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

Chelpa Ferro


Formed as part of Rio de Janeiro’s burgeoning visual art scene , Chelpa Ferro straddle the various genres of creative practice but instil everything they do with an anarchic sense and hedonistic warmth of their Brazilian sun. They come to Glasgow as part of Counterflows and Novas Frequencias continuing collaboration.

Chelpa Ferro are a performing collaborative group that has as its nuclear structure Luiz Zerbini,
Barrão and Sérgio Mekler. Chelpa Ferro is renowned for its sound installations and its intersemiotic aesthetics interventions. With the participation of artists such as Arto Lindsay, David Toop, Kassin, Jaques Morelembaum, Berna Ceppas and Stephane San Juan, their works are constellations of dissonance and ambience that privilege cathartic improvisation and “musique concréte”.

“Autobang”, from 2002, an act in which they sonically destroyed a Maverick 74, was one of the most notable performances of the group. In “Ruim”, their most recent piece in traditional album format, improvisation takes over the instrumentation like an avalanche, swallowing everything that comes in its way.