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

Ela Orleans at EMS, Stockholm – Days 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Time seems to fly and I already know that month at EMS is definitely not going to be enough for me to finish everything I started. I work every day. Eight hours seems like very little as I am learning more and more and the material I am working on becomes more and more absorbing. On Friday afternoon I met Hanna Fjällman, who writes for Musikverket (Swedish Performing Arts Agency). I will post the article as soon as it appears on the website. It is going to take some time. We were talking about my project and about the ways I am working on music. Till mid October I am switching between Studio 1 and 2. Studio 1 is very popular at EMS for its recording facility and 6 channel Genelec sound system with additional Meyer and Genelec near field stereo speakers. I used the time to record Maja breathing, playing musical saw and punching things, another time I recorded a lot of violin drones.


Studio 2 has 8 channel Genelec sound system with 5 additional Genelec speakers installed in the ceiling, as well as a quadraphonic Meyer system. I am going to sorely miss Genelec as the clarity of sound through its speakers makes me feel as if I was given another extra pair of ears. The comfort of the studios makes me want to move in to them. I heard the story that someone actually tried that before and hid the mattress behind the sound system. I can imagine this being a tempting for many… Luckily I have a place to stay and it has been a great to walk home through the forest after days spent in the front of the computer.


I have hours worth of synthesized drones and patterns, and recordings of instruments and organic sounds. Maja has been adding a lot of images to her movie, each layer brings new ideas and we are now intensely working on the character of each component of it. The music writes itself it seems, except, it takes forever.  I am learning my ways of catologing files but I get increasingly overwhelmed by the amount of hard discs I need to shift my work load from and to. It is getting confusing at times and I am not a huge fan of Avid sound card, which is indeed a very powerful interface which provided a gigantic leap in sound and speed of ProTools, but unfortunately, teh way it is mounted, doesn’t allow me to go through hundreds of clips without throwing them into ProTools. I can forget listening to any references on YouTube. A bit frustrating, but now I am bringing my own laptop with me and listening to all I need to listen to through EMS’s DT770 Pro headphones. I am not completely lost in samples anymore.


I am taking a break regularly, the amounts of coffee I have been drinking are hard to establish, I also discovered a few nice food joints on Hornsgatan – one of the main streets in Stockholm which is in a very close distance from EMS and Mariatorget tube station.  I also managed to get away to Archipelago, thanks to my friend Julian who’s mother lives in Runmarö and decided to take me and a few other pals on the trip around islands on her motor boat, the cruise I am going to remember till the end of my life.