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Still House Plants album launch show + Ailie Ormston + Tom Mudd
19 April 2024, 19:00

There might be no Counterflows Festival this year, but we’re super pleased to announce this special show for one of our long-term Counterflows friends: the mighty Still House Plants! Opening for them on the night will be Ailie Ormston, who will be presenting new work for guitar, cello, electronics and double bass. And Tom Mudd, […]

Update — 23 October 2023

A Change for Counterflows Festival 2024

Hello from Counterflows HQ! After 13 years of Counterflows we feel it is time to secure our future and embrace a new model that allows us the finances and resources we need to do what we do and do it better. With that in mind, we have decided to apply for transitional funding in 2024, which will […]


Thanh Cảnh (Sound & Landscape)

At the start of this year we partnered with Hanoi based organisation Lên Ngàn to deliver an exciting new project titled Thanh Cảnh (Sound & Landscape). Thanh Cảnh brought together artists from Scotland and Vietnam to explore sound’s relationship to land, language and tradition. As part of a two phase project in Vietnam, we invited […]

Inge Thomson
Sholto Dobie
Nguyễn Bảo Trung (Trung Bảo)
Lương Minh (Lương Ngọc Minh)
Ly Mí Cường
Trần Hoài Anh
Ha Giang mountains by Lên Ngàn

Ghost Tunes

In 2021 Counterflows Festival commissioned musicians and writers from across Scotland and Australia to explore the intersections between language, landscape and culture through music. The resulting collaboration has brought about a publication, conceptual album, exhibition, two part podcast series and a residency at the Fremantle Arts Centre, Western Australia.

Theresa Sainty
Madeleine Flynn + Tim Humphrey
Cass Ezeji
Cass Lynch
Mei Swan Lim
Josie Vallely
Manning Park, Fremantle WA credit - Emmie McLuskey

Max Syedtollan & Music Space

For Counterflows Festival 2023 we asked Glasgow based composer Max Syedtollan to work with Music Space, a project set up by Counterflows to support young people living in Glasgow who want to explore music and sound. As part of the commission, we invited back filmmakers Duncan Marquiss and Kimberley O’Neill to create a new short film behind the scenes of the commission.


Counterflows is an internationally acclaimed Glasgow-based contemporary music festival that celebrates challenging and thought provoking work in the context of what might be called experimental music; supporting marginal music practice within a wide array of different genres and approaches to music and sound.

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▴ Aya, CF2022
▴ Iceboy Violet, CF2022
▴ Gorbals Youth Brass Band, CF2022

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▴ Still House Plants, CF2022
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▴ Mariam Rezaei & Victoria Shen, CF2023