About

Laughing Camel Productions is a music event company; proprietor David Vaughan is a former Gordon’s School boarder back in the 80’s.

Gordon Boys’ School (as then named)  was a very different school then to what it is today; it was primarily for service personnel’s sons offering a stable education, as their parents served or moved to various places around the globe. Military style billets were our dormitories; awoken by a bugler with reveille, marching to cookhouse and chapel every day. For Sunday Parades we wore Gordon tartan trews and Glengarry hats, parading behind the Gordon’s pipes and drums. Oh what memories!  Now a non-selective state boarding school, Gordon’s School, established in 1885 at the behest of Queen Victoria as Gordon Boys’ Home for orphans, in honour of General Gordon (of Khartoum) has since developed into one of the leading boarding schools in the UK,

Music was a huge influence on the students, albeit one of the only ‘outside world’ media we had at the time. Fond memories of student Punk Band madness, Two Tone and Rocker head to heads and New Wave dancing, triggered David’s thoughts:

To re-live, for a day, some of the music that influenced him whilst at Gordon’s, to attract other past boarders- boys and girls, to come back and meet old friends and take a musical walk down memory lane and of course to have a great family May Bank holiday fun day out!

David approached the school with the idea, who agreed ‘…..Old Skool Fez’tival. was then born……resulting in a line-up that will not only attract friends of Gordon’s School but
‘music connoisseurs’ and the ‘just having a great music day out’ type of people. Laughlin Camel extends this invitation to the general public too,  making this a music event to remember !

In memory of General Charles Gordon  you are  invited to wear the headwear of his choice when he was in the Sudan, the FEZ HAT. These FEZ HATS will be on sale as a raffle ticket you can buy on the day for a great prize and just for Laugh’….ing Camel !

Old Skool Fez’tival is a one day , outdoor Live music extravaganza being held at Gordon’s School , West End , Surrey on Bank Holiday Sunday 28th May 2017.

Old Skool Fez’tival hosts a musical line up of local artists and original music bands who will be performing during the afternoon and into the evening. The day’s line up will make you recall and go on a musical journey of 70’s, 80’s and 90’s iconic songs and sparking that ‘where was I then ‘ moment.

  • Nick Kershaw – Pop Idol icon and singer song writer.
  • Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook from the legendary band  Squeeze – playing all the Squeeze classics
  • Skangsters- a fantastic 9 piece band covering Ska and Two Tone music
  • Dirty Harry – a real look alike and sounds pitch perfect to Debbie Harry
  • Aswad – Pop Reggae 80’s sensations – Shine!
  • Fun Lovin’ Criminals – Stick ‘em up punk it’s the Fun Lovin ‘ Criminals !

The Fez-tival site will be filled with festival food from around the world and activities suited to all with a great Kids’ Zone, bouncy castle, face painting, lawn games and a picnic area to relax and soak up the atmosphere and music.