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.)

Who Remembers the Chill Out Room? Idler Magazine.

The Chill Out Tent have been talking to the legendary Idler magazine about chill out culture and the rise and fall (and rise again) of the chill out space. We’ve been invited to write a substantial article for the Summer edition of one of our favourite magazines which we’re busy researching right now. Some of this research has been inspired by conversations in the newly resurgent forum over at Test Pressing, where a global community come together to discuss all things musical. Tom Hodgkinson has written a great piece in his weekly ‘Letter from the Editor’ to remind his readers of the many joys of the chillout room.

In the chill out room you were licensed to stare into space and do nothing. You might also meet new people and could end up chatting happily to a hod-carrier from Leatherhead (to quote a gag made by the late great Gavin Hills) or an ex-Etonian lawyer. It was by turns meditative and convivial, and was a place to hear fantastic music by Sven Väth, Aphex Twin, Brian Eno and a myriad others, plus the obligatory whalesong. In the chill out room you listened to music in a different way.Full article here…

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