Update Counterflows 2022

Counterflows 2022

Counterflows Festival 2022 emerges from the darkness of the last couple of years, refreshed and excited by the idea of live music. We are ready to gather and be stimulated by ideas; to engage with an elixir of marginal and experimental sounds from Scotland and around the world. Join us for a programme of live music, discussions, club nights and hanging out, spread across 4 days in some of Glasgow’s most interesting venues.

It has been an utter joy to put together this year’s festival and the prospect of gathering with the artists and audiences again has brightened up our days. This year like previous years we have many new projects to share and new collaborations to marvel at. Tom Mudd’s exploration of the sounds of real and synthetic brass with the Gorbals Youth Brass Band and Brighde Chaimbeul and Vasco Alves’ investigations into the possibilities of different piping traditions are just two of the exciting prospects in store, there are many more. Despite Covid uncertainties we have stuck to Counterflows’ commitment to working with international and local artists and to sharing our cultural ideas and beliefs and continuing the collaborative nature in what Counterflows is.

There are still some weekend passes available and now we have some day passes and individual event tickets also available


Full Festival Pass

Pay what you can

Pay what you can: anything from £1–49, no questions asked. These tickets are limited & reserved for people who are unwaged or on low income, and cannot afford the full festival price.
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Full Festival Pass


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By purchasing this you are helping us afford to do pay what you can tickets, allowing people to come to the festival who couldn’t otherwise.
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Important note: These tickets are only for people who plan on attending all 4 days of the festival. We will be releasing day passes and individual event tickets at Pay-what-you-can, Regular and Solidarity tiers in early 2022.


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.

Following on the success of our digital festival Counterflows At Home 2021, we will continue to develop our online platform for the festival, presenting in-depth & thought-provoking digital content alongside the live in-person events.

Covid Discloure: Counterflows will ensure that the spaces that we use for the festival are safe for all. We will ensure that we adhere to any restrictions that maybe in place. Counterflows will make available masks and hand sanitiser at all venues and also ask the audience to follow advice about testing and respect social space. We want to make sure we can enjoy live music but also are aware and sensitive to the circumstances of our present times. Be safe and enjoy.


Basic festival information

Counterflows Festival 2022 takes place across various venues in Glasgow. For this year we are aiming to keep the venues fairly central, or a short walking distance from the city centre.

Each venue will be a short walking distance from each other. We’ve scheduled the festival to ensure there’s no programming clashes, and plenty of time to move from one space to another. We also take account of breaks for you to grab some food.

Each venue, along with the artist line-up and event schedule, will be announced in early 2022. We will include details on our online content for the festival in early 2022 too. All content for this part of the festival will be available for free.


Each venue as part of the festival will have step-free access. We will be announcing access details for each venue in early 2022.

At the entry of each event we will be offering free masks, hand sanitiser and earplugs for all customers. Our full coronavirus protocols will be announced near the time of the festival.

We offer ‘2 for 1’ tickets for carers attending with disabled/neurodiverse customers, and are more than happy to reserve you a seat or a space for a wheelchair if you need it. As part of this we provide clear walk-ways for said customers. Please email counterflows@gmail.com with your purchase confirmation to make a reservation.

Seating at the festival is unallocated (we use both standing & seated-based venues) but if you struggle to stand for given periods we are happy to reserve a seat for you. Message us at counterflows@gmail.com  to make a reservation.