Leigh News & Events

QUIZ with PETRUS @ leigh sawmill cafe
Jul 19 @ 8:00 pm

The annual quiz series is back
Prizes on the night + 1/2 each nights prize pool is accumulated and gets donated to a local community group, of the series winners choice
max 6 per team $5pp

Jul 20 @ 9:00 pm

A night of epic grungy rock covers

*$10 on door from 8pm

Grave Dohls |  Bad Neighbours

Grave Dohls at the Sawmill Cafe

LEVI live @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Jul 21 @ 9:00 pm

2 guitars, a cello, a saxophone and a cajon – coupled with Levi’s emotive lyrics, catchy melodies and beautiful harmonies.

Levi will be supported on the night by the amazingly talented Mema Wilda.

*$15 pre-sales at undertheradar.co.nz $20 on the door

LEVI at the Sawmill Cafe

Leigh Midwinter Dance @ Leigh Central
Jul 28 @ 7:30 pm – 11:59 pm

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SAVE THE DATE!! – JULY 28th – for the inaugural Leigh Midwinter Dance. Live band, late night supper, cash bar.

Single tickets @ $45 – limited to 150 guests

Contact Leigh Central 021 2460757 or enquiries@leighcentral.co.nz

GREAT NORTH @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Jul 28 @ 9:30 pm

Great North have escaped the smog-filled London streets for a mid-winter NZ tour.
They are joined by Tom Cunliffe and Reb Fountain.

Bring your friends/loved ones/enemies to an evening of folk music and stories about how much cheaper dairy products are in the UK.

*$15 pre-sales at eventbrite $20 on the door

Great North at the Sawmill Cafe

JULIA DEANS @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Aug 4 @ 9:30 pm


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

TONI SWAIN & BAND @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Aug 5 @ 5:30 pm

An incredible voice and music that “defies categorization” (Rhythms Magazine), blending blues, r & b, soul and jazz effortlessly in her original compositions.

Toni’s new album “Deepest Water” skyrocketed to the #2 position on the Australian Blues and Roots Charts on release.

Toni’s touring band features the cream of Australian jazz and blues players, lifting this band to the international stage.
Don’t miss the masterful Hamish Stuart, Australia’s finest funk drummer, the mighty grooves of NZ’s own Hal Tupaea – bass, super stylish Roy Payne (from the Don Walker band) – guitar, and gorgeous lounge sounds from George Bibicos – keyboards.

$20 pre-sales at eventfinda.co.nz | $25 on the door

Toni Swain & Band at the Sawmill Cafe

QUIZ NIGHT @ Leigh Bar
Aug 6 @ 6:30 pm

$5 per person – create your own team.

Monday night is also $15 steak night.

Book a table by contacting Richard at the Leigh Bar or on 021 041 9242 or richard.ostmo.scott@gmail.com

FRISKY BUSINESS @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Aug 11 @ 9:00 pm

Flashback to the great 80’s… with the most iconic hits played live!

We will send you back to the 80’s with it’s neon lights, big hair styles and crazy outfits.
But be prepared..you will dance all night!

We are playing songs from the most iconic and influential bands and artists of the 80`s live…
Michael Jackson, Prince, Wham, David Bowie, Tears for Fears, Eurythmics, Cameo and many many many more..
Warm up your dance moves, get your 80’s outfit out of the storage and join us for a great night!


*$10 early bird pre-sales at dashtickets.co.nz

Frisky Business at the Sawmill Cafe

BEN HURLEY the club tour @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Aug 25 @ 9:30 pm

Ben Hurley. One of New Zealand’s best loved Stand up Comics takes the real comedy club experience to 12 legendary venues around New Zealand, and we’re one!
A big 2 hour comedy show with support from Sera Devcich and other guests.

Doors 8pm | onstage 930pm
BE SURE TO RING AND BOOK A TABLE after you purchase a ticket

*$27.50 pre-sales at eventfinda | More on the door if not sold out prior

Ben Hurley at the Sawmill Cafe

Sep 8 @ 9:00 pm

The Fish are excited to announce their new show – A Funk & Soul Revue. They’ll take you back to the funky, soul-drenched 70’s with ‘Fish versions of classics from Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Earth Wind & Fire, Aretha Franklin, Boney M & Kool & the Gang (to name just a few).

Dress in your funkiest, most soulful threads and come and join the party!

*$23 pre-sales at undertheradar More on the door if not sold out prior

The Wonderfish Collective at the Sawmill Cafe

DON McGLASHAN @ Leigh Sawmill Cafe
Sep 14 @ 9:00 pm

Performing recent songs, along with plenty of gems from his sprawling back catalogue

Don McGlashan’s songs of love, landscape and mystery have taken snapshots of life in New Zealand for over three decades. By consistently challenging himself, he’s achieved that rare combination: wide appeal, and the respect of fellow artists. His effect on the Great New Zealand songbook is immeasurable.

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

Don McGlashan at the Sawmill Cafe

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

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

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


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

Motorhome Parking

Leigh Central has landscaped an area for a limited number of short-stay, self-contained motorhomes and caravans.

There are also two local beautiful holiday parks at Pakiri and Whangateau so no shortage of places to park your motorcaravan!

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