Who's playing the music at

Festivalito Rural  2018


All dancers, all friends …

Sabine Huber Germany
Friday, welcome milonguita

Since my first visit to a Festivalito, listening to the music of the great DJs, I was enchanted by it and caught fire … so I found myself on a way and I got more and more interested and involved with traditional tango music and DJing. Most of all, I really love playing music of the Golden Era. As a DJ, I try to perform the magic of getting everybody to feel really at ease and enjoy themselves on the dancefloor. [p.c.]

Melina Sedó Germany
Friday, evening milonga

... describes herself like this [source]:

I have been DJing (and greatly enjoying it) since 2004, during our travels as well as at our own events. I also give DJ-seminars in which I speak about the role and work of a traditional Tango-DJ.

Traditional arrangements: I arrange the music in tandas with cortinas and in a fixed sequence of tangos, milongas and valses. I use only classic tango music, mostly from the “Golden Era”, the 30s and 40s of the last century. Now and then I make an excursion into the late 20s (e.g. Orquesta Tipica Victor) or 50s (Carlos Di Sarli), and quite rarely I might play a track by a contemporary orchestra.

Danceability is my primary concern: I only play music which is fit to be danced to in the salón. Experimental or undanceable music like electro tango, non-tango, Piazzolla, show dance orchestras or tango cancion is never heard where I DJ. I also don’t play salsa or chacarera.

An interesting and varied selection of music: During the time between 1925 until the end of the 1950s so many wonderfully danceable tracks have been recorded that any milonga is much too short to present even a fraction of them. Since every orchestra has its own distinctive style, it never gets boring or monotonous when I DJ. The happy faces of the dancers attest to that.

Singers are part of the orchestra: For some time now claims have been made here and there that only instrumental music is truly danceable. Neither I nor the DJs in Buenos Aires agree with that. Roughly 2/3 of all tangos contain vocal passages in which the singer becomes part of the orchestra and transmits melody, mood or important content. In Buenos Aires, every milonguero knows the lyrics and you can often hear them softly sing along as they dance. This ratio is reflected in my choice of music.

This is an interview with Dj Melina.

Petronella Koning Germany
Saturday, afternoon milonga

Petronella started to DJ about 8 years ago in Regensburg. She was the first DJ in town who played only traditional music and introduced a milonga with tandas und cortinas. These days her milonga „Petronella legt auf“ is very popular, with dancers coming from all over Bavaria and Austria. No more words needed - just enjoy her music! [p.c.]

Nick King Great Britain
Saturday, evening milonga

Firstly I am a dancer, so when I DJ I start with the idea that I only play music that makes me want to dance. If it doesn’t move me, it doesn’t get played. My aim is to make the dancers I play for leave the milonga with aching feet and with smiles on their faces. If I can do this then I have done my job. [p.c.]

Lampis Greece/USA
Sunday, farewell milonga

... has been fascinated by tango and continuously tries to expand his understanding of this complex art form. He strongly believes that appropriate music is a critical factor for an emotionally fulfilling evening of dancing and he aims to achieve exactly that with his music selections. He focuses on traditional music that brings the dancers on the dance floor and keeps them there until the very end of the milonga. Lampis is a sought-after DJ and has been invited to festivals and major events from coast to coast in the USA as well as abroad. [p.c.]