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

Back in Rio and the frigate birds soar in grey, grey skies.


So I have returned to the green hills of Rio de Janeiro, not that you can see them this morning, the first day of Novas Frequencias 2015. Rio is going through a very strange attack of Scottish related weather. Rain and more rain, so when we arrived last night the streets looked a bit like Glasgow in mid July. The rain glistening in the street lights. But it is so exciting to be back in the city and when I say we, Charlie Knox and his new wife Skip have accompanied me this time as part of Counterflows’ collaboration with Novas Frequencias. Auntie Flo are also here as part of this Brazil versus Scotland musical sound challenge. I’m meeting Brian this afternoon to go to some studio or other. As Counterflows has just launched its first wave of artists and the early bird is on sale how appropriate to find myself back in Brazil and to be greeted at the airport by the ever lovely Maria Claudia. More to come from the streets of Rio. Let the festival begin! Off to find breakfast.





This research trip was kindly supported by: