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

Day 4 & 5 – India Blog

There is too much to fit all what happened at Sonya’s 2-day festival into this blog so I’ll just try and sum up some of the things that were going on. Firstly it is amazing what Sonya and her team are doing here in Chennai. I am quite baffled how they actually manage to fund such a glorious festival here in India but they do. The talks that I attended were extremely vigorous affairs with lots of tricky subjects being openly debated. Crossing The Lines: was a talk from Miriam Chandy Menacherry about her film which looks at the area called Leya in Pakistan and follows the work of a musician who is working with young people making music. This area in Pakistan is notorious for its violence. So the talk inevitably then ends up considering the freedom of the artist and censorship. One point that kept being made was that although the extreme violent censorship like beheadings, beatings, torture is of course intolerable what is going on with the subtle forms of censorship is in some ways much more insidious. So, this was the tone of the talks. It is to be applauded that EarthSync are tackling these subjects head on: Music education, Journalism and ethics today and many more crucial subjects. It was a pleasure then to see someone who I met last time I was here, the wonderful singer Vidya Shah delivering a talk on Women on Record. So to some music. Two things struck me. It is no surprise that the two Indian classical performances stood out. Pratik Srivatava and amazing Sarod player and his partner in crime Vinayak Netke on table were the stand out performers. An amazing, exuberant splash of Hindustani colour. The other thing was the wealth of young talent pushing towards new genres. At the moment it is hard to see where this might take them but the sheer enthusiasm commitment to exploring new ways is great. The there was of course the panel that I had the pleasure of sharing with, the ever present face of Divya Bhatia from the Riff festival in Jodhpur and a really wonderful young man who has worked with Chennai Queer Film Festival and is now in the process of documenting queer history in Chennai and the wider Indian society. It was such a humbling thing to have Counterflows represented here.