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

Liene Rozite & Franka Herwig – Counterflows residency


The Counterflows residency series is an important aspect of the festival’s commitment to exploring the processes embedded in music making. This will be our fourth residency. Each one has brought a very different set of ideas to the fore. All the artists involved have committed and focussed their energies into grappling with the possibility of something new happening. The results have been remarkable and stimulating. We are really pleased to be working with the Goethe Institut Glasgow on the residency again enabling us to bring to Glasgow an international guest to collaborate with a Scottish based artist. This year we have invited Berlin-based contemporary accordion player Franka Herwig to work along side Glasgow based artists and performer Liene Rozite.

The event at CCA Creative Lab on Saturday provides a space for both artists to share their ideas, impressions, probably music and also obstacles they’ve encountered during the residency.

Franka Herwig, born in Berlin in 1984, she studied accordion under Margit Kern, Gerhard Scherer and Max Bonnar winning a number of prizes and scholarships supported her musical developpement. She was awarded first prize Bundeswettbewerb Jugend musiziert, and got the sholarship of Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.
As a soloist and chamber musician Franka Herwig tours all over the world and plays in most European countries as well as the USA and South Korea. Since 2014 Franka Herwig is regulary playing with Camerata Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. As well she is a resident member of Ensemble Mini since 2010 under leading of Joolz Gale. With Camerata Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra an Ensemble Mini she plays big classic sinfonies in small chamber music version and performed in Berliner Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin and Auditorio Nacional in Madrid. She plays with various modern music ensembles. Franka has also worked in theatre productions with Staatstheater Würzburg, Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Opera Lab Berlin. Contemporary music represents main focus of her repertory. She works together with composers and has performed the premieres of numerous compositions. Much of this work was documented by live recordings of radio broadcasts or on CD.

Liene Rozite is a closet choir enthusiast who mostly performs collaboratively with Ash Reid, Asparagus Piss Raindrop, The Lucy Julia Liene trio, Yoke of Blood, Muris and the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra. Previous performances have included conversations about women, labour, performativity and subjecthood with Ash Reid as part of the Space-time: The Multiverse at the Annual Music Festival at Wysing Arts Centre, an Infestation of Transmission Art Gallery with Asparagus Piss Raindrop and an on-stage skill-swap session with the trio formerly known as LL Cool J. Favourite improv locations include Penmarch, St Boswells, La Crosse Terrace and the Old Hairdressers. Special skills include some composition, anti-flute, roller skating, and in depth analysis of reality tv. Current frustrations range from cis men in improvised music to structural inequalities.