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New Nova nightclub set to revive Gaslamp Quarter’s Bass Drive – NBC 7 San Diego

The Gaslamp Quarter, rather quiet on the cutting edge of EDM since the pandemic began two years ago, is poised to come back strong, if Insomniac promoters have anything to do with it.

Insomniac plans to blow the plug on new downtown nightclub, Nova, later this month in the same footprint once occupied by Omnia. Want to go back further? This is the same location from which Stingaree helped remake the Gaslamp.


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Here are some people dancing at Bassmnt before closing time.

Omnia San Diego was run by Hakkasan Group, the Abu Dhabi-based investment firm with Vegas blood running through its veins, and featured headliners such as Krewella and DJ Chuckie and everyone’s favorite cake thrower , Steve Aoki. Omnia San Diego closed in 2020, just before its fifth anniversary due to COVID-19, never to reopen.

Insomniac, created by Pasquale Rotella in 1993, is known for events like the Electric Daisy Carnival, Hard Summer and Audiotistic. The promoters recently welcomed Subtronics to SOMA and also brought Liquid Stranger to Midway’s all-ages club on February 12. Nova will allow Insomniac to go much, much bigger, starting with RL Grime, who will headline the grand opening on February 25th.

Then they’ll release the glow sticks for Tiesto on March 5, Diplo on March 12, and – he’s back! — Aoki on March 19.

If you’re a bigger fan of Dubstep and a little more hardcore EDM, you have options like Jauz on March 4 and Joyride two weeks later. Or maybe you prefer a mix of both with lyrics to sing? Illenium on March 11.

With the end of the pandemic, the still kinetic profile of the Gaslamp changes again. Nova’s opening comes on the heels of Bassmnt’s closing – ending a nine-year run that has featured appearances from big-name names like Post Malone and Skrillex – but you can look for a new club, Bloom, to open in this underground place also sometimes this spring.

Tickets for Nova’s grand opening events are on sale now on its website. Tickets range from $55 to $95 and sell out fast. All events are 21 and over.

Richard Dement

The author Richard Dement