It's the ultimate showdown! Hundreds of up-and-coming musical acts entered, 60 were chosen to compete and now voters have picked our five finalists. One musical act representing each of New York City's five boroughs will compete Friday, June 27—but only one can take the crown.
Watch and vote!
The competition will stream live below on Friday, June 27 at 7:30pm ET. Voting opens at the start of the show.
Emceed by WQXR’s Terrance McKnight and featuring guest judges Helga Davis, of Philip Glass' Einstein on the Beach and a Q2 Music contributing host; Bob Power, award-winning, multi-platinum record producer, mixer, engineer and musician; and Marion J. Caffey, producer of Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater;
About the Battle
The five borough representatives are competing for bragging rights and big prizes, including a showcase spot at the famed Apollo Theater's Amateur Night. Voting closes after the show, and the Ultimate Battle Winner will be announced live on stage.