Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Take your pick from more than 130 free activities and events along the Highway to Hell as Perth Festival celebrates our city and its connection to Bon Scott, the iconic front man of legendary Aussie rock band, AC/DC.

We have announced new acts, special activities and transport advice so you and your family and friends can choose your own adventure on Sunday 1 March. That’s when we will close 10km of Canning Highway to create the world’s longest stage – and Perth’s playground for the day.

Dan Sultan with members of the Perth Symphony Orchestra , Mojo Juju and the WAAPA Gospel Choir , and Perth’s mass Air Guitar World Record Attempt will add to the fun at Tompkins Park, one of the four main entertainment zones. Roving street performers, live bands, high-voltage performance poets, community choirs, dance troupes, kids’ activities, special meal offerings and exhibitions complete the program for this unprecedented music and art spectacular.

There will be entertainment all along the highway with the program split into four key zones:

  • The Canning Bridge zone – Canning Bridge to Riseley St, Applecross
  • The Tompkins Park zone – Tompkins Park, Alfred Cove
  • The Valley zone – Stock Rd to Petra Street, Palmyra
  • The Rainbow zone –May St, East Fremantle to the Rainbow between the bridges in Fremantle.

Connecting them all from Applecross to Fremantle, a convoy of local, interstate and international acts will belt out their versions of AC/DC classics from stages on eight semi-trailer trucks. From Aussie rock to Finnish folk, saltwater sounds to soulful strains, artists as diverse as Pigram Brothers , Amyl and the Sniffers , Japan’s Shonen Knife and WA’s Abbe May with The Southern River Band will give Scott the epic tribute he deserves.

Bring a picnic and watch the trucks roll past anywhere along the highway or experience all the activities on offer in any of the four zones. Activities begin at 4pm and the hit parade of trucks rolls out from Applecross at 5pm.

So pick your zone, plan your travel route and give yourself plenty of time to enjoy this once-in-a- lifetime event. It will be busy, so remember to pack lightly, expect to possibly walk some distance and allow plenty of time to get there, whether walking, cycling, driving or using public transport.

Transperth will provide shuttle buses from Bull Creek, Murdoch University (operating as a Park & Ride) and Fremantle Train Station.

Whatever and wherever you choose, Hell Ain’t A Bad Place to Be!

Highway to Hell is presented by Perth Festival in partnership with the City of Melville, City of Fremantle and Town of East Fremantle, and is supported by the State Government through Lotterywest, Tourism WA and other agencies.

Perth Festival 2020 starts on 7 February. Apart from Highway to Hell , the Festival has a diverse program of free and ticketed theatre, music, dance, opera, visual arts, literature and film events at venues throughout Perth.

Full details of Perth Festival and Highway to Hell , including the full program, maps, schedules and transport tips at

Media references

Nicholas Smith (UWA Media) 08 6488 1888 / 0411 644 492
Stephen Bevis (Perth Festival Communications) 08 6488 8618 / 0448 927 281


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