Fremantle To Host AC/DC Tribute Festival, 'High Voltage'

16 March 2023 | 12:33 pm | Mary Varvaris

High, Voltage, rock and roll!

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Fremantle is playing host to an exciting (and free) AC/DC tribute festival, High Voltage, on 7 May. 

High Voltage is a state-owned event delivered by Tourism WA and produced by Perth Festival's new out-of-season Special Projects arm and supported by the City of Fremantle that’s expected to become an annual event, with thousands of people projected to attend this year’s festival.

Some of the acts playing on seven flatbed trucks include punk-rock outfit Body Type, Diesel, Cash Savage And The Last Drinks, Dan Sultan, Katy Steele and many more. The performances will take place across a 5 km circuit, passing the Bon Scott statue along the way. 

Fremantle Mayor Hannah Fitzhardinge told PerthNow, “We all remember how great Highway to Hell was in 2020 and we can’t wait to recreate that experience with High Voltage coming this May.

“Fremantle is the perfect destination for this event as the spiritual home of Bon Scott — he grew up here, attended North Fremantle Primary School and John Curtin School of the Arts and was buried at the Fremantle Cemetery.”

Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman added in a separate statement, “Tonight (Sunday, 12 March) WA is hosting huge shows by Ed Sheeran and Bjork so it's also fantastic that we celebrate our own musical legends with a new homegrown music festival in Fremantle celebrating the enduring impact of Bon Scott.

“Music in WA is one of our strongest creative industries and the recent success of the band Voyager in its bid for Eurovision success is just one example of the exciting energy and talent that is out there.”

On the band's enduring legacy across generations, a few months ago, AC/DC approved the new children's picture book called The AC/DC AB/CD High Voltage Alphabet. You can pre-order The AC/DC AB/CD High-Voltage Alphabet book here.

The AC/DC AB/CD High-Voltage Alphabet is the fourth in a series of children's books released by Love Police. The collection first launched over 15 years ago with the surprising smash-hit M Is For Metal and was followed by the similarly successful Never Mind Your Ps & Qs Here's The Punk Alphabet and The Country and Western Alphabet Book.