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Letter to Residents from Perth Festival - 31 Jan 2020

Letter to Residents from Perth Festival


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Pick Your Zone - Plan Your Travel Route - Allow Plenty of Time

12 February 2020

Highway to Hell is just around the corner and there will be plenty of High Voltage fun in East Fremantle during this once-in-a-generation event. Are You Ready?

Perth Festival’s closing event on Sunday, 1 March will close 10km of Canning Highway to create the world’s longest stage – and Perth’s playground for the day – to celebrate our city and its connection to Bon Scott, the iconic front man of legendary Aussie rock band, AC/DC. 

The Rainbow zone, from May Street, East Fremantle to the Containbow between the bridges in Fremantle, will be buzzing with roving performers, choirs, acrobats and kids’ activities from 4pm to 9.30pm.

The line-up includes Oompah! / Kadampa Meditation Centre Chanting / WAAPA Rocks! / Aline in the Air / North Fremantle Primary School / Indie Mix Pop Choir / Bollywood Flash Mob / John Curtin College of the Arts / DJ Shazza Dacca on Champagne Charlie / Voice Moves WA / DJ's Kester Sappho & Timothy Nelson and food trucks … so there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained!

At 5pm, a convoy of eight semi-trailers will set of down the highway acting as moving stages for a huge line up of local, interstate and international musicians. Click here for performers and highlights.

The trucks will be leaving Fresh Provisions on Canning Highway and heading into East Fremantle from 7pm. They will pull up at Truck Stop 8 at State Swim on May Street from 7.05pm to 8.20pm before making their way to the Containbow in the Rainbow zone from 7.25pm to 8.35pm.

If you are a local, you are asked to please walk or ride to the event if you are able to. Do not drive.

Canning Highway from Canning Bridge, Applecross to Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle will be closed to traffic from 1pm and will reopen in sections by 11pm.

Key crossroads Reynolds Road, Riseley Street, Stock Road and Petra Street will remain open for the duration of the event, allowing traffic to flow south/north across Canning Highway.

Stirling Highway and Queen Victoria Street traffic bridges will remain open for the duration of the event, allowing traffic to flow south/north across the bridges.

Access from Kintail Road to the Canning Bridge freeway north entrance will remain open for the duration of the event, allowing traffic to flow from Applecross to freeway north.

If you live on Canning Highway, you will not have access to your driveway during the road closure period. If you need to use your car during this time, please park your vehicle on a side street prior to 1pm on Sunday, 1 March so you can exit and re-enter your area at your convenience.

If you live within one block either side of Canning Highway from Canning Bridge to Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle, your house will be within the road closure however you will be able to access your driveway during the event. Traffic will be heavier than normal so please plan accordingly.

 If you live on Marmion Street in East Fremantle you will be able to access your driveway however traffic is expected to be very busy on Marmion Street and in the surrounding area.

There will be live music performances along Canning Highway between 4pm and 9.30pm. Noise levels will be monitored during this time.

Road closures can be inconvenient, but this major event is sure to have a positive impact on the local area.

The event is being staged in partnership with the Town of East Fremantle, City of Melville and City of Fremantle, and is supported by the State Government through Lotterywest and Tourism WA. The festival is working closely with the local governments and State Government through the Public Transport Authority, Main Roads WA, West Australian Police and other relevant agencies to ensure it is a safe and enjoyable event for all.

So whether you’re a business or a resident, make the most of this exciting opportunity and come on down and get involved. 

If you have neighbours or friends in the area who you think may not see this email, please help out by spreading the word about the event and the road closure.

Let There Be Rock!

For further information on this event visit: or email

If you are a business located along the route and would like to get involved, please email

Full Entertainment Revealed for Highway to Hell 

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 March 1. 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 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

Perth Festival acknowledges the Noongar people who continue to practise their values, language, beliefs and knowledge on their kwobidak boodjar. They remain the spiritual and cultural birdiyangara of this place and we honour and respect their caretakers and custodians and the vital role Noongar people play for our community and our Festival to flourish.

Highway to Hell a free Perth Festival finale on 1 March 2020

Bring the family and stake your claim along 10km of open highway for a special art, music and entertainment event to celebrate Perth’s connection to late, great AC/DC front man Bon Scott.

Taking inspiration from the AC/DC song, Highway to Hell will be the world’s longest stage and Perth’s playground for a day as the free, family-friendly finale to the 2020 Perth Festival, in partnership with the City of Melville, City of Fremantle and Town of East Fremantle.

The Festival is presenting Highway to Hell in partnership with the City of Melville, City of Fremantle and Town of East Fremantle. This is a major free event for the people of Western Australia to enjoy and it is made possible by the generous support of the State Government through Lotterywest, Tourism WA and other agencies.

Highway to Hell is a once-in-a generation opportunity for residents and visitors to enjoy an afternoon and evening of live performances and other free activities between the Canning and Fremantle Traffic bridges on Sunday 1 March over the Labour Day long weekend.

Diverse local and international acts will perform AC/DC songs from stages on the back of semi-trailers in a slow “hit parade” from Applecross to Fremantle, starting at 5pm and ending at 8.30pm. Artists range from Finnish bluegrass band Steve ’n’ Seagulls and Japanese female rock trio Shonen Knife to the WA Police Pipe Band, Amyl and the Sniffers, Perth Symphony Orchestra and the Pigram Brothers.

People are invited to walk the route with the trucks, set up a picnic anywhere along the highway or gather at one of four special activity and entertainment areas: the Canning Bridge Zone in Applecross, the Tompkins Park Zone in Alfred Cove, the Valley Zone in Palmyra and the Rainbow Zone in East Fremantle and Fremantle.

“For years, Bon walked this iconic southern stretch of Canning Highway from the Leopold Hotel in Palmyra to Fremantle, and AC/DC lit up the Raffles Hotel with legendary gigs,” Perth Festival Artistic Director Iain Grandage says. “Now we’re closing the highway, all 10km of it, for one special day designed for families and fans alike.”

“The idea of closing down the highway to celebrate a favourite son is an exciting way to celebrate our city and bring the curtain down on the 2020 Festival. Everyone is invited. As Bon Scott sings in the song that inspired this event, ‘And all my friends are gonna be there too’.”

Canning Highway will be closed to vehicles from 1pm and roving performers, community choirs, food and market stalls will operate at Tompkins Park and other key zones from 4pm.
Other entertainment will include concerts at key zones along the route, a mass singalong of Highway to Hell at Tompkins Park, rock patch-making sessions with the Embroiderers Guild of WA, community choirs, exhibitions, public talks and other activities in the lead-up to the day.

Key intersections will remain open throughout for access to streets north and south of the highway. Canning Highway will reopen to traffic in stages from 9pm to 11pm.
We encourage local residents to walk down and find a picnic spot with friends and family. Extra public transport services also will be provided for the event.

More details will be released in coming weeks so local residents, businesses and Festival-goers can plan ahead.

Highway to Hell marks 40 years since the death of the WA-raised rock legend, who grew up around Fremantle and went to gigs along Canning Highway as a youth. Scott died in London on 19 February 1980, and his ashes were laid to rest at Fremantle Cemetery on 1 March.

Perth Festival runs from 7 February to 1 March. The full program is out on 31 October 2019.

WHERE: Canning Highway from Canning Bridge to Fremantle Traffic Bridge
WHEN: Sun 1 Mar, The trucks roll from 5pm – 8.30pm. Key zones open at 3pm and entertainment starts at 4pm.

Perth Festival
Founded in 1953 by The University of Western Australia, Perth Festival is the longest running international arts festival in Australia and Western Australia’s premier cultural event. The Festival has developed a worldwide reputation for excellence in its international program, the presentation of new works and the highest quality artistic experiences for its audience. For 66 years, the Festival has welcomed to Perth some of the world’s greatest living artists and now connects with hundreds of thousands of people each year.

Iain Grandage is the Artistic Director 2020 – 23.