Nothing could take away from the excellence of Royal Blood’s captivating takeover of Brighton beach – not even a fight in the VIP area.

It is, admittedly, much more difficult to focus on the stage when two men are being prised apart by security guards just feet away.

However, in a homecoming gig that showcased Sussex musical talent, the raucous rock duo proved a cut above the rest and held the 10,000-strong crowd in the palm of their hand.

As Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher took to the stage with the sun setting on the On The Beach festival, fans were treated to a jam-packed journey through the boys' best and biggest tunes.

The Argus: Royal Blood at On the BeachRoyal Blood at On the Beach (Image: Andrew Gardner | The Argus)

Newer hits like Typhoons took centre stage and the unmistakable Royal Blood sound sent the crowd into a shockwave of screams. An expertly crafted setlist interspersed more recent material from their upcoming album with the hits from their self-titled 2014 work which sent the Worthing band to stardom.

With flames lighting the night sky, things just kept getting better as the duo crescendoed with an encore of Ten Tonne Skeleton and Out Of The Black.

At one point drummer Ben Thatcher was left to treat the crowd to an extended drum (and gong) solo which sent the beach into raptures.

While On The Beach cannot be the biggest crowd they have played it must be among the most meaningful.

The Argus: Crowds at On the BeachCrowds at On the Beach (Image: Andrew Gardner | The Argus)

Mike Kerr appeared visibly struck by the magnitude of headlining, speaking about the duo’s humble beginnings playing gigs in The Black Lion in The Lanes.

The show celebrated Sussex talent throughout, from Ben donning an Albion shirt and adorning his drum with the club’s crest to the wealth of artists supporting the duo.

Both Kid Kapichi and You Me At Six hail from just a stone’s throw from the beach stage. Their contribution helped give the crowd a homecoming show to remember.

It must be said that Royal Blood rocked the imaginary roof off the On The Beach stage, even if some were too busy scuffling to enjoy it. Try to top that, Noel.