The Chill Out Tent x La Casella Festival

For the next episode of #TheChillOutTent on Sunday 27/9/20 we are working with the awesome La Casella Festival who have created some exclusive DJ sets in their beautiful festival location – La Casella in Umbria Italy*

We’ll have sets from: Italian Cosmic legend Daniele Baldelli, prolific producer DJ Rocca, The Chill Out Tent’s very own Chris Coco, from the festival.

(*The festival will be back in real life – September 3-5 2021. The DJs featured in the La Casella films will all be playing then and we’ll be there too.)

We’ve also secured the rights to screen an amazing documentary on the legendary and pioneering Rimini and Riccione club scene called Italohouse Story, and we have a mix by Enroll aka Rame of Pasta Boys fame, in collaboration with Soundzrise.

HEAR & NOW live @ The Chill Out Tent – Around the World

‘On the occasion of 2020 summer solstice, we recorded in studio (due to lockdown) a live set for a special edition of “The chill out tent” aired on June, 21st 2020, then merged with a footage from Trasimeno Lake.
It includes tracks from our 1st and 2nd album, plus a special unreleased remake!’

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Spaceships Cost Too Much – Blair French

‘Spaceships Cost Too Much’ – An amazing film from Detroit’s Blair French will have it’s online premier as part of the line up for this weekend’s Edition 5 of the Chill Out Tent, coming live from 18:00 BST on Sunday, 30 August 2020. It’s a provocative, hallucinatory, art house trip, you won’t want to miss it…

The film explores the hearts, minds, and souls of three individuals meditating in an unbalanced world. Originally filmed in 2012-2013, it is scored with music from the excellent forthcoming Blair French long player ‘The Art of Us’ released on Rock Steady Disco on September 15, 2020.

We’ll be streaming at LiveFrom & on Mixcloud Live from 18:00 BST…

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Our Friends in Stockholm – Balearic Corner

We’re really excited to introduce our friends from Stockholm, Sweden; Balearic Corner as one of the headliners in the line up for next weekend’s Edition 5 of the Chill Out Tent, coming live from 18:00 BST on Sunday, 30 August 2020. We spoke to Jac from the crew about the Swedish Balearic scene, what they’ve been up to and what they’ve got planned for the future, don’t miss their session on Sunday!

1. Who’s involved with Balearic Corner, is it just you Jac?

Well, it’s me and my crew of friends, generally speaking. We are a bunch of music lovers who all came together through a place called Hosoi in Stockholm. Thanks to Victor Sanchez who runs that place we have formed a special bond of friendship by hanging out there over the past couple of years. Everyone has their own concepts around music; Love Potion, Kilombo, Hosoi, Balearic Corner, and so on. We all help each other out, but mainly it’s me running Balearic Corner and Mattias Polanco is coming into it more and more.

2. What sort of events have you had so far? and how long have you been running them?

It started about 5 years ago with another concept I call Sky City. But last summer we did Balearic Corner and it’s sort of taken over my heart and all my focus is on that concept now. It’s a hangout that turns into a glorious dance party at night, all in the Balearic spirit, and the DJ sets are always around 9 hours long for the main act, no exceptions unless it’s live. That is definitely a signature for the Balearic Corner parties.

3. Where is Balearic corner based, and what venues have you used?

It’s based in Stockholm, Sweden, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t go international if the opportunity feels organic. It’s like the Stockholm archipelago turned Balearic and we go on long musical ride together, as a metaphor. We’ve done parties at Trädgården and Teatern Under Bron and plan to do much more, including under the radar open airs, although the pandemic did postpone a lot of that till next summer.

4. Who or what inspired you to start these events?

I think being at DJ Harvey’s Mercury Rising parties at Pikes, Ibiza, and meeting him has been super influential. Also, my friendship with Camilo Miranda who books at Pikes and is a resident DJ there has been really important in the development. Fundamentally I think my time spent on Ibiza with my sister and the sense of community with both my friends and complete strangers – that happens in this very unique way in nightlife around the world – has been the biggest driving force.

5. Have you had guest DJ’s or artist at your events? Who would you like to work with in the future?

We’ve had many guests! A Man Called Adam really showed us some love last summer as well as Leo Mas, Chris Coco, Camilo Miranda & Christian Len.. in addition to Jocke Åhlund, HNNY and Jin Mustafa from the local scene. Also we’ve had Lovefingers & Heidi Lawden, not to mention amazing Takaya Nagase! He runs the Joy parties in New York and it was a big highlight last year to hear him play. Well, for the future, we have a bunch planned. I’m working on a compilation that I’m super excited about. So, stay tuned regarding that. I’d like to keep some surprises, but what I can say is that Nancy Noise has been on my wish list for a long time and she was supposed to play at Balearic Corner this summer, and so was Beautiful Swimmers. The broader idea for this season was to also offer a space for less regular names in the Balearic scene to get the spotlight and explore the concept with the attitude of freedom that I think is so key to the Balearic mindset. We hope the pandemic will allow it by next summer! I also want Harvey to come and do his thing with us, of course.

6. What is the Balearic Corner crowd or like?

I think it’s a bunch of open minded, free spirited and gentle people who all love music, dancing and relaxing, lot of our friends are latino and they sure know how to relax…

7. Have you been affected by the COVID lockdown to any great extent?

Definitely. Mattias Polanco and I had a whole series of Balearic Corners, Love Potion parties, and bigger (smaller one-day festival type stuff) happenings this summer that all got cancelled or postponed. However, it’s been a very creative and inspiring time for us despite the financial and social crash. We’ve created a new platform we call Until Further Notice that we are currently working on some really exciting stuff with, fulfilling some big dreams! We announced the Until Further Notice initiative recently with a 30 min music video I directed and danced in together with Mount Liberation Unlimited and a bunch of amazing artists involved like Fredrik Paulsen and Adam Nilsson. It was released on Robyn’s Konichiwa TV as a collaboration.

8. You’ll be presenting a mix and a film to share with the Chill Out Tent event, what can we expect from your part of the show?

An after-party in the Swedish countryside turned listening session turned psychedelic cloud watching. It’s a musical journey that follows the morning light as Mattias Polanco and myself select some of our favorite tracks while our friends unwind in the background.

9. If we get to visit Stockholm in the future what are your essential places to visit? Maybe galleries, restaurants, bars, clubs, natural sites?

Balearic Corner of course! And Hosoi, my friend Victor’s vision; a place for listening to great music and being with each other. There’s no other place like it and it’s hard to explain if you haven’t been there, the way it often is with the best places. There’s also this amazing open air bar that opened this summer within the Swedish restrictions of the pandemic in an area called Reimers Holme. It doesn’t have a name but the guys running it are so relaxed and it’s only good vibes, so go on an adventure and find it! It’s by the Reimers Holme Hotel. Totemo Ramen is one of my favourite places, best ramen in town! If you want great latino street food; Pachanga in Årsta is the place. What else, Bar Oas and Omnipollo are cozy, tasty bars and a must. Other than that, make sure you explore the country side and please be sure to be here in the summer when the sun doesn’t go down and get yourself to a rave in the forest!

Many thanks to Jac and all the crew for speaking to us and being part of the Chill Out Tent Edition #5

Don’t forget we’ll be streaming at LiveFrom & on Mixcloud Live, see you there!

Norman Jay at the Chill Out Tent

What’s on our minds? Norman Jay MBE is on our minds! This Sunday the our roving reporter Chris from VI4YL has a chat with the Good Times legend, Norman Jay. The interview premiere’s on The Chill Out Tent Edition #5 just after 6pm UK time. Get involved and see what went down. We’re all super excited to share another huge interview with you, props and thanks to Ashley from Norman’s management and The Ministry for the brilliant venue.

Here’s one of Norman’s recent radio shows to get you in the Carnival mood…

All by Myself (Kenneth Bager Sundown Mix) by Rheinzand

We’re really happy to confirm that the lineup for our August Chill Out Tent edition #5 is coming together nicely. We can confirm that we will have a live session from Belgian maestros Rheinzand, they’re an awesome addition to our event, not long now…

Rheinzand is a collaborative project between Reinhard Vanbergen, the multi-instrumentalist producer, Charlotte Caluwaerts (Tundra) and Mo Disko from the renowned duo ‘The Glimmers.’ Hailing from Gent, Belgium they plan to follow in the footsteps of other exceptional music exports from the city such as Soulwax.

Their exotic style caught the ears of Danish label ‘Music For Dreams’ who released their debut self titled album this year. ‘Blind’ was the first single of this musical adventure and was aimed straight for the dance-floor. The track was championed by DJ Harvey during his summer residency at Pikes Ibiza, and the band had tracks on both his Mercury Rising compilations.

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Edition #4 Headliners – Coyote / Is It Balearic?

We’re super happy to have Balearic legends Coyote as one of our headliners for this weekend’s Edition 4 of the Chill Out Tent, they’ll be streaming from 21:00 BST. In keeping with our format of pairing musicians & DJ’s with film makers and visual artists, Coyote have collaborated with artist and animator Mark Warrington to create some stunning visuals to accompany their set.

Fans of Paul ‘Mudd’ Murphy’s Claremont 56 label will instantly recognise Marks beautiful paintings, where they’ve been used as some of the most stunning sleeve art in contemporary music. Below you can see an animated short Mark has created of his work with the label. Buy Mark’s work here.

Coyote are the DJs / Producers Timm Sure & Richard Hampson (aka Ampo).
Since their first meeting (after both becoming residents at the historically important club “Venus” in Nottingham), between them they spent the 90s’ with residencies at many of the decades seminal parties. Coyote officially came into being in 2004, when Timm and Ampo decided to start making music together. Since then they’ve released a gorgeous catalogue of sun drenched down tempo, both on their own ‘Is It Balearic?’ label and more recently via Music for Dreams. The mix below will give you an idea of what we can expect this evening.

Follow Coyote on Instagram here…

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The Chill Out Tent Cocktails – Moroccan Spiced Mint Tea Julep

Preparations continue for our next event, the Chill Out Tent Edition 4  and like any good party we’re giving some thought to the drinks to serve.

Friend of the Chill Out Tent and food & drink guru, Stuart from the fabulous Disappearing Dining Club has another tempting recommendation for us, his Moroccan Spiced Mint Tea Julep inspired by the middle eastern hospitality we might sample at the end of the hippy trail…

PART ONE – Moroccan Spiced Simple Syrup    

1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup water, 1 cinnamon stick, 3 cloves whole,    1/2 cup crystallised ginger chips in a small saucepan, combine all simple syrup ingredients and bring to a simmer on low heat. Continue to simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Let syrup cool. Pour syrup through a fine mesh strainer and into an airtight container; discard solids. Syrup can be refrigerated for up to 1 month. Makes about 280-300ml of simple syrup.

PART TWO – Moroccan Mint Iced Tea    

4 Moroccan Mint Tea Bags, 16 ounces water, ice. Bring 550ml water to a boiling in a small pan on your stove top. Remove from heat and steep tea bags for 8 minutes. Fill a litre jug with ice. Pour hot tea over ice and chill until ready to use in refrigerator.

PART THREE – Make your Moroccan Spiced Mint Tea Juleps Cocktail (makes 1)  

4 parts iced mint tea, 2 parts bourbon, 1 part Moroccan Spiced Simple Syrup, 3–5 leaves fresh mint (additional for garnish, if desired) ice. Place mint leaves in the bottom of a large tumbler (a clay one from North Africa, if you have one). Using a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon press the mint leaves into the bottom of the glass. Add ice, then 25ml simple syrup, 50ml bourbon, and 100ml of tea. Top with ice and mint garnish.

‘I’ve been saving all my money just to take you there
I smell the garden in your hair’

Let’s raise a glass together on Sunday, cheers 🙂

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