Pete Lawrence
@firestarter / Trailblazer member / Founder member


Male, , birthday 29th October
Joined August 2015

The biog says

"Social entrepreneur Pete Lawrence is the conceptualist and firestarter of this social network and community Campfire Convention, a concept he has been working on for the last decade and is currently launching.

Prior to that, he is probably best known as the co-founder of The Big Chill, and originator of the 'boutique' festival experience. The event quickly attracted a large number of very loyal followers, building to a peak in 2005 of 35, 000. Pete gave early exposure to such names as Lily Allen, Goldfrapp, Amy Winehouse, Gotan Project, Mr Scruff, Röyksopp, Zero 7 and Lemon Jelly. After establishing itself as one of the top half dozen UK festivals, Pete was included in Time Out’s Top 100 ‘movers and shakers’ alongside the likes of Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsay, Madonna, Brian Paddick, Ken Livingstone and Tony Blair.

In the mid 80s Lawrence was recognised as a respected tastemaker with an unconventional flair when he discovered and spontaneously recorded US folk singer Michelle Shocked on a walkman around a Texas campfire for his fledgling Cooking Vinyl label. The resulting album ‘The Texas Campfire Tapes’, with its £1 ‘field recording’ budget, went on to top the independent album charts in 1987 and establish the label at the forefront of the world and roots music scenes.

Subsequently, Pete also became a writer, radio DJ and journalist. Through the 90s he had regular columns in Top, Update and Jockey Slut as well as founding, editing and publishing his own On magazine. Pete has arguably been one of the most influential and respected tastemakers on the electronic and downtempo scenes, and made his BBC Radio 2 debut on August Bank Holiday 2006 with a two hour chill out show. As an artist, he records under the name of Chilled By Nature, and in 2006 released his first album ‘Under One Sun’ on Big Chill Recordings, featuring a number of live guests, including The Swingle Singers, and Mozez of Zero 7 fame, who collaborated with Pete on ‘State Of Grace’.

Pete resigned as a shareholder and director of The Big Chill in early 2008, moving to the village of Braunston in Northamptonshire and has principally spent his time developing a blueprint for a social network, Campfire Convention, an evolutionary platform for creative thinkers, funded and shaped by its own members, which also stages events with community focus. Campfire is now online at and Pete is currently living in Frome, Somerset.


Key Skills





Ray Lawrence, Pauline Lawrence, My children, Frank Zappa, Ry Cooder, Scilla Elworthy, Paul Mason, Brian Eno, Kate Raworth, Shoshana Zuboff, Roger Deakin, Stuart Maconie, Steve Jobs, Jeff Jarvis, Tom Hodgkinson, Naomi Klein, E.P. Thompson, Plato, Fraser Clark, Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell, Tony Benn, Richard D.Wolff, Daniel Pinchbeck, Bill Drummond, Jonathan Pie, Derek Jarman, Monty Python, Offshore pirate radio, John Peel, Danny Baker, Cecil Sharp, Tom Middleton, Alan James, Erica Ruben, Charlie Brooker, James Veitch, Mac Macartney


Campfire Convention (founder / firestarter), The Big Chill (co-founder), Cooking Vinyl (founder)


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22 October 2020, 11:15
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22 October 2020, 11:22
Pete Lawrence
10 September 2020, 11:40
5 days on the road in a little Audi A2, crossing the channel and down through France and Italy, a 24 hour ferry journey across the Adriatic and then across Greece to Piraeus and another ferry to Paros. Here is by step-by-step account of what felt like an amazing journey, with its highs and lows.
Pete Lawrence
24 August 2020, 20:20
Campfire is a voluntary organisation, building community and prioritising collective interests over personal interests and working for positive social change. At this stage in our evolution we are exploring ideas around some key skills and roles that we need to develop so we’re inviting new people to join the team. Do you know anyone who might be interested and suitable for these roles, who might be looking for experience and an opportunity to be part of our community? Inspired by our first digital intern, we are keen to extend opportunities to gifted young people who are looking for work experience in these areas too.
Pete Lawrence
23 August 2020, 10:03
On a bright late summer's day in August, we had the pleasure of joining Teresa Horscroft on the first Devon leg of her UK coastal tour, from Sidmouth and Exmouth. She started in Studland and plans to complete the entire British coast line in her own time, joined by various friends and family at various points on her pilgrimage.
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22 August 2020, 19:13
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22 August 2020, 19:14
Pete Lawrence
15 August 2020, 15:19
I found my freedom this week, on Blueberry Hill during the August heatwave. Three glorious warm days of splendid isolation at the Sharcott Farm on top of Exmoor, location for 2021's Campout gathering. Exmoor Blueberries is a beautiful Pick Your Own farm in the heart of Exmoor. Stunning scenery, wildlife and the freshest, best blueberries you'll ever try!