Sandridge Band


The Sandridge Band was formed in 1995 playing at the first Lidjakarda Festival at Wandangnula Outstation near Borroloola. The band members studied several units of the Charles Darwin Contemporary Music Course in 2004 and performed at Katherine “Music Without Humbug” supporting Neil Murray, Borroloola Rodeo Battle of the Bands.

In 2005, they performed at Tenant Creek Battle of the Bands Youth Week, Katherine Flying Fox Festival supporting Nabarlek Band, Youth Week in Borroloola, supported Nomadics Band at gig at Youth Centre, Borroloola Rodeo Battle of the Bands and numerous gigs at Borroloola Hotel and Sandridge Outstation.

In 2006 the band performed at Merripen Arts, Darwin, Katherine, Garma and Tennant Creek Festivals. They were the winners of the Barungu Festival Road Safety songwriting competition, and performed at Solid Territory gigs Sydney and Newcastle in 2008.

Their songs are a mixture of reggae, rock and metal sounds, about land, culture, people and contemporary life in communities.

Band members:

  • Gadrian Hoosan: vocals
  • Ricky Kidd: lead guitar
  • Leon Timothy: keyboard
  • Conrad Rory: bass
  • Warrick John: rhythm guitar - vocals
  • Bruce King: drums
  • Kelvin Kelly: backing vocals