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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
During the late naughties Crystabel Riley toured Japan and Europe using drums, electronics and make-up in noise trio Maria and the Mirrors. This was the start of her interest in patterns on skins – human and drum. She is currently working on the multi-format duo project @xcrswx with Seymour Wright.
“Playing drums alone or with others working with cyclic patterns, metallics, sensitivity, battling and balancing care and uncare. This generous list also relates to the make-up I am interested in. I am increasingly focused on this idea of care and uncare. How to find the best of both (care: about the materials one works with, uncare: freedom, open minded attitudes to beauty, stumbling across ways to construct and deconstructions it). The worst of both is everywhere, in the form of caring advise with regards to how to eradicate this this and this, comparisons, normalising the norm face, enhanced skin enhance insecurity enhanced solutions, all pack in with a care-free set of anti-microbials.”