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 email@example.com. 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
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A Festival Of Underground, Experimental & International Music
2 – 5 April 2020 Various Venues Around Glasgow
Joe McPhee and DECOY, Elaine Mitchener (solo) & Stewart Smith (DJ)
For over 4 decades Joe McPhee has been pursuing a beauty in his music that balances fierce attack and lyrical poetry. Over time he has absorbed the black-radical avant-garde, a love of Coltrane, Coleman and Ayler, an engagement in deep listening and a never ending openness, making him one of the most vital saxophonists in jazz and experimental music today. Now 80, he brings his best group, DECOY to Scotland for the first time, made up of Steve Noble (drums), John Edwards (double bass) and Alexander Hawkins (organ). Expect soul and funk infused deep experimental jazz from some of the best players around.
Elaine Mitchener is an experimental vocalist and movement artist whose work melds different vocal styles encompassing free-improvisation, contemporary new music, sound art, music theatre and dance. She has worked and performed in a wide variety of contexts with leading artists including: Apartment House, Van Huynh Co, Steve Beresford, Sonia Boyce, John Butcher, Attila Csihar, Alexander Hawkins, Tansy Davies, George Lewis, Christian Marclay, Phil Minton, The Otolith Group, Evan Parker, Alasdair Roberts, David Toop, and Jason Yarde. She is co-founder of experimental jazz quartet the Hawkins/Mitchener Quartet (with Neil Charles, Stephen Davis and Alex Hawkins).
Jazz and avant-enthusiast Stewart Smith (The Wire) will spinning some tunes on the decks throughout the evening.