The live bands (over thirty of the most intriguing prospects in the land) won't be revealed until 24 hours before the event. The fact that they're announcing the acts on Thursday highlights the uniqueness of this event, as Thursday also sees Download Festival, taking place some eight months in the future, announce their initial line-up.
Off The Record is taking the focus away from million pound headline superstars and keeping it rooted in what's real and the bands you're going to love in a year's time.
The event itself takes place across six Northern Quarter venues in Manchester on Friday 4th November and tickets are onsale now. Visit the website (http://www.otrmcr.co.uk/) to buy tickets and to browse the extensive music conference lineup (announced in advance, taking place during the day and packed with outstanding talent)