Performing at Cat’s Cradle, Charlotte Aitchison — known by her stage name Charli XCX — played a free show with her all-female power house band.
Charli XCX drew 463 people, said Kevin Clark, the manager of Cat’s Cradle. Many were students, but some families were there singing along.
With the debut of her top hit, “Boom Clap,” and her featured appearances in “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea and “I Love It” by Icona Pop, Charli XCX has received international acclaim as an English singer and songwriter.
“I always just do my thing,” Charli XCX said in an email. “My performance is emotional — it’s emotional pop music.”
The show was sponsored by Yahoo On the Road, a mobile festival that is touring colleges across the United States and Europe with popular acts.
Charli XCX began her career by posting music demos on her MySpace page at age 14. Soon after, she began playing at illegal raves in East London.
Charli XCX spent most of the concert jumping and the audience responded to her energy — students were getting on each other’s shoulders and shouting the lyrics to most of her songs.
“She really brought out the energy in the crowd,” said senior journalism major Jordan Bailey. “I didn’t know many of her songs besides ‘Fancy,’ but I was pleasantly surprised by the turnout.”