Gig Guide2018-08-16T13:07:56+00:00

THE LEIGH SAWMILL GIG GUIDE

QUIZ Nite at the Sawmill Cafe

Thursday 16 August | 8:00pm | $5

QUIZ with PETRUS

3rd Thursdays from May–Oct, max 6/team

1/2 of each nights prize pool gets accumulated and goes to a local community group of the series winners choice.

Music Movies at the Sawmill Cafe

Friday 17 August | 8:00pm

MUSIC MOVIE FRIDAY’S

GLASTONBURY PART 2

An epic marvelously honest and beautifully shot account of the 3 day festival.

Music Movies at the Sawmill Cafe

Saturday 18 August | 8:00pm | $10

TURN UP!

DJ’s  ROGER PERRY, WENDY DOUGLASS, MR BIG STUFF, ARNZ & DYLAN C

HIP HOP, FUNK & DANCE!

Dancing shoes definitely required with this stellar line-up!
$10 on the door from 7:30pm

Music Movies at the Sawmill Cafe

Friday 24 August | 8:00pm

MUSIC MOVIE FRIDAY’S

ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

Surely needs no introduction! This one calls for a bit of dress up and a boogie afterwards – with our favourite Scotsman, Andy Turner playing tunes after the movie.

Ben Hurley at the Sawmill Cafe

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

BEN HURLEY. THE CLUB TOUR

One of New Zealand’s best loved Stand up Comics

Taking 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 | On stage 9:30pm

*Eventfinda pre-sales SOLD OUT
VERY LIMITED $30 door sales for standing/barstools/pews (first in first gets!)

Dillastrate at the Sawmill Cafe

Friday 31  August | 8:00pm | $10*

DILLASTRATE

INSPIRED BY TYHE LIFE & WORKS OF J DILLA.
A collaborative project between Henare Kaa & Tim Driver.

Born in the dirty south of New Zealand, the duo’s previous collaborative efforts include ahoribuzz and Soulsystem, as well as working individually at an international and national level with an expansive range of musical acts.

The duo combines modern digital sounds with analogue soul, bringing you the best of both worlds. With an intimidating range of styles, from delicate soul to intense electronica and everything in between.

DOORS OPEN: 7:00pm | ONSTAGE 8pm |  *$10 on the door
Dillastrate

Mighty Mighty at the Sawmill Cafe

Saturday 1  September | 9:30pm | $15*

MIGHTY MIGHTY

BLENDING THE OLD WITH THE NEW,
A MODERN TAKE ON FUNK

All the way from Raglan!  A bunch of loose fullas playing tight as! Have a listen on  Spotify or check them out on Facebook

DOORS 8pm ONSTAGE 9:30pm

*$15 Pre-Sales: eventfinda  soon | $20 on the door

Michael Dunstan at the Sawmill Cafe

Friday 7  September | 8:00pm | $14*

MICHAEL DUNSTAN

TOURING HIS NEWLY RELEASED EP PARTLY CLOUDY

Characterised by warm soulful vocals, intricate fingerpicking, and up-beat foot stomping grooves, Michael’s dynamic live soundscape has stopped audiences in their tracks Australia wide in the last 12 months with sold out shows. Check him out Michael Dunstan

*$14 Pre-Sales at undertheradar  | Door sales from 7:30pm

The Wonderfish Collective at the Sawmill Cafe

Saturday 8 September | 9:00pm | $23*

THE WONDERFISH COLLECTIVE

A FUNK & SOUL REVUE.

The Fish are excited to announce their new show. 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: undertheradar  |  More on the door if not sold out prior.

The Wonderfish Collective donate all the door proceeds – this year its to the fab people at Shine* who help make homes violence free

Here’s some sobering statistics…

  • NZ has the highest incidence of domestic violence in the OCED
  • NZ Police attend a domestic violence call out every 4 minutes
  • Over 90,000 NZ children are exposed to domestic abuse in their homes each year
  • In NZ a women is killed by a family member every 3 ½ weeks

Help support this gig and in turn the amazing people at Shine to make a difference in so many lives.

Don McGlashan at the Sawmill Cafe

Friday 14 September | 9:00pm | $35*

DON McGLASHAN

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.

DOORS 8pm | SUPPORT ONSTAGE 9pm

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

Tu at the Sawmill Cafe

Saturday 15 September | 9:30pm | $25*

Tū. MOANA & PADDY FREE.

An exciting new collaboration featuring:

Award-winning singer/songwriter Moana (Moana & the Tribe) and renowned electronica musician/producer Paddy Free (Pitch Black).

The duo made their international debut last year in a club deep inside the Arctic Circle (Finland), then on an outdoor stage in sweltering Taipei (Taiwan). Paddy and Moana are itching to break out some beats to kill off those winter blues.

“Whole Worlds Watching, Ūpokohue, Titokowaru” and more.

Songs from 5 albums that have taken Moana & the Tribe around the world and back again get the Paddy party make-over. AND Moana and Paddy perform a new song from the unreleased album ONO.

DOORS 8pm | ONSTAGE 9:30pm

*TICKETS LIMITED: $25 Pre-Sales at eventfinda   | $30 on the door

Makeshift Movements at the Sawmill Cafe

Saturday 22 September | 9:00pm | $15*

MAKESHIFT MOVEMENTS
+ AUDIOPHYSICAL

Six-piece Roots | Dub | D&B | Hip Hop.

From the simplicity of an acoustic guitar and bongo drums, to effects drenched synths and digital breaks. Based in Tauranga this combination of seven unique individuals from all walks of life makes for a colourful original performance with infectious grooves that are sure to get the feet moving.

Check their live studio recording of ‘Carry it with grace‘ and : facebook.com/makeshiftmovements/

AUDIOPHYSICAL is Andre Lamb, a multi instrumentalist, producer and visual artist. Lamb fuses genres like Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop, Afro and Folk – his vision is one of cinematic beats and lush melodic instrumentation fused in a dusty analogue setting.

DOORS 8pm ONSTAGE 9pm

*$15 at eventfinda | $20 on the door

Chamber Ensemble at the Sawmill Cafe

Sunday 23 September | 5:30pm | $koha

Frances | Lee Duo
CHAMBER ENSEMBLE

Charlotte Francis Violin Gemma Lee Piano
We are delighted to have these 2 exceptional musicians back to the Mill, performing a little bit of everything!

From Mozart, Beethoven, Raffaello Squarise, Henri Wieniawski Chanson Arabe, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Fritz Kreisler Gershwin, Jascha Heifetz, William Kroll and Camille Saint-Saëns AND MORE…

Please ring the cafe to book a table

Grat's piano celebration at the Sawmill Cafe

Friday 28 September | 6:30pm | $koha

GRAT’S PIANO CELEBRATION

A relaxed night to celebrate a life very well lived and a love of music

With performances across genre’s and ages on Grattan’s beloved Bechstein Grand, All welcome!

Sal Valentine at the Sawmill Cafe

Saturday 29 September | 9:30pm | $15*

SAL VALENTINE

‘JORDAN’ SINGLE RELEASE SHOW & ALBUM  PREVIEW WITH IJEBU PLEASURE CLUB

Live Funk, Soul, Afrobeat and Rare Groove
With 12 in Sal Valentine and 11 in Ijebu Pleasure Club it’ll be a full stage and bloody good party!

Sal Valentine   Ijebu Pleasure Club

DOORS 8:00pm ONSTAGE 9:30pm

*$15 Pre-Sales at undertheradar soon | $20 on the door

The Johnnys at the Sawmill Cafe

Sunday 30 September | 5:30pm | $35*

THE JOHNNYS

WITH SUPPORT FROM THE BADS

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 Hood, Slim 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 & at the bar till 3pm
More on the door if not sold out prior.

CAFE CLOSED FOR SET UP 3 – 4:30pm | Doors 4:30pm | Onstage 5:30pm

The Chills at the Sawmill Cafe

Friday 5 October | 9:30pm | $50*

THE CHILLS

WITH FINN ANDREWS (The Veils)

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 & at the bar till 5pm

The R0ocking Roller-Coasters at the Sawmill Cafe

Saturday 6 October | 8:00pm | $15*

THE ROCKING ROLLER COASTERS

50’s & 60’s ROCK N’ ROLL & POP

NEW DATE! 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: undertheradar  & at the bar till 5pm | $20 on the door | $10 on the door from 10:30pm (DJ only)

Julia Deans at the Sawmill Cafe

Friday 19 October | 9:30pm | $40*

JULIA DEANS

!NEW DATE!

WE LIGHT FIRE – ALBUM RELEASE TOUR

Acclaimed songwriter Julia Deans (Fur Patrol, The 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.”

With support from Erin Cole-Baker
DOORS from 7:30pm SUPPORT on from 9:30pm

*$40 Pre-Sales: undertheradar more on the door

The Fleetwoods at the Sawmill Cafe

Saturday 20 October | 9:30pm | $20*

A NIGHT OF FLEETWOOD MAC

Celebrate the music of Fleetwood Mac with pro tribute band – The Fleetwoods.

Playing 2 big sets of your favourite Fleetwood Mac tunes – from Peter Green blues era to 80s pop.
This act usually sells out – so please get your tickets early to avoid disappointment!!

DOORS 8pm  ONSTAGE 9:30pm

*Pre-Sales $20 at undertheradar
More on the door if not sold out prior

The Fleetwoods at the Sawmill Cafe

Sunday 21 October | 5:30pm | $20*

AN AFTERNOON OF FLEETWOOD MAC

Celebrate the music of Fleetwood Mac with pro tribute band – The Fleetwoods.

Playing 2 big sets of your favourite Fleetwood Mac tunes – from Peter Green blues era to 80s pop.
This act usually sells out – so please get your tickets early to avoid disappointment!!

DOORS 4:30pm  ONSTAGE 5:30pm

*Pre-Sales $20 at undertheradar
More on the door if not sold out prior.

White Chapel Jak at the Sawmill Cafe

Friday 26 October | 8:30pm | $20*

WHITE CHAPEL JAK

LAUGHING, SINGING, DANCING

Tiptop acoustic “original” acoustic covers band with a fresh approach to songs that you know.

GET IN QUICK! They always sell out. Limited tickets available for this special gig!
Doors from 7:30pm | Onstage from 8:30pm

*$20 PRE-SALES ONLY: undertheradar  | NO DOOR SALES

Princess Chelsea at the Sawmill Cafe

Saturday 27 October | 9:30pm | $30*

PRINCESS CHELSEA

The Loneliest Girl NZ tour

This will be the first time Princess Chelsea has performed to New Zealand audiences in three years. It sees Chelsea and her band return home after an extensive “Planet Earth” circuit of the U.K, Europe and Korea. “I’ve got some new band members, which is pretty cool,” she says “and we have spent the last three months tightening our live set before touring the album…

Chelsea’s trademark arrangements featuring classic 80’s Synths (Yamaha DX7, Roland D-50), ambient guitars, and orchestral instruments are all here but are presented in a more refined and simple manner than on her previous releases.

It sounds like a record made by a lover of pop music across all genres from 60’s girl groups to 80’s power ballads, and late 80’s acid house to 90s pop. Like her earlier work, adult issues are presented in a humorous and sometimes childlike manner, and this juxtaposition rather than softening the blow makes jarring social commentary hit harder.

DOORS 8pm | ONSTAGE 9:30pm

TICKETS: *$30 undertheradar  | more on the door

Sex on Toast at the Sawmill Cafe

Sunday 28 October | 5:30pm | $20*

SEX ON TOAST (au)

ROUGH E.P RELEASE TOUR

Sex on Toast are an irrepressibly charming 10 man organisation who specialise in raw early 80’s funk, hard-edged new jack swing, blazing improvisation and heartfelt blue-eyed soul. Rough EP hits you with sparse ballads, slow jams, uptempo, Minneapolis stomp, heavy metal, 12” mixes, drum machines and industrial noise… surround sound tales of unrequited love, parties, betrayal, break-ups, yearning, burning, limerence and legend.

Perfect for the Mill!!

Check them out in all their glory! Sex on Toast

Doors from 4:30pm | Onstage from 5:30pm

*$20 undertheradar  | more on the door

Jonathan Bree at the Sawmill Cafe

Saturday 3 November | 9:30pm | $35*

JONATHAN BREE

SLEEPWALKING OVER NZ TOUR.

With his love of psychedelically-tinged 60’s chamber pop and stark, dissident lyricism, and his faceless band take the 2018 Sleepwalking album on tour.

His third solo album, Sleepwalking was released in June 2018 via the artist / producer’s own label, Lil’ Chief Records. It saw the emergence of the mysterious masked band – who first appeared in his music video for ‘Weird Hardcore’ (from second album A Little Night Music) – who suddenly caught everyone’s attention with Jonathan’s self-directed music video for the release of ‘You’re So Cool’.

Like his previous two albums, Sleepwalking has a heavy orchestrated element featuring real strings, celeste and soprano vocals, but on Sleepwalking Jonathan’s darker utilities of pop music take these sounds to an eerie and more unsettling landscape.

“Sleepwalking is a record of sublime and sophisticated classic pop that conspires to lead you, willingly, into its dark night… You won’t want to wake from this beautiful nightmare”- NZ Herald 

.

Doors from 8pm | Onstage from 9:30pm

*$35 undertheradar  | more on the door

Donovan Frankenreiter at the Sawmill Cafe

Friday 30 November | 9:30pm | $39.90*

DONAVON FRANKENREITER

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIAN NATIVE, SURFER & MUSICIAN

Donavon Frankenreiter is headed back to New Zealand this November, playing a run of coastal tour dates and we’re stoked to be one!
Bringing his honey-thick vocals, masterful guitar work and newest album “The Heart” to the Mill

Known and loved for his positive outlook and easy folk sounds, Donavon started his professional life first as a surfer, before launching his solo music career as the protégé of Jack Johnson. Fans will also have the chance to upgrade their tickets to receive a VIP ‘meet and greet’ experience with the artist or an exclusive soundcheck Q&A with Donavon.

For complete tour, ticket and VIP information, visit: livenation.co.nz

UPDATE as at 2pm on 10/8…
THE ONLY PLACE TO GET TICKETS FOR THIS GIG IS TICKETMASTER looks like the $39.90 General Admission sold out super fast!! for those wondering about timing….

WE ARE CLOSED from 3-6pm – to allow for those that have bought a Sound Check + Show ticket and the Meet + Great tickets – so sorry, no rocking up to catch sound check like usual mill gigs   we will already be locked up and security on…

CAFE ONLY OPEN TO GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET HOLDERS from 6pm that night – the whole night is ticket holders only – so no quick dinners and out before doors either

CHEERS

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