Pete Lawrence
@firestarter / Trailblazer member / Founder member


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 to write a book, which he plans to publish soon. He 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 would also stage events locally 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)


Steve Thorp likes
04 December 2019, 12:15
Pete Lawrence
2 December 2019, 17:53
Whilst the chaos ensues, and dark as the skies are getting in all directions, the real work is being done in parallel or underneath the radar of Westminster politics. How much are we moving towards a new spirituality shaped by mindsets and examples set by yoga, meditation and other forms of mindfulness?
Solange Leon Iriarte and commented or likes
29 November 2019, 22:42
Pete Lawrence - Update
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<a href="/profile/pete-lawrence/status-update-pete-lawrence-1574877995">Exhaustion: A History - BBC Sounds</a>

Catch up on your favourite BBC radio show from your...

Pete Lawrence
27 November 2019, 10:45
For my own mental health I am refusing to get drawn in yet again to the toxic sore that is the antisemitism row, stoked time and again by the billionaire media narrative. What I will say is that headlined in the Guardian for example, that Corbyn’s "resistance to calls for him to apologise" look somewhat ridiculous when Corbyn actually went a stage further than the apologies he has already made.
Pete Lawrence - Update
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<a href="/profile/pete-lawrence/status-update-pete-lawrence-1574724904">Fossil fuel production on track for double the safe climate limit</a>

The world's nations are on track to produce more than...

Pete Lawrence
25 November 2019, 09:27
1 A new model is needed for a live music industry which now has to wake up and call time on polluting tours and festivals 2 BBC's Question Time leaders 'showdown' should have shifted public thinking, but will it? 3 Jimmy Wales new 'news-focused' social network declares itself as a challenger to Facebook 4 The Grinch was right. Let's look to him for guidance this Christmas 5 W.H Smith's shelves are full of yoga and wellbeing magazines.
Jeremy Pearce and commented or likes
26 November 2019, 8:49
Pete Lawrence
23 November 2019, 11:49
In the same week that I was speaking on a panel at the Milan Music Week 'Linecheck' festival' about the greening of music events, Coldplay announced that they would be pausing touring until they could be 'environmentally beneficial". With live music generating 405,000 tonnes of greenhouse-gas emissions in the UK every year, we need a sea-change. Now.
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26 November 2019, 22:57
Pete Lawrence - Update
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