Bob Dylan is opening a whiskey distillery in Nashville which will double up as a music venue, it has been announced.

The news comes off the back of Dylan launching his own whiskey brand ‘Heaven’s Door’ this time last year alongside Marc Bushala.“We both wanted to create a collection of American whiskeys that, in their own way, tell a story,” Dylan previously said of his new venture. “I’ve been traveling for decades, and I’ve been able to try some of the best spirits that the world of whiskey has to offer. This is great whiskey.”

Now, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his album Nashville Skyline, Dylan is returning to the city to transform a 160-year-old Elm Street Church into his own distillery.

The building, which will be known as the Heaven’s Door Distillery and Center for the Arts, will be a distillery, a restaurant, a whiskey library, art sanctuary and will be fitter with a 360-seat performance venue.

It is also understood that Dylan’s paintings and metalwork sculptures will also be on display at the new venue which is being pencilled in for a 2020 opening date.

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