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, 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)


What to post where...a beginners' Campfire site map


Here are some pointers for how to make the site work for you. I hope you find them helpful.

Status Updates : Quick, easy, mobile-friendly, now-you-see-it-now-you-don't as it disappears down your wall. Handy for quick personal updates, adding a single photo or link to a video, a hyperlink to an article plus your own comment

Posts : (Can all be created from the 'create a post' button on your profile) More considered, crafted, ideal for blog or comments articles, galleries, video-centric posts, links sets (a neat way of keeping related links in one document)

Posts are taggable, searchable, and you can send them to other parts of the site as well as on your own Profile wall. We encourage you to send them to a Guild editorial team (most are still forming, volunteers welcome!) or The Bugle editor (front of house, 'best of Campfire' magazine) for consideration of inclusion in the Guilds and Bugle. We welcome and value your contributions!

Posts can mix media and add video links, playlists, images from the web or locally uploaded and links and maps

See my own Brian Eno profile as example or @Bruce Bickerton's blog-style post on his camper trip to Northumberland 

Projects : Think of the Project as a container or folder into which you put related articles and resources, add friends as collaborators. We have some exciting plans to develop Projects in the current phase of development, and also to create customisable templates for particular interests : artist (musician, film maker, photographer, fine artist, blogger, health studio, broadcaster, holiday rental etc. Projects are managed in the 'assets and people' tab (name change imminent) within each Project, where pages related to that Project can be ordered, new Posts created, a lead post featured and collaborators added). 

A Project could be a hobby, an idea, a holiday, a place, a resource... whatever you want it to be really.It can public or private, solo or collaborative. It's what subseuqntly goes into it that will give it richness.

Forum Posts : A great way to engage in threaded conversations with the entire community, not just your friends. You can add video embeds, photos, playlists and quote other members text. Two forum views are available - a bird's eye view of all forums under 'view forums' and an all-in-one view of latest activity under 'active topics'. To start a new thread choose your forum, enter it and click 'new topic'

You can now edit and customise what you receive as notifications by going to your 'edit profile' via your avatar and then editing in the notifications tab.

You should be able to tag other members throughout site by adding the @ sign and starting to type the name of the person you want to tag. It should offer you options after a few characters for site members. They will receive a notification that you have tagged them. There are a couple of issues of tagging not working on certain mobiles which we're looking into.

Please report any bugs and make any suggestions and give your feedback in the 'Reporting Site Bugs and Suggestions' forum




Michelle Spriddell

thanks for this guide Pete - will new members receive a simple cheat sheet for using the site ? - maybe it can be one of the options in your account page - ?


Pete Lawrence

Site map is @Michelle Spriddell . Does that constitute a 'cheat sheet'?

New members will get links to to let help pages such as FAQs in their sign up email and there is also the 'About Campfire' microsite bottom left of every page which also has handy references and links

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