Drinks, good company and great music – it’s officially Christmas. Last night In The Woods Festival threw their Christmas party at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen. With three different artists taking to the stage, it was a dynamic evening of merry vibrations.

First up was Sivu. Accompanied by a string duo, his enchanting voice drifted pleasantly above the music and captured the crowd. It was entirely evident throughout his performance how much joy he gets from this – ultimately you can’t help but feel it too. He’s had a big year, but listen below and it’s pretty clear 2014 is going to be even bigger.

All Zen, post-Sivu, next up was Benin City. They successfully smacked every individual in the room with a huge dose of lets-dance-its-fucking-christmas (sans derogatory language). All suited up in African flair, these guys were pure class. The clever lyricism and unique voice of Joshua Idehen was placed against heavier drums, smooth sax and an electronic backing - they fused rock, hip-hop, electro and jazz. This proved to be the correct recipe for one very raw and energetic live performance.

Then it was time for dreamy Parisian trio, We Were Evergreen. In the lead up to the release of their album early next year, they put on an effortless and organic performance. Playful in their approach, it was a light-hearted set, sprinkled with harmonies to balance out the novelty percussion. What is best described as uplifting electro-folk, reminded us not to take things too seriously - especially this time of year.

To sum up the night: The crew behind In The Woods Festival have a great ear for new talent and damn good taste. It’s a nice indication of the level of talent we can expect at the festival in 2014.