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

Counterflows Film Screening: Tropicalia by Marcelo Machado

Tropicalia’s Jorge Ben, Caetano Velsoso, Gilberto Gil & Os Mutantes- The Sixties! Serious garms!

Tropicalia’s Jorge Ben, Caetano Velsoso, Gilberto Gil & Os Mutantes- The Sixties! Serious garms!

12:00: Tropicalia by Marcelo Machado

Counterflows’ filmcreenings explore the work of artists who cross boundaries and connect and engage culturally across communities using music as a force to develop new thinking and enhance society. This wonderful film being screen at the CCA cinema may seem an odd choice but actually it reveals through the evocation of an exhilarating period in Brazil’s cultural development how artists can influence the political framework of the society they find themselves a part of. Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso were and are massive stars of Brazilian music but in 1968 were imprisoned for their views. With complete artistic integrity they grappled with pop music and dictatorship and what the responsible response of the artist can be.

Tropicalia by Marcelo Machado [Official Trailer] from Mr Bongo on Vimeo.