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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
Early Songs / Grouper / Michael Gira
Early Songs 7.15pm
To open up Counterflows in Glasgow the supremely beautiful music of David Scott’s Early Songs. David has been working on a new set of his infectious tone poems as a follow up to his striking 2008 Wind Wound CD. Scott sights as an early influence the lyrical country blues picking of Mississippi John Hurt.
Grouper (with Diamond Catalog) 8.15pm
Grouper is the recording and performing project of Portland based Liz Harris. Grouper’s shimmering compositions exist in their own world, out of time and space. Her live shows are rare occurrences and are always in tune with the architecture and acoustics of a space, so the wonderful surroundings of the St Andrew’s church should make for a very special event. She is joined for this special song based performance by Diamond Catalog.
Michael Gira 9.30pm
Starting in the late 1970s, Michael Gira, founder of Swans, has made some of the most abrasive, visceral and violently beautiful music imaginable. Counterflows is thrilled to have Michael perform one of his rare solo shows here at our inaugural festival. With the landscape of song ripped bare Michael Gira will induce us into his sanctified world.