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 Festive Soiree with Usurper, Áine O’Dwyer & The Glad Community Choir & and Bill Wells’ ‘Winter Dreams’

Venue and Date

Queenshall, 20 December 2019


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



For the festive soiree, Counterflows invites some of its close musical family for a night of festive-themed fun, throwing up and revelling in all the joy, beauty, horror and ridiculousness of the holiday season.

Usurper will present “The 3 Year Old Hamster”, a new piece written especially for this event. Usurper are the the Edinburgh of duo of Malcy Duff and Ali Robertson, a mischievous outfit whose off-radar activities have manifested over 15 years in tragi-comic one-off performances, on the spot collaborations, countless CD-rs, zines and underground miscellanea. Traversing the worlds of British improvisation, post-fluxus performance art, absurdist comic book fiction and Scottish luddite humour, they create a world that exists “through” music, where the mundane is illuminated and notions of “talent” and “expertise” are de-mystified.

Áine O’Dwyer will present a new piece entitled “Tracker action mimes” in collaboration with The Glad Scratch Choir – a community choir emanating from Glasgow-based artistic hub The Glad Cafe. Áine O’Dwyer, (b. Co.Limerick, Ireland) lives and works between Ireland and the UK. She creates live and recorded events which embrace the broader aesthetics of sound and its relationship to environment, time, audience and structure. The notion of a holding space as-extension-of-instrument is a cornerstone of her artistic investigation and the crux of her live performances. Her most recent live works include Civil Twilight (Rhubaba Gallery, Edinburgh 2017),  Down at Beasty Rock (CCA, Glasgow 2017), Poems for Daedalus (Daedalus street, Athens 2018) and Pianowalk (Novas Frequências, Rio de Janeiro 2018). Notable releases include Music for Church Cleaners, Beast diaries, Locusts, Gegeinschein, Gallarais and Poems for play which was released on her publishing imprint Cloch.

Bill Wells is one of the unsung heroes of Scottish underground music, making music that touches the worlds of pop, jazz, classical music and experimental music, but with a tender singularity at its core. His rich and diverse career has lead to countless releases, as well as collaborations with the likes of Jad Fair, Aidan Moffat, Mahar Shalal Hash Baz, Deerhoof, Yo La Tengo, Annea Lockwood, Jim O’Rourke and Stefan Schneider. For this performance he will present his ‘Winter Dreams’ work, collaborating live with Audrey Bizouerne and Danielle Price.

Festive DJs (to be announced) will keep the night in full swing…
Event poster