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About Us

Sanctuary Sounds was officially incorporated in March 2017!

The purpose of incorporating is to keep together the people that have contributed and want to continue to contribute to bring music and art to our Central Hawkes Bay community.

Sanctuary Sounds has conducted music festivals and open-mic nights for over 8 years. These events have always taken place at 96 College Road in Pukehou, but will now take place at whatever location Society members choose.

Members of the Sanctuary Sounds Incorporated Society are the people that want the events to take place and thus contribute to the financial means to make it happen. Membership fees will go towards venue hire, costs of running a gig and/or festivals, the ability to provide affordable food and drinks at events, and future goals of the society.

Children 16 and under are free when with a paid up member.

Sanctuary Sounds is run by a non-profit Incorporated Society and a dedicated band of helpers and volunteers


We've been running the festivals since 2006 and it has been a fantastic opportunity to showcase local musical talent and to provide a chilled out scene for people to hang out in the country and enjoy the day's and evening's entertainment.

Because the festival is small by most standards (up to 300 people) the sense of being a part of it is strong and that reflects in the easy going atmosphere that always accompanies the event.

We try to keep the prices of the tickets, bar and cafe down as we are a non commercial, non profit organisation.  We do everything ourselves with the help of a few local businesses who have supported us from the beginning. We'd like to thank them here.

    CLAD Services for printing and web management
    Music Machine - for music gear, laser lights and selling tickets
    Mike Barker Contractors - for help with earthmoving
    Espresso Loco