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



Counterflows is really excited to have multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser, Zeena Parkins as our featured artist for 2016. Zeena will be performing throughout the festival in various formats. It is a real privilege to have her as part of Counterflows. She is a true master of the contemporary scene and a pioneer of contemporary harp practice and performance, reimagining the instrument as a “sound machine of limitless capacity.” Parkins has built three versions of her one-of-a-kind electric harp and has extended the language of the acoustic harp with the inventive use of unusual playing techniques, preparations, and layers of electronic processing. Central to her Counterflows residency will be a performance of her inspirational work The Lace Project where she will be joined by her band Green Dome (Ryan Sawyer and Ryan Ross Smith) and some local players to create the first UK performance of the piece. Zeena will also be performing a series of intimate solo events throughout Counterflows.

Further Artists will be announced on Thursday the 26th of November as we work towards announcing the full programme in January 2016.


Counterflows reaches its fifth year and I suppose it is a big deal but really the music goes on and on with or without Counterflows. In saying this of course we are really pleased to reach this milestone. A festival that celebrates marginal, underground or maybe even experimental music, which are what our labels testify to, will always struggle to exist but we have made it this far and are determined to keep the flame burning. I think really it is because good, music/art/culture etc… always prevails. Not because people say so but because people want it. This year again back celebrating with the good Glasgow International people we feel we have an extraordinary line-up that pushes the things we believe in even further. Counterflows is a festival for the curious. It is a festival investigating what underground art is and isn’t and what it can be. Counterflows asks these questions and others and celebrates the desire for exploration. Counterflows offers a renaissance palate of sound. Come and join us in the way forward.

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