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

Rio Day Five – I Hair Rio


It was a quiet day that got louder and louder!

So I have ditched the hair clippers. Barbers are the way forward. Today there was a task. To find a barbers and explain with no hair why I needed a haircut. Round the corner from the apartment in Flamengo I found the very thing and it was busy, which must be a good sign, surely. I loved the sign too. Unisex! A great word that means what! University sex? Surely not? I ventured across the threshold and with a little Brazilian that was not needed, the hairdresser new exactly what was needed. Zero! Zero! We watch channel Zero as Chuck D once said. A great haircut with open razor and oils. Perfect. And so friendly.

Then after much deliberation on my attire for the day, the weather still hadn’t lifted, I go with Charlie to his talk in the afternoon to Casa Rio. Talks in the afternoon are a great thing at festivals but it is always tricky getting people out to them. I like talks as it expands the idea of music as communication. I like to hear what & why. I suppose sometimes we don’t need this, art should speak for itself, but really it gives a more human context for what is happening.

Then it is off to see Mika Vainio for a catch up before his show at the most lovely bar. Bar Astor is an Ipanema legend. Not the one where that song was written although as we pass that bar our taxi driver does start to sing those opening lines. It really is a great song. Bill Wells’ version is the one to listen to.

I bump in to the lovely Barrao from Chelpa Ferro on the street. It is great to see this kind and generous and amazing artist. He always has such great t-shirts on.

It’s Oi Futuro again for the early evening shows. Thingmajicks is up first. A young Rio electronic artist. He actually uses visuals really well which if anyone who knows me is one of those things that can certainly not work. They do this time his set of swirling beats and sound works really well.

Mika Vainio has been out in S.America for a tour and is a bit tired but his history and music are so amazing that one minute of his sound is just so special. He composes one of his reductionist Techno sets before us and it still seems fresh and alive.

Off into the party night of Novas Frequencias. The club space is way over the other side of the city but what a club, with built in wall of rock courtesy of the Rio land mass. Curiously it is the first chance I get to talk to Chico and Tathiana. Not the ideal place to discuss our plans but actually totally perfect. Here again I must say what a great team of people that Novas Frequencias has. They are so committed to the festival and believe in what it is doing for Rio. All respect and love goes to these guys. Chico, Tathiana, Bernardo, Luisa, Stephanie, Duda, Lia, Maria, and those who I don’t know yet. But it is also the community around these guys that is so important. Pedro from Audio Rebel, Bernardo the great, Renato, Chelpa Ferros and all the great musicians that are supporting what Novas Frequencias are doing. It is such a privlige to feel a part of this. Here is what Counterflows shares with Novas Frequencias. It’s a social thing.

Auntie Flo pull off an amazing collaboration with the joyous Siri who had graciously looked after us earlier in the week. Esa and Siri joust with their berimbau’s and then Brian Joins them wit samples sounds and beats. The crowd love it and it really is special. Unfortunately i only catch a couple of The Bugs dance hall mashes before I reckon I need to go…

And on the way back in a taxi the driver and I sing together Beatles songs. Penny Lane was his favourite but we go through A Hard Days Night, And Your Bird Can Sing (I do the guitar part), Tax Man and Norwegian Wood before I reluctantly have to get out at Flamengo. Can you believe it he only takes half the fare. What can you say to this!

This research trip was kindly supported by: