VIP tables, dancing, Covid and “glitters” of seduction: this is the night at Villa Gesell
“Did he give you a positive?” one boy asks another. “No, but I have all the symptoms: cough, fever, everything hurts,” he replies. They both laugh. The conversation takes place in one of the bathrooms of the Pueblo Limit bowling alley, in Villa Gesell.
The tone of the confession seems to reflect that having coronavirus and continuing with normal life is among young people like a “trophy” of rebellion that is proudly displayed. It has the flavor of the forbidden, like lying to parents to get out. “For the diary? No, let’s see if my dad finds out I’m here”, says Vanesa. He is 19 years old. “He knows that he used to go out, but not here,” he adds. And he goes.
The third wave of coronavirus generated an explosion of cases in tourist destinations. But adolescents and young people have that feeling – based, in part, on real data – that if they are vaccinated at most they will have “two bad days”.
It is very difficult to control the admission of people with symptoms because most of them, if not all, they are vaccinated, therefore it would not be enough with the health pass that, in any case, almost nobody asks for (not only in Gesell, nowhere).
Some of them are aware that going out with symptoms is not only unsympathetic but can cause problems in people with risk factors. “It does not give out with symptoms and infect the whole world, it seems to me”, affirms Candela, one of four girls who arrived on Wednesday from Villa Constitución, Santa Fe, to Gesell and are now on the central dance floor of the disco. They are between 19 and 20 years old.
But not everyone think the same. “Holidays were too expensive. The truth is that I don’t care too much,” Nicolás, a 20-year-old from Mendoza, is honest. “I can assure you that 100% have covid here,” he says.
Everyone knows people who have coronavirus and it comes out the same. “I think we don’t have any -says Julieta, also from Mendoza-“, she says. “But do you know of others who have and come out the same?” asks LA NACION. “But of course! are you fucking with me They all go out.”
These dialogues (and others) are heard at night in the largest dance complex on the Buenos Aires coast. It’s almost 2 in the morning. The digital capacity counter on the door shows that there are 1,500 people inside.
“Come on, come on, with the QR in your hand!” asks one of the security guards at the door while gesturing with his right arm. He wants to rush the kids in before the main show starts. In the queue they request the ticket code and the DNI, although not always.
Boys and girls prepare for the recital of Fer Palacio, the fashionable DJ. “Ferpa” causes fury among them. This 31-year-old boy “made himself from below.” He went from railway engineer to fame, by dint of creativity, a credit and a console. He doesn’t do the songs, he hooks them, he mixes them. The music that passes is known as “cachengue”. It fills nightclubs and “breaks it” at after parties on the beach. It was seen a week ago in Pinamar. More than 2,000 people gathered in the arena to dance to their rhythms. Together with L-Gante, “Ferpa” is one of the artists that causes the most fanaticism among adolescents and young people on the Buenos Aires coast.
To see it, in Pueblo Limite, the boys and girls paid from 2,600 pesos for the general to VIP tables that cost between 40,000 and 60,000 thousand pesos (with alcohol consumption for $15,000 and $25,000) for 10 people.
At 3 in the morning there are already almost 4,000 people. Enter Fer Palacio and the crowd explodes. Girls and boys try to get to the DJ booth. They push and pile up. It is like an avalanche with a single objective: that some Ferpa collaborator take a photo with their cell phones to remember.
When the DJ turns to where they are and waves, they yell and hold up their phones to capture the moment.
Downstairs there is a lot of dancing. Upstairs, at the VIP tables, there is more talk. Tobías and Nicolás from Río Cuarto, Córdoba, explain to LA NACION why they are drinking champagne and not Fernet, which is more traditional among the people of Córdoba. “Put that here are the traitors of Córdoba”, ironizes one of them. “It’s that they don’t sell a bottle of Fernet, it pays us more to buy the champagne,” he says.
Between dancing and seduction spends the night. Now it is fashionable for girls to put “glitters” under the eyes of boys. When that happens, it means that she “likes you”. Delfina, a 19-year-old girl, explains it.
Tomás and his friends arrived from La Rioja. They explain that they went by bus to Córdoba and from Córdoba to Villa Gesell. They will stay a week. They say that paying for the VIP table is convenient, economically speaking. “We put 5,000 pesos each and we have 25,000 in alcohol,” he says.
One of them coughs and then the topic of the moment comes up again, the coronavirus. “In the collective they didn’t ask us for anything,” he says. They are calmer because they already had coronavirus, all of them, at the end of the year. “We all ‘covided’ ourselves at a party,” explains another of the young people. Gesellino bowling has an advantage. Its central court is in the open air and the little that is roofed is ventilated by the cross air.
The boys from La Rioja explain that they really like “Ferpa”. They say that they also came to see L-Gante and Damas Gratis, and that it was the latter group that they liked the most. “L-Gante sang by himself and it was bad to hear”, he details. And he adds: “Damas Gratis brought two guest singers and it was very good.” But they like Ferpa a lot. “It breaks it,” they say.
The show will last until 6 in the morning. Between steps, dance and kisses, the boys and girls have fun at night in Villa Gesell.