Leigh News & Events
Having been grounded in 2020 care of the global pandemic, Barnett made the best of a bad situation and wrote and recorded a new record. That drops later this year, but before it does the witty maestro is touring her solo show to all corners of Aotearoa – a country she’s adored touring in the past and a place she considers herself lucky to have the opportunity to return to.
With nine dates at some of New Zealand’s favourite venues, local audiences are in for a treat as Barnett dials things right down and prepares to deliver gems from her catalogue in an intimate setting.
After years of touring with her thunderous band around the globe, the performer recently found herself craving the simplicity of her early days as a straight up singer-songwriter.
Armed with just a guitar, her renowned banter and some of the best indie folk songs of the past decade, she toured North America throughout the pre-pandemic months of 2020 like she had never done before.
Those shows saw Courtney at both her funniest and most raw and personal. She played town halls, barns, churches, dive bars, haunted hotels, ski-lodges, theatres and studios, all to enraptured audiences, who couldn’t quite believe they were witnessing the artist in this mode.
For Courtney, the simplicity and honesty of the shows was an inspirational salve; a way to fall back in love with the art and craft of song. This is the Courtney Barnett New Zealand gets to sing-along with in July, on what will be an unmissable tour.
On Friday the 23rd there will be Food trucks, as well as music and Oli’s Light Show at the Leigh School car park and Netball court. Look forward to seeing you all.
We also encourage people to light up their businesses and houses as well..
Lets light up Leigh for this winter festival
Troy Kingi‘s fifth instalment ‘Black Sea Golden Ladder’, in his 1O 1O 1O Series (10 albums in 10 years in 10 genres) is due for release June 18th.
A collaboration with award winning artist and producer Delaney Davidson, this album was written and recorded as part of the Matairangi Mahi Toi Artist Residency in Wellington – a partnership between the Governor General and Massey University that was established in 2016 to encourage and promote the development of Māori and Pasifika visual arts and creative practices.
Troy Kingi and Delaney Davidson will take to the road this August, playing the album live, in shows across the country.
“One of the hottest and exciting acts to emerge in NZ in the last 18 months” – Paul Ellis, NZ Idol_NZ Got Talent Judge, Former Sony Music Executive.
Who’s ready for a bloody good time?! Hugely-popular White Chapel Jak are here for a good time, and you don’t have to wait for a long time! Their Good Time Tour 2021 is set to be the most epic run of shows yet.
White Chapel Jak have opened for Ben Harper and Alanis Morissette, and entertained more than 15,000 people at the SeePort Festival in Auckland performing with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra two years in a row. Many of their 2020 shows sold out as their reputation and following grew.
Nailing ballads through to bangers that span decades of hits and have everyone dancing, the trio’s playlist is now peppered with their original music, to create high-energy shows.
Super star leading lady Bonnie Hurunui has a powerhouse voice and charisma ready to dazzle with her magnetic energy. The beautiful and talented Viking drummer, Dean Tinning holds the beat with heart and soul, and the charming and fiery, Nathan Boston is locked and loaded with his catchy riffs and flawless flourishes. The band will be joined by special guest artists.
“We love the energy and vibe of our people having a good time,” Bonnie says. “So that’s what our shows and music are all about – the best that life has to offer, good tunes, good people and good times.”
The Good Time Tour kicks off on August 28 and plays out in their favourite spots including Leigh, where it all began for the band seven years ago, as well as Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Mt Maunganui, Napier, Gisborne, New Plymouth and Wellington.
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/
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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