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Highway to Hell: Minister David Templeman and Minister Rita Saffioti with organisers of the Highway to Hell in front of a Transperth Bus

Photo: Highway to Hell: Minister David Templeman and Minister Rita Saffioti with organisers of the Highway to Hell in front of a Transperth Bus

  • 300kg Hell's Bell will ring in the start of Highway to Hell featuring local and international artists paying homage to AC/DC and Bon Scott
  • Perth Festival's free public closing event to be held on March 1, from 4pm to 9.30pm, on Canning Highway, Applecross to Fremantle
  • More than 130 activities will span 10km of closed highway, creating world's largest stage
  • Perth Festival is supported by the State Government through Lotterywest and Tourism WA

Highway to Hell will take place on Sunday March 1 — the 40th anniversary since original AC/DC front man Bon Scott was laid to rest at Fremantle Cemetery.

From 4pm, more than 130 free community activities and events will span 10km of Canning Highway, which will be closed to traffic from 1pm to 11pm, to create the world's longest stage and Perth's playground for the day. Key crossroads remain open.

A large starter's bell (supplied by John Taylor & Co, the same company that made the original AC/DC Hell's Bell) will ring out at 5pm to send the trucks on their way from Applecross to Fremantle. On board, a mix of local and international acts will belt out their versions of AC/DC classics.

The family friendly event includes roving street performers, high-voltage performance poets, community choirs, dance troupes, kids activities, meal offerings, music and art exhibitions.

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

  1. The Canning Bridge zone — Canning Bridge to Riseley Street, Applecross
  2. The Tompkins Park Zone — Tompkins Park, Alfred Cove
  3. The Valley Zone — Stock Road to Petra Street, Palmyra
  4. The Rainbow Zone — May Street, East Fremantle to the Rainbow between the bridges in Fremantle 

Connecting all the zones will be the 'hit parade' of trucks with their mobile stages decked out as Aussie icons — including a giant sausage roll.

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, led by Perth's own world air guitar runner-up Alex 'The Jinja Assassin' Roberts, will add to the fun at Tompkins Park.

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 Bon Scott the epic tribute he deserves.

To make the most of the day, pick your zone — plan your journey — allow plenty of time.

Local residents are encouraged to walk or cycle to the event, pack lightly and expect to walk some distance. If driving, carpooling is recommended. Street parking will be available subject to normal conditions and limited overflow parking zones will be available.

Transperth services also are available. Families should take advantage of the family rider ticket for up to seven people (two standard fares and five concession fares) to travel anywhere on the network for $13.10.

Free shuttle buses will be operating to and from Highway to Hell zones, look for Route 666, 667 and 668 shuttles. Allow extra travel time, as services will be busy.

Highway to Hell zones via public transport

  • Canning Bridge: Catch the train to Canning Bridge Station and take the short walk down Canning Highway.
  • Tompkins Park: Catch the train to Bull Creek Station then jump on a free shuttle bus.
  • The Valley: Catch the train to Fremantle Station then jump on a free shuttle bus to The Leopold Hotel.
  • The Rainbow: Catch the train to Fremantle Station and take a short walk to the Fremantle Traffic Bridge.

Visit the Transperth website or download the Transperth App for more information.

Highway to Hell: Minister David Templeman and Minister Rita Saffioti with Bicton MLA Lisa O'Malley ringing the bell

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Page reviewed 30 July 2019