KEEPING INDEPENDENT MUSIC LIVE IN MIDDLESBROUGH !

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 including Dave Griffiths/Gary McGhie; Leigh Sayers; Barry Simpson; Timothy Oxnard;  Martin Mathers and currently his partner, Wendy Archer, who had retired from her teaching job near Barnsley in South Yorkshire a couple of years ago and relocated to Marske to live.   He has promoted 92 gigs since September 2010 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.

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, Interrobang? & TV Smith of The Adverts /Mark Ayling and The Pete Williams Band.  Future gigs include the Peel Regenerated All-Dayer with The Primevals/Turning Black Like Lizards; Riverside Rebellion All-Dayer with The Drones/Uproar;  Roughneck Riot and Terry & Gerry.