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STAYING or GOING OUT; Couch potato or gadabout town? We pick the best ways to enjoy yourself in the coming week.


PlayStation 4, Xbox One. Out now

These psychopathic cartoon invertebrates have been blowing each other up in mildly amusing ways for nearly two decades now, and while there's still fun to be gleaned from the basic formula, Battlegrounds shows the Worms well is running dry.

The wealth of online and local multiplayer modes at least provide variety. The same can't be said for a new campaign mode in which you take on depressingly dumb AI opponents in a seemingly never-ending series of singleplayer puzzle challenges. Much like digging for worms in the garden, this could be one game that the vast majority of players have simply grown out of.






This cult TV show stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as two very different detectives investigating a sinister case in rural Louisiana in 1995. Beautifully shot, often disturbing and always gripping.



Music Makes Me Feel. Free on

Forget the mainstream DJs and radio hits - make this your summer banger. The rising stars of pop-electronica are going to explode onto the scene with this ridiculously catchy tune.




Pepsi Max has released this collection of tunes by charttopping musicians. It features Kelly Rowland, Rita Ora and Timbaland. A brilliant album to coincide with the World Cup.


PS Vita. Out now

Sony's handheld has delivered on almost all of its "home console quality gaming on the go" promise except in the one sector it initially seemed most suited to: first-person shooters.

In practice the Vita's lack of shoulder buttons and clickable thumbsticks has cost it dear, and few titles have dashed those expectations more cruelly than this Borderlands 2 port. Gearbox Software's cel-shaded shooter was a riotous delight on PS3 and Xbox 360, and while Iron Galaxy Games has worked actual wonders to squeeze the entire thing, more or less, into the Vita's slender form, you'll spend as much time battling the unwieldy controls and menu screens as you will Handsome Jack's hordes.





O2 Arena, London

It was like big band had collided with hip-hop, as if Jay Z had been working with Michael Buble. And as Justin Timberlake charmed his way through a breathlessly brilliant 31-song setlist, it was a pleasure to watch such an epic performer at his peak wowing his 20,000 adoring fans. I watched with other pop icons from The Wanted and the Pussycat Dolls in Malibu Rum Suite, who were all suitably impressed. Working his way through new material, Timberlake knew what the fans came to see - and played every single one of his hits. From the superb Senorita to effortlessly mixing Holy Grail with a drummed up version of Cry Me A River it was a masterclass in music.




At Leeds Grand Theatre until July 5 then on national tour

It's the West End show which has kept audiences devilishly delighted for almost a decade.

And as it now tours nationally, fans of Wicked won't be disappointed by the Academy Award-winning production which has been transported almost in its entirety from London to stages across the country.

Nikki Davis-Jones, who plays "bad" witch Elphaba, wows with her incredible voice as she plays the part of the wronged woman perfectly. The staging and special effects, complete with huge dragon and pyrotechnics, brings the story behind the Wizard of Oz to life. The wizard himself is a terrifying spectre behind a mask.

But despite its sometimes frightening content, even children seemed to find the show spellbinding. A must-see for anyone who wants to know the story behind one of the most enduring movie characters ever created



Almeida Theatre, London

America has lost power after a nuclear accident, leaving groups of survivors. They keep their spirits up by trying to recount the episode of The Simpsons which spoofs Cape Fear, when Sideshow Bob terrorises Bart.

Years later they have formed a theatre troupe touring with the episode, and by the third act have turned it into a gaudy musical.

Quite what playwright Anne Washburn is trying to say in this piece remains a mystery; all the laughs come from the writing of Matt Groening, the songs descend into Rocky Horror-style pastiche, and the seriousness of the first act dissipates into spoofery.

Maybe she got as bored as I did, or maybe she had too many ideas for one play. There are mutterings here about the importance of memory, but ironically these seem to be forgotten in the din.

Headache inducing.



Soho Theatre, London

A comedian with a guitar can fill a room with dread.

But anyone who's seen genius Rich Hall in action would know not to worry.

From scripted songs that mock Bob Dylan to women whose Wrangler jeans are far too tight, Hall - who divides his time between Montana and London - and his merry country band were captivating and brilliant. The improv and crowd interaction makes the show unforgettable.

His great turn of phrase and ability to make the entire room guffaw was worthy of a standing applause. Don't miss this wonderful show on at the Soho Theatre until July 20.


Book it now

Imperial War Museum, Lambeth, London (From July 19) This grand museum has been closed for refurbishment to mark the centenary of the First World War, but is opening its doors again in July. It will include ground-breaking new First World War Galleries, a new atrium, and will host Truth and Memory - the largest exhibition of British WWI art for 100 years.

A Handful of Stars, Trafalgar Studios, London (June 25 - July 25) Keith Duffy is just one of a hugely talented cast staring in Billy Roche's play - transferring to the West End following rave reviews after a revival in a tiny theatre in Battersea. In a small Irish town in the 1980s, havoc is wreaked by teenager Jimmy Brady as he rails against the confines of his claustrophobic environment. A thrilling evening in the theatre.

National Eisteddfod of Wales, Carmarthenshire (August 1-9) Llanelli plays host to the celebration of Welsh culture and language for the first time since 2000. An estimated 150,000 people are expected to attend the festival, which features events from the lavish opening gala, to classical concerts, and of course, Welsh voice choirs.



Pure Evoke D2 DAB radio by Rob Ryan.

The neat little digital radio from Pure has had a makeover from artist Rob Ryan. Here he applies his distinctive, intricate, papercut style and poetry to this model and brings a touch of whimsy to a functional gadget.

Features include digital and FM radio, Bluetooth for wireless streaming, an input for an iPod/ MP3 player, alarm, sleep and snooze timers, 20 presets and a kitchen timer.

App #FIRSTSNOG To celebrate gay equality charity Stonewall's 25th anniversary, Snog frozen yoghurt has roped in celebs to share their wacky selfies.


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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Jun 15, 2014
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