Festival honours a Fremantle Legend

Jade Champion, Lauren Reece with Krissy Sanfead and Selina Jayne Paul from the band Ball Braker will perform at Bonfest. Photo: Matt Jelonek. d490571 communitypix.com.au.
Jade Champion, Lauren Reece with Krissy Sanfead and Selina Jayne Paul from the band Ball Braker will perform at Bonfest. Photo: Matt Jelonek. d490571 communitypix.com.au.

FROM playing in dance halls to being the front man of AC/DC, everyone has a story to tell about Fremantle legend Bon Scott.

Bonfest is commemorating 39 years since the musician died and organiser Mal Osborne said this festival concentrated purely on the Bon Scott era of AC/DC.

“This is the only time I can remember when three AC/DC tribute bands put aside their rivalry and are coming together to play,” he said.

“For the first time there will be an all women super group, all these women have huge respect for AC/DC and just want to play their songs.”

Despite Bon Scott not originally hailing from Fremantle, Mr Osborne said he quickly became a local legend.

“He spent a fair bit of time here in the late 1960s and played in the band The Valentines,” he said.

“Everyone’s uncle, brother, has a story to tell about him, there were so many urban myths about him.

“People just love to share, who doesn’t want to brag about sitting next to someone famous in class.”

Mr Osborne said he learnt guitar whilst playing along to TNT.

“I was only 15 years old when I first saw Bon Scott in AC/DC at the Sacred Heart Girls College show, everyone was really excited, it was great rock ‘n’ roll, very Australian in style but unique,” he said.

“AC/DC is a multigenerational thing, what gives the greatest pleasure is that you can have four generations from five to 65 who love the same kind of music.

“There is nothing like the AC/DC family.”

The event is family friendly and will be run over three days.

THE ESSENTIALS:

WHAT: Bonfest

WHEN: Thursday February 14 to Saturday February 16

WHERE: Locations around Fremantle