Dublin music venue Vicar Street has been granted planning permission to develop into a 185 room four-star hotel while retaining and indeed expanding the music facilities.

There will be an increase an increase in seated capacity from just over 1,000 to 1,500 as well as the renovation of the venue’s five bars.

There is reported to be a “Rock and Room” idea in the making which will offer packages of concert ticket accommodation and food as well as access to a new private club on the hotel’s 8th floor with views out over the city and direct access to the venue.

Vicar Street is right at the heart of Dublin’s Liberties and has been hosting concerts since it was first opened by Harry Crosbie in 1998.

“We are delighted to be involved with such an innovative scheme which will bring a new experience to our clients where they can relax after a show and not worry about getting home,” said Peter Aiken who has been promoting shows at the venue since it was first opened.

“We will increase the range of talent we present and enhance the whole experience of attending a concert.”

The Proclaimers, Dara O’Briain and Brian Wilson are among the stars scheduled to play the venue this year and it has hosted some of the biggest names in music including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon.

The Vicar Street Hotel is one of a number of new hotels which are set to open in the Liberties area.