In pictures: Mercury nominees 2005
Bloc Party

The three-piece (featuring lead singer Kele Okereke, pictured) were highly fancied in the BBC News website's Sound of 2005 poll.

Their album Silent Alarm produced the top five single So Here We Are.

The Mercury judges have called their work "edgy, exciting and assertive".

Bloc Party
Hear a clip from Silent Alarm
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