Leigh News & Events

Sep
21
Fri
HOT KNIVES EP RELEASE TOUR @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Sep 21 @ 9:30 pm

Hot Knives at the Sawmill Cafe

Hot Knives is the brain child of Warkworth’s musician Bobandii,who after moving to Auckland was approached by Apple Music to create the biggest music single possible. It was here that all five band members came together to create the electric “Nazarite“, which went on to have international success.

Although the flame had been sparked by one individual, the band quickly grew into it’s own monster, and as the band continued to play together, they started to turn the heads of other people in the industry. Hot Knives had been born.

The self titled EP is the very first official release by the band, and encompasses the original intention of the Nazarite track in 4 brand new songs.

DOORS 8pm ONSTAGE 930pm

*$10 at tickettailor | $15 on the door

Sep
22
Sat
MAKESHIFT MOVEMENTS + AUDIOPHYSICAL @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Sep 22 @ 9:00 pm

Makeshift Movements at the Sawmill CafeSix-piece Roots | Dub | D&B | Hip Hop.

From the simplicity of an acoustic guitar and bongo drums, to effects drenched synths and digital breaks. Based in Tauranga this combination of seven unique individuals from all walks of life makes for a colourful original performance with infectious grooves that are sure to get the feet moving.

Check their live studio recording of ‘Carry it with grace‘ and : facebook.com/makeshiftmovements/

AUDIOPHYSICAL is Andre Lamb, a multi instrumentalist, producer and visual artist. Lamb fuses genres like Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop, Afro and Folk – his vision is one of cinematic beats and lush melodic instrumentation fused in a dusty analogue setting.

DOORS 8pm ONSTAGE 9pm

*$15 at eventfinda | $20 on the door

 

Sep
23
Sun
Frances | Lee Duo CHAMBER ENSEMBLE @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Sep 23 @ 5:30 pm

Charlotte Francis Violin Gemma Lee Piano
We are delighted to have these 2 exceptional musicians back to the Mill, performing a little bit of everything!

From Mozart, Beethoven, Raffaello Squarise, Henri Wieniawski Chanson Arabe, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Fritz Kreisler Gershwin, Jascha Heifetz, William Kroll and Camille Saint-Saëns AND MORE…

Please ring the cafe to book a table

Chamber Ensemble at the Sawmill Cafe

Sep
24
Mon
Club Night – The Bully Boys @ Whangateau Hall
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm

Special Guest: The Bully Boys, singing a combination of mostly a capella old traditional folk from the British Isles and maritime sea shanties. 7pm. $10.

Sep
28
Fri
GRAT’S PIANO CELEBRATION @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Sep 28 @ 6:30 pm

A relaxed night to celebrate a life very well lived and a love of music

With performances across genre’s and ages on Grattan’s beloved Bechstein Grand, All welcome!

Grat's piano celebration at the Sawmill Cafe

Sep
29
Sat
IJEBU PLEASURE CLUB & Friends @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Sep 29 @ 9:30 pm

Ijebu Pleasure Club at the Sawmill CafeLive Funk, Soul, Afrobeat and Rare Groove
With 11 in in the band and some guests thrown in it’ll be a full stage and bloody good party!

Ijebu Pleasure Club

DOORS 8:00pm ONSTAGE 9:30pm

*$15 on the door

Sep
30
Sun
THE JOHNNYS with support from The Bads @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Sep 30 @ 5:30 pm

Australian cowpunk legends The Johnnys are making their long-awaited return to Aotearoa this September for their first national tour in twenty eight years.

With a fistful of foot-stomping tunes tucked under their belts, the rough riding band struck gold with their 1986 album Highlights Of A Dangerous Life spurring numerous chart hits in New Zealand and Australia, and party-starting sets at legendary local venues The Gluepot and Warners. The tour is being held in tribute to their ill bandmate, guitarist Spencer P. Jones (also of Beasts of Bourbon), who sadly won’t be crossing the ditch to join the trio of Graham HoodSlim Doherty and Billy Pommer Jr.

THE BADS are sawmill favourites, with their effortlessly cool poppin’ rockin’ country tunes – the perfect support act for this gig!

*$35 pre-sales at undertheradar | More on the door if not sold out prior.

CAFE CLOSED FOR SET UP 3 – 4:30pm | Doors 4:30pm | Onstage 5:30pm

The Johnnys at the Sawmill Cafe

Oct
5
Fri
THE CHILLS With FINN ANDREWS (the Veils) @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Oct 5 @ 9:30 pm

Dunedin music icon Martin Phillipps has gathered together the latest iteration of his band The Chills for an extensive nationwide tour this September and October in support of their latest studio album Snow Bound, the group’s first long player since 2015’s Silver Bullets. With so many classic tunes under his belt it’s impossible to pick favourites from Phillipps’ mighty oeuvre, which stretches back to 1982’s foundational Dunedin Double EP on Flying Nun Records, needless to say the songs of The Chills are close to the hearts of countless New Zealanders.

We are excited to have longtime mill favourite, Finn Andrews open the night – get your tickets quick!

DOORS OPEN 8PM  *$50 Pre-Sales at undertheradar

The Chills at the Sawmill Cafe

Oct
6
Sat
The Rocking Roller-Coasters @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Oct 6 @ 8:00 pm

The Rocking Roller-Coasters are a group of four twenty-somethings who are dedicated to 50s and 60s rock n’ roll and pop.
We’re starting early due to popular demand for this one
with guest DJ Netti Page will be finishing the festivities after the band at 10ish too… excitamundo!
Rocking Roller-Coasters

*$15 pre-sales at undertheradar| $20 on the door OR $10 on the door from 1030pm (DJ only)

The R0ocking Roller-Coasters at the Sawmill Cafe

 

Oct
11
Thu
BARBARA HAMILTON’S MUSICAL SHOWCASE @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Oct 11 @ 6:30 pm

Trouble at Mill #6 at the Sawmill CafeLocal piano teacher extraordinaire, Barbara Hamilton presents a concert to show off her students hard work.
Come and enjoy an evening of piano loveliness

Oct
13
Sat
TROUBLE @ MILL #6 @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Oct 13 @ 9:30 pm
Trouble at Mill #6 at the Sawmill CafeGrungy good covers – in its 6th year – so it must be a choice night!
with these rockers…
GRAVE DOHLS
BAD NEIGHBOURS
BUTCHAS
$10 ON THE DOOR FROM 8PM / ONSTAGE FROM 930PM
Oct
19
Fri
JULIA DEANS @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Oct 19 @ 9:30 pm

WE LIGHT FIRE – ALBUM RELEASE TOUR

Acclaimed songwriter Julia Deans (Fur PatrolThe Adults) unveiled her long-awaited second solo album
We Light Fire last month and is celebrating with a nine-date tour of Aotearoa and we are stoked to be a part of it!

This is her first headline tour with full band in seven years.

The new record is an eclectic journey through lushly orchestrated sunny pop, introspective balladry and more. Deans aims to use her upcoming tour as a means to provide a platform for women in the music industry, all support artists will be “locally appointed with a focus on female, female identifying gender non-binary fronted bands or solo artists.”

DOORS from 7:30pm SUPPORT on from 9:30pm

*$40 pre-sales at undertheradar.co.nz 

Julia Deans at the Sawmill Cafe

Oct
20
Sat
A NIGHT OF FLEETWOOD MAC – SOLD OUT @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Oct 20 @ 9:30 pm

Celebrate the music of Fleetwood Mac with pro tribute band – The Fleetwoods.

Playing 2 big sets of your favourite Fleetwood Mac tunes – from Peter Green blues era to 80s pop.
This act usually sells out – so please get your tickets early to avoid disappointment!!

DOORS 8pm  ONSTAGE 9:30pm

*Pre-Sales $20 at undertheradar
More on the door if not sold out prior

The Fleetwoods at the Sawmill Cafe

Oct
21
Sun
Leigh Community Preschool Gala @ Leigh School
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Leigh Community Preschool Gala is on again, Sunday 21st October (Labour Weekend) from 9am – 2pm.

Donations of goods or services would be greatly appreciated as well as your support on the day.

AN AFTERNOON OF FLEETWOOD MAC – SOLD OUT @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Oct 21 @ 5:30 pm

Celebrate the music of Fleetwood Mac with pro tribute band – The Fleetwoods.

Playing 2 big sets of your favourite Fleetwood Mac tunes – from Peter Green blues era to 80s pop.
This act usually sells out – so please get your tickets early to avoid disappointment!!

DOORS 4:30pm  ONSTAGE 5:30pm

*Pre-Sales $20 at undertheradar
More on the door if not sold out prior.

The Fleetwoods at the Sawmill Cafe

Oct
26
Fri
WHITE CHAPEL JAK @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Oct 26 @ 8:30 pm

Tiptop acoustic “original” acoustic covers band with a fresh approach to songs that you know.

Warning… they make you sing, laugh and dance.

GET IN QUICK they always sell out and there are limited tickets available for this special gig!
Doors from 7:30pm | Onstage from 830pm

*$20 Pre-Sales at undertheradar
$25 on the door if not sold out prior

White Chapel Jak at the Sawmill Cafe

Oct
27
Sat
PRINCESS CHELSEA @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Oct 27 @ 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Princess Chelsea at the Sawmill CafeThe Loneliest Girl NZ tour

This will be the first time Princess Chelsea has performed to New Zealand audiences in three years. It sees Chelsea and her band return home after an extensive “Planet Earth” circuit of the U.K, Europe and Korea. “I’ve got some new band members, which is pretty cool,” she says “and we have spent the last three months tightening our live set before touring the album…

Chelsea’s trademark arrangements featuring classic 80’s Synths (Yamaha DX7, Roland D-50), ambient guitars, and orchestral instruments are all here but are presented in a more refined and simple manner than on her previous releases.

It sounds like a record made by a lover of pop music across all genres from 60’s girl groups to 80’s power ballads, and late 80’s acid house to 90s pop. Like her earlier work, adult issues are presented in a humorous and sometimes childlike manner, and this juxtaposition rather than softening the blow makes jarring social commentary hit harder.

DOORS 8pm | ONSTAGE 9:30pm

TICKETS: *$30 undertheradar  | more on the door

Oct
28
Sun
SEX ON TOAST (au) @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Oct 28 @ 5:30 pm

Sex on Toast at the Sawmill CafeROUGH E.P RELEASE TOUR

Sex on Toast are an irrepressibly charming 10 man organisation who specialise in raw early 80’s funk, hard-edged new jack swing, blazing improvisation and heartfelt blue-eyed soul. Rough EP hits you with sparse ballads, slow jams, uptempo, Minneapolis stomp, heavy metal, 12” mixes, drum machines and industrial noise… surround sound tales of unrequited love, parties, betrayal, break-ups, yearning, burning, limerence and legend.

Perfect for the Mill!!

Check them out in all their glory! Sex on Toast
With support from the lovely Wallace

Doors from 4:30pm | Onstage from 5:30pm

*$20 undertheradar  | more on the door

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