Howie Payne (aka Howard Eliott Payne) is a solo artist, producer, songwriter and the driving force behind Liverpool group The Stands, which he formed in 2002, and with whom he scored four top 40 singles and two top 40 LPs in over just three years before disbanding in 2005.

Following The Stands, Payne teamed up with legendary producer Ethan Johns and recorded his highly influential debut so lo LP Bright Light Ballads, which initially released as a digital download only, reached No 13 in the iTunes Album chart.

After a whirlwind decade of near constant live performances that took him around the globe, Payne took a hiatus from touring and recording to focus on songwriting and production, remaining in the public conscience through his music, with a host of artists recording and performing his songs while both The Stands LP’s, and Bright Light Ballads quickly achieved cult classic status.

September 2016 saw Payne tour the UK for the first time in 3 years, and on October 23rd he released, High Times, Home Recordings, a free 10 track download LP, recorded at his home in the late summer/early autumn 2016. High Times, Home Recordings features outtakes taken from the writing sessions for his next LP, which will be released in 2017.

Howie Payne Links: WebsiteFacebook | Twitter

Watch a live video of ‘The Brightest Star’ below:

Plus support from MATT MILLARD

Matt Millard is a self produced singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the suburbs of Birmingham. A recent feature of the BBC Introducing show on BBC WM and Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent Competition 2016.

“Beautifully layered music and an extremely warm voice” – The House Of Coxed 2016

Matt Millard Links: Website | Facebook Twitter

Watch a live session version of ‘Don’t Sail’ below:

Plus support from PATRICK BREWER

Folk singer-songwriter from Birmingham, with sounds inspired by John Martyn, Ryan Adams and Nick Drake. Sweet guitar riffs and raw vocals, Patrick’s music takes you to your favourite place.

Patrick Brewer Links: Soundcloud | Facebook

Listen to ‘Where You Are’ below: