New digital rock and chill stations launched

Two new national digital radio stations playing rock music and chilled tunes have launched this week.

Capital Chill launched on Monday with a playlist of chilled house, deep house and ambient dance music. The station will play music from artists like Groove Armada, Chicane, Röyksopp, Massive Attack and Moby. It is the latest Capital station to launch, joining stations dedicated to dance, hip hop and old skool.

Capital Chill is available on DAB digital radio, smart speakers, the Global Player app and online.

“Following the huge success of Capital Dance, Capital XTRA and Capital XTRA Reloaded, I’m delighted to welcome Capital Chill to family. The uplifting euphoria of non-stop chilled beats music will bring that Ibiza sunset vibe to your everyday, whether that’s working from home, after the gym or simply starting the day with uplifting ambient beats,” said Ashley Tabor-King OBE, Founder and Executive President of Global.

New classic rock station

Radio X Classic Rock became available on digital platforms on Thursday.

Fans of AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen, Queen, Status Quo and other rock artists can find the new station on DAB digital radio, on smart speakers, online and in the Global Player. Like Capital Chill the new rock station comes from the Radio X brand.

Radio X Classic Rock is fronted by presenter and music journalist, Sunta Templeton, who hosts a weekday 11am to 3pm show.

“I’m delighted that we can bring our listeners a station dedicated to the A-Z of Classic Rock… that’s from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin! Sunta is the perfect host – a regular festival DJ, Sunta has interviewed some of the biggest rockstars across the world… she knows her stuff and I can’t wait for her to guide us through the greatest rock ever. So for those about to rock… we salute you,” said Matt Deverson, Radio X’s Managing Editor.

Media company Global previously operated digital rock station The Arrow which closed in 2019 when Smooth Country launched.

Both of the new stations are available in the newer DAB+ format on the second national DAB multiplex. The original Capital UK and Radio X stations also broadcast in DAB+ but on the Digital One multiplex. Listeners may find that coverage differs for these stations.