Welcome to the website of Big Figure Promotions - named after the drummer in Dr Feelgood, John 'The Big Figure' Martin - which is a music promotion based in Marske by the Sea near Saltburn in North Yorkshire. Steve Harland is the music obsessive behind it which commenced in September 2012 when he hosted Gemma Ray at Stockton's Georgian Theatre. Steve was a regular at Middlesbrough Rock Garden between 1979 - 1981 and Stockton's Dovecot Arts Centre 1985 - 1990, two now sadly defunct but much missed music venues on Teesside that helped shape his and many other folks' music taste. He also subscribed to Jon Storey/Nick West's Bucketfull of Brains fanzine in the eighties and nineties and Lindsay Hutton's Next Big Thing fanzine was also a big influence.
Steve has worked with various local promoters since September 2010 and also on his own. In total he has promoted 111 concerts which started when he commenced promoting live music with others under the guise of Rock Garden Revisited, named after a well known local music venue. This lasted for three years before several co-promotions; initially a couple of one-offs with Leigh Sayers & Tim Oxnard, then half a dozen shows with Barry Simpson, a couple of solo promotions, then with Martin Mathers for another three years and some 40 concerts. He now promotes with his wife Wendy Archer Harland.
Starting out at Stockton's Georgian Theatre & The Green Room but following a disagreement over financial irregularities concerning two gigs in particular - Goldblade & a sold out Sleaford Mods show. In May 2014 the decision was made to relocate permanently to Westgarth Social Club in Middlesbrough. There have been one or two gigs at other venues when the Westgarth hasn't been available but its ran professionally by Stephen Callaghan and houses two rooms for live music but there's no-one stealing money from us anymore.
May 2019 saw us celebrate our 100th concert with The Membranes since we commenced promoting live music. Highlights of the year have included The Godfathers, Eight Rounds Rapid and The Delta Bombers from Las Vegas playing to a near capacity upstairs room on a Sunday evening in July.
This year The BellRays from California played in January for the third time; The Godfathers from London a fourth time and the X Ray Cat trio made their sixth appearance for us. Sadly several events have had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and the rescheduled Nightingales show has now been moved from April this year to April next year. The sixth Riverside Rebellion featuring The Vibrators, Xslf, The Gakk & others has now been rescheduled for Saturday, 4th December, 2021.
A number of shows have already been booked for next year including The Godfathers for the fifth time and The Men They Couldn't Hang return to the Westgarth. The Outcasts make their first appearance in Middlesbrough since 1982. There is our tribute to Jeffrey Lee Pierce taking place with a six band line-up in April and also a couple of shows now conformed for May which may be taking place at a new venue in Stockton. Watch this space for further details.
Thanks for continuing to support our endeavours, it is greatly appreciated by us and remember - long live the music !