Launched in 1994, loaded quickly established itself as one of the most successful magazines of its time.
Cited as being at the forefront of the lad culture of the time, in its original guise loaded was a celebratory magazine which featured a wide range of culture from football and extreme sports to music, film and comedy. Under the editorship of James Brown, it effectively heralded the rebirth of gonzo journalism in British writing, with features on Italian sex clubs and infiltrating Satanic cults.
Cover stars included Gary Oldman, Oasis, Kevin Keegan, Reeves & Mortimer, Cameron Diaz, Liz Hurley, Kylie Minogue and David Beckham. Columnists over the years have included Irvine Welsh, Donal MacIntyre, John Niven, Vic Reeves, Ricky Hatton, Andy McNab, Julie Burchill and Johnny Vegeas.
Within five years, circulation had reached over 500,000 copies a month. It continued to win industry awards for feature writing and consumer journalism and won the prestigious PPA Magazine Of The Year in 1995 and 1996.
In more recent years cover stars included Ben Affleck, Idris Elba, Al Pacino and Noel Gallagher.
Since Loaded relaunched in November 2015, the site has been focused on breaking entertainment news stories and having strong, punchy news lines in our interviews.
Our features across entertainment and sport are often in-depth with both established top names and breaking new talent. We believe that there isn’t currently an umbrella site offering highly informative interviews across all the fields of film, music, TV, sport and comedy.
This is coupled with seeking to update the original edginess of the original 1990s editorial voice offering a sharp wit in amongst the informative tone of stories, whether it be on human interest news stories or entertainment news and reviews.
Stories broken in the past week alone have included Glastonbury potentially moving its site to Longleat for a one-off festival; ex-Arsenal title winner Lauren’s solutions to the club’s problems; Johnny Depp making a blues album in his kitchen; the BBC getting access to a previously unknown vault of unreleased David Bowie music; and Idris Elba wanting to make more TV episodes of Luther before the rumoured film based on the show. All these exclusives from a typical week are stories that have come either direct from interviews or ones Loaded’s journalists have acquired from cast-iron sources. The articles are reliable news stories, rather than gossip.
In effect, Loaded is a halfway house between the disposable clickbait of some sites and the more pretentious, unrealistically aspirational lifestyle choices of others.
Digital Media Manager Simon Reynolds
Loaded digital media manager Simon Reynolds has written about film and entertainment for various leading websites since 2008. Follow Simon at @simonreyn
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.
Loaded sports writer Pearse Corcoran has covered news, sport and entertainment for several national newspapers and radio stations in Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PearseCorcoran
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