Leigh News & Events

Dec
28
Sat
STINKY GROOVES @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Dec 28 @ 5:30 pm

Tunes of I at the Sawmill CafeOh yes we are delighted indeed to have Jim play at the mill – always with the good tunes, lovely accompaniment to your summers eve dinner.

check out his 95Bfm show if you don’t already know 🙂

From 5ish – 9ish in the courtyard.

Dec
29
Sun
TUNES OF I @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Dec 29 @ 8:00 pm

Tunes of I at the Sawmill Cafe‘GET UP’ SUMMER TOUR

Presented by Eccles Entertainment & Tuatara Brewing

Wellington dub rockers  Tunes of I are fast developing into one of the nations most exciting live roots acts. Featuring a solid backbone of drums, bass, vocals and guitars, complimented by two of the capitals finest horn players, the jazz trained six piece collective are renowned nationwide for their original, tight and dynamic live performances. Raw chemistry matched with classical training that is best witnessed up close and personal.

With Special Guests – H4LF CĀST
Tastefully mixing the new with the old, the H4LF CĀST crew create soulful Reggae/DUB grooves and dangerously bouncy Hip-Hop beats that will entrance

TICKETS HOLDERS ONLY from 8pm
PRESALES 
$20+b.f at eventbrite
DOOR SALES 
t.b.a

Dec
31
Tue
N.Y.E SOUND CLASH! @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Dec 31 @ 8:00 pm

NYE Soundclash at the Sawmill CafeTwo of Auckland’s most iconic DJs are coming together to battle it out for dance floor supremacy

An epic clash of mighty sounds from all flavours of the musical spectrum.

KillaManRaro (The Black Seeds) & Bobby Brazuka (Latinaotearoa) will be bringing the combined heat of the South Pacific and South America to your New Years Eve in the unique setting of the legendary Leigh Sawmill Cafe. With support from local beat-slinger extraordinaire Zane Tee (Base Fm/Grapevinyl), plus a suprise selection of extra special guests on live vocals and instrumentation.

THIS GIG IS GUARANTEED TO SELL OUT! DO NOT MISS OUT!!

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 8:00pm
PRE-SALES: $50.00 + b.f at undertheradar
DOOR SALES TBC

Jan
2
Thu
BREEZIN’ THRU @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jan 2 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Breezin' Thru at the Sawmill CafeA nice after N.Y afternoon Dj session with the ALWAYS good Dan Paine and Manuel Bundy
In the courtyard from 2-6pm –  family friendly and free

Jan
4
Sat
Art Open Day – Mary Jordan @ 64 Grand View Rd
Jan 4 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

A R T M Bay Jan 2020

Local artist Mary Jordan is showcasing her new art and invites you to her Open Day Sat 4th and Sun 5th January 10 am to 4 pm

 

SKA & REGGAE EXPLOSION No2 @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jan 4 @ 9:30 pm

AceTones at the Sawmill CafeAfter a highly successful event last year The AceTones are back with the Ska & Reggae Explosion part 2.

With the Mighty Herbsmen – both bands bring sizzling brass sections, rock solid riddums and soaring vocal harmonies for a night of supreme Jamaican music.

And records spun by special guest Selectress

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

Jan
5
Sun
Art Open Day – Mary Jordan @ 64 Grand View Rd
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

A R T M Bay Jan 2020

Local artist Mary Jordan is showcasing her new art and invites you to her Open Day Sat 4th and Sun 5th January 10 am to 4 pm

 

Jan
7
Tue
BLACK SLATE @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jan 7 @ 8:00 pm

Black Slate at the Sawmill Cafe WITH SPECIAL GUEST, NRG RISING

Good Karma 4010 and Jeff Vuletich are proud to present
Pioneers of the British Roots Rock Reggae Black Slate

They will be reunited with our blessed NZ whanau:
Former Katchafires Jamey Fergusson | Mum & Daughters soulful vocalists NRG Rising
Aaron LeGeyt from The Rude Boys, Napier |  Dargaville”s local talent Twelve Days.

A night definitely not to be missed…

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 6:00pm
PRE-SALES: $35.00 + b.f at ticketspacenz and at the bar
DOOR SALES 
tbc

Jan
9
Thu
ENO x DIRTY CHURCH & A.P @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jan 9 @ 9:00 pm

Eno x Dirty Church & AP at the Sawmill CafeTwo of NZ hip-hop’s heavyweight duo’s, Eno x Dirty and Church & AP are joining forces for one night only at the Mill and we are stoked!

Since the release of their debut album ‘Evil Adventures and Happy Endings’ in 2017, Grey Lynn heroes Eno x Dirty have been selling out shows all across the country (and a couple in Asia), performing at festivals like Rhythm and Vines, smashing streaming records and shifting units with no signs of slowing. Eno x Dirty’s ‘Honest To Whom’ is their first full project since 2017’s ridiculous debut. Are they albums? Are they EPS? Who knows. Recorded at Red Bull Studios in Auckland with Ben Lawson, the single Get That Cash is an abrasive and constantly changing hook driven beast, showcasing one of Eno’s first times in front of the mic. “‘Honest To Whom’ is a reflection of where and who we are now. It’s the first time we will be releasing something free of the feeling the material is old to us, instead we are proud to stand next it like a 4 year old showing his parents the macaroni painting he did at kindy that day.”

Church and AP met on the first day of high school in 2013 over a shared appreciation for Chance the Rapper. They started creating music together and individually, Church was handpicked by David Dallas for Red Bull 64 Bars, spent all the time they could soaking up the local hip hop scene, and then started releasing music on the internet and playing sell-out gigs. The industry and hip hop fans took notice. Last summer they released their first official single ‘Ready or Not’ which went straight into the New Zealand singles charts, spent two months on Mai FM’s A rotation playlist, was playlisted across Spotify and Apple and made the New Music Friday cover for Spotify Australia and New Zealand. The track hit #1 on Shazam as people tried to work out who was making this brilliant new music that has garnered more than three million streams. Now, six years on from that first meeting, Church & AP are poised to become New Zealand’s latest hip hop heavyweights with their collective YKK. Their debut album Teeth came out on the 15 November.

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 8:00pm
Tickets available from UNDERTHERADAR soon
DOOR SALES T.B.A

Jan
10
Fri
DUAL | DIRTY PIXELS FRANK BOOKER | STEVIE OXTON @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jan 10 @ 8:30 pm

Dual + Dirty Pixels at the Sawmill CafePresented by Cross St Music Festival and Head’s Garage

Stevie Oxton from ‘Heads Garage’ starts the evening

Followed by Dirty Pixels (live) bring their Smiths style 80’s and 90’s synth pop with lead singer Ethan Moore

Then psych-dance duo Dual combine dream-like vocals with driving drum beats and intoxicating riffs – they were a fave at the mill last summer,  just recently signed to Warner Music this may be the last time we hear them on this side of the ditch

Closing the night Frank Booker brings his Disco dancefloor to the Mill, straight from his sucessfully epic 12 week Flamingo Pier sets at iconic club Las Vegas on K road

OH ITS GONNA BE A GOODIE!

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 8:00pm
PRE-SALES: $25+ b.f: eventbrite
DOOR SALES T.B.A

Jan
12
Sun
TINY RUINS & LAWRENCE ARABIA @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jan 12 @ 7:30 pm

Tiny Ruins & Lawrence Arabia at the Sawmill CafeSOLO & TOGETHER

For one evening only, local musical heroes Tiny Ruins and Lawrence Arabia join forces for a double bill of solo performances, combining the essences of their respective recent solo tours into one monumental night of mid-summer majesty, culminating in an on-stage crossover of select songs performed together.

The release of Tiny Ruins Olympic Girls album in 2019 has seen Hollie Fullbrook and band spending much of the year on the road. Following the release of an 11 track solo companion to the celebrated album and a sold out full band New Zealand tour, Fullbrook has been performing alone for the last two months with an intimate, stripped back reimagining of the lush arrangements from the album. This included three weeks in North America supporting Aldous Harding, as well as 26 shows across Europe, and three Australian shows with Steve Gunn.

2019 has seen Lawrence Arabia careen across New Zealand and Europe in support of his critically lauded Lawrence Arabia’s Single Club album, which compiled his ambitious series of crowdfunded monthly singles recorded and released throughout 2018. He is currently in the midst of a solo tour entitled Single where he returns for a series of piano performances, re-imagined, alone and devoid of any buffer and/or musical safety net.

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY FROM 6:30pm
PRE-SALES: $34.90+ b.f: tickettailor
DOOR SALES T.B.A

Jan
13
Mon
Good Habits @ Whangateau Hall
Jan 13 @ 7:30 pm

Good Habits from UK

Good Habits are an eclectic indie-folk band creating immersive, multimedia gigs and projects. Fronted by female string instrumentalists, they aim to produce innovative originals and covers, demonstrating the upbeat and diverse capabilities of their instruments whilst blending it into an energised, yet warm sound world of Nu-folk and acoustic, poetic songwriting.

Sitting comfortably on the boundary between folk and pop, Good Habits take inspiration from The Moulettes’ raw, string energy and combine it with the pop-folk intimacy of First Aid Kit. As the main songwriter, Bonnie Schwarz’ vocal style parallels that of Kate Bush and Feist, living within the sound world instrumentation of cello and accordion.

Jan
15
Wed
BEN CATLEY @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jan 15 @ 9:00 pm

Ben Catley at the Sawmill CafeReturning to the Mill on his third NZ tour, West Australia’s Ben Catley has been appearing on huge festival lineups all across Australia, NZ, UK, Holland, Singapore, Réunion Island and The Philippines. With huge vocals, blistering guitar playing and an infectious stage energy, he captivates crowds like few other solo acts.

Working tirelessly between tours to put out multiple releases throughout the last year, Ben has new music available and on its way on all digital platforms, have a listen on Spotify

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

 

Jan
17
Fri
STINKY GROOVES @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jan 17 @ 5:30 pm

Tunes of I at the Sawmill CafeOh yes we are delighted indeed to have Jim play at the mill – always with the good tunes, lovely accompaniment to your summers eve dinner.

check out his 95Bfm show if you don’t already know 🙂

From 5ish – 9ish in the courtyard.

Jan
18
Sat
SURF FRIENDS @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jan 18 @ 9:30 pm

Surf friends at the Sawmill CafeWe and our great mates McLeod’s Brewery are super stoked to present a summer night of surf rock with decidedly good blokes Brad and Pete a.k.a Surf Friends
Kicking off with their mates Power Nap
Its gonna be a goodie!

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 8:00pm
PRE-SALES: $10+ b.f: undertheradar
DOOR SALES $15

Jan
19
Sun
BASE FM SUNDAY SESSION @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jan 19 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Base FM Sunday Session at the Sawmill Cafe

Base FM leading ladies are taking over our January Sunday Session and we can’t wait!
Yannika Tavai co-host of base breakfast show and queen bee herself Jasmin Jazz Ziedan

Expect a good dose of Hip Hop, Soul, Funk and Rn’B and of course those warm smiles

Playing in the courtyard from 3-6pm – family friendly and free 🙂

Jan
24
Fri
MIKE LOVE @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jan 24 @ 9:30 pm

The Fleetwoods at the Sawmill CafeIn this modern age of music, genres blend together as naturally as the river flows into the sea.
With the expansive library of all the music of the world from every time period at our fingertips, creative artists seem to be more and more liberated from the archaic mentality of being pigeonholed into one genre or demographic.

Mike Love is at the forefront of this movement. With a foundation rooted in the spirituality and message-based music of Reggae and Rastafari, he blends the sounds of progressive and classic rock, pop, R & B, soul, blues, flamenco, jazz and so much more. Healing is at the core of his music.
With ever-evolving live performances, Love keeps his organically grown fanbase returning again and again to witness the evolution of tried and true fan favourites. With an ever-expanding repertoire of new music that is constantly surfacing. Fans often leave live performances remarking about how they have just been to church, or had a bad day turned around.

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 8:00pm
PRE-SALES: $44+ b.f: eventfinda
DOOR SALES T.B.A

Jan
25
Sat
MARLIN’S DREAMING @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jan 25 @ 9:30 pm

Marlins Dreaming at the Sawmill CafeSimilar to the migrating patterns of the bar-tailed Godwit – or KuaKua – Marlin’s Dreaming will leave its prickly nest in December to embark on a national summer tour, visiting Aotearoa’s agrarian towns and middling cities – and Leigh!

The tour marks the celebration of its new full length LP, Quotidian, recorded at Roundhead Studios and set to be released in 2020. After recently playing alongside musical heavyweights, Kirin J Callinan and The Chills, Marlin’s Dreaming continues to take significant strides in the local scene.

From gliding pop ballads, to grungy post-punk, Marlin’s Dreaming have been continually striving to diversify their sound and improve their live performances. Playing some bloody good pop rock shit from Dunedin.

R18

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 8:00pm
PRE-SALES: $25+ b.f: banishedmusic
DOOR SALES T.B.A

Jan
27
Mon
Lonely Heartstring Band @ Whangateau Hall
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm

Lonely Heartstring Band

Nourished by deep roots in the expansive canon of traditional American music, The Lonely Heartstring Band embodies the modern American condition—an understanding and reverence for the past that informs a push into the future. George Clements (guitar, vocals) Patrick M’Gonigle (fiddle, vocals) Charles Clements (bass, vocals) Maddie Witler (mandolin) and Gabe Hirshfeld (banjo) bring together their own musical styles to create a sound greater than the sum of its parts.

Combining soulful instrumental virtuosity with soaring three-part harmonies, their growing repertoire of original songs and compositions showcases not only their considerable talents, but a dedication to meaningful roots-conscious music.

Since their beginnings in 2012, The Lonely Heartstring Band has been on the rise and shows no sign of slowing down. With their 2015 IBMA Momentum Award and their 2016 release of their debut full-length album, Deep Waters, on Rounder Records, there is every reason to hope that they are at the front edge of a significant career.

Already they have generated a devoted following of music-lovers across North America, performing and headlining at major music festivals and historic venues from Western Canada to California, from Kentucky to New Hampshire. Whether it’s a festival stage, theatre, or intimate listening room, The Lonely Heartstring Band always delivers a dynamic, diverse, and heartfelt performance. Over the last three years of touring, the band has crafted shows that generate a genuine connection and bring crowds to their feet.

Jan
30
Thu
ALEX VENTLING TRIO @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jan 30 @ 8:00 pm

Alex Ventling Trio at the Sawmill CafeA special concert from an exciting young European jazz piano trio. Alex Ventling, a Swiss/New Zealander and emerging pianist, brings home his trio after six years living and studying abroad. This is the first international tour of the trio since Alex graduated with his Masters degree in Switzerland, and a premiere for New Zealand.

The personal and dynamic colours in Alex’s compositions deliver a bold statement with European elegance – a refreshing addition to what we may know as ‘jazz’. Expect playful interaction, continuous shaping of the moment, risk-taking, amongst beautiful melodies and sometimes explosive rhythms. Completing the band is double-bassist James Krüttli (Switzerland) and drummer Phelan Burgoyne (UK). Through their improvisations, the three communicate as only old friends can.

ALEX VENTLING TRIO

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 7:30pm
PRE-SALES: $20 at the bar / students $15
Best to book a table

Leigh Community Preschool Gala

Discover what’s under the sea at Leigh Community Preschool Gala
Leigh Preschool Gala will be an event filled day with magic, bouncy castles, raffles, pre-loved treasures, a photo booth and lots of marine life. Joy for all members of the family with gourmet food, a selection of drinks and live music.
Leigh Preschool is passionate about the marine environment and this year there will be a Marine Discovery Station with interactive displays and a touch tank. The Leigh Marine Laboratory and local artist have come together to create a beautiful under water environment.
Leigh Preschool Gala will be held on the 27th October, Labour weekend Sunday from 10am to 4pm at Leigh School Fields. The money raised will be used to upgrade Preschool’s outdoor space. 
For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/2396867390527765/

Light Up Leigh

  • Scavenger Hunt & Face Painting (see events)
  • Night market at beautiful Leigh Central, so you can shop with stunning views of the ocean. Market from 4pm until 8pm.
  • Light Up Competition (see below)
  • Places to eat;
    – Leigh Bar: Light Up Leigh Special – Homemade soup, mulled wine and much more
    – Leigh Eats 
    – Amaranto Pasta and Cucina Food truck

For more information please email Michelle on 1805michelle@gmail.com

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