Our team of DJs
DJ Naoko's music selection is known as '100% Bailable!' as it's so irresistible that no-one is able to stay seated to it. She is an expert in creating the right ambience for the moment and her spirit of hospitality makes sure the experience is pleasurable. She connects and communicates with dancers through her music and lets her music develop naturally. She loves seeing happy faces on the floor and considers being a DJ as her dream job.
Originally from Japan, Naoko dived into the world of Tango soon after discovering the beauty of Argentina and its warm people. After visiting couple of times, she decided to spend more time in Buenos Aires to explore the world of Tango. Her love and passion for tango naturally led her to become a DJ. She held the sole resident DJ position at very popular practica/milonga TANGOCOOL! (in Club Villa Malcolm) for 4 years until its closure in 2013. She has been invited to DJ not only in Buenos Aires but also around the world. After living in Buenos Aires for 7 years she moved her base in Europe in 2014 and is now based in Barcelona, Spain where she continues to pursue her passion as well as actively DJing all over the world.
Ricardo Peixoto is a tango DJ who leaves his ego at the door. His aim is to play music for the dancers, to inspire the emergency cabaceo, the facilitate a nice ronda, to keep the smiles going to the end of a tanda.
Strongly influenced by DJ Damian Boggio, Ricardo adapts the music to the dancefloor and enjoys seeing the dancefloor reflect the music. "Each tanda is a chapter and each milonga a whole story - different all the time."
Ricardo has been DJing for eleven years all around England, Scotland and overseas. He is currently the resident DJ at La Milonga Ideal in Warwick.
Diego Doigneau was born in Buenos Aires where he studied theatre and music which he continued to study in London. He has been the resident DJ at Negracha Tango Club since 2009 and organised Tango Etnia for 3 years.
Diego has been a tango DJ in several European festivals and most major London and UK milongas and festivals including: Milonguero Nights (Moscow), River Tango Festival (London), Sur Encuentro Milonguero (Mallorca), Milonga de la Luna (Barcelona), Milonga Arrabalera , Carablanca, El Porteñito, Milonga de la Luna (London), Tango at Spitafield, London Red Rooms, Tango Lounge - Nottingham, Rojo y Negro, La Divina Milonga, Septonathon (Eton), London Tango Long Weekend, Milonga Porteña, Zero Hour at The Dome, Tango Terra, The Light, Ardingly International Tango Festival, Reading, Milonguero Nights at Leicester Square - London, Stardust Milonga, Los Angelitos, Tango Instinct, Milonga Bohemiene. In Buenos Aires he has been a DJ at Practica X, Viva la Pepa and El Motivo. He has been a DJ in festivals in Mallorca, Moscow, Birmingham, Reading, Brighton, and Edinburgh.
Diego previously DJed for us in 2017 and 2018 and we are delighted to be able to invite him back again for this year's festival.
His DJing is mainly based around Golden era Orchestras although he also DJs regularly at Negracha tango on their contemporaneo dance floor, where he plays orchestras from the 60s onwards with touches of electro and other non-tango tunes.
Leroy Tango Cat
Anyone who has regularly attended our Cabaret Parisien Ball (or even goes back to when it was called something we are no longer allowed to call it) will be aware that Leroy Tango Cat was there from the very first one. We couldn't picture a major event like the Cheltenham International Tango Festival without some of Leroy's music, so he will be there to provide some of his usual flair!
Leroy is a teacher, performer and DJ who is much loved across the south of England and beyond. He is based in London, but has taught regularly in Oxford and is always a welcome visitor in the west of England, most notably in Cheltenham and Hereford. As a teacher, he brings a unique smoothness to tango and as a DJ, he brings an eclectic mix of music into the tango world and has always made our Summer Ball an event to be remembered!
He is back by popular demand to the Cheltenham International Tango Festival!!
To Eduardo, like many other "Porteños" of Buenos Aires, tango is a form of expression that transcends both dance and music. It is pure poetry!
Eduardo has danced and taught around the globe and is one of tango's pioneers outside Argentina. He was the first of that nationality to teach in Vietnam and Cyprus as well as the first in Lillihammer (Norway) and Xhanti (Greece).
He developed his skills in Buenos Aires with maestros like Cieri, El Negro Alcibiades and Claudia Bozzo to name but a few. He has danced in traditional shows from BA nightclubs and shows in the Café Tortoni to dancing tango with a modern take in "Una Noche en Buenos Aires" at the Opera House in London.
Eduardo was the first tanguero to use tango as a therapy (tangoterapia) in the famous "Hospital Neuro-Psiquiatrico Borda" in Argentina.
He has also experimented with theatre as an actor, dancer and choreographer both in his native Argentina with "Gardel, El Mesias" and in other countries such as with "Drag Richard III" at Riverside, London.
His quest is to now share his "pure tango poetry" with dancers in his beloved Bristol and across the southwest of the UK.
The UK's best Argentine import, Eduardo is well known across the south of England for his superb teaching skills. This year, we again allow you to see his other great skill as a tango DJ!