The Middlesex Food Festival 6th - 7th June 2020

Trying to summarise the world of IMperfect was never going to be easy.

Let's start with the name: imperfect / I'm perfect? Perhaps both are right, perhaps it's a conundrum, perhaps it's a choice. And then there's the metaphor: a Caravan of Experience. An image that conjures up olden travelling bands of players and musicians relating their collective stories as others relate to them, constantly changing as the old players leave and new players join. It's a great metaphor for the shared musical experience. That bus and that boat, well, they're just wagons on the Caravan and IMperfect just one set of stories being told.

The stories belong to one Mike Miller, resident of the aforementioned houseboat. He might have joined the caravan in Cape Town where he entered the world, or perhaps later in London putting bands on at the Windmill theatre above the Raymond Revue Bar. Or was it earlier in his first band with school friends? It's safe to say that at whatever point, IMperfect's telling of Mike's tales doesn't start until '92 in New York City. Somewhere between the two Sohos there's been a marriage, a split, two kids and Florida. Six years later and we're in California where story number two draws a difficult breath before crossing back over the Atlantic. That's a lot of ground covered, a lot of stories to tell.

It wouldn't be surprising to say that the music's not that easy to pigeon-hole either. Warm jazzy tunes fuse into ambience then trip hop, then rock. Traditional pop forms are inverted, tunes take unexpected turns, choruses aren't where they should be and if they need a little longer than three minutes thirty to work themselves through, then they're given the time and space to do so. As you listen to the last three albums you can hear the musician growing comfortable with his craft without becoming complacent in his art. There's always a great little melodic hook in there, and there are always layers to explore; it's music to actively listen to.

Which just leaves the tales themselves. Mike's experience, shared experience, tales told of others, tales tied together with a world view that still looks on the human experience with a great sense of hope. Or as Mike himself would say: Peace!

The Scribe (Mark Merifield)

IMperfect
We have a jam packed day of music in store for you today at the Surrey Chilli Festival! 🎼⁠
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Head down to Walton Upon Thames Cricket Club for a fun filled day of food, drinks, comedy and music!⁠
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See you there!⁠
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Gates open at 10am!!⁠
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Woop!! The first ever Surrey Chilli Festival starts TOMORROW!⁠
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We cannot wait to welcome you all to Walton on Thames Cricket Club for a weekend of feasting and drinking and fun!⁠
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Don't forget we have a kids zone to entertain the little ones, plus live music and comedy courtesy of Laughing Chili Comedy & Events!⁠
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Don't worry if you don't have your tickets yet, they will be available at the gate.⁠
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It's in the name really. At their heart all of our events are about creating something by local people for the local people. And as part of that we like to support our community as much as possible.⁠
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It's become a tradition for us to have local dance schools perform at our festivals, and the Surrey Chilli Festival is no different.⁠
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We are delighted to have two amazing dance schools with us, @kidzgottalent and @resolutiondance.⁠
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These kids are true pros! Make sure you catch them in action this weekend at Walton on Thames Cricket Club! 💃⁠
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We've got it all covered at the Surrey Chilli Festival. If you fancy a home baked sweet treat and delicious coffee, then make sure you visit George Bakes!⁠
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Apparently she will even have some chilli chocolate brownies for this chilli themed event! Wow, our taste buds are definitely tingling! 😋⁠
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Don't forget to buy your tickets either in advance from our website, or on the gate!⁠
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For a taste of the Caribbean, make sure you visit the RTG Kitchen! These guys are truly passionate about what they do, and bring their own unique twist to traditional Jamaican food.⁠
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Think jerk chicken burgers, smoked in an authentic jerk pan, Guinness punch & Oreo milkshakes, and ackee stuffed roasted aubergine. 😋⁠
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These guys are a regular feature at our events, because their food is awesome! We are looking forward to seeing what they have in store for us this weekend!⁠
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Great food, bars, live music, kids fun zone. What else could you possible want from a food festival?!...⁠
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A whole load of laughs, that's what! And if your mates aren't great at jokes then you don't need to worry because at the Surrey Chilli Festival we have a jam packed schedule of top class comedy, courtesy of Laughing Chili Comedy & Events 😂😂 (included in ticket price)⁠
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Tickets still available online or at the door.⁠
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See you this weekend!⁠
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If you've got a sweet tooth then you'll be in sweetie heaven when you visit the Surrey Chilli Festival next weekend! 🍭⁠
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Sweet Dreams Of Surrey will be with us selling a rainbow coloured array of delicious sweet treats, including a very special chilli fudge. Sweet and spicy! 😋⁠
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How about this for a perfect combo?!⁠
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Tasty, spicy flavours courtesy of the team at A Taste of Thailand, washed down with an icy cold Singha beer! 😋⁠
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If this sounds like your perfect foodie combo, then you can visit both these stands at the Surrey Chilli Festival.⁠
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See you there!⁠
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So what is the Surrey Chilli Festival?! 🤔⁠
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🍔 Loads of tasty food stalls⁠
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🍻 Bars a plenty⁠
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🎶 Live music⁠
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🤣 Comedy theatre⁠
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🤸‍♀️ Kids zone⁠
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🌶 All with a hot chilli twist⁠
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Don't miss out on this fun-filled weekend!⁠
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Last chance to get your 2 for 1 tickets today! Click the link in our bio to get yours! ⁠
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If you've got your Surrey Chilli Festival tickets for the Saturday, then you can look forward to being entertained by a jam packed schedule of music and dance on our main stage.⁠
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Amongst those performing we have three fantastic bands; Meg & The Freeloaders, The Stomping Nomads, and Axel Jansson. Be prepared to dance the afternoon away! 👩‍🎤⁠
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Just a reminder that our 2 for 1 ticket offer ends Friday 😉⁠
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Happy Friday! 🥂⁠
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Just a reminder that the Surrey Chilli Festival is now taking place on the 28th and 29th September and NOT this weekend as originally advertised.⁠
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Any tickets purchased for the original date will of course be valid on either 28th or 29th September at Walton Cricket Club. 🌶⁠
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