It is with great sadness we have to announce the decision to cancel Counterflows Festival 2020 due to the ongoing issues with COVID-19.

Putting international artists through the stress of cancelled flights and being potentially quarantined is just too much of a risk to take given the current situation. On top of this, it feels increasingly irresponsible to be holding social events of our scale given the risk of the virus spreading.

We will be issuing refunds for the festival via Eventbrite right away. Funds should be back in your account within the next 7 working days.

Counterflows is a small grassroots festival and we appreciate the love and support the artists, audience members, supporters/funders, staff and everyone else have given us on this venture.

As a small statement of solidarity, if you want to help support artists due to perform and their respective independent labels, we have made a list of music that is available for purchase on their bandcamp pages

We are working out our budgets at the moment and aim to pay all the artists cancel fees. If anyone is able is able to help boost the amount we give them you can do so by donating to us via PayPal at 100% of donations will be spread equally between the artists.

As it stands we will be focussing our energy on the 2021 edition of the festival, which will be our 10th year anniversary. The plan is to hopefully reschedule as much of the line-up for the 2020 festival as possible, as well as add some additional projects on top. This of course depends on funding and finances, but our fingers are crossed. We'll keep in touch.

Please look out for and support one another during this difficult time. We all need one another more than ever.

Love and strength,
Alasdair & Fielding – Team Counterflows

Original website still available below
A Festival Of Underground, Experimental & International Music
2 – 5 April 2020
Various Venues Around Glasgow

Áine O’Dwyer & Matona / Carnatic Music Ensemble

Áine O’Dwyer & Matona (duo) 9pm – 9.45pm
Carnatic Music Ensemble 10 – 10.50pm

To ease the eventuality of the end of another Counterflows and in contrast to last year’s swirling beats from Mauritania we bring you a meditative take on contemporary music making that is steeped in tradition yet challenges the idea of what experimental music is or can be. Counterflows is about many things but something we really are determined to challenge is the hegemony of Western cultural thought over the rest of the planet. Even in India the Southern Cultural tradition of Carnatic music is often seen as the poor cousin of Indian music. This is of course ridiculous prejudice. Steeped in ancient rigorous systems and scales but performed with equal passion for improvisation and expression the music shares with Counterflows the integrity of belief in the vitality in keeping moving, of not sitting still culturally. We have been so lucky in getting this amazing ensemble of musicians together: Dr M Lalitha with her mother and guru of Carnatic singing and music and their percussionists of choice.

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances Nandini, Lalitha’s sister and amazing duo carnatic partner, will not be able to make this Counterflows encounter. Nandini was the catalyst behind this project’s germination and we thank her emphatically.

The Carnatic Music Ensemble
Smt Subbulakshmi Muthuswamy – Vocal
Dr M Lalitha – Violin
Neyveli KV Ramkumar – Mridangam
Sai Subramaniam – Morsing.

Delighted to welcome the debut live duo performance from Zanzibar-based multi-instrumentalist Mohamed Issa Haji Matona and Irish (now London based) experimental singer-songwriter Àine O’Dwyer. Having only played once before through a chance meeting on BBC 3′s Late Junction, we were instantly blown away by their seamless meeting of traditional music forms, blending their native Tanzanian and Irish tongues and instruments to create a whole new beautifully open and meditative music.