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.


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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)


The 'fascie pack' - Evening Standard normalises fascist pretenders


Mouse over the header image for The Standard's appalling fashion article on 'fascistkids1.jpg' pops up.


"Movements need leaders, and out of the swell notable stars have emerged" says writer Phoebe Luckhurst, who goes on to refer to Milo Yiannopoulos as "the arch celebrity of the movement" and 24-year-old talk show host Tomi (pronounced Tommy) Lahren, profiled in a piece by The New York Times, which called her “the Right’s rising media star”.

"Her allure is straightforward: she is slim, pretty and — crucially — zealous about her mission. She is regularly accused of racism" says Luckhurst unashamedly.

She goes on to Profile the spangly new trend 

'Dress the part'  :

"For boys there is a haircut — a short back and sides but long on top (nicknamed “the fascie”) and three outfits: a dark suit, a Farage-esque heritage look or a skinhead with Eighties jacket and light-wash jeans. 

Women are polished — they channel Ivanka Trump (not that she is a member of this movement, per se). Lahren has it down: smooth, tonged hair and slim-fitting A-line dresses. It is forgettable dressing: bland, American, sterile."

Chillingly, the article concludes with this salvo "The battle lines have been drawn and the narratives are still developing, but this group has the energy for a long fight. “Consider your bubble burst,” Lahren says, her eyes fixed square ahead, her body still. “I am your worst nightmare. I don’t care what you label me or how many times you come for me. I’m fearless — and I’m just getting started.”


"Hurrah for the fascie shirts" says the ES. Someone w job title "journalist" wrote this piece of Riefenstahlia...

— Paul Mason (@paulmasonnews) December 8, 2016





Colin Consterdine

Dark days ahead!


Jeremy Pearce

The reality of these free media publications distributed on the nations transport networks is that they are. In the case of Metro and Standard ,printed by those fun loving Neo Fascists at Mail group .When I pick one of these comics up .I know it contains .Distorted non truth .and sometimes even start to hum "Puppet on a string "the 1960s euro song sung by someone called Hopkins .These comics are a great way of reaching out to the new economic migrant communities from the Eastern block ,Who have no previous experience of the UK , So these comics are in fact creating a Britishness and British values that are in fact a pure fabrication and never actually existed .Except in the "How to mass hypnotize a nation,to except unquestionably whats obviously wrong"? .Don't we just hate it !


Azka Malik

So sad to see this, feels like a great many nightmares unfolding. I'd like to fast forward to the next phase of civilisation where we can all just heave a sigh of relief this is over.


Eileen Inglis

This is really worrying!

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