POP princess Delta Goodrem brought a glamorous end to day one of the Newcastle 500 on Friday night.
About 5000 Supercars fans stuck around for the concert in Foreshore Park which also featured The Veronicas.
Goodrem became a Supercars ambassador this year to broaden the sport’s appeal and she appears to have succeeded. The crowd featured everyone from young children sitting on their parents’ shoulders to hardcore motor sport fans.
There were sound issues early before Goodrem showcased her exquisite vocals and piano skills with her hits Lost Without You, Dear Life and the soulful The River.
Dressed in black leather pants, a white shirt and flowing silk scarf, Goodrem switched between her piano, acoustic guitar and gliding around the stage.
Some of the quieter moments, which included an acoustic version of Goodrem’s 2004 smash Out Of The Blue, missed the mark with the festival crowd who predominately wanted to dance and party to her more upbeat numbers.
Twin sisters Lisa and Jessica Origliasso of The Veronicas put aside any animosity from their recent Twitter feud over same-sex marriage to deliver an energetic set.
The social media spat, which also involved Jessica’s same-sex partner and actress Ruby Rose, led to speculation The Veronicas may be about to split, but their Newcastle show appears to have allayed those fears.
At one stage during an emotional rendition of On Your Side the identical twins held hands as they sang.
The greatest hits set also featured Untouched, In My Blood, You Ruin Me before ending with her debut single 4ever.
There was also a cover of Tracy Bonham’s ‘90s classic Mother Mother. “We heard you didn’t think we were rock enough for you Newcastle,” Jessica said before launching into the track.
The Veronicas nailed it too, to arguably steal the show from Goodrem.
The musical entertainment continues on Saturday with Cold Chisel, Spiderbait and Newcastle’s The Owls.