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)


Campfire : Top Ten Tips


1 How do I find who is on the site so I can send some friend requests?

Two ways :

a) Type 'all' in the search window, when the results come up, select the 'uers' tab and you will see all current members, in chronological order of joining

b) Go to Guilds > Campfire Community Guild > Members - again, you will see all current members of the site, in chronological order of joining

2 Tagging users

You can now tag users by adding their username - first type@ and then start to enter their name and you should be offered options. The system will then send them a notification that you have alerted them, whether in an update, a post, a comment or a forum thread.

3 Following threads

You can follow (and receive new notifications for) an entire comment thread or a forum thread by clicking on the follow button (the right arrow) of the first post

4 Add Campfire hotlink to your mobile home screen

Currently on Android and iPhone you can add your Profile and CC homepage to your mobile home screen for quick and easy web-based access

5 Turn 21 forums into one

From the top level forum menu, go to the second tab 'Active Topics' which will give you a different view which lists all recent forum threads in latest order. Posts you haven't read will be notified by a plain black comment box icon. You can use the pull down menu to alter preferences. The first tab 'View Forums' gives the birds eye view of all forums. 

6 Uploading pictures to a post or forum post

This is a work-in-progress so may change but currently, as well as being able to 'grab' the URL of any photograph or video on the web and insert it into a post you can now upload a local image from your own hard drive. Click on the image button and then 'upload' tab and you can position it wherever you want in an article or post. Similarly with videos via the button to the right with the + - just paste the URL, not the embed

7 When making a status update which links to a web page, you don't need to remove the URL

The actual URL will vanish when you post, as if by magic

8 If you don't have Photoshop or an image editing app, e-sizing images is easily done in > launch web app > browse > upload your image from hard drive > click 'adjustment' and you can crop or re-size from there and save the edited image

9 You can add a Facebook video to your posts and updates 

Right click a video from Facebook, select 'show video URL', copy URL and simply paste. It works for status updates, without a fuss. For posts, the best bet I have yet found is to create a 'playlist' post type then paste the URL into the 'add a playlist' option under 'assets' This will default feature image on your wall too.

10 Need more space to write your masterpiece? 

Just pull down on the bottom right black edge to extend the window while you write or add media to your creation



More From Pete Lawrence