KEEPING INDEPENDENT MUSIC LIVE IN MIDDLESBROUGH

If you don't live it, you don't have it !

Welcome to the website of Big Figure Promotions which is a music promotion based in Marske by the Sea near Saltburn in North Yorkshire.  Stephen Harland is the music obsessive behind it which commenced in September 2012 when he hosted Gemma Ray at Stockton's Georgian Theatre.   Stephen 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.

Stephen has worked with various local promoters since September 2010 and also on his own.   In total he has promoted 95 gigs which started when he commenced promoting live music under the guise of Rock Garden Revisited.  Starting out at Stockton's Georgian Theatre & The Green Room but following a disagreement with Tees Music Alliance the decision was made to  relocate to Middlesbrough's Westgarth Social Club, situated directly opposite the University of Teesside, where they have remained ever since. There have been one or two gigs at other venues when the Westgarth hasn't been available but its ran professionally and houses two rooms for live music.

Highlights this year have included sold out performances with Barrence Whitfield & The Savages, The BellRays, Fur Dixon's WTFUKUSHIMA, The Godfathers and The Nightingales/The Bitter Springs. Other gigs featured John Sterry from Billionaire, The Drones (Riverside Rebellion), Interrobang? & TV Smith of The Adverts /Mark Ayling, Peel Regenerated All-Dayer with The Primevals/Turning Black Like Lizards,  Roughneck Riot and we finish the year with Birmingham skiffle outfit Terry & Gerry.  

Three gigs have already been confirmed for next year these include a Lee Brilleaux of Dr Feelgood Tribute Evening in April to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of his death. A 40th Anniversary celebration of Punishment of Luxury's debut album 'Laughing Academy' in September and Riverside Rebellion 5 featuring Rock Garden legends 999 and Duncan Reid & The Big Heads plus many more including a fringe festival will take place in December.  other gigs are being worked on so watch this space.