated, wise guide through uncertain territory”.
New Zealand-born, soon to be UK-based, Nadia Reid has attained globalsuccess off the back of her first two albums: Listen To Formation, Look For The Signs (2015) and Preservation (2017). Her prolific writing and touring have seen her present at some of the worlds most respected music platforms namely WOMAD (NZ), Green Man Festival (UK), End Of The Road Festival (UK) and a television appearance on BBC’s ‘Later…with Jools Holland’.

Nadia was awarded #2 in Mojo Magazine for Album of the Year (for Preservation) and in New Zealand, she was a finalist for both the APRA Silver Scroll Awards (2017) and the Taite Music Prize (2016 & 2018).
With sell-out shows in Auckland, London, Melbourne and her home town of Port Chalmers, Dunedin, and, record three under her belt, it is clear that Nadia Reid is a rising star not to be missed.

Nadia will be joined by Motte(Anita Clark) in Australia & New Zealand.

Jul
27
Sat
BOBANDII @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jul 27 @ 9:30 pm

ALBUM RELEASE TOUR

Bobandii takes to the sky to tour his new album “Running Handshake/B.L.U.E.”

Come along to the first show in the tour in his hometown at the Leigh Sawmill!

Joined by Olivia Collier, Fable, DeadForrest (Jinzo) & LB, this show should set the tour on fire from the very start.

Aug
3
Sat
KENDALL ELISE @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Aug 3 @ 9:30 pm

 

PRESENTS; RED EARTH

Moving effortlessly and seamlessly through a number of styles and genres, from dark country to true country; folk and chilled pop to bluesy rock, Kendall delivers an album packed with mood and personality.

Kendall is a consummate performer, who (alongside her band, The Belgraves) has earned a reputation as mesmerising live act, not-to-be-missed! This year alone she has played a string of gigs and opened for Gin Wigmore on her recent New Zealand Tour. In April she supported American roots, rock band Larkin Poe in Auckland.

Red Earth has already been described as “…one of the finest releases of the year” by The 13th Floor, “…no throwaway record” by Double J Australia, and songs from the album ‘Valentine Street’ and the title track ‘Red Earth’ have been playlisted on Australia’s biggest broadcasting network via ABC Country. The folk song ‘Slippery Creek’ was also a top 10 finalist in the MLT Songwriting Awards in May.

“There are some artists, who when they sing, you feel like you are in a deep and meaningful conversation with them. On occasion, this is what Elise brought to her performances… it was intense, professional and beautiful to bear witness to.” – Radio 13

“With a voice that will send delectable shivers down your spine and an ever-evolving aptitude for composing music, Kendall Elise can undoubtedly look forward to a long and illustrious career.” – Ambient Light

With support from the lovely Brendan & Alison Turner

Aug
8
Thu
JAN PRESTON @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Aug 8 @ 7:30 pm

Queen of Boogie Woogie

Jan is performing a show with her trio called “88 PIANOS I have known” with extraordinary projected images of pianos (yes 88 of them) and personal anecdotes, as well as new songs (Same Sky, Olds on the Loose) and a new killer version of a tune called Nutrocker, based on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite played in fast boogie style.

Aug
16
Fri
BEATS by BINGO! @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Aug 16 @ 8:00 pm

Beats By Bingo at the Sawmill CafeThis is MUSICAL Bingo, instead of numbers on your cards, its song titles.

It’s a seat dancing, guilty pleasure singing bingo show! Hosted by the always charming, funny and loveable comedian Darren Jardine.
Darren will have your table singing and giggling, FREE TO PLAY and prizes to be won!
With different genre rounds like Rock, Kiwi, Guilty Pleasures 70s and 80s, Hip Hop and R&B there’s something for everyone.

Get a group together, come early for dinner and make a night of it.
Give us a ring to book your table. 8pm show start!

Aug
17
Sat
SAWMILL SELAKTAZ @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Aug 17 @ 8:00 pm

Sawmill Selaktaz at the Sawmill Cafe90’S HIP HOP MID WINTER KNEE’S UP

Featuring the musical stylings of
TDK // Normski // Zane:Tee // The Beat Wrangler
+ MC Jay Dubs on the mic
+ live artworks by Carlie Blanchett-Burton

Lo key dinner tunes from 7ish – Optional dress up

R18
Door sales only
 from 8pm
$10 before 10:30pm – $15 there after

Aug
24
Sat
FRISKY BUSINESS – SOLD OUT @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Aug 24 @ 9:30 pm

Flashback to neon lights, big hair and crazy outfits… come prepared to dance and sing all night!

Frisky Business at the Sawmill CafeThis 5 piece band pumps out songs in a 3 hour extravaganza from the most iconic and influential artists of the 80`s…. Michael Jackson, Prince, Wham, David Bowie, Tears for Fears, Eurythmics, Cameo and many, many more.
Warm up your dance moves, get your 80’s outfit out of storage and join us for a great night.

Frisky Business

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY FROM 8:00pm
PRE-SALES: $15.00 + b.f at dashtickets
DOOR SALES $20 
if not sold out prior

Aug
31
Sat
JADE IMAGINE @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Aug 31 @ 9:30 pm

Jade Imagine at the Sawmill CafeWe are stoked to nab Melbourne four piece Jade Imagine for a headline show after their set at K Road’s Others Way festival the day before. With their stunningly seamless blend of synthwave and art rock it’ll be one of those gigs you don’t want to miss

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY FROM 8pm
PRE-SALES: $15.00 + b.f at undertheradar
DOOR SALES $20 
if not sold out prior

Sep
1
Sun
BASE FM SUNDAY SESSION @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Sep 1 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Base FM Sunday Session at the Sawmill CafeThis month its The Smokey Session host Smokey Barrack playing in the courtyard for a lovely lazy Sunday arvo.
A yearning for the perfect sound has seen Smokey explore all genres, from hip hop, drum and bass, heavy metal, rave, house, funk, ska, reggae, and commercial all the way through to afrobeat and independent rock. Expect to hear a few gems, new and old, as well as a generous serve of throwbacks.

AND…. we’ll have food and bev specials too

FAMILY FRIENDLY

Sep
7
Sat
FULL FRUIT @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Sep 7 @ 9:00 pm

We had a gig free weekend… eeeek!
Best make the party
A dress up one – no theme, very good excuse to go all out and frock up tho ✨
Best make it free and best have some good tunes…
Hello THE PROFESSOR a.k.a Glenn Prosser you’ll do nicely, come to Leigh and have some fun

And an event was born – phew!

Sep
13
Fri
BEATS by BINGO! @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Sep 13 @ 8:00 pm

Beats By Bingo at the Sawmill CafeThis is MUSICAL Bingo, instead of numbers on your cards, its song titles.

It’s a seat dancing, guilty pleasure singing bingo show! Hosted by the always charming, funny and loveable comedian Darren Jardine.
Darren will have your table singing and giggling, FREE TO PLAY and prizes to be won!
With different genre rounds like Rock, Kiwi, Guilty Pleasures 70s and 80s, Hip Hop and R&B there’s something for everyone.

Get a group together, come early for dinner and make a night of it.
Give us a ring to book your table. 8pm show start!

Sep
14
Sat
HEADSPACE CLASSICS @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Sep 14 @ 9:00 pm

Dylan Chase & Guests

Celebrating the relaunch of THE HEADSPACE show – home of so many wonderful mixes over the years.
Dylan always brings the good tunes and is most definitely our favourite DJ.

$5 on the door from 8pm

Sep
15
Sun
BARBARA HAMILTON’S MUSICAL SHOWCASE @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Sep 15 @ 4:00 pm

Lovely local music teacher Barbara Hamilton presents a showcase with her students and friends.
Performances from young beginners through to seasoned players with a range of styles.

Sep
20
Fri
OPEN MIC JAM OR SOMETHING @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Sep 20 @ 8:00 pm

Hosted by the bearded wonder Lind’s – such a good night!
Join us and some local muso’s and maybe other performers too?
Get in touch if you want to be involved in the next one!

Sep
22
Sun
THE DESOTO’S LIVE @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Sep 22 @ 5:30 pm

The DeSotos are thrilled to announce they will be bringing their roots-based Americana & country blues to a long overdue show at the mighty mill in September.

The DeSotos at the Sawmill CafeThis will be their first Sawmill show since an appearance a decade ago following the release of their debut album ‘Cross your Heart’.
In the intervening years vocalist and guitarist Paul Gurney has performed a number of times at the Cafe with the much-loved Jubilation Gospel Choir, for whom Paul is as a soloist and tenor.

As an added bonus all ticket purchasers will receive a copy of The DeSotos’ critically-acclaimed album ‘Your Highway For Tonight’ when arriving for the show.

With a setlist that spans gin-soaked ballads through to southern country rockers, and the odd Tom Petty or Neil Young cover in between, this will be a great evening of music!

The DeSotos are;
Paul Gurney – lead vocals, guitars, blues harp
Stuart McIntyre – bass, vocals
Ron Stevens – Hammond & keyboards, vocals
Michael Burrows – drums & pecussion, vocals

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY FROM 4:30pm ONSTAGE 5:30pm
PRE-SALES: $15.00 + b.f at eventfinda
DOOR SALES $20 
if not sold out prior

Sep
28
Sat
MAKO ROAD @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Sep 28 @ 9:30 pm

Mako Road at the Sawmill CafeTEST FLIGHT TOUR

Oi oi its been a while! Following a six month hangover-recovery period after the summer tour we’ve shaped up some new tunes that we are dying to share with yas. Or maybe its cause we’re broke, or maybe because we will use any excuse to tour… This is the Test Flight Tour and you are gonna be our subjects – looking forward to your consented participation in our experimental festivities X

WE LOVE MAKO ROAD! get in quick reckon this will sell out fast 🙂

Tickets go on sale Friday 9/8 at 9am!

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY FROM 8pm
PRE-SALES: $29.00 + b.f at ticketfairy
DOOR SALES tbc

Sep
30
Mon
Krissy Jackson @ Whangateau Hall
Sep 30 @ 7:00 pm

Fiddle player Krissy Jackson and her husband Peter from New Plymouth will be your hosts for Club night. They will also be your second half special musical guests with Peter accompanying Krissy on keyboard with a diverse set of cross-genre folk music.

Oct
4
Fri
GREG COPELAND & STEVE “GUITAR” GILLES @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Oct 4 @ 9:00 pm

Paying his dues to the originals and forefathers of the Blues from deep down South, channelling the spirit into his own material and style.
You’ll hear warm embraces with Sister Soul and a tip of the hat to Brother Funk.
“When I sing I want you to feel my hurt, my pain, my happiness and my sadness. I want to ask for forgiveness if I did something wrong and forgive people if they have done me wrong. All these things I try to do with my music.“

Oct
9
Wed
The Trio Jackson @ Whangateau Hall
Oct 9 @ 7:00 pm

The Trio Jackson from Nelson are playing a special show hosted by local Jo Evans. Miles Jackson is a very fine classical and flamenco guitarist and Margarita is a classical trained violinist. For many years they performed as Duo Jackson but now their daughter has joined them after studying violin in Europe. They live in Nelson and teach at the Nelson Centre of Musical Arts.

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