We ARE BACK for 2022!!

3 Days

26 Bands

Dec 2 - 4

2022 Line-up Featuring

Albi & The Wolves

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The Blistered Fingers

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Kokoa Nashi

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End Boss

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Sanctuary Sounds is a not-for-profit music festival showcasing an eclectic
mix of music from all over New Zealand and abroad. The 3 day festival is a true
grassroots experience, held on a rural property in Takapau, Central Hawkes Bay,
where you will find yourself immersed in music, art, food and friendship!
Sanctuary Sounds 2020

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Music:  Lost Tribe Aotearoa - Stick Together

A Quick History:


When and Where

Sanctuary Sounds annual festival takes place the first full weekend in December.  

2 - 4 December 2022

What To Expect


Sanctuary Sounds is an inclusive gathering of friends that share a love of music and community. 

We love to party!

With your help, we create a party like no other, fuelled by kindness, generosity, and good ol'fashion fun!


We are known for our yearly theme that helps set the scene and gives us all the opportunity to party in costume.  We encourage everyone to come with at least one costume and also have fun at your campsite by decorating your space and immersing yourself in the weekend!


We have enough camping space for everyone!  Large buses, trucks and campers are stationed at the front paddock.  Cars and tents are in the back paddock.  You are welcome to keep your car with you or park it and use a tent only space.

Zero Waste

We are proud of the land we inhabit and want to care for it as much as we do each other.  Please bring what you need and take away what you bring. 


Don't hesitate to bring the kiddies along!  They will love the relaxed vibe and freedom to explore the land.  Kids 14 and younger are FREE!


There is plenty of food available from multiple food trucks.  Always something for everyone!  Feel free to bring extra bits and pieces for your campsite, but please patron the food trucks that help make our community.


Need a break from front of stage, take a wander to the stall area.  You'll find artists, tarot readers, massage therapists and heaps more!


We endeavour to keep our bar prices as affordable as possible.  You won't find the usual festival prices here, just mate rates! 

Please do not bring

your own booze into

the festival area. 

Get Involved!


Volunteering is an EXCELLENT way to experience the festival! Shifts are short and sweet and will leave you plenty of time to enjoy the weekend!

Truck Eats

We are always looking for yummy food trucks to provide food over the weekend. 

If you have a food truck,

tell us about it!

Image by Roman Kraft

There is plenty of space to show and sell your wares!  Let us know what you specialise in!


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