Pete Lawrence
@firestarter / Trailblazer member / Founder member

BIOGRAPHY

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 www.campfireconvention.uk 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

CV

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

PROJECTS

Katherine Lucy Sang likes
29 January 2020, 12:57
Pete Lawrence - Update
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Becca Hall commented
27 January 2020, 19:30
Pete Lawrence
27 January 2020, 14:19
When saving the world makes you feel good, it's worth sharing" proclaimed Natalie Fee as she talked about the inspiration for her book 'How To Save The World For Free' at Campfire's first Book Club event in Frome. Here is a digest of the recommended books from our session.
Kimm Fearnley likes
29 January 2020, 13:51
Pete Lawrence
25 January 2020, 11:49
It is now over 34 years since I first encountered Michelle Shocked at Kerrville Festival in the hills of East Texas, an event that changed my life.
Michael Anthony commented
27 January 2020, 12:12
Pete Lawrence
24 January 2020, 09:37
Paros, jewel of Greece's central-Cycades Aegean region, is well known for its blue-and-white painted architecture, captivating coasts, and turquoise seas. Soon, it will be known for its environmental standards as well.The island is leading the way towards a future free of plastic pollution and waste.
Pete Lawrence
23 January 2020, 07:55
It's been 34 years since I recorded anyone around a campfire and I was so inspired and moved by the music of Beth Salmon at last year's Campout 2019 that I immediately had to proposition her to make a field recording. The results can be heard on The Ullesthorpe Campfire Tapes.