Leigh News & Events

Jun
29
Sat
WINTER NICENESS @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jun 29 @ 8:00 pm

Dancing shoes definitely required with this lovely line up

MR BIG STUFF // JEROME // ARNZ //AMY B

DOOR CHARGE from 8pm

Jun
30
Sun
FROM SHOWBOAT TO CABERET @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jun 30 @ 5:00 pm

Delectable musical theatre favourites and jazz standards

Consummate singer Jane Horder enjoys a diverse career of performing and teaching.
Jane has sung with Auckland swing band ‘Prima Swing Riot’ for many successful years and has performed in numerous musicals across Australasia, including Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Sweeney Todd.

Jul
5
Fri
OPEN MIC/JAM or something! @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jul 5 @ 8:00 pm

Hosted by the bearded wonder Lind’s – it’ll be a nice night with some local muso’s and maybe other performances too?
Get in touch if you want to be involved in the next one!

Jul
7
Sun
BASE FM SUNDAY SESSION @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jul 7 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This month its Dynasty Collective host ANDY HEARTTHROB playing in the courtyard for a lovely lazy Sunday arvo.

Her style is not limited to one genre, but instead can be characteristic of a certain vibe, bringing together an eclectic audience. Whether its Afro-beats, Hip-hop, R&B, Garage, Grime, Dancehall, – Andrea has her own sound that is appreciated among party goers and is constantly fine tuning her live sets and reading the crowd.

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

Jul
12
Fri
Mahurangi Winter Festival of Lights IN LEIGH @ Leigh Village
Jul 12 @ 4:00 pm
  • Check out the lights of Leigh as you walk around the town.
  • Scavenger hunt and Face Painting, Leigh School from 4pm.
  • More information will be added as confirmed.
  • Night market at the beautiful Leigh Central, so you can shop with stunning views of the ocean from 4pm until 8pm.

Places to eat;
– Leigh Bar: Light Up Leigh Special – Homemade soup, mulled wine and much more
– Leigh Eats
– Amaranto Pasta and Cucina Food truck

Leigh Eats and the Sawmill Cafe will be open as usual.

Scavenger Hunt & Face Painting @ Leigh Village
Jul 12 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

A Scavenger Hunt and Face painting will begin from Leigh School starting from 4pm until 6pm, so come and join between then! Gold coin donation which is going straight to Leigh School.
Thank you to Leigh School, Leigh Fire Brigade, Leigh Motors and Leigh’s Tattoo for helping make the scavenger hunt great fun!

Bring your torch and a pen as there is lots of fun to be had. The amazing community we have here in Leigh is right behind the event.

Jul
13
Sat
GLASS VAULTS
Jul 13 @ 9:30 pm

We’re back with new songs, come and shake your bodies!
Fresh from a series of writing retreats in remote locations we are loaded with new songs and pushing in new directions. The fruit are fresh and funkier then ever. We’d love to share them with you.
Special guest A.C Freazy!
xo

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.

BEATS BY BINGO! @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jul 19 @ 8:00 pm

This 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.

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!

Get In Touch

 

Leigh Business General Enquiries      leighbytheseaNZ@gmail.com

Please contact individual businesses directly about bookings.
Postal: Care of Leigh General Store

 

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