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)


30 Classic Concept Albums


On #NationalAlbumDay I thought I'd be self indulgent just like many of the purveyors of those classic concept albums.

Jethro Tull's 'Thick as a Brick' and Yes' 'Tales From The Topographic Oceans' may have marked the lowest ebb of the 70s 'concept album' backlash, being described at the time by hacks as self-indulgent w*** and worse. But, dare I say it, many have stood the test of time, especially when contrasted to the present day download culture more geared towards instant stand-alone tracks.

What makes a coherent album concept?  4Hero's Marc Mac said earlier today on 'Zuckerworld' network:

"Before iTunes, Spotify and download culture “the album” was a means for artist to present a coherent musical journey, often conceptual and could be experimental. Knowing the audience had a start point (needle hits side one) the journey begins and an endpoint. I always loved the constraints of not skipping a track. Making and album was no joke."

Here's a gallery of a few favourites of mine, some blindingly obvious and others less celebrated...

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Jeremy Pearce

Kinks Percy vrs the power men and Arthur and the fall of the British empire /flaming lips yashimi I will look when I have time for an acid mother's temple side project LP that I bought the 1st time I saw them Haven't a clue what' it's about because they are singing in Japanese /orbs uforb/ Ogden's but flake Small faces /funkedelic Maggot brain I could carry on but have to go now lol rush hemispheres


Chris Duffill

You've added a few good uns there @Jeremy Pearce - another couple of suggestions 'the Crazy World of Arthur Brown' and Ijahman Levi 'Haile I Hymn'


Kimm Fearnley

Great list. X


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Jeremy Pearce

Visions of Us on the Land: Damian jurado s silver Timothy trilogy this is the 3rd LP Start at his 1st They are all superb

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