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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Thanks to the 70 or so who came and participated in a very constructive and enjoyable day at Union Chapel. Here are some photos of the daytime event. The fire is well and truly lit.

"I’ve just had a mind blowing extraordinary day at a Campfire Convention ‘Reimagining our World’ conference in Union Chapel, Islington. I’ve learned so much and have been saturated in the wisdom of good people doing good work in the world" Liv Torc

"Inspiring stuff,,... my heart is bursting" Lucy Sage

"Fabulous people, great engagement, loved it. You need to raise the subscription cost on your website." Lucille Glenn

" Last time I was at the Union Chapel I was learning how to be a clown. This time talking about co-living in an increasingly disconnected world at the Campfire Convention, with honest, challenging and fruitful discussions from people with passionate views on the direction of things. Moving, alarming, calming and arresting. Hope my clown training worked when needed, and stayed in the box when not! Look forward to more soon." Ben O'Sullivan

"The weekend at Union Chapel, Islington has given me more hope for social change in the near future than I've had for a long time. #inspiring #socialnetwork #newfriends #greatplans" Manda Graham

"It was a fabulous event! Thank you!" Kimm Fearnley

"We’ve worked together and been friends for a long time - you have always held space for people and this is undoubtedly your finest most purposeful creation. Proud to know you this is the beginning of something seizmic." Eugenie Arrowsmith

"I had a brilliant time making new friends and learning about new ideas and initiatives. The storytelling, poetry and thinkshops were all wonderful as was the impromptu choir. A real gem of a day." Azka Malik

"A wonderful affirming and thought provoking day." Ralph Pettingill

"It was a great day" Lehla Etheridge

"Thanks Pete and thanks also to all the people that gave their time and knowledge on panels, filming, entertaining, providing the lovely always it’s all about people giving of themselves and the fab things that happen when they come together" Bryony Croft

"Great day and evening. Much food for thought." Clare Ryalls




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