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


Welcome to Campfire!


Welcome to Campfire’s web community

Finding your way around

You can view much of the Campfire site as a non-member - all the articles in our magazine The Bugle for instance or on our Guilds pages. If you want to be an active member of the community, to be able to create posts and updates, view other Profiles and make friends, create Projects, set up Beacons and use our forum, you will need to join Campfire (we have a 'pay what you feel' contribution). We are building a community and resources together. More info  and the theory behind our membership model and the vision for the Kudos scheme will aims to reward input and engagement.

Our FAQs are here - in this document, we are starting to build up a resource with links to some of the main tutorials which explain how the site works. You will also find lots of useful stuff in the Library (try the filters 'Campfire' and 'tutorials' for instance)

There's loads to find, have a look around, explore in your own time. Familiarise yourself with the scope of the site, try a few things out (you can delete and / or edit if you need to) and a good place to start might be this 'what to post where' article. 

Don't be shy to send some friend requests, you will find everyone on here very open and approachable. We're all Pioneers together. You can see who is on the site by looking in the Campfire Community Guild (everyone is automatically joined up to that Guild) and then the members tab.  Feel free to like and comment on other members posts, look in the Bugle (site magazine) or special interest Guilds and comment or have a trawl around our Forums too. If you're feeling especially creative you can even set up your own Projects, pull in documents and invite collaborators too.

For our members, it is really important that we are building a dynamic online community in parallel with real life meet ups and to that end, we are advancing different types of meet ups. Campfire is an evolving community, directed by its own members and your participation is greatly valued, whether it’s posting online, showcasing your own interests and hobbies, teaming up with collaborators, joining the discussion or getting involved in our events. This article describes how we are different.

Hopefully you’ll find the site fairly intuitive, given its wide range of features. Check our site map for handy links to the main features.

Time permitting, if you would like a Skype screenshare walkthrough let me know, many find it useful.



1 Campfire Convention (annual weekend meet up). Usually takes place in August (in 2017, we're very busy launching the site so will not be gathering). 

2 Campfire Conversations (taking place all over the UK, soon to go international). they are easy to host. If you’d like to put forward a proposal for one, please message me.

3 Campfire Circles - team meetings, local initiatives. We are planning a geolocation feature on the site to enable this to be represented and coordinated online.

4 Campfire Beacons - online (and on the ground) organising team initiatives. Step forward and make contact if you would like to join one or more and get involved.


Campfire is an advertising and sponsorship-free new community sustained by membership contribution that will aim to support its ongoing costs in terms of development work, administration, event organisation and managing the journalistic side of our Bugle and Guilds as the membership grows. the site is currently free while we finish our beta testing phase. Once the site opens, existing members will be offered a year’s free membership and new members will be invited to contribute ‘what you think it’s worth’ (minimum £1.66 a month / £20 a year) for an introductory offer.

Time input

We aim to introduce a Kudos scheme which rewards time input once we move into profit and this will move us towards Campfire becoming a ground-breaking new style of co-operative. You can read more about the ethos and business model in this article, and the Kudos scheme is introduced here.





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