Highway to Hell wins national award

26 October 2020

Perth Festival’s Highway to Hell event has won the 2020 Australian Event Awards’ Best Cultural, Arts or Music event in Australia.

Perth Festival’s Highway to Hell event, delivered in collaboration with the Cities of Melville and Fremantle and Town of East Fremantle, has won the 2020 Australian Event Awards’ Best Cultural, Arts or Music event in Australia.

The free finale to the 2020 Perth Festival celebrated the life of AC/DC legend, Bon Scott, and saw more than 100,000 people flock to a 10km stretch of Canning Highway to enjoy live music, games and activities and a dance in Early March.

Trucks with AC/DC themed stages also travelled along the highway, hosting local and nationally acclaimed artists playing originals and classics for adoring fans.

City of Melville Mayor, the Hon. George Gear JP congratulated Perth Festival on the win and said the City was extremely proud to be part of this once-in-a-generation event.

“On the day we all felt this event was something else, and we are extremely pleased to see Perth Festival recognised for their hard work and the delivery of this fantastic event for our community” Mayor Gear said.

“We look forward to delivering more bold cultural events for our residents and wider community through the implementation of our cultural plan Creative Melville 2018-2022, which is being led by Highway to Hell Producer, Pete Stone, who now works for the City as our first-ever Creative Producer.”

The Mayor also expressed his thanks to the community, especially local residents, for embracing the event which produced unique logistical challenges on the day.

“Shutting down a major road is no easy feat and it’s a testament to our wonderful community that they embraced this idea and disruption with open arms. I’d like to extend my sincerest thanks to our residents whose support helped make this event happen, which has now been recognised as one of the best events in Australia.”

The City of Melville celebrated the lead-up to the event by hosting a number of rock-themed events at Wireless Hill. The museum hosted a record fair, a rock panel and quiz, live performance night and even a “Highway to Nap Time” pram jam for all of the rock loving bubs; all of which drew large crowds and received praise from attendees.

The Highway to Hell event was made possible through collaboration between Perth Festival, City of Melville, City of Fremantle and the Town of East Fremantle.

Image: Crowds flocked to Canning Bridge to catch a glimpse of the truck stages.

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