Speaking ahead of the event, he said "Independent venues are where every band starts and where music fans get to see emerging talent. Without them bands would not get a chance for their all-important first hometown gigs and subsequent tours.
"These venues and bands need our support and the best way you can do that is by having a night out. Lots of venues are closing – we definitely need to stick together and stop this happening."
Director of Music Helen Sprott spoke of the Arts Council England sponsored project: "We remain committed to Independent Venue Week and to highlighting the importance of grassroots venues to local communities and emerging artists across the country.
"Grassroots venues are critical to the health of the music industry, an invaluable circuit for new talent, making the connection between musicians and audiences everywhere."