The Chill Out Tent #18 – 3/10/21

And we’re back with our next monthly streaming event on Sunday 3/10/21 at 19:00 BST. We’ve got another amazing line up of music, film and culture ready to share. 

At 19:00 we’ve got our own Chris Coco with his very special ambient ‘Brutalist Sunrise

19:30 – Andy Pye (Balearic Social) shares the latest Sunrise Session

20:30 – Ogawa & Tokoru (Vinifonica)

21:30 – Wildblood & Queenie – from Lodgefest – Summer rainstorm live set from the Chill Out Tent

22:00 – After Party – Leo Zero – from the York Rise Street Festival

Join us for this free streaming event on Mixcloud Live at 19:00 BST Sunday 1/8/21, pop in to the chat box and say ‘hello’ 🙂

This is our 18th consecutive monthly streaming event, a year and a half since we started at the beginning of the first lock down. We’ve curated more than 150 wildly diverse DJ sets, interviews, films, documentaries, commissioned custom animation, artwork and photography from all over the world to a growing audience of thousands.

We always aimed to be much more than a static camera on a bedroom DJ set. Our aim has been to celebrate and champion the music, culture, artists and venues that we love. Particularly at a time when they were under threat from a range of challenges, both viral and societal.

Now that the worst of the pandemic is over we’re giving some thought to what’s next for the Chill Out Tent. Our first live festival event at Lodgefest in July was an inspiring reminder of the joy of dancing together in a field and we’re planning for more live adventures in the months ahead.

We’d love your ideas on future events, collaborations and projects, perhaps we could bring the Chill Out Tent experience to your town, city, field, gallery or festival, get in touch, we’d love to talk. Thanks to all the Chill Out Tent community who’ve been so amazing over the last 18 months, we love you all 🙂

The Chill Out Tent #17 – 29/8/21

Our next monthly streaming event will be happening on Sunday 29/8/21 at 19:00 BST. We’ve got another amazing line up of music, film and culture ready to share. 

We’ve got Sheffield americana expert and digger extrordinaire Bobby Lee with an amazing set that explores the hippy roots of the Balearic sound, a fascinating documentary on ambient pioneers Brian Eno and Harold Budd. Then we’re off to West Coast California for an exclusive set from San Franciso legend Gavin Hardkiss. The after party this month come courtesy of the lovely Paper Recordings crew, with another of their ‘tag team’ DJ relays. We’ve got loads more new music, films and animation in the mix too.

Join us for this free streaming event on Mixcloud Live at 19:00 BST Sunday 1/8/21, pop in to the chat box and say ‘hello’ 🙂

The Chill Out Tent #16 – 1/8/21

Our next monthly streaming event will be happening on Sunday 1/8/21 at 19:00 BST. We’ve got another amazing line up of music, film and culture ready to share. We’ll be including the second instalment of the Plastic Fantastic sunrise sessions, this time featuring everyone’s favourite Balearic legend Phil Mison. Full details…

Chill Out Tent Edition #16

Schedule…

19:00 – Mixmaster Morris (In the real life Chill Out Tent from Lodgefest!)


SONLIFE – The One


20:00 – Phil Mison (Plastic Fantastic Sunrise Session #2)


Antonio Prosper – Revenge At Sunset


21:00 – Sadeedo (at Soulgood, Ibiza)


Solar Moon – Mwezi


22:00Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy (after party)

Join us for this free streaming event on Mixcloud Live at 19:00 BST Sunday 1/8/21, pop in to the chat box and say ‘hello’ 🙂

The Chill Out Tent x The Idler – Bring Back the Chill Out Room!

The Idler is the magazine for people who want to ‘slow down, have fun and live well‘, edited by writer Tom Hodgkinson. We’ve been fans of the magazine for years and when we wanted to tell the story of Chill Out culture we knew it would be the perfect home for the piece we’d been working on. So a few months ago we reached out to Tom, had a conversation about our shared memories of hazy chill out rooms deep in the mists of time and began planning our extended essay ‘License to Chill – is it time to revisit the Chill Out room?. The piece can be read in full in the July/August edition, it’s a seven page exploration of the rise and fall and inevitable rise again of these precious spaces. (You can Subscribe to the Idler here and get 26% off the cover price plus a free tote or order single issues here.)

Afterparty #15 – Alfredo / Amnesia 1986

Edition #15 of the Chill Out Tent has a packed schedule of 8+ hours for our Summer Solstice Sleepover this Sunday 20/6/21, and one of the highlights has to be our after party session at 22:00 BST. This is because we’ll be featuring an archive mix from Alfredo behind the decks at Amnesia in 1986 that a friend in Ibiza found on cassette and we’ve digitized it and combined it with some classic video from that iconic open air dance floor. Expect an insight into the early days of that legendary Balearic sound years before the British invasion, it’s a time capsule from another era. While we wait for the mix do check out this in depth interview with the maestro himself….

Join us for this free streaming event on Mixcloud Live at 19:00 BST

Edit 30/6/21 – Here’s the mix!

The Chill Out Tent Edition #15 – Summer Solstice Sleepover

We’re back slightly early this month, for Edition #15 of the Chill Out Tent and it’s a special event to coincide with the Summer Solstice. Join us on Sunday June 20th at 19:00-23:00 BST for this special extended longest day program…

19:00 – Sun Deck Mix – Ben Osborne
19:50 – Love Is The Answer – The Campfire Circle Singers
20:00 – Soulgood Afternoon Session – George Solar
21:00 – Sunset at The Hut (Colwell Bay Isle of Wight) – Je Suis Anglais
22:00 – After Party – Amnesia 1986 mix with Alfredo

Then it’s into the shortest night with the Chill Out Tent’s Solstice Sleepover


23:00 – Live on Hamon Radio – Satoshi & Makoto
24:00 – K5 Loft Streaming part 2 – Calm & Eita Godo
01:30 – Kay Suzuki
02:30 – A Slender Homage To Harold Budd
03:00 – Sleep Fabbrica Sassetti – Giorgio Alvera

03:15 – Brutalist Sunrise – Chris Coco

More on all these artists and sessions over the next few days

Join us for this free streaming event on Mixcloud Live at 19:00 BST

Remember our globe spanning solstice journey from last year?

Turn on , Stay in, Chill Out…

Monolithic Undertow – Interview with author Harry Sword

We’ll be talking to author Harry Sword this Sunday, the 30th May 2021 as part of our Edition #14 of the Chill Out Tent. Harry Sword is a Cambridge based writer. He is a contributor to The Quietus, Vice, Record Collector, Munchies and the Guardian. We’re discussing his recent book Monolithic Undertow – In Search of Sonic Oblivion described by Beck as

An inspired and intuitive navigation of the drone continuum . . . with a compass firmly set to new and enlightening psychedelic truths’

His publishers summarize this superb book thus ‘Monolithic Undertow alights a crooked path across musical, religious and subcultural frontiers. It traces the line from ancient traditions to the modern underground, navigating archaeoacoustics, ringing feedback, chest plate sub-bass, avant-garde eccentricity, sound weaponry and fervent spiritualism. From Neolithic beginnings to bawdy medieval troubadours, Sufi mystics to Indian raga masters, cone shattering dubwise bass, Hawkwind’s Ladbroke Grove to the outer reaches of Faust and Ash Ra Temple; the hash-fueled fug of The Theatre of Eternal Music to the cough syrup reverse hardcore of Melvins, seedy VHS hinterland of Electric Wizard, ritual amp worship of Earth and Sunn O))) and the many touch points in between, Monolithic Undertow explores the power of the drone – an audio carrier vessel capable of evoking womb like warmth or cavernous dread alike.

Some or even many of these artists may be unfamiliar to our audience, but his sonic explorations also touch on Brian Eno, the Orb, ambient and chill out too and the transcendental ambition of so much of this material shares much with the world of electronic music that may be more familiar. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Harry discuss the origins of the book, some of the amazing moments he experienced in it’s research and also his recommendations for those new to the world of drone.

Harry gives us a primer, ‘a Beginner’s Guide to Drone’ that we mixed into a 30 minute taster for the uninitiated, that we’ll play after the interview. Considering that many drone pieces will play out at 20 or more minutes per track, often considerably longer, our mini mix can only be a ‘teaser’ for the full immersive drone experience, but we hope it opens some ears to this new sonic landscape.

Here’s an extract of the book from the lovely people at the Heavenly Social to whet your appetite…

Harry Sword

Buy Monolithic Undertow direct from the publishers White Rabbit books here.

Join us on Mixcloud Live at 18:45 BST

The Chill Out Tent Edition #14

We’re back this Sunday, the 30th May 2021 with Edition #14 of the Chill Out Tent, our monthly streaming event celebrating all things calm and chilled out. Another international selection of carefully curated film & music to share with our growing community who gather in the chat room.

More details on all this months contributors over the next few days…

19:00 – Sunrise Session #1 – Plastic Fantastic – Oslo

20:00 – Monolithic Undertow – Interview with author Harry Sword

20:30 – A Beginners Guide to Drone – Curated by Harry Sword, mixed by the Chill Out Tent

21:00 – Sheepwatch #3 Chris Coco’s legendary ambient DJ Set returns

22:00 – Space Fabbrica Sesseti – Giorgio Alvera

22:10 – After Party – DJ Paulette – From Freight Island

Join us on Mixcloud Live at 18:45 BST

DJ Supermarkt – A Tropical Beach Bar in Space

We’re back this Sunday, the 25th April with Edition #13 of the Chill Out Tent, our monthly streaming event and it’s become a tradition to close out the event with an after party. This month we’re honoured to welcome DJ Supermarkt to the Chill Out Tent decks. He’s most well known for curating the popular Too Slow to Disco compilation series on his own label ‘How Do You Are Records’.

He’s promised us an exclusive ‘Tropical Beach Bar in Space‘ mix, which sounds just about perfect. Join us on Mixcloud Live at 17:45 BST on Sunday to hear this special session.

Edit 28/4/21 – here’s the audio of the full ‘My Favourite Beach Bar on the Moon’ set as broadcast on the Chill Out Tent Edition #13 Sunday 25/4/21

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