James Power & Jesse Barbera Launch New Australian Venue Booking Company


SYDNEY, NSW (CelebrityAccess) — Industry veterans James Power and Jesse Barbera have teamed up to launch a new Australian venue booking agency, Social State Entertainment.

The new venture boasts a roster of venues that includes The Black Bear Lodge and Max Watts in Brisbane, the Prince Bandroom and Prince Public Bar in Melbourne, The Wool Exchange in Geelong, and nine others.

Barbera is the managing director and found of The Fans Group, which already handles Brisbane based rooms such as Black Bear Lodge and The Brightside. Power is the live content director for the Prince Bandroom, Prince Public Bar in Melbourne, as well as a variety of other venues around the country through his Tiger Live Agency.

Both of the company founders will bring their individual portfolios of venues to the venture. Barbera's previous experience includes serving as managing director and founder of The Fans Group, which already handles Brisbane based rooms such as Black Bear Lodge and The Brightside. Power is the live content director for the Prince Bandroom, Prince Public Bar in Melbourne, as well as a variety of other venues around the country through his Tiger Live Agency. As well, he previous booked booked the Hi-Fi venues in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

“It’s clear there is a gap to fill for strategic marketing support and a need for cleaner, more streamlined administration process for all sizes of shows and venues,” wrote Power on their new website. “Under the new arrangement our agents will have more time to book acts, and there will be an increase in the speed and quality of administration support.”

The full list of venues that Social State Entertainment will be handling are:

Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
Brightside, Brisbane
Cantina, St Kilda
El Grotto, Scarborough
The Grand LIVE, Mornington
Hobart City Hall, Hobart
Jimmy’s Den, Perth
Kay Street Entertainment, Traralgon
Live At The Orchard, Perth
Max Watts, Brisbane
Prince Bandroom, Melbourne
Prince Public Bar, Melbourne
Blight’s Bar at The Colonial, Melbourne

The Wool Exchange, Geelong