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Male, , birthday 29th October
Joined August 2015

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"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

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

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Motorhomes and Camper Vans - Links

By Pete Lawrence, 14 February 2016 18:02
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How many people will pay £20 a night to stay in a field with nothing but grass. For £30 a year, this is an association of pubs with car parks and stop over areas, free of charge.
A wide variety of different forums where you can chat to fellow motorcaravanners, caravanners, campers and other outdoor enthusiasts http://www.outandaboutlive.co.uk/forums/
One of the leading clubs for UK sites and resources
Satellite TV, rear view cameras, solar panels, fridges, bikes for excursions. Also, specialists in 12v and 24v products for vehicles
The wild, fun and friendly motorhome community
Broadband Everywhere is an ideal system for use on your caravan or motorhome. All too often, 3G or even 2G signals are weak or non-existant on camp sites. The site WiFi may just reach your van - but then you'll be paying astronomical rates for its use, and sharing a connection with hundreds.
Swift’s website for the Bessacarr motorhome
Ferry routes for camper vans and motorhomes, costs and ticket booking
2016 Motorhome and caravan show at the NEC. The biggest and best
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Phil Deem

Hi Pete: The camper van resources you list are great. Just signed up to "Stopover"
We didn't get a chance to talk about our van's like all "Campervan anorak, wavers and funny handshake folk do"

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