Big Figure Promotions was originally set-up in September 2012 to promote live music events at Stockton's Georgian Theatre & The Green Room and occasionally elsewhere. The name comes from the drummer of Dr Feelgood John 'The Big Figure' Martin of whom were a major influence on Steve Harland. This was to establish a separate identity from Rock Garden Revisited set-up in September 2010 largely to promote punk gigs as one of his partner's wanted to promote their own gigs.
Following financial irregularities involving Tees Music Alliance who ran both venues in Stockton regarding £400 stolen in May 2014 from advance ticket sales on the premise that a half capacity Goldblade gig and a sold out show featuring the Sleaford Mods hadn't made enough at the bar a decision was made to transfer the outstanding six gigs to Middlesbrough's Westgarth Social Club which was an old workingman's club but now houses various music and comedy promoters working out of two separate rooms.
Steve did a couple of solo gigs and then worked with several other promoters including Barry Simpson; Leigh Sayers of Building Bridges, a one-off with Tim Oxnard of The Oilbirds before promoting over 40 concerts with Martin Mathers between 2014 to December 2016. Martin then decided he wanted a break and now promotes his own gigs.
Steve decided in January 2017 a change in name was needed as his partner Wendy Archer and new co-promoter had now retired from her teaching job in South Yorkshire and relocated to Marske by the Sea to live. Steve chose 'Down By The Jetty' which maintained the Dr Feelgood connection as it was their debut album originally released in 1975. Together they have promoted 39 gigs and in May when The Membranes return to the Westgarth Steve will have promoted a grand total of 100 gigs since September 2010 - no mean achievement in this climate.