Bloc Party are an English indie rock band, currently composed of Kele Okereke (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards, sampler), Russell Lissack (lead guitar, keyboards), Justin Harris (bass guitar, keyboards, saxophones, backing vocals) and Louise Bartle (drums).Former members Matt Tong and Gordon Moakes left the band in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
Their brand of music, whilst rooted in rock, retains elements of other genres such as electronica and house music. The band was formed at the 1999 Reading Festival by Okereke and Lissack. They went through a variety of names before settling on Bloc Party in 2003. Moakes joined the band after answering an advert in NME magazine, while Tong was picked via an audition. Bloc Party got their break by giving BBC Radio 1 DJ Steve Lamacq and Franz Ferdinand’s lead singer, Alex Kapranos, a copy of their demo “She’s Hearing Voices”.
Bloc Party have had several nominations from a number of different awarding bodies during their recording career. The band themselves were nominated for ‘Best New Artist’ at the 2005 NME Awards,and were also up for the ‘Best Alternative Act’ category at the 2005 MTV Europe Music Awards.In 2006, Bloc Party were nominated for another NME Award, this time in the ‘Best British Band’ category. They were also shortlisted for three PLUG Awards: ‘New Artist of the Year’ in 2005, and ‘Artist of the Year’ and ‘Live Act of the Year’ in 2006.At the 19th GLAAD Media Awards in 2008, they were nominated in the ‘Music Artist’ category for their work on second album A Weekend in the City.