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 Residency: Presentation with Annette Krebs & Janie Nicoll

It was always my plan to try and get a programme of residencies happening at Counterflows. Music is often about collaboration, in fact probably always and so the idea of getting two artists who have never worked together to lock horns to look at what they do and to share ideas and possibly to produce something, even if that something is just the very discussion of why it didn’t work, is a very exciting prospect for Counterflows. With support from The Goethe Institut, Creative Scotland and CCA this year will see the first residency happen. Co produced with the wonderful Suzy Glass the exciting thing for me is that I have never worked with the two artists, Annette Krebs and Janie Nicolls. It is really brilliant that they are willing to find out what might happen in the seven days they have to work together. Janie is well known in the visual arts world of Glasgow for her work that exposes a powerful use of words as objects and her play with the perceptions of words almost fugue like in the way it layers ideas on top of one another. Annette maybe be not so known here but in Berlin she has been building a reputation for the intensity of her work with sound, again layering silence, noise, field recordings and speech in ways not too dissimilar to Janie’s. It will be fascinating to see what happens.

Annette Krebs

Annette Krebs