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, Charles Eisenstein, Jason Hine, Tom Hodgkinson, Naomi Klein, E.P. Thompson, Plato, Fraser Clark, Jeremy Corbyn, Arundhati Roy, Tony Benn, Richard D.Wolff, Daniel Pinchbeck, Bill Drummond, Jonathan Pie, Derek Jarman, Monty Python, Offshore pirate radio, John Peel, Margaret Attwood, Cecil Sharp, Tom Middleton, Alan James, Greta Thunberg, Charlie Brooker, James Veitch, Mac Macartney


Campfire Convention (founder / firestarter), The Big Chill (co-founder), Cooking Vinyl (founder)


Introducing Beacons


We have launched our Campfire Beacons.

Opening this Beacons link will take you to a map, which defaults to your own location (if entered in your Profile). It allows you to see a range of activity around your area - which members are based locally (privacy is respected in that members can enter a postcode or town / city / village without having to state their exact location), which Beacons are operative locally, which Projects are tagged in your area and any related events. Campfire has only recently launched so you are seeing the first geolocation-based activity.

To enter / edit your location, go to 'edit profile' from your home / profile page and adjust the map settings. We are adding a roaming location to the map functionality which will also appear in a mini-map window on your Profile.

As you move the map away from your default local area, you can see Beacons, activity, members, events etc in other areas.

If there is no Beacon in your area, please feel free to set one up and invite local members (the name Beacon will automatically appear after your local area name)

The proposed Beacons idea comes out of discussions at Campfire Circle 003.UK. The idea is to create voluntary teams promoting participation in the keys local areas of Campfire and the decision making processes attached to each. For instance the London Beacon was the first to be set up by @Mia Manners for coordinating Campfire-related activity in the capital. 

Any member can join the Beacon if they'd like to contribute :

1 Local-based posts - articles, campaigns, initiatives, resources.

2 Planning and working on local Campfire events.

3 Identifying local issues.

4 Becoming a local resource to connect like-minds. 

5 Identifying local movers and shakers who can get things done.

Beacons can be co-owned and admins are able to curate all elements of the Beacon, approving submitted material, mailing and informing members of local activities and initiatives.

Beacons are distinct from Circles which are our organising teams

If you would like to create a new Beacon, there are further details on how to do that

or if you would like to sign up for an existing Beacon please go to the main Beacons map and sign up page





kirsty hawkshaw

Hi folks, I would like to become a beacon for Chesham :) How do I go about sorting this out. last night was brilliant i'm still aglow xxx


Pete Lawrence

@kirsty hawkshaw - Beacons are coming - very soon! We will let everyone know when they appear...


Andrew Whitefield

Hi! I created a beacon and saved it as a draft. I can't now find it though. Where should I look?

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