Barry White was one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time and his back catalogue continues to be adored across the globe.

The Love Unlimited Synth Orchestra paid homage to his extraordinary songs on Saturday 29th June on The Park stage, Glastonbury Festival with a live show conducted by Charles Hazlewood.

A spectacular line-up of guest artists including Gruff Rhys, Nadine Shah, Larry Heard, Ibibio Sound Machine’s Eno Williams, YolanDa Brown, Adrian Utley (Portishead), Clive Deamer (Radiohead) and Lianne La Havas.

a genuinely delightful performance that obliterates the aura of loverman naffness that still clings to White’s name in some quarters, lovingly exploring the more recherché corners of his oeuvre alongside the big hits”

The Guardian

This stellar line-up of musical friends performed alongside musicians from The British Paraorchestra, Army of Generals and a bank of synth players, in celebration of the sultry sounds of a soul and funk icon.

Watch on iPlayer (until 29th July 2019)

Just great sounds, incredible musicianship”

Edith Bowman, BBC Two

Barry White was one of the most successful singer-songwriters of all time, yet he never appeared at Glastonbury before his untimely death in 2003. The Love Unlimited Synth Orchestra reinstated White’s overlooked genius as a composer, “reminding you what an extraordinary writer and producer White was” (The Guardian).

Guardian interview with Nadine Shah “on channelling her inner Barry White, meeting the Dalai Lama and scaring off Jarvis Cocker”

Full media round up here.

nadien shah, onstage, holds microphone, not singin, musicians in background
two female singers on stage dressed in red.
Eno dressed in bright turquoise and orange, sing into a microphone on stage
Eno sings, with The Love Unlimited Synth Orchestra in the background, on stage
A saxophonist, french horn player, (Guy LLewelyn) and a trombonist on stage playing
A female synthplayer, head down over her instrument hands raised mid-play
larry stands in front of a microphone finger placed near ear, sings
full ensemble of singers, musicians and conductor on stage
Yolanda plays saxophone, stage lighting,
Gruff holds a sign that says 'Prolonged Applause' on stage. music stands in the foreground
A female singer in red sings into a microphone in front of a speaker and music stands
charles, arms raised, smiling, wearing a jacquard suit
wide, side angle of The Love Unlimited Synth Orchestra on stage, crowd in the background
Lianne sings heartily into a microphone
A drummer plays with gusto
wide shot of the park stage glastonbury, crowd in the foreground, the ensemble onstage in the distance

Set list

Strange Games and Things (instrumental)
You’re the First, My Last, My Everything – Nadine Shah
I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More Babe – Eno Williams
It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me – Eno Williams
Somebody’s Gonna Off The Man – Larry Heard
Under the Influence – Love Unlimited Synth Orchestra backing trio with YolanDa Brown (saxophone)
Change – Gruff Rhys with YolanDa Brown (saxophone)
Love’s Theme – Love Unlimited backing trio
Never, Never Gonna Give You Up – Nadine Shah
What Am I Gonna Do With You – Lianne La Havas
Can’t Get Enough of Your Love – Gruff Rhys
Let The Music Play – Gruff Rhys, Nadine Shah and Eno Williams with YolanDa Brown (saxophone)