Announcement

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 counterflowsfundraising@gmail.com. 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

YEAH YOU & PAT THOMAS

The first ever collaborative performance between two fearless artists and Counterflows Festival favourites – Yeah You and Pat Thomas.

Yeah You is Elvin Brandhi and MYKL JAXN. A father/daughter dada-leaning dyad whose improvised musical and geographical excursions will leave your head spinning like a well rubbered doughnut in a car park. The project grew from a desire to make something during every spare moment; using compact recording gear to turn the usual banal everyday family drives to into spontaneous recording sessions in the car. The result is something they call ‘wild pop’. Think of the fleeting way most people hear and consume pop music today – and imagine that sound chewed and spat back at you in all it’s spontaneous, nauseating joy.

Pat Thomas is one of the greatest living pianists working in fields of free jazz, electronic music and improvisation today. His performances range in approach and texture, from fearsome cacophony that can sound like a piano having its guts ripped out, with Pat thumping discordant clusters of keys with his fists or rattling the exterior wooden frame; to delicately soothing passages where his fingers glide over the keys, creating microscopic tones and resonant melodies that can hold an entire sonic landscape.

YEAH YOU – Skin (I Have Only Lived Once) from YEAH YOU on Vimeo.