Leigh News & Events

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.

Families in Parks at Leigh School @ Leigh School
Mar 20 @ 10:00 am
Anzac Day Service @ Leigh Cemetery
Apr 25 @ 11:00 am
Leigh Midwinter Swim 2022 @ Matheson Bay, Leigh
Jun 19 @ 10:15 pm
CoHousing for Leigh @ Leigh Hall
Jul 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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SWING AND SOUL featuring Toni Swain & Big Daddy Roy @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Aug 11 @ 7:00 pm
calendarIt’s a double header and what a night this will be!
Touted as “Australia’s best blues singer” Toni Swain returns to The Sawmill with her 5 piece band. From groovin’ soul to latin infused toe tappers, Toni’s eclectic original style is stylishly carried through with her big, bold and beautiful soulful voice.
Big Daddy Roy Payne brings Hot licks n Cool guitar tricks…
The sizzling strings of Big Daddy Roy on his custom twin neck guitar; from retro rockers and sophisticated swings to jumping blues and reverb soaked surf n safari’s
Roy’s juke joint style live show will lead you along the path of old school Americana roots music, combining the steel guitar twang neck with the blues bopping standard guitar neck.
With the hottest band third rock from the sun, we are delighted to have on board Australia’s #1 drummer to the stars Hamish Stuart, cosmic on keys George Bibicos and off the charts bassist Auckland’s own Hal Tupaea.
ARAHI, There’s nothing like a Piano Tour @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Aug 13 @ 7:30 pm

Those in the know will know an 
Arahi show is much more than mere music. Arahi creates immersive experiences to speak to your tender soul and linger round the corners of your mind long after he’s skipped town. This latest offering is a chance for you to grasp at an elusive moment in time, an intimate audience with the man and his piano. 

In collaboration with Undergrand, Arahi comes to the stage paired back, pouring heart and soul over the keys of this exquisite snow white baby grand piano. This show promises a delicate and insightful look at Arahi, his songs and their many facets.  In his words, “it’s a chance to really get to know the songs and the meaning behind them, because we’re in such an intimate setting, which doesn’t happen too often.”

With a reputation for being a bona fide artistic soul, presented as a master of his craft, Arahi juxtaposes classic and contemporary sound with an eclectic, eccentric style. Arahi calls on theatrics and grandiose displays of sound and vision, meticulously crafted, together with a flair for showmanship, constantly pushing the boundaries of Indie music.

Arahi released ‘The Best Thing I’ve Ever Seen’ a blissful, hazy tune, in April, which as Arahi aptly sums up, feels “like a red hot 80s sun setting on roller-skating silhouettes along a golden boulevard.” The track was released with a bonus B-side – a mesmerizing dance remix of Arahi’s 2020 single ‘Searching In The Sun’

Arahi will release new single ‘There’s Nothing Like It’  this Matariki, which breezes past your ears to the depths of your soul like a long awaited exhale.  This sound is a chance for people to relinquish themselves of the weight on their shoulders, really dive into the music and allow themselves to believe that some things can’t be explained in words.

Arahi recently played alongside iconic NZ artists; The Veils, Bic Runga, Nadia Reid to a sold out audience at Auckland Stadium’s Lilypad concert. Arahi is looking forward to connecting and creating memorable live experiences with his fans in six different regions of Aotearoa this winter.

Leigh Business Community AGM @ 15B Wonderview Road
Aug 16 @ 7:00 pm

Prospective members welcome.

BRIAN BAKER LIVE with special guest Coda Muso & Street Georges @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Aug 27 @ 7:30 pm

Due to the positive mediacalendar press “Open Up Your Heart” has received,  Brian has taken the opportunity to design a show around the message his songs represent, showcasing his guitar and performance skills.  Not only will his songs have you tapping and grooving but they may also “ Open Up Your Heart” in some way.

 Brian has spent a large part of his life in the music industry, performing at countless shows in Australia and New Zealand.  His performance and impeccable song writing is at the highest level of professionalism.   As a solo artist he demonstrates formidable guitar skills live on stage, coupled with uplifting vocals and originally produced electro rhythm dubs. 

Sep 17 @ 8:00 pm
calendarLed by charismatic frontman Tim Rogers, You Am I are one of the most successful and internationally heralded Australian bands. They’ve scored three number one albums, while Sonic Youth and Soundgarden are amongst the band’s admirers.
Their influences combine the Who, Small Faces, the Jam, Clash, and Replacements – creating their own spin of kick-arse rock, striking melodies and razor sharp lyrics.
Their 11th studio album The Lives Of Others was recently released to rave reviews around the world and it debuted at No 2 in the Australian album charts.
Look forward to a night of great songs from classic You Am I albums like Hi Fi Way and Hourly, Daily, plus new tunes from the new album.
Nov 3 @ 8:00 pm

calendarDon McGlashan has been weaving his stories for the last four decades, with three solo albums – Warm Hand (2006), Marvellous Year (2009), and Lucky Stars (2015). His soaring gospel song ‘Bathe In The River’ (APRA Silver Scroll winner 2006) sung by Hollie Smith, has become one of the biggest New Zealand singles of all time and has recently had a resurgence via the te reo Māori version, ‘Kōrukutia’, released earlier in 2021.

McGlashan first stepped into the limelight as drummer and lead singer in the 80’s agit-punk outfit Blam Blam Blam, which produced a string of Top 20 singles and a well-loved album Luxury Length. Don’s hit song ‘Don’t Fight It, Marsha, It’s Bigger Than Both Of Us’ won Song Of The Year in the 1982 NZ Recording Industry Awards.

Next, McGlashan co-founded the acoustic duo, The Front Lawn, with Harry Sinclair. Combining theatre, songs and much humour, they found fans the world over, and their 1987 album Songs From The Front Lawn was the soundtrack for a generation of young Kiwis getting lost around Europe in their Kombi vans.

McGlashan’s place in the Great Aotearoa Songbook further solidified as, fronting The Mutton Birds, he created a string of now iconic Kiwi anthems including ‘Anchor Me’ (APRA Silver Scroll winner 1994), ‘Dominion Road’ (1992) and their inspired cover of The Formyula’s ‘Nature’ (1992).

Mar 31 @ 8:30 pm

calendarMuch loved Los Angeles based, New Zealand singer-songwriter GIN WIGMORE is returning home for a five-date regional tour in March 2023.

Gin’s unmistakable raw and raspy powerhouse vocals will exhilarate fans with her rollicking stage presence and characteristic mix of pop, rock, blues and soul when she performs for her New Zealand fans next year.

All existing tickets remain valid without the need for exchange. Patrons unable or unwilling to attend the new dates can obtain a refund from the point of purchase. Refund requests are to be submitted prior to 5pm, Thursday 2 June.

Apr 1 @ 8:30 pm

calendarMuch loved Los Angeles based, New Zealand singer-songwriter GIN WIGMORE is returning home for a five-date regional tour in March 2023.

Gin’s unmistakable raw and raspy powerhouse vocals will exhilarate fans with her rollicking stage presence and characteristic mix of pop, rock, blues and soul when she performs for her New Zealand fans next year.

All existing tickets remain valid without the need for exchange. Patrons unable or unwilling to attend the new dates can obtain a refund from the point of purchase. Refund requests are to be submitted prior to 5pm, Thursday 2 June.

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