A festival of immense heart, courage and invention. A programme that taps the ultra local and the global with equal respect. I love its sense of community, its sense of artistic inquisitiveness and dialogue between artists and audiences. Every year my ears and mind are blown open by what Counterflows brings to my doorstep – this, surely, is what experimental music is all about. Kate Molleson, writer and broadcaster.


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.  Taking place annually, the festival features artists from Scotland, UK and around the world, and celebrates and explores culture on a local and international scale.

We aim to keep our activities as open, inclusive, accessible and fun as possible, confronting the often exclusionary and market-driven nature of the music industry. We look to build a non-hierarchal social space to engage with artists’ work, as well as explore their connections to culture, politics, community and activism.

For our 10th edition in April 2021 we presented “Counterflows At Home” an online festival that engaged with artists’ work in new, in-depth ways, allowing ideas that percolate through the live festival every year to find a home in a digital space. This year we expanded our programme to present artists work to include film, recorded sound, podcasts, audio-diaries and writing, as well as a zine and tape to retain a physical aspect to the festival.

All these new developments we will review and consider moving forward to Counterflows 2022.

After ten years, we feel proud to continue working on the festival, and deeply appreciate the support our funders, our artists and our ever-growing audience has given us over this time.

If you have any questions about the festival please contact: and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


Counterflows Team

Alasdair Campbell
Fielding Hope
Press & PR
John Stevens
Design & Website
Oliver Pitt & Rectangle
Podcast Production
Alannah Chance & Steve Urquhart
Podcast Sequencing
Sarah Myles
Counterflows On Paper, Editor & Curator
Joel White
Counterflows At Home Tape Production
Gordon Bruce
Live Events Production
Emmie McLuskey

Counterflows is supported by:


Counterflows 2021 Tape & Zine