Front (magazine)

Front was a British men's magazine. First published by Cabal Communications in 1998, it was created to rival IPC's publication Loaded,[2] catering to a demographic of 16- to 25-year-old males.[3] It began as part of the British "lads' mag" genre of magazines, though the covers rejected this description with the statement "Front is no lads' mag".

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EditorRyan Child
CategoriesMen's magazines
Circulation30,009 (ABC Jan–Jul 2012)[1]
First issue1998
Final issue2017
CountryUnited Kingdom

Whilst a major selling point was the photo-shoots of models, the magazine also focused heavily on music, films, gadgets and games, plus sections on fashion and sport. Glamour shoots within the magazine usually involved well-known models rather than celebrities.

The magazine had also been responsible for a number of high-profile stunts, most notably smuggling an Eric Cantona lookalike, Karl Power, into the Manchester United team photo during a Champions League game.[4]

On 7 February 2014, Front magazine announced on its Facebook page that it had ceased operations and the magazine would no longer be published.[2] The next month, on 18 March 2014, the magazine announced they would be returning by writing "And FRONT said onto her, I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth in me, though FRONT were dead, yet shall FRONT live!"[5]

Front magazine was relaunched with Editor Ryan Child at the helm in November 2016. The new editions held true to the tongue in cheek humour of the original issues. The focus in content shifted slightly to issues including homelessness, UK opiate abuse and the refugee crisis, while also still featuring high-profile models, movies and style. Music also remained at the forefront of Front's content, with interviews with The Offspring and Big Narstie filed in 2016. The revitalized Front also featured a major focus on MMA and other action sports, building a hard core fanbase from its 2 million social media followers. However, this relaunch was short-lived; the magazine ceased publication after its 198th issue in 2017.[6] Its social media presence is still intermittently active as of September 2020, primarily showcasing models.[7][8][9]


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  1. ^ "It is not all doom and gloom". Media News. Four newsletter. 30 August 2012. Archived from the original on 9 March 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Ridley, Louise (7 February 2014). "Front mag closes after 16 years: 'It's been a lot of fun'". Media Week. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  3. ^ Brook, Stephen (15 February 2010). "Lads' mag owner Dominic McVey confident he can buck the trend". Guardian. Retrieved 8 February 2014. McVey says the magazine's audience is unique. "Front is talking to 16 to 24-year-olds..."
  4. ^ Smith, John (22 April 2001). "Manchester United unveil their new 4-4-4 formation". Irish Independent. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  5. ^ "FRONT magazine - Timeline". Facebook. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Front Magazine - Retro Subscriptions". PocketMags. Retrieved 2020-09-09.
  7. ^ "Front Magazine (Twitter)". Retrieved 2020-09-10.
  8. ^ "Front Magazine (Instagram)". Retrieved 2020-09-10.
  9. ^ "Front Magazine (Facebook)". Retrieved 2020-09-10.
  10. ^ Gibson, Owen (17 March 2003). "Highbury makes £10m deal for Cabal". Guardian. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Highbury sells off lifestyle magazines". Media Week. 24 June 2006. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  12. ^ "Front due to return under Flip Media". Media Week - Brand Republic. 20 February 2007. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  13. ^ McNally, Paul (6 June 2008). "Sport Media Group buys Front publisher for £265,000". Press Gazette. Archived from the original on 25 February 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  14. ^ Sweney, Mark (3 August 2009). "Front magazine sold for £87,500". Guardian. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  15. ^ "Front Magazine Limited". Company Check. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Live Love Publishing Limited". Company Check. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  17. ^ "Live Love Publishing Limited (Dissolved) - Company Information - Endole". Retrieved 25 July 2016.

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