Leigh News & Events

Jun
22
Sat
MATAKANTATA CHOIR @ MATAKANA VILLAGE HALL
Jun 22 @ 7:30 pm

SONGS FROM

STAGE AND SCREEN

TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM: HARTS PHARMACY, WARKWORTH, GULL SERVICE STATION, MATAKANA.

NOT DOING TOO SHIT! @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jun 22 @ 8:00 pm

An appreciation and celebration party for our girl Gemma.

**KOHA ENTRY//SICK BANDS//MEAN DJ’S//LIVE FLASH TATTOOING and more…

Join us to celebrate Gem giving cancer the middle finger and battling it hard and fast like the hardcore warrior babe she is, that’s right…

There’s Dj’s and free pool, kicking off the night around 7  – as well as flash tattooing from local legends Uptown Tattoos Damian Roberts and King Tides Patrick Betts (more details closer to the date)

LIVE BANDS start at 9pm
Top Ace Nut Gun (locals)
Magic factory (Ak)
Cindy (Melbourne/Howick)
with other performances tbc

EVERYBODY WELCOME so as long as you’re not a dick we look forward to seeing you 😉

**we have made this a koha gig.
this celebration is completely organised by Gem’s mates-who’s main intention is to have a mean party, and all contributions we will be forcing Gem to take for herself to do with whatever she wants!

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
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.

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.

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
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!

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.“

Dec
24
Tue
Leigh Santa Run
Dec 24 @ 5:00 pm
Leigh Fire Brigade

Leigh Fire Brigade

The Leigh Volunteer Fire Brigade will be doing their yearly Santa Run on Christmas Eve. Whangateau to Leigh. Listen out for the fire truck siren and the Ho Ho Ho!

Mar
21
Sat
Raft Race – postponed @ Matheson Bay
Mar 21 @ 2:00 pm

Spectators Welcome!

Apr
25
Mon
Anzac Day Service @ Leigh Cemetery
Apr 25 @ 11:00 am

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