Sutra nightclub in Costa Mesa is closing this weekend for good, after a 13-year run at the Triangle, the restaurant and entertainment complex in Costa Mesa.
But without missing a beat, or a weekend, the Newport Beach management company for Sutra, Identity Management, plans to open a new club Thursday in the Triangle complex – in the space once occupied by Niketown. That space, under the high-visibility corner spot topped by a dome bearing the complex’s name, has sat empty since 2005.
Sutra has had a long list of well-known DJs and rap artists perform at the venue over the years, including Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Nelly, Paul Oakenfold and LMFAO.
Steven Wright, marketing director for Identity Management, confirmed Friday what Sutra had posted on its Facebook over the past week. The venue is in the midst of a three-day lineup of farewell shows: Dutch DJ duo Basejackers were at Sutra on Thursday, DJ Steven Wright was to perform Friday night, and Saturday would be the last event at Sutra, with Dutch DJ Sander Van Doorn.
Wright said the new venue, called Time Nightclub, will be bigger, roomier and more flexible.
“We’re closing Sutra. We’re opening a totally new concept,” Wright said. “We wanted to move into a larger space. It’s a nightclub built as a nightclub.”
The space now occupied by Sutra was once a restaurant, which means a lot of unusable space, such as the footprint of the former kitchen (Sutra doesn’t serve food), Wright said. Time Nightclub will have more floorspace, a larger dance floor and a full stage. The venue opens Thursday with a planned show by German-American DJ Markus Schulz.
“It was almost like the perfect space for it,” Wright said of the former Niketown footprint. “(It’s) almost like a cathedral space.”
With the full stage setup and a removeable DJ booth, Time Nightclub will continue in the electronic music vein of Sutra, but also move toward live music, possibly including Top 40 acts, hip-hop and country, Wright said.
“We really have a diverse venue now (at Time Nightclub) where we can produce even country shows,” he said. “(It will be) something similar to the Observatory, but with a more VIP feel.”
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