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)


Format for Sofa Session guest Q&A


The guest will be in the 'hot seat' for up to 90 minutes on our forum at 20:00 on a Tuesday, on one specific thread where all questions will be fielded (members encouraged to use the word QUESTION if asking). Most questions will be asked during the session. There is a general thread about the sofa sessions where questions may be fielded in advance.

The moderator will put three advance questions to the guest a day or so before the session so that initial answers can be prepared in advance in order to get the conversation flowing. 

The guest can have a guided run through of the format and forum etiquette immediately prior to the session if desired.

There will be a subject agreed in advance  - ie 'Reimagining politics' and the guest will provide a biog / links to relevant websites / PR in advance by setting up a Profile on the site and will be given full member status so they are free to create posts, status updates or Projects in advance,should they wish.

Attendees at our sofa sessions have to be Campfire members (from £1.66 a month) in order to be able to view the forum, member profiles, to be able to create posts, like or comment. The rest of the site (Bugle - our site magazine, Guilds, Library and Beacons, for example) are all viewable to non-members

Here is an example of a rolling forum thread of the first sofa session

There will be a synopsis written after each session - see the resumé of Indra Adnan's thread for example

Guests will have to create a Profile by signing up at which takes less than 5 minutes as simply involves slecting key skills and interests.

If a short biography, user avatar image and cover can added that will help our members get a rounded picture of our guests as would any posts that you have time to do. You will find some key documents and FAQs on the front page of our Library.

Forum etiquette :

If replying to a question or commenting on a specific remark please hit the reply button and edit the text if need be :

See comment 13 in the thread for the correct method of the guest replying to a member's question (click image to go the post itself, visible once you are a member)





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