Leigh News & Events

Nov
14
Sat
BIC RUNGA – 2020 SPRINGTIME TOUR
Nov 14 @ 7:30 pm

eventthumbnailimageWhat a special intimate show this will be, at the Leigh Sawmill, featuring Kendall Elise as Bic’s support on the night.

Some people baked bread during New Zealand’s first lockdown; others learned how to knit. In addition to homeschooling and mastering the art of the slow-rise boule, Bic Runga created a lockdown soundtrack; started a side project (King Sweeties) that has already been nominated for a Silver Scroll Award; and wrote songs for her next record, to be released mid-2021.
This spring, the internationally heralded pop songstress is excited to tour select New Zealand locations, celebrating both the warming of weather and the freedom to perform. With Bic on this tour is her all-star band, comprised of Kody Nielson (Silicon, Opossum, UMO); Cass Mitchell (Tiny Ruins, Carnivorous Plant Society, King Sweeties); and Michael Logie (Opossum, Silicon, The Mint Chicks).
Bic’s performances are an elegant treat, a musical journey of songs that span her career, including reimagined favourites, rarities, te reo Māori interpretations and new tunes.
Lockdown quite literally cleared the air, offering respite from auto emissions and an opportunity to consider the importance of our impact on the environment. Because touring is a resource-intensive activity, a focus of this run of shows will be measuring and offsetting the tour’s carbon emissions. To help us achieve this goal, Zilch, New Zealand’s all-electric car sharing company, is sponsoring vehicles to enable emissions-free car travel.
Nov
15
Sun
MIA JAY @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Nov 15 @ 5:00 pm
eventthumbnailimageMia Jay and her incredible band are embarking on their second nationwide tour 💥 Mia’s 2nd EP ‘Stalled On a Highway’ is about to hit the streets and aims to explore the inner thoughts of an “absolutely lost puppy” in her own words. With music that centres around vivid lyricism while shaped by different musical influences, this gig will be one to chuck in the diary.
If you enjoy LIVE music, LOCAL music and AWKWARD STAGE BANTER please come and join us for one of these nights on our NZ tour. Means a lot <33
“Mia is arguably a staple of the Dunedin pop and acoustic music scene” – Radio1
“Mia’s voice is smooth, clear and a good background to chill drinks, or study, or crying in your room (or all three)” – Critic (Te Arohi)
Nov
16
Mon
DOWNUNDERDOGS @ Whangateau Hall
Nov 16 @ 7:30 pm

The Downunderdogs perform a three-part harmony and instrumental blend of bluegrass, old-timey, country, and swing, mixed with originals penned by guitar players Jack MacKenzie and Peter Dyer. Supplying the heartbeat, extra cheery smile, and third vocal part, is Cathy Dyer on bass.

Like one of those old radio show taglines they are likely to chorus that they’re not happy until we’re happy, and it is hard to imagine any other outcome when you hear them perform.

They are genuine, made-in-America imports, and this will be a show not to be missed!

Nov
20
Fri
THE PHOENIX FOUNDATION @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Nov 20 @ 9:30 pm

eventthumbnailimageCelebrating the expansive new album Friend Ship; a post-apocalyptic love letter from the future to the present and the soundtrack to the swirling oblivion that is 2020.

The Phoenix Foundation have lived many lives. From high school distortion addicts to indie folk trippers to masters of motorik dream pop. It’s been five years since GUYD but that down time has been spent writing, recording, touring with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, creating the acclaimed soundtrack for Hunt For The Wilderpeople, building shrines to light, creating scores for VR, producing other bands, baking sourdough.

Slowly, when they could, the six old friends found time to work together in studios, garages, forests, and sheds around New Zealand to put together the concise ten song set of that is Friend Ship. Featuring Nadia Reid, Hollie Fullbrook (Tiny Ruins) and Anita Clark (Motte) their 7th album is both a classic collection of Phoenixy songs and a new palette of sounds and characters.

Oh we are so excited to have them at the Mill!

ONSALE 9AM 14/8 at banishedmusic.com

 

Nov
21
Sat
REB FOUNTAIN @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Nov 21 @ 8:30 pm

Reb Fountain at the Sawmill CafeAward winning New Zealand singer-songwriter, Reb Fountain, announces an extensive 10-date tour in celebration of her upcoming self-titled album, her debut for Flying Nun Records, and we are thrilled to be one!
Pulling out all the stops for this collection of noir punk-folk songs, Reb is taking her band the length and breadth of the country to deliver these news songs, and some old favourites, in full glory.

The tour announcement coincides with the forthcoming album Reb Fountain release, due out May 1st on Flying Nun Records.
In the wake of praise for her recently-released indie anthem ‘Samson’, Fountain has shared new single ‘When Gods Lie’ featuring supporting vocals of friend and musical collaborator Finn Andrews.

Worldwide appreciation for Reb Fountain:
“…reminiscent of Lana Del Rey and Tom Waits all at once.” Undertheradar
“[Samson] has Nick Cave running through its veins.” The FADER
“Reb Fountain is to be counted among our finest songwriters whose imagery is both personal and universal, and her command of a melody and a song transcends genre.” Elsewhere.co.nz
“[Samson is] a brilliantly constructed song that is testament to Fountain’s remarkable musicality.” Women in Pop

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 8pm
PRESALES $34.90+ b.f at banishedmusic
DOOR SALES tbc

Nov
28
Sat
ADAM HATTAWAY & THE HAUNTERS @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Nov 28 @ 9:30 pm

eventthumbnailimageOne dark night, beneath the glow of a gas heater, Adam Hattaway and the Haunters

(A.H.) emerged with a Bob Dylan record in one hand and a glass of cheap red wine in the other. They’ll take you back to the good old days when heartbreak wasn’t just something you learned about in the movies.

Based in Christchurch, A.H. has been building an international reputation in the new order of alt-rock’n’roll. With sweltering hooks and raw emotional narrative, their sound says ‘put your arm around the one you love and remember that they won’t be there forever – but maybe that’s a good thing.’
In celebration of their new single, ‘WASTING OUR TIME'(OUT OCT 2ND), Adam Hattaway and the Haunters are setting out of their third national tour!
Doors: 8.00
Music: 9:30

Support: Ryan Fisherman (DUO)

Pre-sales: undertheradar.co.nz
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SUFFER!
Nov
30
Mon
DIANE PONZIO @ Whangateau Hall
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm

Diane was born and raised in New York City, and honed her skills playing folk clubs on Bleecker Street after graduating from The “Fame” School (the prestigious High School of Performing Arts) and earning a BA in Mathematics from Brooklyn College.

In 1985, she was chosen as a global ambassador for The Martin Guitar Company by C.F. Martin IV to perform on their behalf worldwide. There are two Martin Guitar models that bear her name. Diane’s songs feature meaningful lyrics woven with memorable melodies, laid over her percussive guitar style, and brought home with her saxophone like vocals.

Her music moves your heart, your thoughts, and your feet!  Diane regularly tours in Europe, has released ten full length CDs, and enjoys seeing her friends all over the world.

Dec
4
Fri
WHITE CHAPEL JAK – postponed from 15 Aug – SOLD OUT @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Dec 4 @ 8:30 pm

White Chapel Jak at the Sawmill CafeCelebrating the end of lock down with a big old tour. Known for putting an acoustic, funk-groove spin on upbeat songs everyone knows and loves, White Chapel Jak are an infectiously happy, must see live show that regularly sells out. So get those tickets! FRIDAY NIGHT DOORS OPEN 7.30pm BAND ON STAGE 8.30 – 10.30pm PRESALES $30+b.f at Eventbrite DOOR SALES availability tbc

Feb
13
Sat
Guardian Singles w/Dick Move+Memory Foam @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Feb 13 @ 8:00 pm

Auckland post-punks Guardian Singles continue their nationwide 2021 tour.

They are joined by their good friends and Auckland party-punks:
DICK MOVE
and 5-piece noise-rockers:
MEMORY FOAM

 

Guardian Singles’ hectic live shows have earned them the reputation of one of the best bands in Aotearoa. Their anthem-packed debut album enjoyed widespread success through NZ college radio, and has been picked up internationally in places as far as Denmark, Italy, and Colombia.
Band members Fiona Campbell (Vivian Girls, Coolies), Thom Burton (SoccerPractise, Wilberforces), Yolanda Fagan (Na Noise, Echo Ohs) and Durham Fenwick (Green Grove) will play favourites from their debut, alongside blistering new material that they’re recording for their second album in March 2021.
Check out the link below for the live video of Guardian Singles playing “Midnight Swim” at Gonerfest 2020!
Get your tickets via undertheradar.co.nz or $20 on the door
Feb
19
Fri
Auckland City Scoundrels @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Feb 19 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Auckland City Scoundrels hit Leigh Sawmill!!

 

The boldest and brashest Second Line band in all the land, serving up originals, New Orleans favourites and modern classics straight to your earholes.
The ‘Auckland City Scoundrels’ are Auckland’s newest and tightest second line jazz band bringing the dirtiest and funkiest renditions of your favourite songs straight to your earholes.
Keep your eyes and ears open for the ACS parading through the streets and alleys down town, and mingling through the Auckland bar scene in classic Orleans style.
Feb
23
Tue
Chorus Fibre Network Information Session @ Leigh Hall
Feb 23 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Chorus are holding a community drop in event. The event is being held so that people that don’t really understand about fibre, can come and ask the Chorus team questions about our work and how to get connected should they wish to. Just for your information, unless the driveway is longer than 200metres then there is generally no cost to install the fibre to the home – other than the typical monthly fee retail service providers charge to have a broadband package.

Feb
27
Sat
White Chapel Jak @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Feb 27 @ 9:00 pm

WCJ deliver a fresh acoustic approach to songs that you know, with a clean sound blending each performers diverse style. Their live energy is rhythmic and fun and audiences are always thoroughly engaged with their warm ‘kiwiana’ delivery and technical flourishes.

Mar
26
Fri
Muroki @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Mar 26 @ 9:00 pm

Muroki drops his latest single Wavy today, the official Wavy Lyric video and announces live shows to go with the release.

The hypnotic slice of pop is the second cut from the young Raglan musician’s forthcoming EP and these shows are his first since breaking his arm in a skateboard accident. The Wavy Lyric video is a fun, simple take on the artwork for Wavy – an enticing couple dancing to the deep beat.

March and April dates see Muroki and his band mixing some small town dates in Leigh, Raglan, and Colville with headline shows in Auckland and Wellington.

After stunning RNV and Nestfest performances, that skateboard tumble in the Raglan town bowl put paid to many of Muroki’s plans (he also plays in popular Raglan groups Masaya and Cloak Bay) but he has already been back in the studio finishing up more tracks and planning a big 2021.

Wavy is Muroki’s third single release. His self-released debut For Better Or Worse caught the ear of BENEE and she was soon playing the song to Elton John and the worldwide audience on his Rocket Hour Radio show. She next invited him not only to join her sold-out October tour but to be the first artist signed to her new Olive record label.

Mar
27
Sat
White Chapel Jak @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Mar 27 @ 9:00 pm

WCJ deliver a fresh acoustic approach to songs that you know, with a clean sound blending each performers diverse style. Their live energy is rhythmic and fun and audiences are always thoroughly engaged with their warm ‘kiwiana’ delivery and technical flourishes.

We leave limited tables in for pre-show dining from 6pm. It definitely pays to book ahead.

DOORS 8pm ONSTAGE 9pm
TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 8pm

Mar
28
Sun
RiddimYard – Fish & Bread Sound System @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Mar 28 @ 2:30 pm

Fish & Bread is back again for Riddim Yard #7, at the Leigh Sawmill.
Once again we’re back in the Sawmill yard, running roots, dub and more in a sound system fashion.
Come and join us!
Sunday, March 28th, 2.30-6pm.
Apr
17
Sat
A Night of Fleetwood Mac @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Apr 17 @ 9:00 pm

Celebrate the music of Fleetwood Mac with premier 5 piece band-
The Fleetwoods.
After sell out South Island shows in 2020 we are delighted to be returning to the Leigh Sawmill, so book your ticket now for an intimate dose of Fleetwood greatness.
Featuring a great band of top musicians performing two fantastic high intensity sets – from the Peter Green era through to the 80s favourites. With all the hits from Landslide, The Chain, Rhiannon – don’t miss this great night out.
Tickets $25 from Under The Radar
May
14
Fri
Miles Calder – Album Release Tour @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
May 14 @ 8:00 pm

Wellington singer-songwriter Miles Calder will embark on a nationwide tour this April and May in celebration of his debut solo album Autopilot Life, out today. The ten shows will see Miles and his band perform in intimate venues across Aotearoa, captivating audiences with a dynamic set ranging from floating atmospheric ballads to chomping rock n roll.
Four years on since his folk/Americana self-titled release with former backing band The Rumours and time living overseas, Miles has emerged with a renewed sound, fresh songs, and new band. His new album Autopilot Life takes his classic folk-rock style into a striking psychedelic realm, evoking early 70s Lennon and late-era Beatles as much as contemporaries like Kevin Morby and Father John Misty.
Banished Music & Undertheradar Presents
Miles Calder Album Release Tour 2021
with Full Band

May
22
Sat
Bowie Bowie! @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
May 22 @ 9:00 pm

Coming off a great run of gigs in Auckland, the band are heading north to the famous Sawmill Cafe in Leigh. Come ready to groove and shout lyrics to the best of all Bowie songs!

Jun
4
Fri
Leigh Sawmill Long Weekend Super Bash! @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jun 4 @ 8:00 pm

calendarThree EPIC bands hit Leigh Sawmill to rock the stage and make you dance all night! 💃
🔥 This coming long weekend, make your way to Leigh Sawmill for a party you don’t want to miss out on! 🔥
Featuring:
🎷 Big Tasty 🎷
Big Tasty are a 9 piece funk party ready to shake your socks off!
Led by diminutive powerhouse front woman Manuela Ovalle Herrera and backed by a full horn section, Big Tasty lay down some hard hitting dance music and will make you groove!
💥 The Rvmes 💥
The name confuse you? Say it with us.. “The Rooms” excellent!
One of Auckland’s most eclectic bands on the current music scene. Taking every genre into their consideration, they have based the essence of their band on the interesting, worldly and diverse, pulling inspiration from soul/blues, rock n’ roll right through to Middle Eastern European inspired melodies.
🎺 Bruci Jordan 🎺
Bruci Jordan is a rock/reggae fusion Brazilian artist based in Auckland- New Zealand.
Mixing rock, reggae, blues and funk, Bruci Jordan brings some groovy vibes through his tunes making people show their moves on the dance floor!

For only $15 on the door you can be a part of the best party the long weekend has to offer! Doors open at 8pm so don’t miss out

Jun
5
Sat
Eighties Forever: 1980s Dance Party @ LEIGH SAWMILL CAFE
Jun 5 @ 9:00 pm

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12XU Presents:
EIGHTIES FOREVER: 1980s Dance Party
Taking place at Leigh Sawmill on the long weekend!
18+
How shall I dress on a night like this?
We strongly encourage costumes, leather, vinyl, lace, masks wigs, giant hats, overly hair-sprayed 80s hair, Bowie channeling face makeup and the weird like to make this an extra *special* night! If you have actual clothing from the 80s, dig it out!!!
But we also want you to feel (somewhat) comfortable, so dress however ya want!
What will you play?
It if came out in the 80s and you can dance to it, we might play it! Cheesy pop, synth pop hits, goth, indie, hair rock, hip hop + more!!!
ABC, A-ha, Adam + the Ants, Air Supply, Billy Idol, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Boy George, The Cure, Cyndi Lauper, The Damned, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, Dead or Alive, Devo, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Duran Duran, Electronic, Erasure, Eurythmics, Falco, Front 242, Gene Loves Jezebel, Go Gos, Human League, Laura Branigan, Lisa Lisa + Cult Jam, Pat Benetar, Pointer Sisters, Joan Jett, Madonna, Prince, Pixies, Run DMC, NWA, Talk Talk, Tears for Fears, OMD, Motley Crue, Neneh Cherry, Nitzer Ebb, New Order, Pet Shop Boys, Queen, Rick Astley, Replacements, Roxy Music, Sisters of Mercy, Sonic Youth, The Sound, Strawberry Switchblade, Talking Heads, Twisted Sister, Van Halen, Wham!, Whitney Houston, Yazoo and lots more!!!

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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