Indie rock quartet InLight hope to shine at a national band competition tomorrow night and win a recording contract.

The Oxfordshire-based group will take to the stage of north London music venue Proud, in Camden, for the final of the Intel Studio unsigned bands competition.

Made up of lead singer Charlie Cooke, 24, lead guitarist Mike Riddle, 24, bass guitarist Johnny Hunter, 23, of Burwell Drive, Witney, and drummer Pete Lawless, 23, the band hope their “melodic sound” will bag them the prize.

Mr Cooke, who lives with bandmate Mr Lawless in Iffley Road, Oxford, said: “This is a really big thing for us and to get a record contract would be a dream come true.

“I would be very disappointed not to win, but we are up against eight other bands.

“We find out on the night if we have won, so we will just have to wait and see. I think we have got a good chance, though.”

Mr Cooke said he entered the band for the competition in August after stumbling across it on the Internet.

He said: “I Googled unsigned bands and this was the first thing that came up. I entered us and now we have made it to the final. I can’t believe it.”

The five judges for the competition, include Dirty Pretty Things lead singer Carl Barat, music producer Dave Eringa — who has worked with the likes of Kylie Minogue and the Manic Street Preachers — and Dave Fawbert, whose label Kids Records will provide the winning band with a contract.

Mr Cooke said: “These are the sort of people that you need to be playing in front of to get anywhere in the music industry.”

InLight have been performing in Oxford’s music venues since they formed two years ago.

One of their songs has also been chosen for the soundtrack to the new film adaptation of Philip Pullman’s novel The Butterfly Tattoo, which was filmed in Oxfordshire earlier this year.

The band won their place in the final after winning over the crowd at one of nine heats held in September in the London venue.

Guitarist Mr Riddle, of Kenville Road, Kennington, said: “I have a mix of nervousness and confidence at the moment.

“I’m confident we will play well and do our best, but whether we are what the judges are looking for is another matter.

“We have about 40 of our friends coming up to support us on the night and hopefully we will have what it takes.”