Pete Lawrence
@firestarter / Trailblazer 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, Charles Eisenstein, Jason Hine, Tom Hodgkinson, Naomi Klein, E.P. Thompson, Plato, Fraser Clark, Jeremy Corbyn, Arundhati Roy, Tony Benn, Richard D.Wolff, Daniel Pinchbeck, Bill Drummond, Jonathan Pie, Derek Jarman, Monty Python, Offshore pirate radio, John Peel, Margaret Attwood, Cecil Sharp, Tom Middleton, Alan James, Greta Thunberg, Greek culture, James Veitch, Mac Macartney


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


Pete Lawrence
8 April 2021, 15:16
We're putting together the Love Is The Answer audio-visual project right now for summer solstice - an invitation to those who might like to be involved in this project to include your location as one of our way-showing Beacons...
Jeremy Pearce and commented or likes
06 April 2021, 20:04
Pete Lawrence
11 March 2021, 20:50
It's five years and seven months since I expectantly set up my Profile on this site. I cannot think of a period in my lifetime when we have lived through such major, symbolic shifts. In terms of social documentation and  inspirational forward thinking, Campfire's social network version one lives and breathes these times.
Pete Lawrence - Update
2 months 5 days ago
<a href="/profile/pete-lawrence/status-update-pete-lawrence-1613384188">Sir Antony Gormley announces 'UK's biggest art exhibition'</a>

Sonia Boyce, who is representing Britain at next year's prestigious...

Jo Morphy likes
22 February 2021, 16:13
Pete Lawrence - Update
2 months 1 week ago
<a href="/profile/pete-lawrence/status-update-pete-lawrence-1612770316">Forget Zuckerberg and Cook's hypocrisy - it's their companies that are the real problem</a>

ypocrisy," wrote Somerset Maugham, "is the most difficult and nerve-racking...

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22 February 2021, 16:11
Pete Lawrence
7 February 2021, 08:07
Three examples this week of how the system - and trust - is breaking down. In a post-collapse situation, wholesale change is more likely. So some might argue, bring it on. The only way through this, for me, is to remind myself regularly of the absurdity of human behaviour through this transformational era.
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27 February 2021, 19:22
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22 February 2021, 16:37
Pete Lawrence
31 January 2021, 06:43
Apple's new initiatives giving users more control over privacy and data have opened up a hornet's nest in the big tech world. Cook is shining a spotlight on Facebook's outmoded model which plunders user data and it's come to crunch: Now is the time to ask yourself: Which philosophy do I want to pursue?  Do I want a business that serves my customers? Or one that takes advantage of customers to serve my business?
Julie Horsley likes
25 January 2021, 21:30
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22 February 2021, 17:20
Pete Lawrence
24 January 2021, 09:49
How do we find a space where we can have the space to truly express ourselves, to re-awaken the child with us, with that glorious sense of wonder? In the stillness of Covid lockdown not only is this possible, but it might just lead to a more complete opting out of busy-ness as usual, a transition into a different mindset, a different heartset… The breakdown and collapse of many of the things that we have collectively invented for ourselves as adjuncts to a post-industrial, capitalist-based society is unsettling for many of us, but it also opens the gates to a major opportunity to re-set and re-build.