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

Cara Tolmie & Paul Abbott

credit: Cara Tolmie

credit: Cara Tolmie

18:00 Cara Tolmie and Paul Abbott CCA 5 Theatre

A departure note: Acting and the architect. Dark and warm storms stealing constructions from upwards whilst digging, unseen and then guts inverted: slippy/risks, limp/augmentation. Lengths of plastics, wood, alloys, a transducer, speakings… Setting ups and runnings. Strike and the getting outs. On hands and knees, raking around raw feels against taxoclumps, compounds, commodities. A blue draped puddle turns green in torid corners. They stand beside an artificial balancing of attentions err artificial distractions apparently from within and outside the building. Learning (for a friend): yes to saying.

A theatre! driven to tear space, from sounds, words, bodies, looks.

Paul Abbott and Cara Tolmie have worked both together and independently in the past with moving image, drums, voice, electronics, words, movement and objects. Recent activities include Antiknow at Flat Time House; Pley, Spike Island, Bristol and with Infection Transmission Event/Cloudy November in Assembly, Tate Britain; lll人 & Ne_Ko-max (with Seymour Wright and Daichi Yoshikawa) at Intersect, Cafe Oto and Sound Disobedience, Ljubljana; Otiumfold at Chisenhale Gallery, London; Black Exhventalia / anTrgor rEiz at Cafe Oto and Abject Bloc, London; Her Noise: Feminisms and the Sonic at Tate Modern, London and Nasjonal Museet, Oslo.

Counterflows kindly acknowledges support from Creative Scotland to enable this commission.