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

Beatrice Dillon, Rian Treanor & Paul Abbott (duo), Pat Thomas & [Fraser, Ormston] DJs

Venue and Date

Queens Hall, 2 November 2019


19:00 doors – 19:30 start
23:00 finish



The first event in the series welcomes an array of artists working with different body musics. The cadence, stutter and rhythmic swing of our bodies is explored through bass-driven electronics, live drums, djing and piano keys.

Beatrice Dillon, a London-based artist and musician, exploring the liminal space between bass music, house and experimental music. She has released her work across the likes Boomkat Editions, Hessle Audio, The Trilogy Tapes, PAN, Timedance and Where To Now?. This will be her first live set in Scotland, following a fervent practice, seeing her collaborate with the likes of Call Super, Ruper Clervaux and Kassem Mosse.

Rian Treanor and Paul Abbott collaborate for the first time, exploring the physicality of percussive systems and the interplay between procedure and spontaneous action. Dancing bodies collide in a mix of acoustic and synthetic drum rhythms, creating reactive environments for imaginary movement. Rian Treanor is an artist whose work reimagines the intersection of club culture, experimental art and computer music, presenting an insightful and compelling musical world of fractured and interlocking components. Paul Abbott is an artist and musician based in between Porto and Edinburgh, working through questions and feelings connecting music and language: using real and imaginary drums, synthetic sounds, performance and writing.

Pat Thomas is a pianist based in Oxford, UK. Over the last 4 decades he has carved an utterly unique style – embracing improvisation, jazz and new music – including work with Derek Bailey in Company Week, Tony Oxley’s Quartet and a duo with Lol Coxhill, as well as recent collaborative work with Matana Roberts, Moor Mother, Hamid Drake, William Parker and more. His style is underpinned by a physical sound tightly tuned to heartbeats and the body; expanding the language of the piano from Arabic roots through Ellington, Monk, Cecil Taylor and beyond.

[Fraser, Ormston] – Ailie Ormston and Tim Fraser – present a DJ set  took part in Counterflows 2019. Their performance at the CCA featured new audio-visual work, as well as appropriated material taken from their album The Drink, which was released solely on YouTube in 2016, then re-released under pseudonym on Domino Recording Co. in early 2018. Ormston released her two-part debut The Sedate / Tony Soprano Fashion Inspo in November 2018. Edinburgh Leisure, Fraser’s project with artist Keith Farquhar, also released their debut album in May this year.