THE LEIGH SAWMILL GIG GUIDE

ALL TICKET & DOOR SALES ARE CASH ONLY

We Do Not Have EFTPOS on the Door.
Limited cash out is available at the bar, so please come prepared. Cheers!

Comedy at the Sawmill Cafe

Friday 6 December | 8:00pm | $10*

COMEDY ON, LEIGH

PAPER GOAT PRESENTS SOME FRESH FUNNY COMEDY

A very good excuse for a Christmas party? MC the notorious Keegy G, Head liner Steven Lyons and 4 other acts!

Four of the performers have been recently been nominated for Nz Comedy Guild awards!
Best MC – Steven Lyons Comedy (about to return from touring the USA)
Upper North Island Break Through Comedian – The Notorious Keegy G
Best Live Show – The Dice Show co-creator Mike Kevan
and Best New Comer – Becky Umbers

Definitely best to phone the cafe and book a table after you’ve bought your tickets

PaperGoat | Steven Lyons

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 7:30pm
PRE-SALES: $10.00 + b.f at eventfinda
DOOR SALES
$15

Mya's 21st Jam at the Sawmill Cafe

Saturday 7 December | 9:00pm | koha

MYA’S 21st BIRTHDAY JAM

We are stoked to help celebrate a milestone with a lovely bunch of people that helped shape the musical history of the Mill.
The Mercenaries and Steve Tofa played here heaps – back in the day, when bands sent myspace links to get a date :) we’re in for a treat

Only good vibes thru the door on this auspicious occasion

R18

 

Base FM Sunday Sessions at the Sawmill Cafe

Sunday 8 December | 3:00pm | FREE

BASE FM
SUNDAY SESSION

This months Base FM Sunday Session is jam packed!

YAM JAMS AKA DJ Johnny Elbo & Dj Ben Tankard
Their sonic influence is anything rhythm driven, played with sincerity and skill. With a fondness for the Detroit sound as a musical sub-region of the North American art form. With sets laced with Funk, Soul and Disco joints through to sample based Hip Hop, Detroit techno and soulful house.

AZBO – host of Deep in the Crate
‘I have a love for ALL music so its really hard for me to define myself with one style or influence however I am a huge fan of anything with some decent percussion and solid bass line groove.
He’s been prominent in the Afrobeat and Dancehall scene of NZ for some time and is no stranger to digging for music from distant lands.

MATT BIZZLE is Saxophone player, DJ, producer and songwriter based in Auckland, New Zealand.
Drawing influences from Neo-soul,pop,funk,dance music and Jazz, he combines these in a pursuit of finding his own sound amongst the noise.

Its family friendly and free :)

 

Xmas Shindig at the Sawmill Cafe

Saturday 14 December | 9:30pm | $25* R18

3RD ANNUAL
CHRISTMAS SHINDIG!

VOOM & BEACHWARE
+ DJ’s SG MARGO & TONY M

100% GOOD & The Noisefloor have teamed up to bring you an exceptional lineup of local artists to support a great cause, with a secret co-headline guest to be revealed on the night.

VOOM have been creating their unique brand of soulful rock for over a decade. Around 2005, founding member Buzz Moller gave the band a new injection of life by teaming up with Murray Fisher and Mike Beehre (both formerly from Goodshirt) and Nick Buckton (Side Kick Nick and previous member of The Tokey Tones and Polaar. It was this line-up that completed the recording process of their second album, Hello, Are You There?, which was released by Lil Chief Records in 2006. Even before it was released, one of the songs (King Kong) had been nominated for a Silver Scroll (New Zealand’s most prestigious songwriting award). The album went on to be listed amongst the 100 Essential New Zealand Albums in a book of the same name written by influential rock critic, Nick Bollinger.

BEACHWARE Bring their own form of NZ Indie Pop, the band has continued to grow from its first EP, and is only doing more exciting things in 2019. With a renewed focus on live shows and visual performance, the group is rapidly climbing the indie pop scene with a determination to be a renowned musical act in Aotearoa.

VOOM | BEACHWARE

All net proceeds will go to Girls Rock Aotearoa brilliant!

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 8:00pm
PRE-SALES: $25.00 + b.f at undertheradar
DOOR SALES
tba

Revenge of the Locals at the Sawmill Cafe

Sunday 15 December | 5:00pm | $15*

REVENGE OF THE LOCALS

The locals Elliot Brown and Roland Brown are performing their inspired mix of rock and roll and country music called Mangaturoto Blues.
Bernie Griffen and the Thin Men are playing the Roughhouse Folk/ blues they are so well known for.
It’s a rare chance to shake off some Xmas stress, for an evening of fine music & humour – maybe join in on a tune or two.

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 4:30pm
PRE-SALES: $15.00 + b.f at undertheradar
DOOR SALES
$20

Summer Jam at the Sawmill Cafe

Friday 20 December | 9:00pm | $10* R18

SUMMER JAM

A night of nostalgic RnB & Summer Hip Hop

Jordan Lee (MAI FM) | Katayanagi Twins
Katana (BASSMENT) | Floyd Cribb | Chapters (KFM)

Cop a pre-sale for $10 and collect a free Summer Jam Mixtape on entry.

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 8:00pm
PRE-SALES: $10.00 + b.f at eventbrite
DOOR SALES
tbc

Cornerstone Roots Masaya Vangrove at the Sawmill Cafe

Saturday 21 December | 9:30pm | $20*

A CHRISTMAS PARTY

A lovely warm up in the last few days ’til Christmas

Who better to spend it with than the mighty CONRNERSTONE ROOTS, keeping it in the family with MASAYA in support and some new (to the mill) fulla’s VANGROVE

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 8:00pm
PRE-SALES: $20.00 + b.f at eventfinda
DOOR SALES
tbc

Racing & Mini Simmons at the Sawmill Cafe

Friday 27 December | 9:30pm | $33.50*

RACING & MINI SIMMONS

Auckland-based tropicalia groove maestros Racing are back on the road this summer for an
onslaught of shows across the nation, and are being joined by blues rock 60s & 70s
guitar wranglers Mini Simmons and we’re stoked to nab a date with both!

RACING, who are finalists for best rock artist in the 2019 New Zealand Music Awards – take rock and roll and inject it with a chemical haze so potent the listener is left both pleased and punished. Once likened to “the thoughts of a crocodile in flood season”, Racing crafts a swirling sea of groove and hypnosis into rock anthems drenched in weird tropical dance music.

MINI SIMMONS is a loose nod to the 60’s. They have been making significant waves in 2019 with wild response to their debut album (the first pressed to vinyl in New Zealand since 1987) and having recently taken the stage at Spark Arena for the 2019 Silver Scrolls Awards, where they re-worked & performed Benee’s breakout pop smash ‘Soaked’.

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 8:00pm
PRE-SALES: $33.50 + b.f at tickettailor
DOOR SALES
tbc

Tunes of I at the Sawmill Cafe

Saturday 28 December | 5:30pm | free

Friday 17 January | 5:30pm | free

STINKY GROOVES

Oh yes we are delighted indeed to have Jim play at the mill – always with the good tunes, lovely accompaniment to your summers eve dinner

check out his 95Bfm show if you don’t already know :)

From 5ish – 9ish in the courtyard

 

Tunes of I at the Sawmill Cafe

Sunday 29 December | 8:00pm | $tba*

TUNES OF I

‘GET UP’ SUMMER TOUR

Presented by Eccles Entertainment & Tuatara Brewing

Wellington dub rockers  Tunes of I are fast developing into one of the nations most exciting live roots acts. Featuring a solid backbone of drums, bass, vocals and guitars, complimented by two of the capitals finest horn players, the jazz trained six piece collective are renowned nationwide for their original, tight and dynamic live performances. Raw chemistry matched with classical training that is best witnessed up close and personal.

With Special Guests – H4LF CĀST
Tastefully mixing the new with the old, the H4LF CĀST crew create soulful Reggae/DUB grooves and dangerously bouncy Hip-Hop beats that will entrance

TICKETS ON SALE 25/11

 

NYE Soundclash at the Sawmill Cafe

Tuesday 31 December | 8:00pm | $50*

N.Y.E SOUND CLASH!

Two of Auckland’s most iconic DJs are coming together to battle it out for dance floor supremacy

An epic clash of mighty sounds from all flavours of the musical spectrum.

KillaManRaro (The Black Seeds) & Bobby Brazuka (Latinaotearoa) will be bringing the combined heat of the South Pacific and South America to your New Years Eve in the unique setting of the legendary Leigh Sawmill Cafe. With support from local beat-slinger extraordinaire Zane Tee (Base Fm/Grapevinyl), plus a suprise selection of extra special guests on live vocals and instrumentation.

THIS GIG IS GUARANTEED TO SELL OUT! DO NOT MISS OUT!!

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 8:00pm
PRE-SALES: $50.00 + b.f at undertheradar
DOOR SALES
tbc

Breezin' Thru at the Sawmill Cafe

Thursday 2 January | 2-6pm | FREE

BREEZIN’ THRU

A nice after N.Y afternoon Dj session with the ALWAYS good Dan Paine and Manuel Bundy
In the courtyard from 2-6pm –  family friendly and free

AceTones at the Sawmill Cafe

Saturday 4 January | 9:30pm | $15*

SKA & REGGAE EXPLOSION No2

After a highly successful event last year The AceTones are back with the Ska & Reggae Explosion part 2.

With the Mighty Herbsmen – both bands bring sizzling brass sections, rock solid riddums and soaring vocal harmonies for a night of supreme Jamaican music.

And records spun by special guest Selectress

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 8:00pm
PRE-SALES: $15.00 + b.f at undertheradar
DOOR SALES
tbc

Black Slate at the Sawmill Cafe

Tuesday 7 January | 8:00pm | $35* R18

BLACK SLATE

WITH SPECIAL GUEST, NRG RISING

Good Karma 4010 and Jeff Vuletich are proud to present
Pioneers of the British Roots Rock Reggae Black Slate

They will be reunited with our blessed NZ whanau:
Former Katchafires Jamey Fergusson | Mum & Daughters soulful vocalists NRG Rising
Aaron LeGeyt from The Rude Boys, Napier |  Dargaville”s local talent Twelve Days.

A night definitely not to be missed…

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 6:00pm
PRE-SALES: $35.00 + b.f at ticketspacenz and at the bar
DOOR SALES
tbc

Eno x Dirty Church & AP at the Sawmill Cafe

Thursday 9 January | 9:00pm | $25*

ENO x DIRTY
CHURCH & A.P

Two of NZ hip-hop’s heavyweight duo’s, Eno x Dirty and Church & AP are joining forces for one night only at the Mill and we are stoked!

Since the release of their debut album ‘Evil Adventures and Happy Endings’ in 2017, Grey Lynn heroes Eno x Dirty have been selling out shows all across the country (and a couple in Asia), performing at festivals like Rhythm and Vines, smashing streaming records and shifting units with no signs of slowing. Eno x Dirty’s ‘Honest To Whom’ is their first full project since 2017’s ridiculous debut. Are they albums? Are they EPS? Who knows. Recorded at Red Bull Studios in Auckland with Ben Lawson, the single Get That Cash is an abrasive and constantly changing hook driven beast, showcasing one of Eno’s first times in front of the mic. “‘Honest To Whom’ is a reflection of where and who we are now. It’s the first time we will be releasing something free of the feeling the material is old to us, instead we are proud to stand next it like a 4 year old showing his parents the macaroni painting he did at kindy that day.”

Church and AP met on the first day of high school in 2013 over a shared appreciation for Chance the Rapper. They started creating music together and individually, Church was handpicked by David Dallas for Red Bull 64 Bars, spent all the time they could soaking up the local hip hop scene, and then started releasing music on the internet and playing sell-out gigs. The industry and hip hop fans took notice. Last summer they released their first official single ‘Ready or Not’ which went straight into the New Zealand singles charts, spent two months on Mai FM’s A rotation playlist, was playlisted across Spotify and Apple and made the New Music Friday cover for Spotify Australia and New Zealand. The track hit #1 on Shazam as people tried to work out who was making this brilliant new music that has garnered more than three million streams. Now, six years on from that first meeting, Church & AP are poised to become New Zealand’s latest hip hop heavyweights with their collective YKK. Their debut album Teeth came out on the 15 November.

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 8:00pm
Tickets available from UNDERTHERADAR soon
DOOR SALES T.B.A

 

Dual + Dirty Pixels at the Sawmill Cafe

Friday 10 January | 8:30pm | $25*

DUAL | DIRTY PIXELS
FRANK BOOKER | STEVIE OXTON

Presented by Cross St Music Festival and Head’s Garage

Stevie Oxton from ‘Heads Garage’ starts the evening

Followed by Dirty Pixels (live) bring their Smiths style 80’s and 90’s synth pop with lead singer Ethan Moore

Then psych-dance duo Dual combine dream-like vocals with driving drum beats and intoxicating riffs – they were a fave at the mill last summer,  just recently signed to Warner Music this may be the last time we hear them on this side of the ditch

Closing the night Frank Booker brings his Disco dancefloor to the Mill, straight from his sucessfully epic 12 week Flamingo Pier sets at iconic club Las Vegas on K road

OH ITS GONNA BE A GOODIE!

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 8:00pm
PRE-SALES: $25+ b.f: eventbrite
DOOR SALES T.B.A

 

Tiny Ruins & Lawrence Arabia at the Sawmill Cafe

Sunday 12 January | 7:30pm | $34.90*

TINY RUINS & LAWRENCE ARABIA

SOLO & TOGETHER

For one evening only, local musical heroes Tiny Ruins and Lawrence Arabia join forces for a double bill of solo performances, combining the essences of their respective recent solo tours into one monumental night of mid-summer majesty, culminating in an on-stage crossover of select songs performed together.

The release of Tiny Ruins Olympic Girls album in 2019 has seen Hollie Fullbrook and band spending much of the year on the road. Following the release of an 11 track solo companion to the celebrated album and a sold out full band New Zealand tour, Fullbrook has been performing alone for the last two months with an intimate, stripped back reimagining of the lush arrangements from the album. This included three weeks in North America supporting Aldous Harding, as well as 26 shows across Europe, and three Australian shows with Steve Gunn.

2019 has seen Lawrence Arabia careen across New Zealand and Europe in support of his critically lauded Lawrence Arabia’s Single Club album, which compiled his ambitious series of crowdfunded monthly singles recorded and released throughout 2018. He is currently in the midst of a solo tour entitled Single where he returns for a series of piano performances, re-imagined, alone and devoid of any buffer and/or musical safety net

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY FROM 6:30pm
PRE-SALES: $34.90+ b.f: tickettailor
DOOR SALES T.B.A

 

Surf friends at the Sawmill Cafe

Saturday 18 January | 9:30pm | $10*

SURF FRIENDS

We and our great mates McLeod’s Brewery are super stoked to present a summer night of surf rock with decidedly good blokes Brad and Pete a.k.a Surf Friends
Kicking off with their mates Power Nap
Its gonna be a goodie!

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 8:00pm
PRE-SALES: $10+ b.f: undertheradar
DOOR SALES $15

 

Base FM Sunday Session at the Sawmill Cafe

Sunday 19 January | 3-6pm | free

BASE FM SUNDAY SESSION

Base FM leading ladies are taking over our January Sunday Session and we can’t wait!
Yannika Tavai co-host of base breakfast show and queen bee herself Jasmin Jazz Ziedan
Expect a good dose of Hip Hop, Soul, Funk and Rn’B and of course those warm smiles

Playing in the courtyard from 3-6pm – family friendly and free :)

 

Marlins Dreaming at the Sawmill Cafe

Saturday 25 January | 9:30pm | $25*

MARLIN’S DREAMING

Similar to the migrating patterns of the bar-tailed Godwit – or KuaKua – Marlin’s Dreaming will leave its prickly nest in December to embark on a national summer tour, visiting Aotearoa’s agrarian towns and middling cities – and Leigh!

The tour marks the celebration of its new full length LP, Quotidian, recorded at Roundhead Studios and set to be released in 2020. After recently playing alongside musical heavyweights, Kirin J Callinan and The Chills, Marlin’s Dreaming continues to take significant strides in the local scene.

From gliding pop ballads, to grungy post-punk, Marlin’s Dreaming have been continually striving to diversify their sound and improve their live performances.
Playing some bloody good pop rock shit from Dunedin.

R18

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY from 8:00pm
PRE-SALES: $25+ b.f: banishedmusic
DOOR SALES T.B.A

 

The Fleetwoods at the Sawmill Cafe

Saturday 1 February | 9:00pm | $25*

Sunday 2 February | 5:30pm | $25*

A WEEKEND OF FLEETWOOD MAC

Celebrate the music of Fleetwood Mac with this premier tribute the band.

Playing two big sets of classic Fleetwood Mac – from late 60s Peter Green era to 80s hits.

SATURDAY TICKET HOLDERS ONLY FROM 8:00pm
SUNDAY TICKET HOLDERS ONLY FROM 4:30pm
PRE-SALES: $25+ b.f: undertheradar
DOOR SALES T.B.A

 

My Baby at the Sawmill Cafe

Saturday 8 February | 9:30pm | $30*

MY BABY

AND SPECIAL GUESTS

Amsterdam-based Dutch-NZ trio MY BABY have announced a 10-date New Zealand tour to celebrate the release of their new live album out now.

With a formidable reputation as a live act, MY BABY’s roots-driven hypnotic dance music has taken the world by storm.
MY BABY’s sound is informed by gospel and blues with ancient folk melodies. Added to that is the rawness of 70s funk, African desert blues, Moroccan gnawa, Indian raga and a touch of EDM. It’s all live instrumentation without a computer or sample in sight!

The band, made up of New Zealander Daniel ‘Da Freez’ Johnson (guitar); Joost Sheik van Dijck (drums / vocals) and Cato van Dijck (lead singer and guitar), has been spreading their psychedelic blues-trance rave to the approval of audiences worldwide since 2012. They’ve played at some of the world’s biggest festivals, including Glastonbury, Isle of Wight, Sziget, Fusion and Exit.

MY BABY’s return marks the band’s fifth tour of New Zealand, where they have built up a dedicated and loyal fanbase. It was a reputation further reinforced when they performed at WOMAD 2018 to rave reviews.

“With their blend of dance-orientated roots, blues and funk with touches of world music they come across as a confident well-oiled machine that is obviously the product of constant touring” – RNZ

TICKETS ON SALE 2/12

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY FROM 8:00pm
PRE-SALES: $30+ b.f: ticketmaster
DOOR SALES T.B.A

 

Frisky Business at the Sawmill Cafe

Friday 20 March | 9:30pm | $10*

FRISKY BUSINESS

Back to the 80s with it’s neon lights, big hair styles and crazy outfits.

But be prepared – you will dance and sing all night!

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

TICKET HOLDERS ONLY FROM 8:00pm
EARLYBIRD PRE-SALES: $10+ b.f: dashtickets
DOOR SALES T.B.A

 

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